Sunday, January 9, 2011

I Object!

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I came home, anxious to climb back onto Tika and continue her training. When I walked out to the barn, however, Lefty was rip roaring in such a manner and doing acrobatics in an effort to defy gravity, that Tika, too, thought a little hip hop about the round pen was in order. That was before I saddled her up, of course, but even while lunging her feet were floating a little freely. I bounced up and down in the stirrup a bit, and if I could have guaranteed no reaction from Lefty on the other side of the panels, I'd have gone ahead and climbed all the way up. But the last time Lefty saw someone on horseback, he snorted and dashed off, kicking and bucking as he went.

No need to tempt fate, I decided. I didn't think Tika would react while I was on top, but self preservation being what it is, I opted to haul her instead to the riding club where there were no Lefty horses to distract us.

I pulled my saddle out of the trailer and went back for Tika. Three riders were there, chit chatting quietly. Perfect. They were done with their ride and would be good back up if something stupid happened on our first ride in a week. I smiled, said hello, turned and looked toward the round pen, and...

Where was the round pen?

"Took it down. Clinic next weekend, getting set up. Was brought up at the last meeting, remember?" Um...oh, yeah... So Tika again wasn't ridden. Instead I lunged her a bit, and she was a good girl, impressing those that'd not seen her for a couple months. And then I loaded her up and headed south. South...because I needed to ride! Though by this time it was getting too late to do much on this particular afternoon, but at least if Tika were with Curt, I could get a few rides in this week before moving her home after the clinic. Probably best, anyway, after a week off to take my first few rides in familiar territory anyway, right?

So I left my red head in her stall, which I'd cleaned and bedded with fresh shavings the day I moved her out.

And when I woke up this morning? Snow... (that sound you just heard was my head banging on a wall, just so you know.)

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Despite the objectionable white stuff, I did manage to make it down and work my girl, which went off without a hitch. But the forcast for the next few days appears a bit iffy, so I'm not sure that moving her south will get me any further ahead. But what else do we expect with Tika's training? A few days here, a few weeks there...just one more delay in getting our girl going solid, eh?

9 comments:

Jeni said...

if it wasn't covering the road in such a crappy way it'd be absolutely gorgeous!

Leah Fry said...

Many of us are experiencing this same setback.

Blob said...

sigh, your snow is so, so pretty.

Shirley said...

At least you can ride in snow, I'm dealing with ice. I hopped on Beamer yesterday, and had to be really careful where we rode; most places were blocked by stretches of ice. So we rode on the lawn, where the snow is only about 3 inches deep. At least I got to ride!

Rising Rainbow said...

You're getting more ride time in that me. It's good you have someplace covered to go.

Tracey said...

Someplace covered is a wonderful blessing. Getting there is the issue, lol! But so far the rough spots are limited to my own road and the turning lanes on the major roads where the snow/ice has piled up. And it looks as though the piles of snow they'd originally predicted may not hit us after all. Good thing, as I didn't really want 3' of the stuff!

Linda said...

It's definitely the ice that I don't like. I actually love the snow--looks so pretty! I guess it's skipping you and coming here--we're supposed to get 11" in the next two days.

Crystal said...

yuck, we have lots of snow too, but worse than the snow is the frozen cold temperatures. Our arena we ride in is not heated so below -15C is way too cold and we are at -26C today as a high. Sure wish winter was over.

MyShilohRanch said...

I guess that I am far enough away to SAFELY tease you with our SoCal temperatures ... we have actually been averaging 20 for quite awhile (low for us)...but they are forecasting 79-81 by Saturday!
*ducking now* :D" Don't hate me cuz we're warm ... we will be 120 this summer!