|Not the greatest photo representation, but I'm striving to take a photo after every ride this year.|
Friday (before the snow settled in for the weekend) I had another amazing ride on Q. 5 miles longer than the first with 500 more feet of climbing than the first ride of the week. I was graced once again with a game horse that exhibited none of her spazzy spooking shenanigans. We even explored some new trails and found one new lollipop loop so far!
Dare I say it, I'm beginning to look forward to riding this horse again! I was never afraid of her, nor did I dread our rides, but I certainly didn't look forward to them with the childhood abandon I once did. The thought of having to ride out her spooking shenanigans just wasn't the most fun thought to entertain. Just because I *could* do something didn't mean I enjoyed it.
The return of a game, confident partner has me excited to put in the conditioning miles again! Spending hours in the saddle with a confident horse is much more enjoyable than hours in the saddle with one that's afraid of the world. And I'd venture to say Q is enjoying things more, too.
Vaccines and dental (if needed) are scheduled for tonight for both horses. We'll see about riding this week as it unfolds. I tend to give both horses some down time after their vaccines though because they're usually a little sluggish in the following days. And Q will get plenty of training miles in Canaan this weekend as I'm dragging her along to my second home for a weekend of riding with Dan.