Argh!! We had a smallish snowfall here EIGHT weeks ago and even though it only put 4 or 5 inches on the ground, the blasted ring has been hidden under a thick crust of ice ever since. Or, at least, it was until Tuesday...when we had maybe a 6' x 6' area still covered with a thin layer. A small enough bit to consider shoveling off so we can freaking RIDE. The paddocks were ice-free, the round pen was in great shape, and we'd been having April for a couple of months, and I was ALL psyched to be riding my boy Huey this week. I haven't ridden him since December 8, and he's gotten very cranky at being out of work! We did some training with him in the round pen on Wednesday morning and it turned my shirty, attitudinal, tant want to be haltered tant want to be groomed tant want to behave mouthy beast into a real Pocket Pony.
And then, right as we finished with him, it started to snow. And it didn't stop for 36 hours. And now the ring is buried under another 8" of crusty, icy snow. And the paddocks are icy, and the round pen is a churned up slick hard rutted mess. And now Huey's going to get cranky again, and I WANT TO RIDE. I am tired of riding the lesson horse! I want to ride my big bad beautiful boy! I want to canter, and leg yield, and go on the trail, and learn to send him over small jumps. I want to ride!!!