I am really in need of some motivation to keep riding. After temperatures of 30+ (celsius) every day, I have a headache from the heat, I'm tired, and usually the last thing I want to do is go out and ride. So I figure keeping a journal will keep me going, knowing I have to be diligent in following it every day.
I don't ride my younger mare every day, but she doesn't really need it. She's chubby, but not horrifically, alarmingly overweight. My older pony mare, however, is horrifically, alarmingly overweight, and she really needs worked daily to help her shed some pounds. She's so heavy that it's beginning to affect her balance.
Pictures are attached below, but the potbellied little mare you see below is Dee. She's about 17, 13 something hands high (13.2 or .3, maybe?), and I've had her since the beginning of May. She's very well broke, knows a LOT, is sensitive, but she's still your typical lazy, test-you pony.
Anyhow, I rode her almost every day for the last two months, but then she started getting really stiff so I gave her a week off, fearing the worst. I speculated it was her arthritis finally kicking in, but I didn't learn until the end of the week that regular work is the best thing for arthritis. So, in a week of no work and all the pasture she could eat, she gained back a large amount of the weight she'd worked off in the last while.
And thus, we come to my quest. Even though the last thing I want to do after a hot, tiring day is drag a saddle out to the barn and ride, I'm doing it for the good of her health (and mine).
So, I'll start my entry with yesterday (even though I've been riding her religiously for a few days now).
Wednesday July 20
As usual, it was sunset when we started off, and I must admit that riding with the shadows long and the sun casting a warm glow over everything is really pretty. I walked her to the trail head, then trotted for about half a mile to warm up (with intervals of walking), and then cantered down the open fields and between the rows of potatoes. The only good thing about a foreign-owned company buying and desecrating our land is that they don't know how to plant potatoes, and this year the rows are nice and wide, and leave plenty of room to canter comfortably. We walked home by the road, and then around home I rode her around the pool. She is TERRIFIED of the pumps and hoses, and it's a little ridiculous, so every day I just walk her around and around the pool and work her near there. By the end she's always a little bit calmer, but it's a daily work in progress.
And now, enjoy the pictures.
:lol: I have no idea why she's standing so ridiculously in the first picture. What a dweeb.
I have more pictures! Just didn't want HF to log me out as I sat there doing nothing waiting for 'em to load:
Good for you! The only time I have time to ride is like really early morning (6 AM). And I have trouble motivating my self to get out of bed. This heat is kicking my butt. It's terrible!
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I know. I'm hoping the heat wave will break soon (I'm guessing sometime near the end of September :wink:). Though of course, then when it's January we'll all be moaning and complaining because it's too cold.
Just curious as to the title of this thread? Gets one's attention, then where's the beef?
Great pics! Love the butt shot. If I had wide open spaces like that to ride in, I would definitely be more motivated to ride. I mostly ride in a 10 acre field and it gets very boring. While it may not be exciting for you, I'm jealous.
Oh, heck, not offensive to me! I am just curious. It does seem rather unrelated to your thread, but maybe a good advertising gimick?
"Operation Sexify": because I'm trying to "sexify" Dee. I know she's never going to be a thin animal unless we starved her, but as long as I can get her reasonably fit, that'll be enough.
And thank you, Rather Be Riding. I sort of take it for granted how priveleged (don't know how to spell it :-P) I am to live in such a place, and have so much land to ride on. My friend pointed it out a few weeks ago, and I guess I am really lucky. It's better than riding around the back yard day after day, anyhow.
Thursday July 21
I had a particularly bad headache today, but of course I rode. The same route as yesterday; cantered a bit more. I know long trots are better to build fitness, but cantering is just more fun.
When we got home, my mom's friend was over with her granddaughter and the little girl (maybe 3 years old) wanted up on Dee. Dee's just a been-there, done-that old packer horse, and the little girl really enjoyed it, and didn't realize she was getting soaked in sweat :-P.
No pictures today, sorry; my camera was almost out of batteries.
I don't have time tonight, so I'll post more later.
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