Monday, February 9, 2009

Moon Ride

I am on a mission. I need to get Mr. Tubby McFatNeck down to an appropriate size before the real conditioning season begins. This involves some complicated horse shuffling to make sure the old TB mare gets as much hay as she can eat, while Tubs is limited to, what he believes is, a pitiful amount.

I also tacked him up and went for a moonlight ride. Well, I also had a headlamp, and I am glad I did. Last weekend, on my solo trip through the woods, I noticed all the animal tracks along my property. It was like Grand Central Station: deer, rabbit, coyote, fox, and maybe cat. Tonight, illuminated in my headlamp, were literally dozens of shiny, iridescent eyes staring back at me as we rode along.

I was a little creeped out, but Brego was solid, like it was the most normal thing in the world to go for a trail ride after dark, in deep snow, followed by critters. He is so brave-o.

We're just walking for now, but we'll be packing down the trail for trotting in about a week. Any exercise is good exercise at this point, as long as it's easy on the joints. Poor McFattens.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well after reading your post, I thought, hmmm I wonder how much pudge is under that fluffy coat on my big Percheron girl?

Uh oh. Can't feel nary a rib. Oh dear. She's not fluffy, she is fat! A renaming to Molasses Pudding is in order.

dp said...

I'm not sure how you feed hay, but would a wire muzzle help to slow him down when they are turned out together? They are less restricting than a full grazing muzzle, but he would have to eat hay by the strand rather than by the mouthful...

Stacey said...

Cool post. This gives me an idea...we just had a BEAUTIFUL full moon last night and I'm sure a moonlight ride would have been so much fun! I'm gonna do it on our next full moon!

Andrea said...

I onsidered going outside for a moonlit hack too last night.... but the people here are so not cool with that. Vicki pretty much freaked when I told her I was taking Gogo to the beach.... and if I were to mention that Gogo also misbehaved a little at the beach (she WAS mostly good!), then I would probably be banned from leaving the property. Vicki also only allows three of us here to jump, and doesn't allow anybody to ride bareback at all.

Maybe when they all leave....

HorseOfCourse said...

I had the most wonderful moonlight ride yesterday evening after training. It had been snowing during the entire weekend, and the trees were heavy with snow. We had a clear, starry sky and a LARGE full moon that shone so brightly on the crisp snow that all shadows turned sharp and black. No head lamp necessary! And it was cold, almost -20 centigrade. MARVELLOUS! If I am so lucky to have both new snow and full moon during one evening ride, then it's my winter treat for that year. It's so beautiful it stays in the memory forever.

Wiola said...

Your post reminded me of a series of old books I read and re-read (many times!) as a teenager - "Baree, Son of Kazan" and others by
JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD.
Must have been a super ride!

sidetracked said...

I would love to do a moon light ride, but my appy has horrible night vision. SO bad that if he is not in his paddock that he knows he will bump into things and such. But during the day he sees fine. The vets have not seen anything abnormal in his eyes, so he just doesn't have any night vision. Sounds like a fun time though.

My old trainer and I used to get up before sunrise, ride to a mountain top and wait for the sunrise. It was beautiful seeing the sun peek through the hills and mountains and light up the valley.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Poor round horsey is getting called all kinds of names these days :-)

enlightenedhorsemanship.net said...

You gotta love the Percheron. While all those other breeds are doing silly little pronky hops at the light monsters and sounds and such, they take everything in stride, seeming to look around them and say, "Silly TB)or, insert other breed here), there's nothing to be afraid of...now do your job!"
I'll never ride anything else. I was just thinking of riding today when the wind is gusting to 60mph, and realizing that there would be no one to ride with, in that they all have breeds with brains the size of walnuts. We'd spend our entire time fearing for their lives instead of enjoying the day.

Lizz Bishop said...

WOW. Now I want to take Cheyenne on a moon lite trail ride. But I am a little creeped about what is behind Sue's house. Haha.

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P.S. Moonlight rides are awesome, if somewhat freaky. LOL