I guess yesterday evenings post didn't show up. After we got back from our family dirt bike riding and dropping off our "extra" kids it was 8pm. Buck didn't get his time in today. :( You would think weekends would be easier to get riding time in but not in this household we are usually running off to somewhere else.
I've read a few posts on here about a "horse life". This horse and I'm sure all horses are very time consuming (enjoyable, but time consuming). I know people who have large pastures where their horses come out to move cattle and then released back out to the pasture. Buck, however, does not have that luxury. He has a small paddock, so cleaning every couple of days is a must, daily watering, and I feed him 3 times a day. If I leave for any amount of time we have someone come and take care of him. He's kind of like my 3rd dog! So he had the night off riding yesterday, but no such luck today. There is a large cow pasture across from my house with a nice hill that would work well for conditioning. I need to go find out who owns it and see if I could use the field to work him on that hill since I have read hill work is great for helping them develop muscle all over! I'm going to get a ride in today and do some additional desensitization (Clink Anderson style). Maybe this will help with his spookiness a little. He's not too bad but I have to cross a highway with semi's and cars and if I fall off or get bucked off he will probably be heading back that way to the paddock. (MY WORST FEAR EVER!) Not only for the horse but if he happens to hit a small car, he could kill someone :( I haven't had any close calls yet, just one of those worries I carry with me. Hope you all have a great day.
The hardest thing about learning to ride is the ground!