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post #1 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Wink How was YOUR ride today?

Hope everyone's weather co-operated and allowed for a good trail ride today. I woke up to sunny weather, finished planting all my flowers & decided to take Scotty for a ride. I warmed him up in the arena with some stretching & flexing, smelled the lilacs' perfume wafting over to us. Magnificent! Then we left Indy behind and rode to the end of the road & back which is about 4 miles return trip. Of course I ran out of time before I had to get to work so no riding Indy, he was heartbroken. Let's hear about everyone else's ride today.
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post #2 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 08:28 PM
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I'd rather be riding...

Your ride sounds like it was so nice. *sigh*

I've been taking a grad class to keep my teaching certificate current this week, so I won't get to go to the barn until Saturday!

I've been banned from riding by my doc because of un-riding-related neck issues, but I got the go ahead to ride around the arena and the grounds at a walk. I did last Saturday! It felt so great!!! I hope my neck gets better so I can get back out on the trails before summer's gone!

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post #3 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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At least you are riding again, no rush on the trails until then!
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post #4 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 08:56 PM
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Got up and exercised Arthur and Lenox on trail early this morning; Excel and Molly are both temporarily out of commission. Lenox was great; I'm really beginning to appreciate how forward and happy she is to work now that she's lost weight.

Arthur, my old guy, was his usual buddy-sour self, but less so than usual. Typically he cries for his mare every few minutes on trail, but today he whinnied for her only a few times. Each time he did, I stopped and backed him, made him stand, and then let him continue. We then went to the arena and practiced lead changes (doing reining at fair).

Nothing too strenuous, as it was 95F by 10am.
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post #5 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 09:16 PM
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Went out on trail tonight with some barn buddies it and was great. did about 4 miles and some hill work, crossed 3 creeks, let 2 of the group canter away without freaking out :) and my big man even led the trail about 1/4 of the ride on the way home since he was the calmest out of everyone.
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post #6 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 09:19 PM
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I worked 10 hours today, so no riding for me! Glad others got to get in the saddle though.

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post #7 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow maybe Phantom? And Equiniphile, 95???!!!! How hot is it in the hottest part of the day?
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Pretty dang hot. Good breeze and lots of shade in my arena, so it's not as bad as it sounds.
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post #9 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 10:16 PM
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Couldn't ride today - it was about 100 deg F. Went to visit my horse and the idiot RUNS AWAY FROM ME. So, he was supposed to get the day off, and ended up getting a groundwork session in the heat. Jerk. He only runs away from me when I skip a day of visiting him Once he remembered who was boss, I gave him a nice cool hosedown, put lots of fly spray and Swat on him, cleaned his fly mask, put aloe on his nose, fed him applesauce with electrolytes and sent him on his way.
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post #10 of 61 Old 06-21-2012, 10:19 PM
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My ride today noted here:

Mia's progress - trying to turn my spooky Arabian mare into a good trail horse

It was outstanding, at least in terms of Mia's progress. I was pretty sweaty at the end, but it was worth it.
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