Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Agreed. The majority of my time with my horses is spent NOT riding. I find it very relaxing to just hang out with them. It also helps with bonding, since they don't always have to work when they see me.
Yup, nothing like some bonding time to make riding that much better later on. I haven't ridden more than 3 times since early July, too darn hot. I have, however, been having totes of fun playing in the post-rain puddles with Indie, going on hand walks for grazing in unfenced areas, working on "spooky" things like rubber balls being tossed in their direction, and even just sitting in the shade and reading a book to keep company with my fuzzy companions.
Riding is a small portion of the companionship a horse offers in the big scheme of things.