Yes we are melting. Yes it is humid. Yes the bugs are still not nice. Yes Remus has about ten fans on him most of the time. Some things never change. In a few months I will be bitching about cold and mud probably but for now, nope it is hot. I have a farmer’s tan that starts at my ankle and ends at my shorts (my feet are so white it is not even funny) and my arms are getting burned even with 60 sunscreen on. This sun here is not joking around.
Remus may be in the cool (relative cool) in the barn in front of fans but Mark and I worked outside a lot this weekend. And it was a bit warm. As in Sahara desert warm. HA.
But I digress. There was a show Friday night which I didn’t go to but we rode out to the one on Saturday. The facility is gorgeous but that is about all I know. because why? Oh they were charging a gate fee. I had found out earlier in the day it was a championship show and only had barrels and poles so I wasn’t going to haul in but thought it would be nice to maybe meet some people and look at some pretty horses. The lady at the gate was so rude. She was sitting by the gate and getting up huffing (Sorry I made you get out of your lawn chair)I said to Mark whoops I guess there is a charge (Nothing on their website or anywhere mind you). And neither Mark nor I had any cash at all on us. Whomp Whomp. So I said to the woman very nicely (I have to add that), Oh we are new to the area and just checking things out there is an entry fee? She snapped it was 5 dollars and I said oh I have no cash and she pretty much directed me to turn around there. Umm first off I just said I am new. I know we would have been there tops 20 minutes with me having Mark with me. Cut me some slack lady. I was not impressed.
First off I am never doing barrels and poles with my horse. Second we are just figuring out the places around here. Well I won’t be back to that particular organization. I am hoping the one on Friday nights is a bit nicer. If nothing else at least their website and Facebook page is up to date. The show on Saturday night had a great turn out too would have loved to stay but it put both me and Mark off how she acted. Like if you are volunteering to man the gate, you might want to have a personality or at least be friendly?
BUT ANYWAY then I was in a dither. I STILL HAD NOT RIDDEN MY HORSE. It was almost dark so we went home via Dairyqueen and got some ice cream (we never had dinner after working outside and I had to drown my sorrows in ice cream).
So Sunday morning even though it was hot already at 730 am I was determined to ride my horse. I tacked him up (side eye from Remus seriously when the tack came out) and then loaded lunge line, lunge whip, mounting block, etc. in the side by side and Remus and I moseyed out to the front field. The flies were bad but I sprayed him a lot and while we ride though they dive bombed us they didn’t really attach so win win?
I lunged him first (since I hadn’t climbed on him in a month? two months? who knows?) but he was a good boy. He is so fat he can’t really rebel too much but just in case I stuck him on the lunge line. Where you can see how wild he was. HA and how fat he is.
Then I put his bridle on, put my helmet on (DYING BY THEN FROM HEAT) and put my foot in the stirrup and climbed on. And he did nothing. We walked up and down the hills at first (it was shadier there) and he was pretty much whatever.
So wild (not) so skeptical (yes). He was so good we were on the buckle hacking around. I dug my phone out of my boot and snapped a few photos that all look alike. But I rode!!
After that I tucked my phone in my boot where it remained near my ankle the rest of the ride so no more photos while riding. Oops.
But we trotted up in the flat part and we even cantered a bit. HOWEVER I COULD NOT GET FAT BUCKSKIN to canter to the left. We cantered quite a bit to the right but I had no spurs and he knew it. Brat. He was very very good with the trotting and the cantering we did do. It was getting lethally hot by then so I decided to unclip the gate while on him (how that happened so easily I don’t know) then was going to walk him down the road. Two things happened then. NO, I didn’t fall off LOL! I would have opened with that! But the horseflies approached in droves by then (it was getting really hot) and as we walked down the road one our neighbors was doing something with metal that clanged every minute or so. Remus was sure an Iron Giant was out to get him so we decide to end that part of the hack pretty soon. He was very well mannered at turning back and letting me get off so even though he was looky he wasn’t stupid. Yay horse.
I was exhausted and so was he. He got a nice cool bath before being tucked into his stall in front of his zillion fans and I went inside to get in the a/c. BUT I RODE!! I also have a new barn to check out for lessons this week and hopefully will be signing up for lessons there after visiting them. It is a hunter jumper barn but I gotta take what I can find! 🙂
So not the weekend I expected but a good weekend (albeit exhausting weekend) nonetheless! Now to get on my horse again this week. I think next time I will go out even earlier. How was everyone else’s weekend??