Thursday, December 23, 2010

Managed a Ride

Pie and I managed to get in a short ride today.  We've only had five other rides this month so far, and the last time we rode was over a week ago.  I groomed and tacked in the barn - the alarm company (we have smoke/fire detectors in the barn) guy was there fixing something, and climbing up and down the ladder into the loft and walking around up there.  Pie was wiggly, but stayed calm throughout - some horses find this very alarming (no pun intended).

There wasn't all that much we could do, because the trails are very icy, sometimes under a deceptive layer of snow, and the areas that aren't icy are covered with crusty snow - not enough of a crust to cut the horses' pasterns when they break through, but very crunchy and the footing didn't feel great to me or Pie.  We did crunch around on the field behind the barn for a bit, including some cone work.  Then we rode up to one of the pastures we're not using right now and crunched around in there for a bit.  Pie didn't like the footing, so we turned back.  Then we did some work in the aisle leading to the pastures - at least the part that wasn't too icy.  There was a section about 50 feet long that had been trodden down where the footing wasn't bad.  We walked and trotted, and halted, did turns on the haunches and threw in some backing.  We worked on our transitions - their precision and softness.

It was great - Pie was outstanding.  We were in the sidepull and I couldn't have asked for better responsiveness.  His backing is getting much softer - he doesn't duck any more and softly steps back without rushing.  His walk/trot and trot/halt transitions were really nice.  (And when he backs in hand in the halter, he's now immediately soft - this is a big improvement despite the fact that we haven't worked much on this.)  I'm so glad I rode - we made the best of our circumstances and got some decent work done.

I suspect we won't get any more rides in for a few days due to all that's going on over the holidays.

A very merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us to all of you, your horses, other pets and families!

22 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Glad you got a ride in, even if you were pretty limited in what you could do. Pie certainly seems sensible about the footing, so that's a really good sign.

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  2. It's good to hear you and Pie got a nice ride in before the holidays. Wishing you and your family and critters a Merry Christmas.

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  3. That Pie horse better get a Christmas present this year for being such a sweetheart.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours too.
    Big hugs to all those ponies.

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  4. What a kissable muzzle !!!!!!

    Merry Christmas to you too Kate.

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  5. Merry Christmas to you too Kate! Sounds like a great ride. I am finding it hard to get production when you can only ride once a week but sounds like Pie was a champ.

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  6. Kate, Enjoyed reading about your ride with Pie - it's hard this time of year to do things with our horses when the weather or the footing becomes difficult - but you had a great session with him! Hope you have a nice Christmas and New Year's!

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  7. Kate, I'm so in admiration that you get out (and on) and do what you can given the weather conditions!

    Have a wonderful holiday and happy new year - I'm sure we are in for many great posts about Pie as the seasons turn!

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  8. Sounds like some nice time spent with your handsome boy. Pie is one very special horse, that's for sure.

    Happy Holidays to you, too.
    ~Lisa

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  9. I think Pie was a great Christmas present for you!

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  10. Merry Christmas, and I hope you get a break in your cold weather so that everything melts and you can ride Pie safely and longer. :) Sounds like you're having fun with him.

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  11. Glad you managed to get a ride in and got some good work in and good responses. Pie continues to sound wonderful.
    Merry Christmas.

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  12. Yah a ride! Sometimes the shortest rides accomplish the most. And this time of year I figure take what you can get for riding time cause its not always gonna be warm enough out.
    Have a great Christmas.

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  13. Happy Christmas Kate! So glad you squeezed in a ride on your Christmas Pie.

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  14. Just a note to wish you a fabulous Christmas time, hope the New Year 2011 brings you a lot of joy and happiness. All the best,Wiola.

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  15. I'm glad you got a chance to ride and that it went well. Wish I was getting more ride time in here. Hopefully that will happen soon.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  16. Oh Wonderful ride on that Hoiday Pie, for Christmas time!he certainly is one great gift to you, Kate!

    Hopeing that this day brings you joy deep within and your family is well~
    HAPPY, MERRY Christmas to you!
    From the Wa mare and me~

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  17. A Merry Christmas to you and all the horses, Kate! Enjoy your Christmas present!

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  18. Merry Christmas Kate. I hope you and your herd have a wonderful time :D

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  19. It's always nice to get something done, even when the weather isn't cooperating, isn't it? Great job to both you and Pie!

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  20. Happy Holidays to you , Kate, and all of your family members of whatever persuasion they may be! I am glad you have been getting some riding in. I have but have to plan carefully due to the weather. I am lucky that I got some battery powered toe warmers! That will make a big difference. Now I just need battery powered gloves!
    I know what you mean about having a wiggley horse on your hands when things are a wee bit different in the barn. When ever anyone is in the loft of the barn, Lilly cannot figure it out. She knows it is NOT RIGHT. I am always glad too when things are back to normal.
    Hope you are staying warm out there.

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  21. I hope you and your family had a great Christmas!

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