I'm afraid typing these words will jinx it and make it snow this weekend.... But it was in the 50s yesterday and the forecast today through the weekend is in the 70s. Spring? Are you here for real? Pull up a chair, stay a while!
The horses were super stoked about it as well apparently, judging from all of last night's shenanigans, haha. I didn't plan on riding after work, I just wanted to get some general barn stuff done. I've been working on purging my tack room of unnecessary stuff, so I photographed a bunch of it so I can list it locally. I still had some daylight, so I grabbed Ruby and started cleaning off some of her remaining winter coat and general nastiness that was built up.
Of course while I was doing this, Cinna decided to come over and make herself a pest.
She is turning into quite the ham, and it cracks me up (when it's not super annoying). Once I convinced her to go be annoying somewhere else, I was able to finish up with Ruby and head to the arena to let her stretch her legs a bit. She was pretty excited about that, as you can see.
Once I let her blow off some steam (and Jack and Cinna were participating on their side of the fence, haha), I decided to hand walk her through the woods. I'm still working on building her confidence on our trail (since for whatever reason she's great on trails everywhere else but a total spaz at home), so I figured a low key hand walk would be perfect.
What are those cows doing?
It was a nice way to spend the evening. She was super relaxed, and stopped several times to hang out and get scratches. I worked her multiple times over some small muddy patches -- last time we were out there she wanted to fling herself over them, and I haaaaaate that, so we practiced lots of stepping carefully in and out of any area I pointed her at.
Of course we had to stop for a snack on our way back to the barn, then I let her graze while I picked things up and tidied the tack shed. It was nice to spend time with Ruby not linked to any expectations or goals, just hanging out with my best bay girl and enjoying her company :) I have some exciting packages due to arrive this week and am hoping to have some fun stuff to share with you guys in the near future! In the meantime, I hope you're also experiencing some lovely spring weather!