Yesterday I got to the barn and walked around the ring to see if it was rideable. Only about a 15-meter circle was useable and the rest was ice. I had resigned myself that riding was out even though it was warm when a friend I hadn’t seen in a while showed up. Over the summer she had started taking lessons with Barbara but when the weather turned ugly, they stopped, for obvious reasons. Because she didn’t own a horse, there had been no reason for her to come to the barn on all of those horrible days that Maryann and I went, but she’s a dedicated rider, so on this beautiful day she was determined to get on and stretch her legs.
Well, she motivated me. She tacked up my old horse, Fletcher, who was one of the lesson horses she had been using. Together we walked up the hill and down the hill; did a couple of loops in the ring, and then went back up the hill and down the hill some more. We chatted and just enjoyed being on the back of a horse. It wasn’t a long ride, but we were both glad we had gotten on. Hopefully next weekend the weather will cooperate and she’ll show up again.