Sunday, September 5, 2010

107 days...

Ms. Denali was on "vacation" for 107 days, and that is over now. We still can only walk, but it's better than paying mega bucks for a horse that you can't do much on.

My husband and I went to the barn on Friday night and I gave him strict instructions to take pictures "no matter what." He's such an amazing guy. Denali was a peach getting groomed, tacking up, etc. We walked around the arena, and I let her check out her scary corners to make sure she knew there was nothing there to eat her.

When I went to get on, she stood still until I put any pressure on her mouth at all and then she went backwards. Snotty pony!

I made her walk around the mounting block several times as fast as she's allowed and then we tried it again. This time she sort of "tweeked" out a bit. I'm not sure how my husband did it, but he somehow managed to make it from outside the arena to right next to me to hold Ms. Slew. What a good guy. I told him we were fine and I got up on her finally. That was the only trick she tried on me the whole ride. She honestly feels like I'm riding Frankenstein. She is so stiff and the only thing that still bends right is her neck. I think she needs some bodywork done to loosen her up a bit in addition to the riding we are doing. We'll see how she feels next time.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't super happy to be back on her!!

Sorry for my lack of blogging.... my computer has passed on to the greater computer in the sky, and I can now get my e-mail on my phone so I haven't been trying to hard to figure out a different option yet. Currently I'm using the hubby's.


Anonymous said...

Very cool that you're back on board!

Story said...

That's great news! Denali ready for some walking under saddle and you getting to do the riding! Even better, she was well behaved! As for being nervous, I get nervous about riding if my horse even has a couple days off, forget about 107. You did great.

Dock Start said...

Congrats! I'm so glad that you are back in the saddle. Hopefully we will have a late summer in the PNW so that you can have some enjoyable rides this fall.

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Hoooorah..u are back on! Trust me, I have days were I opt to hand walk the beast instead of riding. :)
You are doing great!!! I'm sure Miss D is happy to have you back on too. If only we could ride together and laugh at the moments that make our stomachs drop, ie; after every crazy side spook. ;)

Laura M. said...

Glad to hear you and Ms. D had an uneventful ride! Here's to many more and speedy healing :)