Okay. I couldn't help myself last night. I went riding. It was just too danged gorgeous outside! (although it cooled off really quick when the wind picked up)
I was prepared for Red to be a little firecracker monster. I rode once at an indoor arena in January before he got hurt, but I can't remember the last time I rode outside. Probably was early November.
And he really wasn't all that bad!! I just wanted to walk the whole time, because the field we were walking in had patches of ice, and wasn't thawed completely (so there was a layer of frozen ground under the water and small layer of mud).
I had to circle him now and then (basically a one-rein stop sort of thing) to keep him from going faster or acting silly, but all-in-all he did pretty dang good!
I was a bit worried when I caught him though, as his leg was VERY swollen. But I bet they had just been standing around all afternoon basking in the sun, and I bet he stocked up from that. Once I started walking him and riding him, the swelling went away 100%.
Tonight is going to be too cr@pp^ to ride, most likely, with sleet and rain/snow garbage. But hopefully tomorrow it will be decent. Sunday we're hauling to an indoor to ride and then he'll get a GOOD workout!
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It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.