Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The ups and downs of riding again

I've been trying to get back into riding again regularly, but I keep hitting bumps and snags in my plans.  The first snag was that long run of cold weather and snow -- I had ridden nearly every day during the preceding week, but then the weather prevented me from continuing the routine.

I've been pretty good about getting out at least a couple times a week to ride since, but this week is not looking good.  I was supposed to ride last night, but after sitting at A.'s soccer practice for a very chilly, windy hour, and then getting off work late (which would have made my whole evening very late if I'd ridden), I just didn't feel up to it.

Now I am wondering if I am fighting a cold or something.  I was congested last night, but I thought (or hoped) it was leftover from sitting in the wind for so long.  No such luck, it seems, as I am still congested this morning, and I noticed the kid I take back and forth to school has a runny nose, too.  I've had a harder time than usual getting up in the morning every day this week, and the preschool kid's mom mentioned she had a hard time getting up this morning, too.  I can't help but wonder if we are all fighting something off.

Originally the plan was to go riding tonight after work instead, especially since I'll be off more than an hour earlier, but now I'm thinking I need to wait and see how I'm feeling.  I'll have more opportunities to ride, but I don't want to get sick just in time for the warm weather to come back...

I did ride on Panama on Sunday.  I won't say it was a good ride: Panama was amped up and distracted, probably because it was our first ride in the outdoor arena in probably months.  It took 45 minutes to get a halfway decent canter to each direction, but we finally did get it.  It also turned out that he had to pee, which I suspected the entire time, but he wouldn't go even though I gave him plenty of opportunities both before and during our ride.  That may have been causing some of his irritability, though.

I wanted to ride again soon after that less-than-optimal ride, but I'll just have to wait and see about this evening.  I'll also have an opportunity to ride on Friday, as I'm taking V. and A. to the barn in the afternoon (they have no school Friday and their father is out of town, which is why I'm working when I'm usually off that day).  Other opportunities will come, so I'm not going to push myself if I don't feel 100 percent this evening.



At March 19, 2015 at 6:38 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Horses definitely have a way of making us worry about them when we can't or shouldn't ride. In my case, I worry they'll get too fresh being out of practice and they I'll have to go back to Square One in their training. I worry they'll get bored and start destroying things. When I go really long without riding, I start doing the math and freak out over how much money I'm losing just having horses standing around. I bought $700 in hay not too long ago, and it's already getting whittled down to nothing. Anyway, I hope your health and the weather and you job schedule cooperate and you can ride soon. It rained all afternoon here yesterday.

At March 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

It rained all night last night, and is still raining off and on today (and isn't supposed to stop until tonight). I'm sure glad I put rain sheets on them last night, or I would have muddy, miserable horses! They were already jumpy and cold last night.

I haven't ridden as much the past year as I used to, and it's taken a toll on Panama for sure. I don't think it's training as much as him being out of the practice of focusing, and having less muscle control for things like self-carriage. We have good moments and bad moments, but I am confident he'll get it back faster than it took to teach it to him the first time.

And yes about them being fresh! Not as much something to worry about with Rondo -- he's lazy, so when he's "fresh" he just has an energy level that would be normal for Panama, and that's okay with me. But Panama can be a real challenge when he's amped up from lack of work.


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