In which we return to regularly-scheduled ears at the bottom
The weather has been frightful, but we finally got a break!
|Mud and hay on face, such a good look|
We've all been a little borderline cabin-feverish, so when there was finally a dry day in the forecast, the call went out on Facebook:
|"Meet at Victoria Parking Lot on Friday at 1(ish)" |
and be ready to ride...slowly
We are all fat and fluffy right now, so a walking-ride was needed.
|Niki riding Jazz (sooooo fuzzy!) and |
Patty P. on Freebie (who is coming 20 years old in spring, but acts like a 5 year old!)
Not fast, not far, and not very warm:
|This is a screen shot. Link to the actual data is HERE|
That was Friday. This was today:
|I wore All The Warm Clothes: |
wool shirt, polarfleece shirt, down vest, polarfleece tights, fleece scarf, wool socks....
|3 weeks on the new feed regimen.|
Today was a solo ride, just me and Fiddle...and the SUN!
|If an endurance horse sees her shadow, it means spring will come soon, right? Right?|
A brisker pace today, literally: Fee decided that the sunshine felt so good that she actually paced a few strides up a hill before swapping over to a gallop.
|It was bright and sunny, but cold! The truck (parked in the shady parking lot) said 40* F|
but the wind from the north felt much colder.
(It was a short hill. We are still fuzzy and fat, after all.)
|Sunshine makes everyone feel better.|
We met some other folks on the trail today: bicycles, dogs, and other horses. Everyone agreed that the sunshine was glorious.
|The trails are closed here for the winter, but the roads are still open.|
|We slowed down when we were under open sky to let the sun fall on us a little longer|
|Today's ride: not quite twice as far in the same time. Data is HERE.|
Still not a smokin' hot speed, but it felt good to move a bit.
Back in the parking lot:
|Kitty said, "hey, that's a nifty camera!" She and I want to ride together again, |
although Fiddle is still embarrassingly too much in love with Mak.
I've got one more day off this week, hoping the weather will continue to hold (there is sn*w in the forecast, but I'm not sure I believe it).
UPDATE: Sunshine and no sn*w!
|We went specifically to this pond to see if the Swamp Tulips are up yet. Nope.|
|Still getting the hang of this camera, and playing with light (while we have some)|
|Going FAST(ish). It's been a good long time since we could do that.|
|A little more than 8 miles, a little less than 2 hours. Perfect.|