Starting to warm up some here, after the major cold spell of the last 10 days or so. Got above freezing today, and supposed to be a bit warmer the next few days. Get to take the horses to the dentist Monday, but that's about all the horse stuff for the foreseeable future. Cast doesn't come off until the end of the month, and by then snow's usually too deep, and the driveway too icy to get the trailer out to go anywhere less snowy.
So no horses, no skiing, no biking, not much walking... I'm bored.
Got Dream out for her rehab ride, despite mother nature and her silly storm yesterday and last night. Best guess is we got about 6 inches of snow, but then it changed over to sleet/freezing rain and squished it down some. The wind was also horrible, so some places have almost no snow and some are knee-deep.
Got out fairly early this morning, as the wind is only supposed to get worse as the day went on. It was 25 when I left the barn, with only a mild breeze, and that actually felt warm (and indeed, it's the warmest it's been in almost a week.. but it won't be staying, another cold front comes thru tonight). Have I mentioned how much I hate winter?!
We are up to 50 minutes of walking and 15 min of trotting, which means we can actually get out 'on trail' a bit. Today is the first I have had her off the property since she was injured!
Had been wanting to get the boys out today too, but they don't have pads. They get their shoes pulled soon and then packing snow won't be an issue.
12/01/13 dream 2.18 miles 3.8 mph 974.78 total miles
12/01/13 george 10.26 miles 4 mph 985.04 total miles
12/03/13 dream 2.14 miles 3.8 mph 987.18 total miles
12/08/13 dream 3.62 miles 4.3 mph 990.8 total miles
12/11/13 dream 3.12 miles 4.2 mph 993.92 total miles
12/15/13 dream 4.46 miles 4.4 mph 998.38 total miles
Jamesgf, I'm new around here so I don't know about the cast. I would assume that it is on you. Bummer. I hope things get better soon. I see that you are from Nevada. My daughter lives in the Reno area and I have done a lot of riding in Nevada and I really like riding in that state. Most of it was in Red Rock, Austin, Ely, Washoe and my favorite Smith Valley. Because of fuel prices I have not been that far for awhile. I have always longed to ride in the Ruby's. Good luck with the cast injury.
Greentree, Thanks for the invitation. I have always thought about riding in the Land Between the Lakes area but have never been there. I thought that it might be a good place for a winter ride. We'll see.
Phantomhorse, I like your snowy picture. Obviously you are the first one down the trail. Good for you! My wife has taken a bunch of pictures over her horse Mystic's ears and your horses ears and color look the same.
I got out for a ride with The Biscuit today. I went out hoping to catch him a feeding time but he had already been fed. I had a feed bucket with me and he came right into the corral with Sarge so he got a extra little ration of pellets today.
He has been super calm for the last two weeks - not that he is spooky but he used to never like me to put my face by his and now he thinks it is just dandy. He went into the arena until I went and got the trailer and we rode at 11:00 AM Clear blue skies and it was around 43 degrees. It was chilly but not horribly so. As long as we were in the sunshine it was just fine.
Biscuit spooked hard at a log while I was looking around - thank God he didn't take off - his whole body shuddered really hard. He thinks logs are alligators waiting to rip the feet off of The Biscuit. We rode 6.4 miles today riding down the bayou behind the golf course and then through Cattail Marsh. Loads of ducks in the bog - some took off very close to us and the horses just ignored them. They were pretty noisy taking off.
Hoping to go again next weekend. If it were dry in the woods I would go by myself but it is sloppy wet in there. Dang...it needs to dry up.
Woot! Just uploaded the Garmin - I now have 200.8 miles for the year. That is pretty dang pathetic but considering all of my issues this year I guess I will have to call it all good. All of those miles were in Ebenezer and Tyrrell Park and once at the beach. Hoping next year I can go to Louisiana, central Texas and back to Mississippi. Sigh...one can hope!! Hoping to get in two more rides this year.
jamesgf, I'm new around here so I don't know about the cast. I would assume that it is on you. Bummer. I hope things get better soon. I see that you are from Nevada. My daughter lives in the Reno area and I have done a lot of riding in Nevada and I really like riding in that state.
Yep, the cast's on me. I posted the sad story a couple weeks back, but to make a long story short, I fell off the horse.
I live near Reno too, but almost all of my riding is done just over the state line in California, from the Sierra Valley northwards, since my riding buddy & her husband live up there, and keep my horse with hers. I do a lot of hiking & mountain biking around the Washoe Lake area, though. Would like to spend more time out around Ely & the Rubies, but I hate driving.