Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Update

Weekend Update

I decided to give Cole a break on Friday and ride Dante in the arena instead; since Ellen wasn’t able to ride him on Thursday. Wow, was he a nice horse to ride—smooth—responsive and fun.

She took him back for Saturday’s ride. I rode Cole part of the time with her and Dante in the arena, and then I joined her with Ranger out on the loop. Since Cole hadn’t been ridden outside in a few weeks due to very cold weather, I didn’t know how he would be. I certainly didn’t expect perfect—but that is what he was.

On Sunday, the driveway was a sheet of ice and I rode inside, again. Shoulder in is improving at a rapid rate in both directions—thanks to our in hand work. He really likes doing it—actually he likes doing all lateral work. He thinks going straight is boring. Ellen rode Ranger in the arena with us, and he was quite a handful. It was raining part of the time, and he has always been bothered by rain when he is in the indoor arena. He was spooking, bouncing and doing little bucks. I think he was little keyed up by Cole being in there with him. Poor Ellen. I was glad that I was on Cole!

I haven’t been on the trail since New Year’s weekend, but it seems like it has been months. I really miss it, and I sure hope the weather and driveway let us get on the trail, soon, even if it is just going up and down the hill to the frozen river.

I did manage to get Maggie out on some good, long walks this weekend.


Mariodacat said...

It is always a pleasure to read what you are doing with the horses. Sorry I've been missing for so long, but hopefully now I'll be a little more faithful - maybe not perfect, but at least better than I have been. i enjoy reading blogs, but just can't sit very long in an office chair at a desk. Hopefully our weather will continually get better and one day soon you can get out on the trails once again.

achieve1dream said...

That's surprising that Dante was being silly in the arena. I bet you're right about it being a combination of rain and having Cole in there. I hope you get a warm snap soon!