|Soon with his ladies|
I had one heck of a great day at the barn today. To follow up Soonie's owwie from last week: he was never fully lame (at least not in the ring on the lunge line), but was short on concrete and had what turned out to be some inflammation on the inside of his left front, with edema on the right hind. I don't know what he did; he may have tweaked himself outside, or perhaps been a casualty of the ongoing (albeit sporadic) war between him his neighbor in the barn. Who knows. He stayed in and was poulticed two nights in a row, wrapped all the way around, and thankfully was sound on Monday. So he got the rest of the week off just to be sure, and started back outside on Wednesday night. I hopped on him Friday and did a light, but productive, walk/trot flat school in the indoor, followed by a walk around the farm to cool out with the girls. The footing in the indoor was questionable, so I opted that today's ride would be more dressage work outside on the track.
He felt good today, we kept it to a dull roar with maybe 25 minutes of work and just walking and trotting again. It's nice to be able to work on some dressage stuff out on the track, as it gets the horses out of the ring ("We're going on an adventure, Charlie!"), but offers the most consistent footing on the farm. And it's fun to visit the magical leopleurodon, even though he doesn't really say anything.
|You are entirely too adorable|
|Good girl Baby Girl!|
After I put Zenny away, the wonderful BO asked if I'd like to hop on her other mare, Bella! Whoo hoo! Bella is a young (6 or 7 year old?), 17.1hh Hanoverian mare that the BO is bringing along as a dressage horse. I was delighted that she offered, so I hopped on and we did a little walk/trot/canter after their workout. She is a BIG mare, not just tall, but overall large and a lot to keep together. Nice moving horse, uphill, she's learning and getting stronger all the time, and has a great mommy who is doing a lovely job bringing her along. It was quite a day for me going from little Soonie, who is like driving a Miata sports car, to Zen who right now feels like a dump truck, to Bella, who is comparable to a dually with a V10 or something in it. It was a blast to hop on her for those 15 minutes and put her through her paces - I had to really pull out my dressage skillz especially in the sitting trot! We rode mainly 20 and 25 meter circles while another horse lunged on the other side of the ring, but we did get to do two trot lengthenings on the diagonals which was a blast! I had a big grin on my face; riding a horse like that who is so different from mine is such a treat, and to be asked to hop on was a real privilege. I can't ride big horses like that a lot anymore because of my back, but when I get the chance to, it's a lot of fun and nice when I don't embarrass myself and manage to make the horse look good.
I am used to riding just one horse these days...today I got to ride three amazing ones! Life is good. :)