Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Yeah, my fellow and I had the same winter. I really did try to keep up with my riding 5 days a week, but the weather was nasty. Too cold, snowing, roads cruddy to drive on - so I got out maybe once to twice a week.
Now that the snow is melting and we're at a new barn, we are getting back into the swing of things - which is hacking.
Being Eventers, hacking is the most important factor to conditioning and developing, for both horse and rider. So Nelson and I are slowly getting back to our routine.
I am spending as little time as possible in the arena right now, the more I get out on those trails the better. We started out at 45 minutes and are now out there for 1 hour, gradually increasing it to 1 1/2 hours.
We have a lesson Thursday, and a clinic with a 3* Eventer on the 19th. So I need to get him and myself back into condition. Our first HT is May 8th.
In total, I am in the arena once a week, while out hacking the rest. Nothing better than getting out on those trails that are packed with hills to climb up and down on, large open fields to hand gallop in, with plenty of scenery and friends to share the good times with.