After the most horrific winter I can remember suffering through (thank you Wisconsin), I was finally able to take a spin around the hay field at my boarding barn this morning. The ground is frozen, so we walked almost the entire time, but my gelding and I were both ecstatic!!! He managed to contain his enthusiasm (thankfully), but it was a very welcome sign of spring.
Me too... last week we rode outside, and today had a lesson outside. The ground was harder this week and my horse was a little stiff and out of shape, so we only did a little bit of canter, but it was fun to be out. (:
Yesterday the temps reached 48-50º and after a good workout, took the green bomb out to the outdoor ring for the first time in 4-5 months! She was surprisingly quiet, the footing mucky muddy, but it was SO GOOD to feel sun on my face! We trotted a bit, but I didn't want to push my luck.
If anything set her off, I knew if I fell I'd be covered in (although soft) thick wet mud.
Although some intrepid ones went out on the road last weekend, today was my first time outside this year. The paddocks and rings are too icy to ride in but the gravel road is fine. My horse was a little snorty and looky for the first few yards (what, we have a donkey! where did that come from?) but soon settled down. The first Red-winged Blackbirds had arrived and the sun was warm on our faces and it was absolutely heavenly.
I'm soooo jealous!!! I haven't ridden since October I woulda started my horse back to work with some ground driving/lunging etc so I could start riding in about 2 weeks (not fair imo to ride without giving him a chance to muscle/cardio up a bit first) but the last week and a half, which was perfect for this start, was the first time I've been sick all winter season
I am feeling good enough as of late last night so I hit the treadmill for the first time in just over a week this AM. I'm gonna try to start working my guy this week a little but I almost hesitate to say it out loud...no doubt it'll start raining!!