Today, I wanted to ride in the worst way, but the weather forecast was for rain & thunderstorms. After watching as a lightening bolt hit right out in the middle of our street - there's no way I want to take a chance getting caught out. A whole different world here than the weather I knew so well in WA.
Once I had her polished up from top to bottom, we went out to the arena & she's already figured out our new routine :-) She was just So very good! I can imagine how good it feels to stretch out & get to move out - especially so when she's had so many years of consistent riding. It's been hard for me too - my joints seem to crackle more than they used to. I've started a little exercise routine in the mornings to try to combat the changes.
She didn't even break a sweat today - finally I started laughing & chasing her! Instantly she picked up on the game & flew past me :-) She made one turn to cut me off - so graceful that it took my breath away.
|The new look~|
When we first moved her over into the turnout - a day or two later she came up with a rip on the side of her cheek. Not deep, just a thin layer of skin & hair removed, no blood. I sprayed it & it scabbed up just fine. Now though - the hair has grown in light gold! Her body has stayed very clean - no marks, bites, bumps or any of the usual things that most horses collect over the years. Of course not having her in a herd situation has helped that.
Thursday is supposed to be a break in the storms & I'm hoping to travel the 40 minutes to an hour it takes to go anywhere that I can ride! If anywhere is open! Here - if we get rain - the parks close. Within that drive time - the three closest places only have maybe 8-miles of trail. This time of year - with the thunderstorms rolling through almost daily - it makes riding the kind of distances we used to enjoy - limited.