Friday, December 7, 2012

Birthday Ride!

Yesterday was my birthday.  I took the day off work so I could fully enjoy it.  I had a leisurely morning of opening gifts, drinking coffee and eating a nice breakfast.  Then I had a hard workout and even squeezed in a short nap.  In the afternoon we went out to the barn before going downtown for dinner.  It could not have gotten much better.

Robin gave me a number of very nice gifts, including a new mane hair mecate.  Funny, I know, as I gave her one for her birthday.  But she actually ordered this one before she received hers.  I guess we both had been talking enough about how much nicer the ropes on our hackamores are than the ones on the snaffles.

As it was my birthday, I really just felt like riding my own horse, but I also wanted to try out the new rope.  So I just tied it to my bosal so we could see how it looked.

Gorgeous, of course.  It is an 8 strand, whereas our others are 6 strand.  It makes it look much thinner, but it is still a nice 5/8ths inch rope.  The white flecks against the black and redish brown rows make for a super cool pattern.

The only downside is how stiff the new ropes can be.  It was certainly more supple than the others (perhaps due to the increased number of strands), but it definitely needs a good soaking.

Robin had a great time on Steen.  His leg continues to look better, and he might even be over his cold. He only coughed a couple of times today, and we even managed to do a decent amount of work.  We went through the routine a lot just to get some good trotting in.  Then we played a little cow, and Bear and Steen were both happy to throw in some lopes.  At 50 degrees, it was significantly more comfortable for all of us than the last ride.

We also worked on some backing and pivoting off of specific feet.  Robin snapped a few nice shots of us working with the new mecate.

The hair ropes truly are amazing.  They have a great feel in your hands, and they are very lively when doing groundwork and giving a release.  If you haven't tried one out, I highly recommend grabbing one.  They can appear a little bit pricey compared to some other reins, but they will easily last for decades, so are quite worth it.

At the end of the ride we ventured over to the second strip for a little while.  Laredo had been munching on the bales, but he noticed our absence and wandered over to the fence to await our return.  He even nickered as we approached.  That kid is so funny, he doesn't want to work hard when he's out (or even work lightly), but he can't stand others exploring without him.

We did have some apple cores to share with them, and he was a little overexcited to get to those.  Here he is trying his best to get to the apple but not push on me.

Little bit of a fail there, Laredo.  I did back him up just after that.

This was a really great year overall for me, and an especially great year with the horses.  Can't wait to see with the next one brings.

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