Not as spectacular as last week's, but still a nice backdrop to cleaning the horse corral this evening:
Did nearly 4 miles jogging today. Was too pooped to ride Bandit as well. Rode Bandit yesterday after a week of high winds or rain. He was kind of...bouncy. Not rebellious, just a LOT of energy he needed to burn off! The absolute maximum dimensions of my "arena" are only 125' x 80 feet, and more realistically, 100 x 70. To stay inside without danger from the rails, maybe 90 x 50-60 feet. So basically just a continuous turn at any speed, and we hit a gallop a few times.
Briefly tried the "Grandpa" stirrup setting. As nice as it feels on a relaxed horse, it felt dangerous
on a very energetic horse. So went right back to the Poppa Bear setting and kind of "surfed" Bandit instead of riding him. The longer setting just didn't allow my feet to support me when things were more aggressive. But Bandit NEEDED some hard moving to get the boogers out of his brain. After 45 minutes, he was relaxing. And sweating on what was still a winter day for us. I would SOOOOOO love to have an arena or level area at least 300 feet long!
That was a big problem for Mia, I think. She didn't get as "I'm taking over" as Bandit will get, but she still needed, really needed, to MOVE. Unhappily, I couldn't give her that.
And with my oldest daughter's divorce and various issues it entails, we're looking at staying here for another 3-5 years. Life isn't always about what we want, is it!