I was able to ride Eli Friday, Saturday, and Monday. The weather was nice on Sunday, too, but I took a day trip to visit with family.
On Friday, I rode under the lights, but Eli actually relaxed pretty well after a couple laps of his best alpaca impersonation. Saturday, he came out of the stall in a great mood. Still a grump, but definitely benefiting from more turnout while the weather allows. I also think his attitude toward blanketing has really changed for the better. He doesn’t even protest when I put his blanket on when it’s cold. I have noticed some hair at his lower left shoulder is getting rubbed a little, so I may be buying him a liner for his shoulder. I have needed so many horse clothes for Eli this winter and it’s annoying.
I did jump some with my trainer on Saturday. Just the very simple trotting in and cantering out of the lines and halting straight or doing a simple change before the corner. Eli knows this drill and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Monday, I rode with my trainer again and we continued in the same program.
Eli did spook/leap/step oddly after a course, and we have no idea what agitated him. Looking at the video, maybe a horse being jogged in hand was enough to set him off? Or maybe he stung/stepped on himself and threw a tantrum about it? The clip is on my Instagram if you haven’t seen it yet. I walked him around for 5 minutes, trotted him both directions and he felt sound, so who knows. I really thought he could have injured something, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. We took the outside line a few more times to my trainer’s satisfaction and ended on that.
And today, no riding or barn time at all. No work, either. Texas is closed. I did check the local news, and the main road I take to the barn from my house had some iced-over bridges, so I get to hang out more with Conrad. I know Eli is okay–the barn was hanging buckets, wrapping pipes, closing windows, and in general preparing for another spate of more than 24 hours of sub-freezing temperatures. It’ll be 70 again by Saturday — blanketing is a challenge here. I know a lot of people have it much worse than here, but that won’t stop me from wishing for summer!