Wow! Am I ever glad I wasn’t in ride camp last night. Southwest Idaho was slammed with 40 mph winds and pounding rain all evening and again in the wee hours. The first thing I did this morning was hurry to the window and make sure all the ponies remained secure in their paddocks.
I’ve decided not to take Consolation to the ride. She seems all right, but between just coming off a period of NQR behavior and a month’s rest, I feel more confident waiting until next time. A new ride, Cheap Thrills, No Frills!, will be held in the Owyhee Canyonlands in late June. That’s what we’re shooting for. (I’d love to haul down to Strawberry Fields in mid-June, but I have a business trip that week; also, as a friend pointed out, Utah may not be the very best place to travel with our horses right now.)
I’m disappointed, but at peace. I am also determined that this is the year I’ll get at least one more horse legged up — preferably two — so all my plans aren’t riding on a single mount. More on that soon.
Meanwhile, I do feel comfortable putting Consolation back on the conditioning trail. Our new pro-fitness, anti-boredom campaign starts today. I’m on vacation, the dawn is crisp and bright, and we’re going exploring!
Ironman and I went on a trail-hunting excursion recently, literally hopping in the car and heading for the hills, and found quite a few exciting possibilities. Some look like they’ll offer stunning scenery and technical work, which Consolation enjoys, and all feature the big climbs we desperately need.
I know, I know. I’ve long resisted hauling out for conditioning rides because it takes so much time, and I have so many horses needing training at home. I can get more done in a day if I condition right from my driveway. However, I’ve reached the limit of fitness Consolation can achieve without more challenging trails. Besides, she’s bored. Time for me to suck it up and trailer her to new and better places!
I’ll take my camera.
…Which reminds me, I did order a heart rate monitor with GPS! My shiny new Garmin 305 with V-Max Adaptor Kit will arrive in a few days. (Psst, they’re on sale with free shipping at The Distance Depot!)