Tuesday, December 13, 2011

got my chips "cached" in

This morning I was on a trail ride with some friends and as we were weaving in and out of the woods I told them that Maizie and Brian AND MAX and I cached here yesterday!  They didn't know what I was talking about so I thought I would post about geocaching and specifically the fun I had geocaching on Max.
I know lytha of the blog A Horse Crazy American in Germany geocaches too. I am sure she has probably cached from horseback. Usually, though, geocaching is done on foot.

The geocaching.com site defines geocaching as:

a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experience online. 

Maizie started caching in Florida a few years ago and just found her 100th cache on this trip. She is only 13 so she has to coerce an adult to drive her around in order to cache. Brian and I and my mom are her usual caching partners but yesterday the sweet and wonderful Max got in on the geocaching action!

Here we are just inside the horse park. Max adored Brian and was continually nudging him for head scratches and loving him up! Needless to say, Brian was in love too. Max wins your heart in about one second.

We found out online that there were four caches in the park to find. Three of the caches were hidden in areas where Max was permitted to go!  

Max stood statue still while Brian and Maizie went to find the first one in the non-horse area. He was very patient. My own horses are good, but I don't think they would have been this good!

Then, using Maizie's GPS, we found the next three caches hidden in the woods. Two were micros and Max couldn't investigate them because I thought he might try to eat them, but this one, above, was a small ammo can container and Max helped Maizie open the latch. He jumped back when all the contents were revealed.  I wish there were treats in there for him!

Did I mention that Max is a great horse?  Today, after our ride and grazing he whinnied at me to hurry up with his water bucket. How cute is that?  Oh, my goodness, I am lucky!

Tomorrow I am heading up to ride with my friend, Janet, on her new mare.  I can't wait! And everyone is calling and emailing each other for a fun group ride in the park on Thursday morning. Sigh. This is a great horse world here.


  1. I always wanted to try out geo caching, but I don;t know how to begin.

    It sounds like you are having a fabulous time! Keep enjoying Florida and the horses!

  2. Allison,

    Just go to the www.geocaching.com site and register (free) and then type in your zip code and it will show you all the local caches. You will freak out when you see how many there are right under your nose! You can use a GPS to pinpoint the area, but you still have to look in trees and under shrubs and in tricky fun places. It is really a great activity!

  3. wonderful post! i'm so glad you're into it : )

    i have to say the first time my man came to america, i took him horsey geocaching, combining our two addictions. we were out on tiger mountain for 5 hours, and this was the first horseride we did together! he never once complained, because he was so thrilled to be going from cache to cache by horseback. it got dark and i had to tell him the horses can see the ground, don't worry! and now it's a story he always tells, when people ask him if he rides.

    my dream is to have two rideable horses and go geocaching in germany with. this will happen, i usually get what i want in life... i just have to learn patience.

    ~lytha (by the way, my man is on a "daily cache" kick right now and for the lats 100 days he's found once cache per day. i go on weekends. he will keep this up til august.)

  4. Hi lytha -

    I can't wait to tell Maizie about your man's 1 cache a day for the past 100 days and counting! That is so great...and you taking him riding/caching long into darkness - very cool! If I remember correctly you and your man found the first original cache ever hidden when visiting sweet Kacy and Wa mare.

  5. Juliette, Oh, Max sounds like such a sweet horse! That is interesting about geocaching- I didn't know what it was either. Treasure hunting with horses- heavenly!


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