After a break for Thanksgiving, we did a trail ride yesterday, which I had been looking forward to the ENTIRE week, and thensome, particularly after seeing farms and horses from the interstate (my dad and I drove to DC from Boston to see family). Then it started snowing very lightly on Friday afternoon (after the barn's area got a bunch of snow earlier this week), which made it particularly more perfect. There is something particularly serene and special about riding through the woods in snow, though I admit I can be somewhat romantical. It feels like going on a wild journey, and it's good for the soul. Toby and I didn't lead - we probably could've asked, I suppose, but overall it went very well. My "horse muscles" are a little uncertain, but I wasn't in any pain. It would be a good time to go back to yoga or do more dryland core exercises on my off days. (I've been doing a lot of swimming. Like, a *lot* of swimming.) I even helped out with night feed - under the very watchful eye of my trainer, who is making up for all the time when she didn't know how much pain I was in. (I'm not bothered - I think "oh by the way, I have to have surgery to correct the excruciating pain I'm in all day every day" was kind of a shock...)
There's going to be a thaw and rain and a refreeze in the coming week then my trainer is gone for a couple of weeks. I can still go to the barn, and if Tobes' owner is not using him I might even be able to ride him a little bit in the pen or the ring, since as my trainer says, they know I'm not going to do anything stupid. Or, we can go on a regular trail ride.
I am, however, an idiot, who accidentally left my bag of tricks and my helmet in the office at the barn before Thanksgiving and then forgot about it until yesterday. Found the bag, but the helmet is so far nowhere to be found. Trainer thinks one of the pony kids took it by accident, and hopefully that's true, because I can't really afford to replace it until I start at the ambulance again. (And I see my neurosurgeon on the 17th, so hoping for a Christmas eve return! My regular shift is a Tuesday, 24hr, but I can probably sway scheduling into giving me just the first 12hr so I can still go to Christmas Eve services.)
Last edited by QtrBel; 12-08-2019 at 08:28 AM.