So badly, that tonite Dazzby and I did five miles in the driving rain and finally in the dark too.
Sigh. I worry that she isn't as fit as she was last year at this time.
In August of last year she cut her foot open; it was a long healing process involving lots of wrapping and praying. The cut went through the coronet, but luckily the hoof capsule was not effected and the hoof grows out normally. Consequently she had from August until January 15th completely off.
She's not one to "overwork" herself turned out in pasture, so by January she was pretty much a gigantic, hairy, brown marshmallow.
So, now I worry. I really want to go, but only with a horse fit enough to enjoy the ride.
I think I'll take her out this weekend and do our 11 mile loop, complete with really LONG hill in the middle. I will feel confident that if she can complete this without problem she will be fit enough to do a really slow HOTR in five weeks.
Who wouldn't want to go here?
Home on the Range is near Washtucna, Wa. Over on the dry side!
This is the Palouse Valley
I can't wait!