More Snow, More Driving

It’s been snowing madly here. I was starting to think we’d get away with another non-winter. But winter has abruptly arrived. It’s really helped the footing out though. The horses are all much more comfortable with a snowy cushion on the frozen concrete-hard ground.

We did a bit more driving practice this afternoon. First in the round pen, and then up and down the driveway. Anastasija wanted to watch, so she took the pictures this time.

Standing nicely while I organize the lines.
Standing nicely while I organize the lines.
Relaxed and going forward
Relaxed and going forward

Once we’d run through yesterday’s lesson and he was confident and forward (which only took a few minutes), we headed out the driveway.

Heading out to the driveway. He was very steady and calm throughout.
Going out to the driveway. He was very steady and calm throughout.
Oh! Hello Ana! Watcha doing?
Oh! Hello Ana! Watcha doing?
Grey horses look rather magical in the snow
Grey horses always look rather magical in the snow
Not bad for the first time turning tightly.
Not bad for the first time turning in a tight circle. His head went up a bit as he worried about what exactly I was asking. But he dropped it right back down as soon as he understood.

He is quite responsive to voice commands, so I asked him to trot. He was unsure if that was the right thing to do and stopped a couple of times, concerned he might be doing a bad thing. But with a bit of encouragement he was happy. I was surprised at just how nicely he handled it. A very slow and surprisingly rhythmic jog. It’s very like dancing with your horse to trot them in long reins.

We managed to jog a few times and he was really good about it. Very slow and controlled.
We managed to jog a few times and he was really good about it. Very controlled.
Nice and relaxed as he heads back to the barn
Nice and relaxed as he heads back to the barn

Today’s Ride

Sunday today, so Brooke was here to ride Dressy. Misha came, crippled up from a fall in her driveway, but rode with us anyway. It was a pretty good ride. Six miles in around two hours. I used the GPS, but neglected to turn it on until we’d been out for about 20 minutes. The snow was not too deep, but was very wet and heavy. So it was hard slogging. We walked almost all of it. King has been doing this all winter and he’s showing obvious improvement in his strength. He really plows through even big drifts without much effort.

Dressy had the heart rate monitor on, and she’s actually running a bit lower than I expected. Though she definitely started running a bit higher towards the end of the ride. And Diego is looking very good. He’s put on weight through this past winter and is looking much rounder and not so weedy as he did originally. He doesn’t like the heavy snow, but he is still pretty fit considering how little he did through the fall and winter.

GPS Track