Me: Hey Bud! How are you this morning?
Tucker: Good Mom. I like the mornings. It’s cooler and the bugs aren’t as bad as they are through the rest of the day.
Me: I like them too. It’s why I’m out here at the crack of dawn on the weekends. It is also why I changed my schedule at work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so that I can go in later and you & I can ride together before the heat and humidity set in.
Tucker: Will you do this forever?
Me: No. Just until the end of the Summer. When it cools a bit and starts getting dark early, I will go back to getting off earlier so we can ride in the afternoons. I’m fortunate to have flexibility at my job.
Tucker: We haven’t been going as many places as we usually do.
Me: It’s true. Our off property trail rides and adventures this Summer have gone down from twice a week to two or three times a month. There are a lot of reasons for that. Heat has been one of them. A lot of your equine friends are lame or sick, my human friends have been busy with other things and it has been hard to coordinate a group ride. My motivation to haul out and ride alone is a lot less when it is this hot out, that’s why we’ve just been riding here so much. Do you miss going places?
Tucker: I miss my friends and the excitement of different places, but I really like this too. I like it just being us. I like the pace of our rides and the bonding. The focus is just on us and there aren’t other horses or people to think about. I like that. I like that you are riding me a lot and focusing on some of the intricacies of our communication.
Me: I like all of those things too, buddy. I’m surprised actually. I anticipated this Summer was going to be a bit of a slow season for getting off property and I thought I would really struggle and get bored just riding at home, but, I love being with you, riding you and hanging out with you. “Where” we ride is really not as important as the fact that I’m getting time with you.
Me: Alright Big, This is a lovely chat, but I really need to get ready for work.
Tucker: See you tonight. Can I have a cookie?