I think the fear of slipping is what is stopping me from riding Honey this winter. I know we could go riding in the snow, but it just scares me. I'm new at riding as it is and I feel that Honey's middle name is not Grace! She was offered to me in August and I rode her around the pasture and such. We went on our first trail ride together the end of October. She did so well for being her first time out too. She walked over limbs all through the ride. Towards the end, her back hoof grazed a limb and she scooted around and stumbled. She didn't fall, but I fell right out of the saddle. We were both fine, but my neck ended up getting more stiff as the day went by. I ended up doing just ground work with her at home for about a week. I tried to ride her, but her shoulder was stiff. We were both out of commission. I walked her one day and told her that we were quite the duo...I couldn't turn my head to look at her and she was owchie under saddle. Right as I could ride her, my friend got a new horse and he's a nosy little critter and Honey is not fond of him. I could have tied him somewhere, but I would have much rather shut him into the barn, but I couldn't. So, I haven't rode Honey since October.
With all that said, since I didn't ride her after the fall, I'm just worried. Not about me. Falling off didn't bug me at all. Riding her in the pasture wouldn't have bothered me at all either. She walked up to me one day in the pasture after a snow and slightly stumbled on the way. I'm a worry wart, so I won't be riding her until winter is over.
It just sucks because time just wasn't on our side. Once the barn was equipped to shut Lucky in, it grew cold and now it's been nothing but ice. I'm probably going to go out today because it's like 60 here! I'm sure the pasture is nothing but water and ick, but at least I can walk Honey around and let her know that I'm still the boss. She's a testy mare, so come spring, she just may forget!