Out of Retirement


To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I rode Freedom. He’s 23 or 24 now and I didn’t put shoes on him this spring. Mostly he’s happy hanging out in his field, watching his mares, and putting on a good show of galloping when the spirit moves him.

But Zelda came back from the hunter pace a little footsore. There were some rocky bits, and she’s barefoot. She normally has gravel-crunching hooves, but she’s looked ouchy. So while she is relaxing with her hoof packed with Magic Cushion Xtreme, I put Freedom back to work. He feels pretty good for an old man.

Freedom ready
Freedom is always ready for an adventure. He’s the horse who always comes from the bottom of the field when I whistle.

One nice thing about a horse like him is that he keeps himself fit. I took it easy — mostly walking with a bit of trotting — but it served the purpose of getting out on an amazing day, and giving him a job.

Truth be told, he likes getting out and doing something. He’s always calmer after he’s been ridden and he thrives on the attention. He’s quite a different set of wheels than Zelda. For one thing, he feels quite small and narrow. He’s not really. It’s just that she’s a beast. Riding him is more like driving a sports car: small, sporty and you can go from 0-35 in just a few seconds. When you put your foot down, you get a response. Zelda? She’s more like an SUV. Or a hummer.

I’ll see how he does this week while Zelda rests. It may be time to pull him out of retirement.

One thought on “Out of Retirement

  1. I’m loving this. Freedom doesn’t seem really ready for retirement, a few nice hacks here and there will probably do him a world of good ๐Ÿ™‚ As long as he stays sound, I don’t see any reason why your adventures should end โค๐Ÿงกโค๐Ÿ’—

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