In my head riding is a big deal -- it requires three hours of free time (preferably in good weather) to groom, tack up and go somewhere interesting. On Monday it occurred to me that this mentality is a detriment to (1) the health of my horses, because they don't get ridden enough and (2) my self esteem, because I don't ride my horses enough. What's wrong with a quick groom followed by a 20-minute schooling ride around the pasture? Absolutely nothing. Yesterday I did just that with Raven, working at a walk, trot and canter in both directions. We worked through all the anticipated drama (flies, being contained) to get some really nice focus and movement on a couple of loops. If I commit to riding Tonka or Raven every day that I spend on Farcical Farm (see Desk Jockey) we will all improve, I think.
Plus, here's some profile shots of her from (1) May 2008 and (2) September 2008. She might be fugly, but she's my black beauty.