So yesterday I decided that I was going to ride Gizmo because it is going to be SUPER cold for the next few days. It was actually pretty cold yesterday so I decided to keep his blanket on and just ride him like that. So we got a lot of snow lately and on top of the freezing rain so there was a crunchy top to the snow so I put his polo wraps on him to protect his legs a little bit. So after I bridled him and opened the gate I led him around to get on him. Normally he will stand right there, but not yesterday.
Now I'm really short, only 5'2" and he is 15.3hh so he is a big boy especially for me. And I don't have a mounting block, so I have to stand on my fence to get on him. So after about a half and hour of teaching him how to stand! I finally got on him. Then we went out and headed into the snow, but it was actually really hard for him to walk on, so I was like alright, lets go out to the road. So we headed down there and got on the driveway and he started to dance and twirl around and I was like "what the heck!" So I looked down and his leg wrap was coming off so after all that I had to get off! So I got off and noticed that one was already gone. So I just ripped all of them off, he didn't need them anyways because we weren't going to be riding in the snow.
Luckily my uncle was outside across the street (he lives across the street) and he came over and held him for me. But when he reached for him Gizmo reared up, which this attitude isn't like him at all. Was really strange. So I stood on some fencing we had down by the driveway and got on him.
So we headed up the road and he was walking really fast almost at a trot so he was really happy to get out I think (I don't trot bareback because of his painfully huge withers) So I turned him around and we went back the other way when we got to my driveway he wanted to go in but I wouldn't let him so he bucked me! The little brat. But we kept going straight and we actually ended up going aways down the road.
Then when we got back we had to go back up the hill and go back to his barn, so we got up the hill and started to cross the field and I could tell he was stuggling to get through the snow it was so deep so I got off to help him out a little and it reminded me so... much of that part in, "The Never Ending Story" when Atreyu and his horse and in the "mud of despair" and the horse wouldn't move (and I always cry) but it reminded me of that. But in this case it was kind of funny, but he got out of it. But that was our big adventure yesterday. And it was like 12 degrees!
So here are some pictures. The third one is my shutter acting up and not opening all the way! Stupid camera. And sorry for his blanket being dirty. It has been very cold and snowy and I haven't been able to get it clean at all.