Friday afternoon found me bouncing in my desk chair, itching to get outside to enjoy the warm weather. Frankly, I think the first warm day after winter, and especially after winters like these, should be holidays. The snow had melted and it was nice enough to let Savy hand-graze. I could not wait to give Savy her first taste of grass in months. After munching some seriously dry dead grass, I decided to ride bareback with just a halter. It went surprisingly well. I only walked because she’d already had a training ride with Nicole that day, but she got “on the bit” in her halter and we did haunches in and shoulder in with no problems.
Then I had a bright idea. Lets run around together in the outdoor (on foot – not bareback). I was feeling playful and I pictured us frolicking and playing our own horse/human version of tag. Savy did not think this was fun. I’m pretty sure she thought I’d lost my mind and was chasing her around the arena for no reason. That girl can run! And she did some beautiful flying changes but once I realized we weren’t playing anymore I tried to calm her down. She came out of the arena prancing, with her head and tail straight up in the air and snorting so much I could see the red in her nose. And then I remembered she’s a 4 turning 5 year old Arabian mare. It’s safe to say we won’t be playing that game again.
Saturday was perfect. Perfect. We rode in the outdoor with our friends Liz (human) and Maxi (horse), and then took a little hack around the farm. Savy has grown up so much over the winter! She didn’t act nervous or spooky outside at all…not even when we rode past the place where the cats tried to kill her last year. Liz and I are going to try and do Trail Ride Saturdays when the weather is nice 🙂
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but I work Sunday mornings at the farm. I feed, turn out, clean stalls, feed again, bring some in and take others out. It’s a lot of work but I love it. There’s nothing more satisfying than leaving the barn knowing all the stalls are clean, the horses have fresh water, and that they have full belly’s.
It’s weekends like this that make all the work and frozen toes of winter worth it.