I’ve gathered together my cubbing clothes.
I’ve polished my boots.
I’ve cleaned my tack.
I’ve checked the tire pressure on my trailer tires.
I’ve been taking Freedom on conditioning rides.
My conclusion? Freedom is plenty fit to hunt. He’s got more energy than the Energizer Bunny and since he was body clipped, he’s staying nice and cool even in the unusual heat.
I, on the other hand, am not quite fit enough. My quads ache after long rides. I can’t hold my half seat/galloping position long enough and I need a nap when I come home.
It’s time to break out my Wintec Pro Jump (with it’s nice sticky equisuede seat), full seat breeches (for the Velcro effect) and a neck strap for Freedom. Oh, yes — and that nice pelham bit that I’ve had on the shelf all winter.