Week 4 & 5 – 2019

Since I was traveling I missed posting a challenge update and I only rode once that week. So I am combining week 4 & 5 into one.

I’m currently at 16 rides (out of 30) and 18 hours 45 minutes (out of 40) and since my last posting on this topic that means I rode 4 times and put in 3 hours 45 minutes. As we approach the half way mark this year’s challenge has been interesting when I look at the numbers. There have been wet ground conditions and a lack of trail rides, so as my number of rides surge past the half way mark, my hours are lagging behind. Working from home once a week, has allowed me to ride during lunch but has also contributed to this lower hour sum. It is great to squeeze a ride in, but lunch hours are just that…an hour…so my rides have had to be short and sweet.

Our rides have consisted mostly of one out of a few components. We have been spending lots of time riding our pastures. Our property has lots of hills on it. I know a lot of horse owners don’t like this, they want wide open flat pasture land, but personally I love it. I like having natural obstacles and places to ride that are more interesting and contribute to building my horse’s top line. Our arena work has been centered a lot around transitions and maintaining gaits (especially the canter) for longer periods of time. Spring is coming and I’m working fitness levels. Finally I started reading a book called “55 Corrective Exercises for Horses” so I have been incorporating a lot of these into our rides.

Tomorrow we are meeting a friend for a trail ride. I’m SUPER excited. It seems like it has been awhile since we have been out in the woods, even longer since we have had company.

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