Q and Griffin both greet me with their respective whicker and whinny before walking to me, Q initiating the forward motion for once.
I then venture to grab Stan who has watched the events up to this point. He whickers his greeting, too, before giving his typical walk-around bossing Griffin and earning my chiding before he'll acquiesce to being haltered.
We venture to the barnyard. Cranky faces are swapped between Q and Stan while Griffin skirts to the front, nervous about being around Stan who is still The Bossy New Guy.
|Leading three horses at once is harder than it seems; Stan is definitely the problem child!
All three receive grain and grooming while I casually sip on the beer I had the foresight to bring. These quiet after-work moments with the horses are all the better with a cold brew in hand!
As I putz about doing this and that, as three sets of ears and eyes follow my every move. Each horse stands square with a hind leg resting.
I finally can't resist and begin a gratuitous photoshoot for a few minutes. They're just too cute.
|Can't wait for more time and warmer days to get this guy out on the trails to build fitness back for
the first time since...2007!
|She doesn't look as awful as I'd worried after 6 months off!
|Okay, this is actually not from last night, but Griffin was in a dark spot last night that made photos poorer.
Finally, I decide to toss on my helmet and clip reins to Q's rope halter. I vault onto her bareback and we walk in slow, meandering circles around the barnyard for five to ten minutes. I revel in the pleasure of sitting astride my little 100-mile mare after so much time off. It's been 6 months since she began showing symptoms and 5 months since we diagnosed her suspensory injury.
|On Wednesdays we wear pink.
|Smiles and floppy relaxed ears <3
|This mare is the queen of getting mud on her poll. Cakes it in there like a boss.
|I couldn't help myself and gave her a vanity plate/tramp stamp.
We're not rushing into anything, but it is so nice to have these quiet moments riding her again, even if they are infrequent for now, the briefest of brief, and the slowest of slow. I'm grateful for the time.
After our short jaunt, I cuddle more with each horse before Lauren and her mom show up for lessons. Spring is imminent and I think I'm ready.