Dazzby and I had the most delightful ride tonite.
We just ran down to the trail by the river to get a quick 5 miles in. We are leaving for the Milwaukee Road Rail Trail on Friday, so it was just an easy ride this evening.
Backtracking a bit.
Last Wednesday we went out for a similar ride and Dazzby was a spooky nut. We'd finished the 5 mile trail and she was just full of herself, still. So, we went off trail into the sand and did a little cantering. We'd been going for about a mile or two and she was just getting stronger and stronger on the bit. She was galloping and I felt like I was back galloping racehorses! Finally I pulled her up, and she was a blowin'.
Dazz was covered in sweat from head to toe, and we walked and walked to cool out. I thought we might have over done it just a tad.
Two days later we went out for a slow ride with Michelle and Coco. Coco is Michelle's awesome trail mare, she goes anywhere! And is sure footed too. Coco is a big QH, and doesn't have as fast a gait at Dazzby, usually. Well that day Dazzby was just lagging behind, ears kinda flat, gait kinda flat. We did a little bit of jogging and smidge of canter but mostly walked the five mile loop.
Well, today I had my usual mare back, ears pricked, on the bit and forward! Yeah.
Now, I just gotta pack, go grocery shopping, do laundry, figure out something for the potluck (eeek), and, oh yeah, I gotta find some plain old grass hay! Apparently the 450 bales we put up last summer wasn't quite enough this year.
Dazzby at Ft. Stevens 2009