Pie and I got in our ninth ride of February yesterday - by coincidence, we also had nine rides in each of December and January, for a total of 27 over our worst months for riding. With no indoor and the unusually cold weather we've had all winter and our early February blizzard, I'll take it. It's certainly more riding than I've ever managed over the winter before.
Pie and I took a short excursion on the trail - the footing wasn't great but we managed. He was fairly nervous and had his head up in the air - we haven't been on the trails in over a month and the last times were with other horses - and due to the footing I couldn't use some of my usual exercises to help him focus and relax (serpentines and circles), so part way out I dismounted and led him to help him out. We stopped and looked at things from time to time and he did relax somewhat. As we were heading back to the barn, I felt him reach out and grab the back of my coat just at the neckline - I expect he was complaining about my walking too slowly but coming into my space that way, particularly with his mouth, just isn't OK. I spun around, and rushed towards him doing a wordless "roar" - he flew backwards, looking very surprised. (Laura - there's a case where I do reprimand.) Then we just continued on our way back to the barn. Once there, I mounted up again and we did more figure and transition work on the grassy area and also did some bits trotting a short distance away from the barn on the grassy edge of the trail. Once I got a bit of focus and relaxation, we were done.
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And in Drifter news, it looks like the vet check will happen sometime in mid-March - like us, they have no indoor and the footing isn't suitable right now. Keeping fingers crossed . . .