Friday, January 2, 2009

Snow Rides

The holidays are behind us and it's now time to buckle down, get through winter, and plan for spring. Brego has been enjoying his daily turnout in the snow, cantering and playing with the old mare. I swear he prefers to canter around the pasture instead of trot. He's even schooled himself over logs and a nice bank, up and down. I think training him in eventing has given him the confidence to move at speed over this crazy terrain.


I haven't been riding as much as planned because of all the holiday rush. My mom did fly in from Virginia and, for the first time in my life, asked to ride. Brego packed her out to see the giant boulder sitting in the middle of the woods. Most likely deposited by a glacier, this rock is about 15 feet high and very impressive.

Then today we went for a two hour trail ride through the back woods. Brego did very well in the ice and snow and was able to cross the frozen brooks on his giant swamp feet and not break the ice. My poor Thoroughbred, with her tiny feet and zero survival instinct, was not so lucky. Brego did well and it was nice to ride him on the buckle after watching him literally explode around his pasture. High today was warm in the mid 20s. I finally found a temperature where I would not ride: 4 F above zero. If it burns my lungs to breath while tacking up, there is no way I am going to ask Brego to work. In those cases, it's not worth the money to rent the indoor across the street just to walk around, so I miss out on a ride. If it's that cold (and not windy) during the weekend, I can at least hack in the woods for free.

In other eventing news, Kingsbury Hill, the location where we rode our first recognized event, is not hosting any events this year due to finances. I am totally bummed about this because it was the closest event and we obviously do well there. Now, aside from UNH, all the closest events are two to three hours away. Feels like Texas... :( I am going to have to do some serious thinking about which to enter because I have limited time off work, very limited money, and would really like to qualify for the AECs so I need to do well. I don't want to blow a $500 entry fee and come in last and then have to spend more money to try again.

Sorry for the randomness of this post... it's a little reminiscent of how my riding has been going. :) I hope to add more structure soon.


11 comments:

sylvia said...

love the pic of your mom on brego!

Katie said...

Wow! That boulder is huge! That pic is very cool. I'm pretty sure my mum would never get on a horse lol

Anonymous said...

fantastic photo of the glacier boulder.

It occurs to me that since you are in many of the photos, that the excellent photographer is not you.

Daun said...

Anon,
The excellent photographer is most certainly NOT me! This blog would be a shambles without the fine cinematography of my SO. Her timing is beyond excellent and she knows how to work the darn thingamajiggers (cameras). Something about "F Stop"....

dp said...

That boulder is super neat. I hope your mom enjoyed her ride and I hope that Hobby is OK.

Andrea said...

Hooray for awesome SOs that take good pictures! Alas, my own (who is also my photographer) is still in Ohio, so there aren't many pictures of Gogo and I doing anything together right now. Poop....

And it's very sad about Kingsbury Hill :( I looked into going myself but I'm trying to stick with events I can trailer in to (less than two hours away) so I can cut down on costs. You should come party with us in CT!

Andrea said...

BTW, is your SO a horsey person too?

Maximus said...

Great shot of your mom on Brego, and wow, you look like you've lost weight!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

I so love these shots of Brego in the snow...and your stories of his romping around warm my heart.

Daun said...

DP,
Hobby is just fine. The brook is only 6" deep. It's so funny to watch Brego test his footing and then slowly, deliberately move across the ice. Hobby looks at the ice and thinks, "ZOMG!!! ICE!!!" and then stab, stab, stab, crash, crash, crash, violent leap across. *sigh* Brego can be a turd, but I trust him not to kill us. Hobby on the other hand....


Maximus,
Thanks! I just bought a scale and I think I am down 10 pounds in 2 months. Slinging buckets and the constant work of setting up and maintaining the small farm in winter are the reasons. I need to get on the elliptical more, because although I am gaining lots of muscle, my heart and lungs are not so good. We're also trying to watch what we eat, no more eating out.

Andrea,
I would love to come party with you in CT, but um, that is freakin' far away! For my little Beginner Novice self, it doesn't make sense to go far. I will likely do UNH if we can get ready in time (May 2, hopefully the ice will be gone by then). And Groton House is a destination event. And a few others. Lots of schooling stuff down the street. We should be ok, but I might not make the AECs this year.

As for the SO, she's been riding for 3 years and she's better than me. No kidding. A natural. She rides my old TB mare and they're both delightfully Type A. The only thing I have over her right now is confidence. Wait a year and she will start beating me. Oh well, I don't mind red ribbons. :) Plus, the benefits of having a riding SO are worth it. I can always blame it on my draft horse. :D

Andrea said...

Yeah I know what you mean about freaking far away events. Like I said, I'm probably not leaving CT at all but for the maybe two events on the border of NY and MA that are within an hour and a half of me! I doubt I'll make it to Groton House. I would LOVE to do the Training Novice division they have there (how freaking cool is that??) but it's like, $500, and counts for nothing.... yeah right, we're saving that entry fee for the AECs, thanks.

And YES for horsey SOs - my fiancee has two horses and I've kind of converted her from a contester to an eventer and it's AWESOME because we can chat about the fine details of nutrition and the silly things our mares did today for hours, as well as go on snowy trail rides, which are THE best dates ever. We're both bummed because we wanted to show together all summer but right now she's stuck in OH and I'm stuck in CT.... blah. I guess it's not all bad though in that way because Polly (her mare) is THE only horse Gogo's ever really been taken with (and I mean, pyschotically) and one or the other of them would probably literally hurt themselves trying to reach the other if we took them apart for a second. Which makes for a very poor dressage test. You know it's meant to be when even our mares are crazy for each other....