It's winter here in New Zealand at present, and where I live we've had a large dumping of rain in the past couple of weeks. Today was apparently the only day in the next seven days where it wasn't forecast for rain The winter blues are hitting hard.
Where we board our horses, it's 24/7 paddock grazing. The property gets a lot of surface water sitting on top, and most parts don't turn overtly muddy but it can be slippery. I've attempted to ride in my riding paddock (we all have our own sections of land we took for ourselves and maintain and then the unused land is communal use) but it's just too slippery in some areas.
So my best friend (new member ohmysem) and I, not wanting to give up our usual Saturday of riding since we've had to over the past couple of weeks give up on riding times, decided to each have a ride out on the property land. It was much safer out there, though there were some hairy bits too with a bit of slippery mud. For Sem, she's new to riding and has a very patient mount, Seoul. Today was her first proper play in water, and Seoul eventually stopped skirting the edges and got in it. And when I rode my mare Honey, not only was it another milestone under our belts in riding out in open spaces for the second time ever (long story involving an accident in 2009 that I seem to bring up far too much on these boards ) but she really settled into her work out the back, despite golfers yelling in the park behind us, paintballers yelling and shooting one another adjoined to the golf park, birds popping up out of the long grass (Honey's pet peeve) and just the nature of being in a "different" place. It made me really realise that our goals for showing later this year are becoming real.
However, the highlight I'm sure for Honey was playing in the water and splashing it with her feet repeatedly like a toddler playing in a bath with its toys
Enough babbling, here's the photos!
Sem & Seoul...
Cheating and skirting the water!
Myself & Honey...
Splash Time! (Like to point out the fencing in the background isn't mine.)
Still playing, it was a ridiculous amount of water to play in, we had just been through deeper stuff before this.
Darn it blurring!
Whilst I wish for access to an arena - I guess plodding around the farm and playing in water can be equally fun! Thanks for looking!