We've had some sunny but cold weather the last couple days. Yesterday we had to make two trips to get hay, so there went half of the day. The rest of the day we spent visiting, and then I filled troughs and loved on the donkeys a bit.
Today I had a bunch of other stuff to do, including unloading the second load of hay, but I made sure I had daylight left for a little horseplay.
Scout's first ride of 2013 was pretty much awesome. We didn't do much. Rode around the round pen a few times, left the round pen, practiced one-rein stops, backing, and paying attention to my legs. He needs some work on that last one.
What a good baby.
Except guess what? He's not a baby anymore! He'll be 5 years old in a couple months. That is so weird.
My goal for this spring is to work him for 30 days in an elbow-pull to strengthen all the parts of his body that are dumpy and wrong. :) I also have goals to do the same for myself. Thinking about joining the local gym. If I want to ride Pedro (and I do) I better lose some weight.
I won't start the work with the elbow-pull right away though. It's too cold to ask him to be athletic, even if it's only at the trot. And the footing in the round pen sucks.
Then when the floods recede I might try walking and/or riding him to work. It's only a couple miles away but we need to be able to cross the creek and he needs to be able to handle traffic on the highway. I can leave him in the corral at work all day. How cool is that?
I'm really having a hard time deciding whether or not to shoe him this year. The one time he had shoes on it was awesome, I didn't need to worry at all about rocky terrain. But I didn't like the way his hooves looked afterward, and he got a killer abscess. And you all know I'm a big-time barefoot advocate. His hooves are so soft though. And boots are a pain in the butt and the traction sucks. So... I guess I'll decide later, when we start riding on challenging surfaces.
Now it's time to go work on that fitness goal. Going to do my yoga/pilates routine now.