Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another Day, Another Ride

Having this blog seems to be working at keeping me on my "streaks" of riding. The weather has been very cooperative too! It's been in the high 60s with blue skies and no wind. We suffered though such a miserable summer last year that we all have our fingers crossed for this one. The trees are showing just the barest hint of green. No flowers yet except the ones in the greenhouses or the box stores. The lows at night aren't below freezing but several years ago we got 6 inches of snow on May 5th.

Today I rode Voosh with my daughter riding The Mare, a Belgian/QH cross that is a dream to ride. She's my husband's horse, the closest thing I could get to a 4 wheeler for him. She's somewhere between 18 and 20 years old, about 16 hands high and weighs 1250 pounds. She goes where you point her and crosses rivers, mud bogs, creeks full of salmon, and has the smoothest jog ever. Somewhere in her life someone trained her and, if you know what you are doing, she will leg yield, side pass, open and close gates, and stand tied for hours. But if you don't know what you are doing, she will pack you around with her nose stuck in the tail of the horse in front of her.

We rode for two hours on the side of the gravel road past the house. We worked on forward and whoa. We worked on leg yield from one side of the road to the other. Then we trotted up the driveway and walked down twice, trotted up once then I got off and led her back to the corral. No problem with saddling today either.

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