Monday, January 5, 2009

Horse withdrawal

I think I'm suffering from it. Oh, I see them daily and they're all very happy to see me - after all, I bring food! But the closest I've come to actual riding is having T boost me up to sit on Thunder the other night after we were done with feeding.

He was completely unflapped by the fact that we haven't done anything much in the past few months. While on the one hand it was great to know that he hasn't decided people - even people in rattle-y, semi-frozen winter layers and bulky snow boots - are terrifying things to have on his back, I really wanted to do more than be led around the lot a few laps.

Un-broke 4-year-old on frozen footing, wearing only a halter & lead, in single digit temps - sounds like a, "Hey, Watch this!" scenario in the making, doesn't it? Sanity prevailed, and I contented myself with the lead-line laps, although I did make "reins" and "steer" with legs & make-shift bridle. (I figure every little bit counts, right?) And if he'd been twitchy, we would have just done multiple mounts & dismounts until he was okay with that.

*wails*
But I really wanna RIDE!

Even if it's only fooling around bareback in a snowy pasture. I was so hoping for warmer temps while I had some time off over the holidays. But the only days where the thermometer evern nudged it's way out of the 20's we were on the road to the airport. Of course, today I'm back at work and it's hovering in the low 30's - sun, no wind.... GRRRR....

I guess I'll have to settle for vicarious adventures. Jennifer over at How did this happen? has a new arena to work & play in, and Dawn at the Eventing Percheron has been posting pics of her and Brego adventuring through the frozen woods - pretty snow scenes!

Someday it will be warm again.
Then I can complain about mud & bugs & heat :)

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

Read up on some good horse-adventure books, and then you can imagine excellent rides.

Or, get some horse training videos, and laugh at the goofy wild Untrainble horses getting "broken".

Or, make snow angels, take pictures, and let me be jealous that you have snow...

Take more pictures of the snowy horses. Mine would FREAK if they had snow on their coats...

SunnySD said...

Good suggestions, all of them :) I'm hoping for warmer weather tomorrow, and no weird emergencies that preclude horse-time. Maybe I'll actually get a little riding in. Fingers crossed for luck!

JJ said...

I can't imagine not riding for a few months. I just had to go two weeks without riding and I was going through withdrawal...I hope you get some real riding in soon!

SunnySD said...

At least this winter I'm seeing them daily.... I haven't always been that lucky!