Yesterday was not a good day. I wasn’t really looking forward to riding Dandy but trudged out to the barn anyway. Pulled him out of his stall only to hear click click click thud. Ugh. No back shoe. Dandy’s at a bit of a weird shoeing schedule because I was trying to keep him barefoot in the back. When we found that wasn’t going to work, the back shoes went on only two weeks before he got new front shoes. So for this trim cycle we were trying to not only get as much foot growth as possible, but try to get his feet on the same schedule. Well, his back feet made it 8 1/2 weeks and the front will be at a full 7 so I guess I can’t really complain.
I decided to tack Dandy up anyways and just see how he felt. I also wanted to try my new orange fly bonnet on him. Besides, my plan was only to do conditioning work anyway. But just as I was doing so, the BO rode up and asked if I wanted to go on a trail ride. We have been trying to hook up and do this from the start so of course I said HELL YES!
I haven’t gone out on the trails by myself yet because a) Dandy’s been acting like a jerk most of the time and b) I don’t want to get lost in any of the watersheds that the trails connect to! But now that I’ve had a guide through at least one of the watersheds (Redmond Ridge) I feel comfortable working Dandy through his issues out there.
It was so much fun! Not sure how far we rode since I forgot to turn on my tracker app but we were out for almost two hours and got back to the barn just as the sun was setting. Sadly none of my pictures turned out but the trails were so gorgeous. And great for trot and canter sets! We did have to cross several quiet roads but Dandy did good. It helped that we had a lead.
Now I’ve just got to wait until I have a guide to take me into the other watershed. I hear that one is very easy to get lost in and I’m not too keen to cross the very busy street that leads into it (there’s a horse level crosswalk button, that’s how bad it is). Maybe I’ll feel more confident next year when they finish building the bridge for trail riders and wildlife across the street.