We don’t see snow much in this area, and to see it in December is even more of a rarity. Given that the ground was too warm for anything to stick around for long, we were left to slog through cold mud.
This basically means I had not ridden Eli for a week. Unfortunately, when Eli doesn’t get turnout and work time, his lumbar area gets sore or stiff. So when I did ride him on this past Sunday, after he had had a week off, I just walked on a long rein for a long (and boring) time. The next day, I rode again, and he had more time in the round pen to loosen up — his lumbar region seemed much less sore and I rode him at both the walk and a long and low trot (when he wasn’t moosing about the wind in the trees).
Today he gets de-wormed, so it will mean another day off that can’t be helped, but things are drying out so I am hoping to ride for the rest of the week.