My Sunday started early with a walk with Conrad, and then grazing & grooming with Eli. I went to work for a few hours and then got to meet up with Amanda and Hillary for some food in an area of Austin jam-packed with shopping and dining options, just south of the river. The most important thing about Sunday was that I ordered a doughnut that had some fruit involved, so obviously I stuck to a healthy diet.
Monday, the summer solstice brought the longest day of the year, but any day at a desk is a long day. Thankfully, I got to spend at least part of it outside with Eli a little before sunset.
One of these days I am going to film a grooming and tacking up session with Eli because it is probably the most awkward horse/person interaction possible. I forgot apples, so his grump level shot up by the time I got to putting the tack on him.
Once I put the bridle on the lack of apples fully hit him, and he felt devastated. Even though he got cookies.
He perked back up as we left the cross-tie. I walked him around the small arena for a few minutes, trotted him down the length of the drive to the road and walked back up, and proceeded to do a lot of long + low trot on the buckle and a relaxed canter. The heat kept me from asking for much more, although we finished with a little bit of walking on the bit and marching through a figure 8 a few times.
All signs point to a long hot summer ahead of us with few incentives to torture ourselves in the heat, so late evening rides will be the plan.
I will try to remember the apples next time.