On Saturday my sister and I got together to ride. I had been sick all week with a pretty bad head cold so I wasn't 100% but I had been looking forward to this ride for weeks and I wasn't about let a little cold stop me. My sister is in college now and between school, her job helping retrain ottbs, and exercising her own 3 horses I don't get to see her as often as I used to. She had spring break this week however, so we were able to get together.
I asked if she would mind riding Wings, while I took Thunder. I just started riding Thunder again last week...he has been on pasture rest for a little over a month due to a pulled muscle. I wasn't sure how he would do on this ride, but he was raring to go. Both boys surprised me with how well they did, actually. We did a lot of trotting! Not as much as seasoned endurance horses, surely, but quite a bit for my two pasture puffs! I thought Thunder would tire pretty quickly but I was wrong. He was still jigging at the end of our 7.8 mile ride!
Unfortunately I didn't do so well. About halfway through the ride I started getting real dizzy...and for the last stretch I was pretty out of it. I'm not sure just how I made it home, lol. My sister helped me with the chores so I could get home and get to bed asap.
I was very pleased that both the boys drank from the creek!
I felt like a midget on Thunder (13.1h) next to my sister on Wings (16.2h)! Despite the size difference, Thunder impressed me by leading most of the way. I thought it was great that they can trot together fairly well. (Thunder has a fast little trot and while Wings has a slightly slower jog). Walking is another story, though. Thunder has to be one of the slowest "walkers" I have ridden, due mostly to his having short stubby legs, lol!
I think Thunder looks pretty snazzy in his new biothane bridle!
2013 Total Miles:
Thunder: 71.1 miles
Wings: 55.2 miles