A cold night at the barn
December 8, 2010 Leave a comment
The thermometer on my dash read 10 degrees when I pulled into the parking lot at the barn. I was bundled up, but could still feel the wind and cold as I scurried to the door. Inside, it was much warmer – the doors were all closed, and the horses are inside.
Mads and I had a better, but uneventful, ride tonight. I have a lesson tomorrow, and focused mainly on my leg postion tonight. My work is paying off – I can feel the improvement in my position, and it’s getting more comfortable. We trotted around a lot, mixing in practice in two-point with some real work.
Mads was wearing her quarter sheet, which I think I’ll leave off tomorrow. She was feeling a little dead to my leg – not sure if it was lack of spurs or the fact that the rug has her feeling a little to comfy. (I do carry a whip, which is markedly less effective with the rug on. I rarely use it, however.) I am going to need to re-tune her responsiveness to my leg aids, though.
It felt much cooler after our ride. I dove back into my coat, and hurried to untack Mads and get her blanket back on her (but not before rubbing it all over with a dryer sheet. The static electricity is driving us all nuts!).
Mads was still a little chilly, though, and borrowed my gloves. Silly mare.