Monday, December 20, 2010

Big day back

Today was our second ride since I've been sick, and a big day back for both of us.  Panama had a farrier appointment this morning, and afterward we went for a short ride in the indoor arena (it was sunny and warmer, but I didn't care for the chilly breeze, what with my sinuses still draining).

Panama was a bit needy and mouthier than usual with the farrier, so I turned him out afterward, but he didn't really want to run.  I was hesitant to push him too hard, since the farrier had to trim him a bit shorter than usual in the front to eliminate a troublesome split.  It's not a huge difference, but enough that Panama appeared to be getting used to it. 

Between the trim and my cough, I didn't push us very hard during our ride, either.  Mainly I wanted a "getting back into the swing of things" kind of ride, so we did lots of walking, a little trotting, and worked on not cutting our corners in the arena (what we were working on before I got sick).  We also worked on desensitizing Panama to my jacket so that I could take it off while mounted — we've been working on this, but this was the first time I've been able to take it off without someone present to hold the reins and take it from me.

It was a good ride, much better than Saturday's (when I felt like I was sitting astride a rocket ship the whole 15-minute ride).  A couple of our friends went out on the trail, and I started thinking about going back out with them again sometime soon.  It's been months since we've gone, since Panama started acting out a little bit over the summer.  He's been very good the last couple of months, though, so I am wondering if it was just a stage he was going through.  I've been too sick recently to take advantage of the nice weather, but if it holds out, maybe we can get a couple of last trail rides in before winter comes — if it comes!



At December 21, 2010 at 7:00 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Both winter and being sick will zap one's energy. I look back on all the trailering and trail riding I did in the previous two years and I can't comprehend how I mustered up the energy to do it all.

At December 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Being sick completely wiped me out for 2 weeks, so I know what you mean. I tend to feel very lazy and sometimes depressed on overcast or rainy/snowy days, but so far this winter there hasn't been much of that to speak of. In fact, so far this week I've felt quite motivated to get out to the barn and ride -- must be as a result of feeling so pathetic for 2 whole weeks!


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