Friday, September 12, 2008

No Big Deal

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.


allhorsestuff said...

HA..that so reminds me of my "HORSE TIME"- time therory-
I am not in a rush!
It makes me late all the time when meeting people for the trails or the last beach trip..they almost left without me...(Though, I had two horses to get ready to go..and alone) So yea, The time flies when around the horses and with two, it is difficult sometimes to muster up the energy for both...fortuanately..I can pony my Thoroughbred from the Appy mare without incident; makinbg me feel good about both getting out and about!
Lovely Black mare you have!!!
Be seeing you around!

russellp said...

Hm, I don't remember the last time I took my bike out for a 30-minute pleasure ride (i.e. not commuting). Maybe there's something for me (or DT?) to learn here too...