Had some great rides this week and got to play with my new Garmin Forerunner. Did 20 miles total within the last 4 days (total of 76mi this year so far). Had a nice 10 mile solo conditioning ride yesterday averaging 7.4mph where we passed two loud wooden bridges, several bikers, and crossed a busy road. Zero issues (well, aside from a small spooking episode, but this is 100% excusable seeing as there was a gigantic tumbleweed stuck to her tail! Had a good laugh when I realized what happened ) Woohoo!
Dory is getting fitter and fitter and taking everything in stride. Love my girl! She still has plenty of energy after 10 mile rides so it may be time to bump it up to 15 miles soon!
This weekend has been.. interesting. Like the chinese curse interesting.
First more &%$^ing snow came.. then even more. Friday it finally stopped snowing, but I was stuck at work all day. Came home to see insanely big icicles and snow that was trying to slither off the barn roof. Went out to beat it with a shovel, not wanting any of the horses hurt..but apparently I was too late. As I went out to check the water tank, Dream wandered over and I noticed blood on her face.. lifted her forelock to find:
Said some not-so-nice words, and even more not-nice words when I realized I didn't have any sterile suture and would need to call the vet. Not how I had planned to spend Valentine's Day evening!! But we got lucky the vet was on her way home (she lives not far from us) and she swung over and fixed Dream up.
Saturday, it snowed again. Were only supposed to get 2-4, but got more like 6 or 8. Driving to and from work was not much fun, with people off the road all over the place. We have over 2 feet of snow on the ground and places are drifted deeper than my waist (ask me how I know that..).
Today it didn't snow, but in preparation for the next storm (coming tomorrow), we shoveled off the shed roof and moved hay and DH got out the skid loader to push back the plow piles (most of which are easily taller than I am now). Then DH took the skid out to break a path for us to ride on. It couldn't go thru the places that drifted, so not a very long path.. but a rideable path!!
To celebrate, we hopped on bareback and took a spin. The temp wasn't too bad and the sun was sort of out, but the wind was ugly and all the path is in the open. Our weather station said it was 28, but with a windchill of -3.
We got to ride yesterday, was about 50 degrees here! We just messed around, did several 1000ft pulls.
2/9 19 miles
2/15 4 miles 11.5mph never broke gait:)
2/16 16 miles av 4mph
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Today I got all 3 horses out! The weather was the nicest its been in weeks (mid 20s, mostly sunny, lighter wind). We are expecting another storm overnight, so I wanted to take advantage of being able to ride when I could.
Took Dream out first, as I knew she would be most reliable to break trail.
She was not all that enthused to be plowing through the at least knee-deep and sometimes belly-deep snow, but she was cranked up when we got to the places that my DH had opened with the skid loader yesterday. The stitches in her head didn't seem to detract from her crow hopping and head flinging.
Got George out next and he was nuts. It's the first he has been out in many weeks and he was like riding dynamite. He couldn't figure out if he wanted to spook or buck or run or perhaps do all 3 at once.
Last out was Sultan. He was also wired for sound to start with, but settled down when he realized we were making the same circles on the second lap.
02/17/14 dream 7.02 miles 5.1 mph 67.34 total miles
02/17/14 george 5.01 miles 5.5 mph 72.35 total miles
02/17/14 sultan 5.00 miles 6.2 mph 77.35 total miles
Just got home from Racing Stripes so Luka will be off for a few days. He did amazing (minus some race brain which I will NOT tolerate. We are just starting so I'm making sure I keep at the, "Human in charge and horse is not"mantra lol
Got out again today, despite the weather being spastic. The snow was supposed to stop mid-morning, so when the sun came out just after 10, I went out to the barn and got Sultan ready to go. Wasn't I shocked when about 100 yards after leaving the barn, the snow started again, along with a horrendous wind. But I was already on and figured what the hell. So on we went.
The storm overnight did a very good job of erasing the trail I got blazed yesterday:
Sultan was less than impressed about trailblazing, not that I could blame him with snow pelting him in the face some of the time. The wind had also kicked up more drifts - at one point I had to pick up my feet as the snow was collecting in my stirrups!!
After Sultan, I got on Dream and DH came home for 'lunch' and rode George with us. The snow had stopped but the wind kept on roaring (came in after the ride to look at the weather station and it was reading 25 mph sustained with gusts to 35 and a real feel of 5. ). Places Sultan had blazed open only an hour before had already filled with snow..
Today is proof mother nature is just messing with my head.
We were supposed to get an ice storm this morning. Well thankfully it didn't ice, but was snowing instead, with no wind and temps in the low 30s. I decided to suck it up and get Dream out before work, despite the snow/ice pellets falling from the sky.
Dream was so happy to try to eat the small patch of grass visible from where my DH plowed the lawn in front of where the trailer is parked. It was almost sad, she was so enthusiastic.
But then comes the kicker.. as I was untacking, the snow stopped and the sun came out. Now that I have to go to work in a few minutes, the sky is crystal clear and the sun is shining and its 42. Least I don't have to worry about dying on the way to work, but really?? Maybe it will have all melted away by the time I am done work..
02/18/14 dream 7.27 miles 6.6 mph 89.71 total miles
02/19/14 dream 5.29 miles 5.0 mph 95.00 total miles