Thursday, August 5, 2010

Carpe Mane

Seize the Morning, or Seize the Mane, if you need to.

Words to describe this oppressive heat escape me. I wanted to ride both horses, so I got to Iron Ridge before 8 a.m., accompanied by my tankard of coffee. As I made endless trips to my truck unloading tack, gear, the cooler, etc., I recalled the days of lugging a baby around.

Poco and Daltrey were in the arena. I swear, that baby gets taller each time I see him. I moved them into the barn and threw each a flake of hay. Jaz, who was in with the juniors, was up first.

I must be learning better how to ask for a trot, because Jaz actually gave me a pretty decent one. We did 30-40 minutes of walk-trot. I've decided I need to do a lot more trotting in order to transition to the canter. I'm okay with a couple strides of it, but still not ready to fly just yet. Hosed him down, put him in the barn, and grabbed the other one. Lather, rinse, repeat with Poco. It wasn't a good day to die — I didn't canter either horse.

No pix riding because we all had our hands full.

Nita and Ishka with our new blogger friend Sarah and Heather

Cayenne grazing herself

Nita and Ishka cooling their jets

Poco grazing himself

"Auntie" Keeley and Daltrey — look how tall he is!

Groomed, tacked, rode, tacked down, hosed, groomed again, hand grazed x 2, yakked for an hour, loaded up and was home drinking a cold one by 2 p.m. That was a bit ambitious. I was wiped out. Riding one horse in this heat is plenty.


Jeni said...

Productive morning. I don't canter much either. I do lots and lots of walk/trot.

Unknown said...

It is ridiculously hot. I'm impressed you were out there!

Sarah said...

I thought I saw you take a picture of us. :)

I'll probably wipe myself out this weekend, too, forecast "cooler" weather aside. Just try not to laugh at me too much when I fall on my butt dismounting because I'm so tired, lol!

Sherry Sikstrom said...

Sounds like a productie day. and home sipping a cool one by the time the heat of the day hit Smart girl!

aurora said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Leah Fry said...

Sarah, see you Sunday! I'm getting there EARLY EARLY. Heather said even Poco seemed bothered by the heat yesterday, but is okay today.

morningbrayfarm said...

Glad to see that there was a cold one at the end. :)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I can't imagine riding at all in triple digit temps. I'm way too wimpy for that. lol!


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh! And the hottest part of the day is between 12-2pm....and you were out in it. Whew! Girl...drink plenty of water and try to be out of it by noon, k?


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