Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Long Spring

Yesterday we rode outside for the first time since last fall. Usually we manage to get out earlier than this, but conditions were muddy the entire winter (excepting short stretches when it was bitterly cold), which means footing was really bad in all the places we usually ride.

Friday afternoon, however, I found myself sitting on Nevada in the outdoor arena, enjoying the feel of the afternoon sun on my skin and the ability to gaze into the distance. It was my first time on Nevada outside of the indoor arena, and only her 3rd of 4th time riding outside in her whole life. I'd already taught my Friday lesson and was feeling a bit worn out from some work drama that unfolded earlier in the day, but we had a nice time mostly working on the basics.


Today, we graduated from the arena to the strip. This was Nevada's first time being ridden in a space without a fence around it. I was a little 'ready' starting out. As quiet as she is, Nevada's got some life at times. I thought there was a chance the new environment would bring her energy up some. It did, but she wasn't nervous at all. We walked and trotted around for an hour with no drama at all. Of course things weren't quite as refined as they are in the indoor arena, but we got a lot of nice little movements, plus some good trotting.


With these two successes under our belt, I'm really looking forward to pushing our boundaries a bit more.

Horseback Hours YTD: 38:00

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