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AT Day 29 Kicked in the balls by a Wild Pony

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Kicked in the ball by a wild Pony

14th May

23 miles

Lady Slipper Camp (486.2) to Old Orchard Shelter (509.2)

It didn’t take us too long to climb up onto the high ridges that provided the extensive views of Virginia and on some cases all the way back to Tennessee and North Carolina. These are the highest mountains in Virginia.

Around lunch time we took a side trail to climb the highest mountain in Virginia, Mt Rogers at 5729 feet. I must admit it wasn’t worth the effort. It was a tree covered summit not unlike any part of the AT that I’d already hiked. In fact we had trouble actually finding the summit. It wasn’t till we found the survey marker that we knew where the summit was.

We entered the Grayson Highlands. The rugged highlands of Virginia were home to wild ponies. I spotted some a little way of the trail. Shogun, Delicate Flower and I set off for a closer look. We’d been warned earlier that they are generally very friendly but they also have bad attitudes.

I’m not a big fan of horses, I was bitten on the chest when I was young and never really liked them after that. I certainly don’t ride horses. I approached the group of about 6 wild ponies for a closer look. One of them seemed friendly. I was filming some video with my GoPro when it tried to eat the camera. I think this upset the Pony.

It moved over to Delicate Flower then Shogun. With little warning it turned and kicked Shogun in the balls. I got a great video of it. Check it out in my Instagram for a video of the unfortunate moment. And don’t forget to like the page while you are there.

I think Shogun should have a new trail name, ‘NoBalls’. What do you think? There was certainly a lot of friendly banter during the afternoon among us all.

With more views and more ponies near the trail we cautiously made our way to camp. Today was certainly interesting, entertaining and full of good views. Oh, and I just crossed the 500 mile mark, I guess I’ll hike 500 more.


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23 thoughts on “AT Day 29 Kicked in the balls by a Wild Pony”

  1. Being in the planning phase for the AT I totally enjoy and love your blog, thanks! I notice the GoPro fitted to your pole. Clever, saved the weight of a tripod! :-) That was not your “main” cam, I assume?

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    • Thanks Ray. My main camera was a Sony rx100. Unfortunately, the mount on the trekking pole broke and I was forced to find rocks and other natural objects to use as a tripod. Both cameras worked great

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  2. Priceless. I’m seeing the video show up in my Facebook newsfeed from other hikers i know. Lol, this video will become an AT classic!

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  3. I think the pony is just reacting to those very unattractive shorts Shogun is wearing – I may have been tempted to do the same.

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  4. I find “NoBalls” a bit mean for a trail name… the pony should be nicknamed NutCracker though! (Then, Shogun gets named after the pony…)
    Great job on the frame grab! It’s hilarious! :-D

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  5. Ouch. I have the same experience with horses you do. I was bitten by a colt when I was little and I’m just not a fan ever since.

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  6. I’m sorry about shogun but he seems to have really taken it in his stride. I thought that twin flower shot was the next in the series a photo of his busted balls

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