|The big field|
Since it's been *almost* South FL hot this week, all of the horses have been inside during the day so they can take full advantage of the shade and their stall fans. They love this: you'll walk down the aisles, and they're all napping with their faces towards the fans.
|Yesterday's forecast for our area in Maryland. 47% humidity. Oh, and it said 94 with a "Real Feel" of 101 for today? No, it did not get that hot today.|
|Yesterday's forecast for the area that we used to live in in South FL. 67% humidity.|
It was late afternoon and overcast by the time I got to the barn today. Lily was happy and comfortable in her stall. I gave her 3.8 mls of ace, because I wanted to be able to take out to the big field for our ride. I thought she would enjoy this, but I bumped up the dose because every time I've taken her out there sober for hand walks in the past, she has gotten quite "up".
|Just starting to feel sleepy|
I immediately asked her to walk on, eventually making it back to the jump so we could circle around it. She did her one-eye one-ear head cock at it, then stopped watching the jump.
We moved on into her paddock, where she still seemed bored. We walked for another 5 minutes in there, and then we walked into the big field.
I was honestly expecting her to be a little more enthused. Her ears went up, but her walk didn't change. It wasn't long before the flies were driving her crazy, despite the fly spray. I use UltraShield Red, too - a decent fly spray! We walked for 5 minutes, and then I asked her to trot. She refused. I insisted. She trotted a few strides, then broke back to a walk to bite at her chest and shoulder, trying to get the flies off. I pointed her towards the field gate, and relieved, she happily walked out and back into the arena.
So yeah...I had this really cool mental picture of us trotting in the big field, but the flies put that notion to an end.
The fly situation was nowhere near as bad if we were off of the grass, so once in the outdoor arena, we picked up the trot. Her trot has been feeling FABULOUS!!! We're still only doing the single 2 minute session in the middle of the half hour walk, but her trot actually feels better than her walk. I've been letting her stretch after each trot session, which she seems to look forward to.
We then walked for another 15 minutes.
|"Why do you keep pointing me at this thing? This is dumb.."|
I wanted to hand graze her afterwards, but the weather had other plans too. Grrrrr... It started to thunder as I was untacking. I was able to hose her off, coat her in fly spray all over again, put her away in her clean stall with the fan on, and run to the car before it started pouring.