With weather like we’ve been having, it’s like I never know if I’m going to work or not. Although, when it’s sunny in the morning and the sky is almost free of clouds, there’s usually a pretty good chance that I’ll get to work that day.
Today was just such a day. Mommy came to ride me in the afternoon, probably to give the sun a chance to dry up some of the mud that all the “snow” made the past couple days. It was a little windy all day, too, so everything dried up fairly quickly.
Mommy and I had a long, strenuous flat workout today. Because I hadn’t worked in two days, Mommy said I definitely couldn’t jump today. It would be very bad for my body and it would make me pretty sore, at the very least. And if I didn’t have a good warm up, but still jumped, I could actually pull or tear a muscle – especially since my muscles felt stiff to begin with, after not being used much for two cold and snowy days! And, since I was extremely energetic, Mommy said I had to warm up really slow to loosen myself up, and work hard to let out my energy.
I have to admit, I started off feeling a little too silly to pay much attention. Every time Mommy tried to get on my back, I would begin to dance and prance as soon as she sat in the saddle. Needless to say, I didn’t get away with it; Mommy mounted and dismounted about 7 times. I was still feeling pretty cheeky until Uncle Mike’s son, DJ, came down the the barn from the house… and then I felt embarrassed that someone was watching me act naughty, so I behaved once and for all.
Mommy and I had a really good ride, but man was it difficult! After we walked for a while, we got right to work; I trotted for 10 minutes straight (stretching, and then doing all sorts of exercises once I was feeling loose and comfortable – things like collecting, extending, leg-yielding, and so on). I only got a short walking break before I began cantering. Mommy let me stretch out at the canter, too, before asking me to get down to the “real” work.
We cantered for another 8 minutes straight – switching directions with a lead change now and then – and then another short walking break to catch my breath.
After our quick break, Mommy and I did a million lead changes in the shape of a “serpentine” that spanned the entire arena. I did a really good job! Daddy even pulled a mint out of his pocket and gave it to me as a reward for behaving so nicely!
We took one last walking break while Daddy set up some cantering pole exercises. By that time, I was getting a little bit tired, but I was excited to canter over some poles. I did my best, and Mommy said that I was perfect over every pole. I even knew exactly when I was supposed to do a lead change, and did them without Mommy having to ask me.
By the end of our ride, I felt great. I was no longer exploding with energy, and I had worked enough that I was tired – but not so much that I was sore. It was the perfect ride. I think that Mommy might actually let me jump tomorrow, if I behave myself… and if the weather does, too!
For now, though, I’m going to go eat my night hay and catch some shut eye! See y’all tomorrow…