Brett and I waited until this afternoon to ride. It was still icy, slushy, muddy when we fed this morning. We were able to take blankets off late morning and everyone had a good roll by lunchtime. I headed down to the barn to ride after lunch when we had warmed up to sweatshirt weather.
Jackson was busy eating lunch and didn't even look up. Look at all that mud-
Of course, the donkeys saw me coming. They don't miss a trick.
Tuffy came to investigate, with Finessa following close behind.
The camera fascinated Tuffy.
Kalvin is always hopeful that he is going to be ridden. I think it must be hard for him, a PSG Swedish WB, to watch the Paints get ridden. Paints for Pete's sake! Take me!! Please!
While I was taking pictures, Brett came down to get Flash.
Then we rode. Warm up around the block, then review in the arena. Jackson was in a forward, happy and affectionate mood. He so loves our rides. It took forever to tack him up between the mud removal and the kisses. He did really well with his trot leg yields and was connecting nicely from his back through my hands at canter (eventually). I decided to try a shallow counter canter loop which he has not yet been able to do. Today.... drum roll... he did it! And he stayed balanced the whole time. We ended on that note and as I turned to Brett to tell him what an awesome boy Jackson was, my eyes started leaking big time. This was huge for Jackson who has been described by a vet as being a potato chip -- pretty tweaky. He couldn't even walk in a straight line when I bought him and now he's counter cantering.
Now, its back down to the barn to feed and muck. Then yoga. Then dinner with my awesome husband (he complained that I say my horse is awesome but he couldn't remember me ever using the word to describe him). And he is, of course, very awesome. That's why I married him!