Trail ride plans were scrapped (I predicted much jigging and unhappiness from all parties) instead for 40min of just plain walking in the little arena, with the potential for stretchy trot should the mare feel up for it. The wisdom in this choice was confirmed when Isabel promptly bashed my face with her neck then reared when I swung into the saddle. Geez mare, I get it, you don't feel good.
|spot the loose horse!|
She looked much better by Saturday - less tight and worried - so I opted to still take her to our lesson, esp given trainer P is always a good resource for sussing out issues with the mare. Isabel gradually worked out of the stiffness in her hind end while we warmed up - but we opted to keep things pretty light through the ride anyway. Nothing huge and only a couple trips.
|turn n burn baby!|
|oxer landing left!|
|course 1: soooo ya wanna learn to land the lead, eh?|
|run mare RUN!|
|oxer landing right!|
|course 2: soooo ya wanna get lost, eh? lol|
|isabel's face says it all while i try to figure out where the hell i was supposed to go|
|mare so fierce! and emma put those heels down!!|
Part of me worried that I was just being a wuss and that Isabel would have been fine... but she jumped them so beautifully last week I didn't see any point in pushing for it again when she had some stiffness issues going on. So we just watched and cheered the others on. 'Twas all good.
|Then lesson mate R (who will be out of the saddle for an extended period of time bc surgery, boooooo) asked if we could hack out around the property since it was her last hurrah for a while. Um, Yes Please!|
|So I hopped back on the initially incredulous Isabel, and we got our trail ride in after all!! And everyone was allllll smiles :)|
|Pretty mare. We really need to get out onto the trails more often.|
|Plus it's always nice having such good company!!|
|It was over all too soon tho, and we turned around to head back to the trailers.|
|All the horses were all so brave and happy too - all three in this pic are young green OTTBs (Bali, Tillie and Birdie) and they didn't even peek at this little bridge crossing!|
|Good mare. I promise to get you outdoors more often soon!!! C'mon spring, we're ready for you!!!|