The other day I decided it was time to saddle up and go for a ride on my horse, on my property. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done but you know, you need to stop and smell the horses sometimes....LOL. I have a little fenced in "riding area" if you would call it that. It's next to the stable yard and the eventual plan is to level it out a little more and bring in good substrate to build a decent "arena" type base but that is a ways in the future.
I got Dani tacked up and was happy that even though it's been a while she was a good girl. Chance was fenced out of the stable yard and "riding area" so a few neighs and whinnies occurred as he was upset his mare was now out of sight. I rode Dani in the riding area and did my usual turns, stops and backs to assess her compliance. She was a good girl so I decided that I could try to ride around the property.
Our property is surrounded by easements between neighboring lots so there is the ability to ride in a circle around our complete property, that is if I can eventually get around to trimming up some over grown trees. I didn't have success with riding the easements so rode on the street and up a the large pathway near our largest pasture. Some deer were worrisome to Dani on the road but luckily she just freezes but it's still unnerving. While I was riding Dani outside the property boundaries Chances was full out galloping around the big pasture and neighing like he was being left home alone while Dani and I went to Disney world! He was gorgeous though so as I walked Dani along the fence line I gazed at him with his flagged Arabian tail high in the air and nostrils blowing. For someone who gets bossed around a lot by the mare he sure is pretty smitten!
When I brought my girl back to the barn to untack and groom she had her usual sweat marks under the girth area so it was no big deal cleaning her up. Chance on the other hand had worked himself into an actual lather. His coat was soaked and around his girth and chest there was lathered areas of sweat and dirt. Oh my goodness you silly boy! I groomed him the best I could, and sponged off the worst areas including his legs to make sure he didn't injure something. Then since it was getting a little chilly I covered him in a fleece cooler until he was fully dry.
Nothing like riding one horse and having to cool off the other. Oh my, I never stop getting surprised by critter antics! I'll try to get a video up of the property sometime soon! Happy riding!