I finally got to ride today. It was actually really beautiful, about 34 degrees maybe a tad warmer but compared to what it has been I was very comfortable. There was plenty of snow on the ground as well so it just made for a really nice ride. I wish I had people to trail ride with because today would have been a lot of fun for a real trail ride.
All of this cold weather has gotten me to thinking that as horse people we should be very proficient in the art of waiting. I mean if you think about it half of training and horsemanship is simply a waiting game. Wait until the horse has learned to go forward before we start introducing contact. Wait until the horse is accepting contact before we ask for any collection. Wait for the jump! Wait until the horse is warmed up before you start working. I could literally go on and on. There are so many things that we have to wait for to get it right. Of course so many horseman and woman don't get it right and it is rush, rush, rush and so goal oriented with only the "end" in sight that steps get missed along the way. That's why there is such a profusion of training gadgets and "problem" horses. 9 times out of 10 if you just wait until your horse is ready for the next step it will be okay even if you aren't the next best trainer to hit the saddle.
Right now just waiting for some warm weather is trying my patience. I'm very thankful I got such a nice ride in today because it is going back into the negatives tonight and for the next couple of days. But today was one of those winter days that make you realize winter isn't ALL bad (and thank God for that!)
|Our very snowy hack today.|
|Loki's field completely snow covered.|