Last week I was in Florida for several days on business. After the frigid weather we’ve had here, it was nice to feel some warmth. I was ready for winter to be over.
I came back in the midst of a storm. It was bad enough to delay my trip for a day. I was not looking forward to more winter.
Then I woke up and found the best of winter: 10″ of light, fluffy snow, sunshine, no wind and large expanses of open fields just begging to be ridden in.
The horses were energized. It took me quite some time to catch Freedom, who was far more interested in running around with Willow, bucking and snorting. He was not much different under saddle!
Even with the deep snow, Freedom is tireless. We’ve been out every day but one and he has yet to agree to merely walk. Today we were out for nearly an hour and a half and had to circle each large field multiple times. He is pretty darned fast, even at age 15. Eventually he got slower, but he never showed fatigue until I dismounted. Then, and only then did he look utterly spent and much happier.
Zelda is not convinced that the extra effort to go through the snow is worthwhile. She is happy to walk. Yesterday, when I didn’t have my spurs, she was insistent. Today, with my spurs firmly in place, she was more energetic. A few times she threatened to buck, but she thought better of it and only shook her head.