Yesterday, I made it out to the barn with G and did get a ride in. No issues catching either mare this time, but the downpour started just about the instant we got to the barn. G was still in for going to the ring with me (so sweet, he tacks up and brings a horse for me so I can ride both without the hassle of grooming/tacking/leading a spare up the road myself) but I wasn't feeling too keen on getting all my tack soaked again and making him wait in the rain ringside with a miserable soaking wet pony. G had wanted to go for a hike after my ride, so I suggested instead just going on a hike from the barn. I could just bring one of the horses and ride along while he walked. I still wasn't keen on getting my 'nice' saddle soaked, so I opted to ride bareback and figured I'd walk half and ride half and get a bit of a workout and a ride all in one outing.
|Not joking when I say it was pouring, and my budget doesn't extend to a new phone quite yet. Therefore you get another photo of damp horses taken from the safety of the barn :)|
Long story short, we ended up out for about 2.5 hours and I rode Midge the entire way because my bum was warm and dry and I was lazy. G's a pretty fast walker, so we did quite a bit of slow trotting, and even some short canters when we fell a bit behind. Bridget was a star! While this was definitely a failure for my fitness, it was a total win riding wise. Also, no tack was harmed. I would have never believed it if I was told a year ago I'd be confident riding a green baby horse bareback all over the roads and trails W/T/C. The only moment of worry I felt is when she was in a giant knee deep puddle and tried to trot out and generally flailed. I had visions of going for a mid winter swim but we made it out unscathed :) I'm definitely investing in a proper bareback pad and making bareback trail rides a thing. Right now, I can post her trot most of the time, but my legs got tired and I had to sit the majority by the end. Still, she was feeling really good and had a ton of gas left in the tank, so I'll venture to say she's strong and fit enough to handle that.
Tomorrow, it`s back to lessons. I`m looking forward to it!
|No name puffy kitty. Hate to admit it, but we're not sure if 'he' is actually a 'she', so naming will wait until the vet makes the call.|