I like good brains, and I cannot lie

26 July 2012 Comments

Ro has gotten some unexpected vacation over the past few months while I deal with some personal things. Dexter, of course, is always on vacation. It must be nice to be two.

But other than making sure Ro has all four legs attached and hosing her down to get the sweat out of her coat (it’s summer in Houston, after all), she had pretty much lived the good life.

She’s not complaining, mind you. She thinks she deserves this life all the time.

I’ve popped her on the lunge once or twice just to remind her that there is such a thing as work, but even that has been more of a ten minute gait check (are all four of those legs attached to your body still working properly? Yes? Good.) than actual work.

However, today was a pretty good day for me and I decided to hop on and ride.

Well, “ride.”

Fifteen minutes at the walk was about all I could handle. I just couldn’t hold my position at all after that point, and I was not about to ask Ro to cart me around like a sack of potatoes when she is also unfit.

Still. That’s fifteen minutes of riding, and that’s more than I’ve done in ages, so I’ll take it.

But can I just say how nice it is to have a horse I can just hop on after several months of no work? I don’t have to lunge her for days to get her mind back in work mode and I don’t have to worry that she’ll be a spooky, unfocused mess.

I can just hop on and away we go. It’s a good-brains thing, and I love it in horses.

However, the one cloud in the sky is that while Ro has definitely been enjoying her vacation, she may have been enjoying it a little too well. Her girth almost didn’t fit her.

To be fair, I’m equally guilty in that regard as my breeches were just a leeetle snug.

Here’s hoping this day turns into a trend, because clearly both of us need to get back in shape.

Tagged: Horses, Horses - Dexter, Horses - Ro, Riding, United States, United States - Texas, United States - Texas - Houston


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