Everyone is commenting on the weather this spring — even more than usual. The past few weeks have seemed more volatile than usual, buffeted as they’ve been between windborne rains, freezing nights, and a few glorious, summery days.
Yesterday was one of the latter, and I took full advantage of it. After a long ride on Consolation, I saddled Acey for her second ride of the year. Getting her ready took longer than usual because, adorably pixieish as she is, Acey isn’t the easiest horse to tack up with the equipment I own. I need to do some shopping to find a breastcollar, cinch, and bridle that will fit her not-exactly-horse, not-exactly-pony proportions.
Then, there are her feet. They’re just a hair too small for her 00 Easyboot Gloves. I’ll try adding Powerstraps, but my previous experience in putting Powerstraps on very small boots is that they pucker the V too much, resulting in a sharp little “nose” on the boot. (Has anybody solved this problem? Am I doing something wrong?)
Anyway, I’m hopeful that increased mileage will result in sufficient expansion of Acey’s hooves that boot sizing is no longer an issue. The question is how I’m going to get her feet through the miles between here and there.
Yesterday, I took her out in the 00 Gloves, sans Powerstraps. Their fit wasn’t ideal, but I reckoned we’d be okay for walking on fairly even ground. As usual with a green horse, particularly one that I haven’t ridden in several months, I started out on foot and mounted up when everything felt right. As it happened, that was just a quarter-mile up the road.
She was the horse I remembered from last fall — quick, courageous, and energetic. I still sense some potential defiance bubbling under the surface, which I suspect will come out as she gains confidence under saddle. I’m hoping to head it off at the pass with extra arena work, gradually balancing softness and compliance with her low frustration/boredom threshold.
Maybe I’ll have a chance to get back astride her today. I’ll be preparing Easter dinner for a small crew, but I planned a menu that won’t require me to spend all day in the kitchen. As much as I like to cook, I’d rather be out among the equines!