Yes, raindrops in July. Yes, we are still carrying our parkas when we ride out in July...our lightweight parkas, but still, I think Summer has forgotten that we had a date to hang out.
Duana has so much fun riding Hana, and Hana really loves being able to get out and do stuff. Hana has the longest attention span I've ever seen on a horse: once she gets her "working face" on, she will stay on-task for hours.
Du is also learning to relax and trust the little red mare. They're both having fun, which is fabulous.
Connie has a new horse to play with, too. I think Farah is going to work out just fine, although she's still very green.
We rode about 12 miles today--lots of trotting, but not as far or as fast as our Thursday rides (with the smaller group of fitter horses).
We've been working on a new way to rate the horses' speed and keep them at a consistent tempo as we move:
I was raised in a house full of Boy Scouts, and Scouts have songs for all kinds of activities. It turns out that different songs that I learned from the Scouts work with different horse-trotting speeds.
Huh. Who knew?
When the horses are trotting at about 9 mph, it's a good tempo to sing "Waltzing with Bears."
(I sing about two keys lower than Seamus Kennedy so I can hit the high "wa-wa-wa-waltzing" notes. And yes: the song is in 3/4 waltz time, but it still works with a 2-beat trotting gait. Someday I'll record it for you.)
If we want to slow down a bit, "The Battle of New Orleans" is the song to sing to keep us moving down the trail at 7 to 8mph:
If we want to sl-o-o-o-w-w-w way down, the only song I know for 4.5 mph is "The Road that Never Ends":
Slower than that, the only song that I know is "99 bottles of beer on the wall"...or maybe that song just makes it seem like we're going slower than The Road that Never Ends.
For quicker stepping, it turns out that "The Great Ship Titanic" is a good fit for a 12 mph trot or canter!
Faster than 12 mph, I don't sing. I just hang on and grin.
Life is good.