March 4, 2012 4 Comments
We’re mired up to our eyeballs in mud, and over the last week and a half, Derby has lost three shoes. He’s been a regular Houdini when it comes to getting out of his shoes. Or, “Shoe-dini” as it were. Anyway, between the footwear issues and the lingering effects of the flu/bronchitis/whatever-it-was-that-I-had, I’ve had pretty much zero time in the saddle recently. I finally got back on yesterday and today. Both rides were short, and uneventful. He’s still moving very nicely off my seat, and today I did some gentle leg-yields and shoulders-in to engage his hind end. But really, both rides were mostly about reconnecting myself with my riding muscles, and my feel and timing. I have a slew of business trips coming up, and then at some point chances are good that Derby will have his throat surgery. So far, the spring has been a little rough. I’m looking forward to having the mud – and these other obstacles – behind us.