Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Enjoying the 2 week GA Spring
I think we get about 2 weeks of Spring here in GA. You know, the fabulously sunny days with a nice, cool base to it? It was positively magnificent today! Warm, but not hot. No pollen in the air. Perfect day to ride the Muffin!
He's been off for awhile. I didn't get to ride him last week before leaving for IEA National Finals in Syracuse, NY on Thursday, and LR hasn't been out lately, so his fitness level is waning slightly:( Little booger was tired after his ride today!
I went up to the ring to set some jumps, but the ring was hard as a ROCK, so I changed plans. I haven't ridden in his pasture since I did some hill work in the draw reins, so I decided to ride back there. Tacked him up in his normal cavesson bridle, and set off at a brisk walk. Tiki's pasture is fairly large; about 20ish acres. I walked the entire perimeter of the pasture, going up and down hill, and weaved through rocks, holes, and ant hills. After walking a full lap, reversed and trotted a lap each way, then cantered a lap each way. The canter was tough! He wanted to break a few times on me, and at the trot he was quite literally tripping over his own feet. I'm not all that sure he's actually worked outside the ring since his Poplar horse trial. As I knew he would, Tiki got with the program and finished up great. As I pulled him up to the walk, I could feel him huffing and puffing. Poor baby! It's supposed to rain pretty good tomorrow, so maybe the footing will be good on Thursday. I'd like to jump around a little bit this week.