Finally! A weekend without rain! It was a gorgeous day and I was so excited to get back in the saddle. Chrome seemed happy to be doing something different too. I actually forgot to get his sugar cube until he started trying to grab the bit out of the air! I completely forgot about the training we did with taking the bit. So I ran inside, grabbed a piece of sugar and then held the bit up for him. He took it without hesitation and I gave him his sugar. So funny that he remembered and I didn't.
I spent a bunch of time grooming him. There was snowy fur flying everywhere. He is shedding like crazy. He enjoyed the full grooming immensely.
This is a view I missed!
It's funny because the days leading up to this weekend I was actually nervous. It had been over a year since I had last been on Chrome and I was worried he would be stupid or I would just suck at riding or something. Once I had him groomed, tacked and I got on I wasn't nervous at all!
We goofed around in the yard for thirty minutes. I had him do several short trots and even a few canters, just to see if he could still do it and to see if his canter scared me again. None of it did at all. Even when he ducked his head and felt like he wanted to crowhop the first time. I corrected him and he didn't try it again. He was very eager to canter and we had fun. I haven't felt that carefree cantering him probably ever. It felt so effortless and easy. His stifles gave out a couple of times and he was doing the whole slow walk away from the house and fast walk toward it, but overall he was great. We also worked on some backing and learning how to yield his hindquarters from the saddle without a ground cue (needs work lol).
He sweated a little, but never even got his heart rate up. I was worried I could hurt him even though that makes no sense. I was relieved to see him galloping around and bucking in the pasture when I turned him loose later (I trimmed and soaked his hooves after the ride). He was so wound up and obviously felt good.
He was a total butt during his hoof soaks (but fine during the trim that we did beforehand) and I think it's because hubby left and he couldn't see where he was, but he could hear him feeding the goats. He was such a brat that I didn't feed him when I put him back in the pasture. I can't stand when horses act up in anticipation of food. It put a damper on my mood after such a fabulous ride, but I'm not going to let it get to me. He was just feeling good and being a turd.
It was a wonderful ride to get back into things and I can't wait to ride again. Also I really want to thank you all for your comments on my last post. I don't know why weekend warriors have such a negative association in my area, but you're all right. If I'm smart about it and take things slow, he will be totally fine. So thank you all so much. Also thank you for sticking around. I know I've been very absent. I appreciate my loyal friends.