It’s so nice to have both boys in some level of work, I love staying busy and who doesn’t love riding in the field behind the arenas? The weather has been pretty good and the bugs haven’t been too bad yet. Prepare for lots of between the ears pictures, lol.
P is now up to 6 minutes of trot work and I’m still spending my time squishing on his hock bump and icing it daily. Hock bump obsession.
P and I have been spending most of our time in the field of course. Doing a lot of walking for most of the ride and adding in the little hills and the ditch as we wander.
Then we get to P’s favorite part of the day…
Stampede has progressed in his rehab as well. We are now doing 12 minutes of trot and about 12 strides of canter each way.
Yesterday I went to ride Stampede in the ring and the footing sucked so I made the call to attempt a field ride alone. I can usually do that towards the end of summer with minimal antics but he’s only been out there a handful of times this year.
Never fear, Stampede was just as happy to avoid the ring and gave me a great ride.
He stretched down and let me focus on making sure he was pushing from behind and lifting his back nicely. It definitely gets hard towards the end of the second direction when we are both getting tired. He is more inclined to trip then, especially on the uneven ground in the field. I worked hard to remain present with him the whole time and was rewarded with some great trot to finish.
I also got to ride Willow yesterday. There was no one else out riding at all plus the workers were moving jumps out to the rings in preparation for a show next weekend so we did our flatwork in the ring with the not great footing. I was able to at least stick to where other horses had softened it up most of the time. Willow has only been in light work as her mom recovers from an injury so we just did a light hack. All in all a fun ride and I’m thankful her mom is willing to share her with me. We finished our ride by walking out in the field to cool off.
It’s awesome you have had some catch rides lately 🙂 glad both boys are getting back at it.
Yes, I love riding other people’s horses. Particularly when they are as well trained and good minded as Willow. I’m itching to get both boys back to at least normal flatwork. Cantering is my favorite and I miss it!
Glad the rehab is going well! And you are able to ride so much that tax season is over!
Me too, I keep waiting for a hiccup though! So glad I can have a normal life for a while and get back to my daily rides.
what a relief that both boys are recovering apace! also – i did a double take at Willow’s ears until i realized that the bonnet was adding so much length haha. cute mare!
Haha, I know her bonnet is a bit large in the ears. If I get to ride her again I will have to do better at trying to get a photo of her from another view. She’s really a nice girl!
Yay for chestnut between the ears pics!
Chestnuts are the best <3