|Our arena on a crappy day.|
The forecast had said 40 degrees for today. I had dressed for 40 degrees. My car had said it was 40 degrees. It felt like 25, and I had managed to forget both my 3-in-1 jacket AND my SSG 10 Belows at home! I was freezing!
It was still fairly wet out after the ice storm we had on Tuesday night. We continued on up the dirt road and, expecting it to be super muddy, we turned around before reaching the trail that leads to the Four Corners gravelly road.
A car was coming up the dirt road as we turned around. Both Lily and Queenie decided to be incredibly silly and started prancing and jigging as they heard the car sloshing through the puddles on the road behind them. Kathy and I crossed to the other side of the road, onto the grass, and rode up past the car as it was coming our way, then tried turning around again.
Lily wanted to GO! She fussed at the bit and tossed her head when I told her she was to walk home. When she started jigging, I made her work in a shoulder-in, first to the right, then to the left, then back again. "We will go in a straight line when you are willing to walk like a normal horse." I told her.
It worked. She realized that if she jigged, things would be all that much harder for her, so she relaxed and we continued at a power walk.
It was an uneventful ride back to the barn, but Lily was still so full of herself I decided to ride her up and down the driveway to burn off some energy while Kathy went into the main barn to untack. Just walking is not enough anymore!
After reading a conversation between Hannah, Mel , Aurora, and Andrea, regarding road work and healthy bare hooves, I decided to have Lily do part of the workout on the road itself. Initially she was like, "Why are you making me trot on the road?" but then she got the hang of it and was happy to oblige. She willingly moved from the grass on the side of the driveway to the road and back again. We did this 3-4 times, until it was starting to get dark. At that point I checked Runmeter and we had done 6 miles in 1.5 hours. We called it a day and I walked her out. Lily got her legs cleaned with anti-fungal shampoo (we're just doing maintenance at this point, which is nice) while she scarfed her beet pulp mash. I completely forgot to look at the undersides of her feet to see if she had worn them down a titch on the pavement. Oh well.
And then she got turned out for the night. It was beautiful outside. There was a bright half moon in the sky, and I could see Orion soaring way up high in the heavens.