The AERC convention was pretty busy for me, but overall productive and fun. I spent the majority of my time in various meetings, but did get to see a couple educational seminars and walk around the trade show and tack sale. Happy to report I sold a few items and did not buy a thing - I did win a couple free shirts, which just happened to be teal. Perfect!
We got home at 1am Sunday night/Monday morning, so it was hard to drag myself out of bed. But the weather was glorious - more like May than March - so of course I wanted to ride.
I started with Phin. I expected him to be full of it, so we went up the powerline climb at a canter. It was already over double the temp of last ride when I left the barn, so that worked to my advantage. We headed across the farm and up the Tomhicken, keeping a steady trot. Once we dropped down the pole line to the Tomhicken trail, Phin had worked out most of his silly.
It was nice to see water versus ice! I was also happy that the couple trees which had come down had already been cleared.
I heard shooting coming from the base of the s-turn trail, so I went up the alternative trail Gina had shown me. It was very nice (and stayed away from the shooting).
Went up to the space needle and then home without incident. It was so nice to tie Phin to the patience tree to dry in the sun versus having to stand in the barn with a cooler on!
13.28 miles, 1759 feet of climb, 6.3 mph average pace, 62F real feel
Next up was George. I decided to use the thermal camera to do some before and after pictures of his front feet and legs, so I didn't want a workout but that would give me a mix of everything. I started off going around Spaulding's and then heading up the bottom tier of the Sugarloaf.
Then we went down and around through the fields. It was simply glorious to be outside.
We finished going across the farm and home via Ziesloft's. George felt about the same - mostly ok but NQR in some places.
6.01 miles, 945 feet of climb, 5.4 mph average pace, 65F real feel
The before and after pictures (which are pictures of the thermal camera screen as I couldn't be bothered to upload the actual images):
Don't see anything in the feet that seems unusual. Cannons (and hocks) are warmer after, but not sure if that is a potential issue or just the fact it was so warm outside (and I didn't even untack before taking the pics). I plan to take more before and after the next ride, too.
Next it was Link's turn. He was super quiet to tack and downright unenthused for the longe work. I couldn't blame him because it was so much warmer than it had been.
Link is making progress every ride, so I am very pleased!