My new job has been keeping me very busy. In fact, January is one of my busiest times of the year. Add to that the fact that this year weather has not been on my side and I have hardly been riding at all. Normally not having an indoor sucks only for about a month and a half in my area. Usually, I am able to ride to mid-January and then it gets spotty until the first week of March. This year it started to freeze mid-December and there is no end to the cold in sight! Since I do have goals with my Fat Spotted Pony I have to do my best to at least do something in the winter in the hopes that Phoenix wont forget what I have worked so hard to teach him all last year.
So far my best has been once a week…and most of it walking. I made it a point to get out of work at a reasonable hour yesterday so I could ride because the high was supposed to be 33 degrees. Not exactly balmy, but it would get above freezing. My hope that with the temp being above freezing and the sun shinning on the ring all day I would be able to get a ride in before it got dark. What I wasn’t counting on was the fact that the sun stops working its magic after 3 so by the time I got to ride the ring was already mostly frozen over. I was bummed to say the least. I did get a little bit of trot in, but not enough. That being said, I have decided that it does count as a ride. If all I can do is walk I am going to make the best of it. Phoenix’s walk/halt transitions are getting better with each try. If I can use this time to correct the face throwing that is going to help my test scores this summer.
I also have to say that sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have Phoenix. Not many people would feel comfortable enough to get on a 5 year old who has not been ridden in a week. It was so windy today too. He really is a good boy. He didn’t even try to buck me off, which is saying a lot for a cold backed horse on a very cold day. He still has a little of the young horse ADHD, but all things considered he is just a total rock star. Not many horses would have put up riding in a mostly frozen ring when it was 28 degrees outside with 30mph wind gusts. I can’t decide if I am crazy or not for even trying to ride. I am thinking not because Phoenix’s Owner (PO) rode with me…on a 4 year old. So that makes me normal right? Right?