Ode to Solid Ground

Most people would have forgone riding today.  The weather had taken a turn for the better but the ring was a mess.  There was a layer of rocky ice under a layer of fluffy snow.  My friend Maryann and I decided that even if we just walked, it would be worth getting on to stretch our legs.

PJ did a lot of slipping but nothing that felt like he would fall down.  It was good for PJ to have to work on less-than-ideal footing.  That’s also why I rode last week in the slop.  You never know what type of footing you’ll encounter at a horse show, so it’s good to get them used to all sorts of terra firma. Of course, I wouldn’t want my horse to get hurt.  Too deep footing can strain tendons and ligaments, while too hard footing can cause too much concussion, and slippery footing can cause all sorts of problems.  But, we just walked today, and on the sloppy day I didn’t canter him.  I was careful to not push him.  

It felt good to be on.  PJ started off looking around, but I quickly nipped that in the bud.  I was glad I had an opportunity to remind PJ who was in charge.  We only rode for 15 or 20 minutes but it was enough.  I did feel a little stiff when I got off, though.  This riding once a week is not good!

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