Yep, another move for the ponies. I had the opportunity to move them west of town, slightly further away than previously, but with 1) direct trail access and 2) pasture. Number one and number two are very, very good things in our world. Yesterday was moving day - and it was pouring rain all morning! The horses were wet and shivering when I arrived to get them ready to go, but a few minutes in the barn with some hay, and they warmed right up. The rain lightened for the drive over to the new farm, and they unloaded and marched through the old dairy barn (short ceilings are just fine for short people and their short horses!) to settle into a big stall together to wait out the rain. They got to munching hay right away, and spent the rest of the day in the barn.
|Hangin' and eatin' - two of their favorite pastimes.|
|C. left Red a get well note in his snack I had prepared and left on the table to take with me this morning. I'm pretty sure he (C.) is a keeper!|
|All bandaged up and looking pretty.|
|This is not his happy face.|
Although much of the group is planning a sedate trail ride, and we have a mixture of skill and fitness levels in both horses and riders, Rhio hasn't been out in a month and is about bursting at the seams to GO! T. and two other ladies from the barn have done their first novice distance rides this month, and are eager to learn more about the sport. L. and L. come to the front of the pack with me, and I let Rhio take us out at a comfortable trot. Really, making him walk would be a cruel and unusual punishment, and one of the things I hate to do is stifle his natural eagerness. As long as he is listening, calm, and safe, I do mostly let him pick the pace.
|We're less than a mile from home and we've already lost the back half of the group. Oops!|
|Using the neighbor's driveway to access the trail because the farm access to the trail is too wet.|
|Trail! Dirt and grass under our hooves! Yes, it's flat and mostly straight - but we are not complaining (yet, anyway - I do yearn for hills.)|
I very much enjoyed my first ride out from our new barn, and meeting the ladies. I had a lot of horse today, but Rhio did very well even in an almost race-like environment. I certainly didn't set him up to succeed by not riding for almost a month (due to various circumstances, not intentional!) and then asking him to go sedately in a big group, on a new trail. We had a few moments of high-headed, hollow-backed silliness (I had neglected to put his martingale on as well!) but overall we had a nice 11 1/2 mile ride. We do our first 50 of the season in two weeks.
I'll keep posting updates on Red's injury. Here are the more "graphic" pictures of it below, so if you wish to avoid seeing them, stop now.
|Two sutures holding the exterior partially closed, with room for drainage.|