Monday, September 29, 2014

A trail ride and some flooding

This morning it was overcast, but I got out to the barn for a ride anyway.  One of my friends at the barn rode with me in the arena, and then we hit the trail a little.  We went farther than Rondo has gone before, but still didn't do the full loop.

Before today, the last time we tried to go out on the trail was months ago, when the mosquitoes were really bad because of all the rain we got this summer.  Vidhya was on Rondo and I was on Panama, and Rondo had a complete meltdown because of the mosquitoes.  Vidhya didn't handle it well, and to make a long story short, she panicked and dismounted, and I had to get on him.  We didn't go out into the park that day, but I rode through his fit at the edge of the park and only let him be done once he settled down and started listening to my cues.

Today, at virtually the same spot, the mosquitoes made their appearance -- and although there were not as many as during the summer, Rondo stopped and backed up a few steps.  I thought we were going to have a meltdown, but my friend's horse just calmly walked on past, and Rondo went, "Oh, okay," and followed him.

For the rest of the ride, Rondo was calm, and even got fairly lazy toward the end.  I had to keep tapping him with the crop because otherwise he was content to walk slower... and slower...... and slowwwwwwer.  He remembered pretty quickly that he wasn't supposed to graze (eventually I may let him, but only once he gets used to not grazing, so that it's easier to teach him he only gets to if I say it's okay, and he listens when I say we're done).

We encountered three cyclists and were passed by a handful of cars, none of which seemed to make too big of an impression.  He lifted his head and aimed his ears at the first cyclist, but I think it was her bright yellow jacket and not the bike that he was looking at.  We even rode through the junk pile at the back of the property when we returned, and although he started at the bright yellow boat (notice a pattern?) he didn't seem perturbed by any of it.  The junk pile is often very scary to new horses, because the trail goes right by a mountain of junk that is always changing as stuff gets added and taken away, but he didn't care.

Right after we got back, the rain started.  It alternated between pouring and sprinkling the rest of the day, causing some flooding in the streets.  I encountered some flooding-related traffic when I went to the school to pick up the kids:

I don't know if you can tell, but the water has flooded not only the far right lane, but also the sidewalk.  It created quite the traffic jam as everyone from that lane tried to get over at once.

We are supposed to get some rain over the next couple days.  I hope we don't get all the flooding that we got last year!



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