And this ain't no Meatloaf song!
Cartman got his new shoes on over a week ago, and last weekend we had our first real outing of the year (trails!!!!)
We went up to McLeary and rode with Michelle's friends Kristy and Laura. What a blast! The trails were lovely, not even soggy like our trails here will be for another few months.
We parked and rode out from Laura's house for about 4 hours, covering around 12 miles and LOTS of hill. I was concerned that C wouldn't be fit enough to enjoy this much the first real trail ride of the year but he did fine. I was a bit sore the next day though! I so wish we had the ability to ride from home here.
Tuesday I had the vet out to give everyone shots, so I gave C a few days off to recover. The only horse that had any kind of reaction to the shots was Draol. Her back legs stocked up, no heat though. I gave her some Bute yesterday and today they do look a bit better. They got the Five-Way, WNV, and Rabies.
The weather had been absolutely lovely for the last week or so. Saturday we rode in t-shirts! Unfortunately that good weather came to end yesterday. The rain actually woke me up in the middle of the night it was coming down so hard.
Nonetheless, I had determined that today I really had to get a ride in. So after work I grabbed C and got him cleaned up then headed down to the jogging path. I actually bridled and adjusted tack in the horse trailer because it was already raining pretty good when I got out of the truck. By the time I had walked him 15 feet to a mounting log my saddle seat was wet. Ick.
But once we got to jogging it was wonderful!!! C was on fire! He wanted to trot fast, fast, fast. I had to keep checking him back as he was forging. I believe some back toe might have to go next re-set.
We did the five mile loop and he didn't really even break a sweat. Woo hooo!! I believe he may have stayed pretty fit over the winter after all. And I can't believe how much I missed the feeling of riding out in the open, I want more:)
Tomorrow we are off to Yelm to have our saddle fit checked by the Specialized Reps. and I can check one more item off my pre-ride season list.