Monday, November 17, 2008

A short weekend ride

For the first weekend in several weeks, I managed to get out to the barn yesterday for a ride. My husband came with me, which is also out of the ordinary — Michael isn't much of a horse person, and is starting to accompany me to the barn increasingly less often. Put it this way: He hasn't seen me ride since summer!

Yesterday was probably one of our last warm days: 60 but windy, indicating a storm is probably on its way. We were also there in the late afternoon, so it had cooled off a little by this time.

The first thing I did was to pick out Panama's feet and then chase him around the pasture a bit, which my trainer suggested doing after the weather made him crazy the other day. He hasn't shown the same degree of nervous energy since, so I'm thinking it was a one time thing. He seems to enjoy the "foreplay," though, running and bucking around me. I have to remind him sometimes when he gets too close that I am 1) a fragile human and 2) still in charge, but on the whole it seems to be enjoyable for both of us.

After about five minutes I tied Panama back up, groomed him, and tacked him up. We only rode for about 15 minutes, but it was a very good ride. His thing lately has been rushing the trot and ignoring my half-halts to check his speed, but yesterday he was very responsive to my commands. Maybe he was showing off for Michael!

Michael took a bunch of pictures of our ride, so a little later I will download them and see if there are any worthy of posting. It has been a while since I've treated my readers with a picture!

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