|Snoozing in the sun before the ride|
I arrived at the barn Saturday morning to find my water tanks had frozen with our cold snap Thursday/Friday. My portable ones were good by the time we got to camp, but not the big one in the dressing room. I used the heater and reflective blanket on it for a few hours to finish defrosting after our arrival. It is a horrible feeling that you don’t have water to give your horse! Thankfully I also had a buddy I was caravanning with and she had extra water along so we could get him some while mine defrosted. I don’t think waiting to fill up that morning would have helped me, since I fear then our hoses would have been frozen at the barn that I would need to use!
|Almost ready to go!|
The ride itself did not go as planned. Prophecy was not ready mentally to handle all the commotion and being asked to ride as well. I tried to gain some control, but felt it best we turn around and live to ride another day. It was short lived, and definitely not the day I had envisioned, but pointed out where we need to work more.
And despite his complete meltdown and loss of calmness, he vetted out with a 48bpm while dancing about… I think he is more fit than I have been giving him credit as! I’d love to get an onboard HRM, but my handheld will have to do a while; I just need to start using it and keeping records. Of course I love that we met some new friends, got to check in with some I haven’t seen in a while, and others I got to meet for real off Facebook!