Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Extra horse time

Steve has recently started playing music with some friends a few nights a month, which means he gets to expand his guitar skills and I get extra time with the horses! Quite the win-win situation!

Most evenings, I have just enough time to work both horses a little (in the round pen), or one horse a lot. Over the last year, this has meant that Bar has gotten the lion's share of my attention because, frankly, he needed it more. However, with winter here, Lena has started to benefit from my slightly lower energy level. After a long day at work, in the cold and dark, ground work sometimes wins out over coming up with a creative under-saddle lesson plan. It also helps that a lot of the improvements in Bar have been due to the foundation work we've done on the ground, so it will be interesting to see if Lena benefits from it as well.

Tonight, the horses both got exercise (and all-important rolling-without-blankets) in the round pen, then plenty of currying, massage, and brushing.

It suited all of us just fine.


Anonymous said...

Nice that you've got somewhere to work over the winter!

Dave (aka Buckskins Rule) said...

At least you have the discipline to get out and work them. Even with access to a covered, lighted arena, I have trouble getting worked up to ride when it's dark, cold, and soggy. Although, after the evening commute, it would probably be cathartic for my mind.