In pictures #3 and #4, Blue was not happy to be in tall weeds. In fact, he was so unhappy, I got him down off the levee shortly after these two pictures were taken. I don't like not knowing what's down there at his feet, anyhow: He could step into a gopher hole, or a hornet's nest (that would be disaster!).
In spite of the fact I used Deep Woods Off on myself, and "Repel" on Blue, the mosquitoes and horse-flies took a lot of the pleasure of riding away, but Blue needs to be exercised... so do I, for that matter. It's a nice way to start the day.
We've had temperatures in the mid-nineties, so early morning is the only comfortable time to ride.