We, like many others, have been experiencing a heat wave. The highs have been over 100 for about 2 weeks and we were on a heat advisory the whole time. I went out and rode Boomer once midweek and by the time I pulled him out of the pasture, I only had enough energy to hop on a walk around the arena for 10 minutes bareback. It was still nice to get out and DO something with him. I also trimmed his feet that day.
Sunday was the last day of the heat advisory and the morning started cool. It was 80 degrees at 7:45 when I headed out the door. There was a storm blowing in and by the time I was on my way home several hours later it was down to 78 degrees! Of course, it DID heat up to nearly 100 by the end of the day.
Anyhow, I was up early Sunday with the GPS watch on and we headed out ready for a few miles around the property. Boomer was awesome! The perimeter of the field is .8 miles with the alley back to the barn being .1 mile. For the first 3 miles he was UP and tense. He wanted to toss his head and fling his legs around. Then he started listening to the bit and tried ducking his head and pulling while trotting faster. Luckily, we were in a safe, enclosed environment and I just let him get his energy out on his own. After the first 3 miles he really calmed down. We continued on and changed directions every few laps and at about mile 8, it started to sprinkle. Boomer got a second wind and was frisky for another lap. We ended at mile 10 and then walked back .2 miles to cool out. He was awesome! I really have NOTHING to complain about! We saw a lost calf on the gravel road on the south end of the property, which Boomer grew used to quickly. I was so proud! He did spook and spin at something BIG that jumped into the pond. I assume it was a giant bullfrog. It made a HUGE splash about 6 feet from the bank- quite a leap! The ripples on the water were big. I stayed put and was glad I wasn't in my tiny english saddle. Those spook-spins will get you!
After I left the barn, my friend texted me and told me that Boomer was napping, laid out, in the sun. I felt like doing the same! I am so proud of him for being so good and also impressed by his fitness considering how random our training has been!
We did the 10.2 miles in 1 hour and 41 minutes, which is somewhere around 10 minute mile pace. Not super fast, but the important part of training right now is just knowing that he can go the distance. I don't care if our first ride takes us a full 10 hours to finish!
Check back soon for my thoughts on having a crooked horse.