Tuesday saw some of the nicest weather we’ve had in weeks. I definitely got a little spoiled with the early spring sunshine in March, but then we had quite a few days of colder, windier, and wetter weather. It felt like we hadn’t even tacked the horses up outside in a while.
But Tuesday the sun was shining, the wind was light, and it was just about too warm. It felt great. Except maybe for Bear. He has been suffering a little from a sore back. I wish I could say it was a new soreness, but truth be told, he’s been mildly sore in the back since we’ve had him. I don’t tend to blog about it too much because it isn’t very fun to dwell on these kinds of things. Also, it does come and go, and with regular time off, stretching, and massage it has been manageable.
At least it has been manageable from my perspective. I think the reality is that Bear has been uncomfortable for a few weeks. Or since we really started ramping up our rides. A lot of time we would ride 2 to 4 times a week for about an hour with the occasional short indoor ride. Now we’ve been consistently getting out 3 to 5 times a week, and we rarely ride for an hour any more. Many of our rides approach two hours.
I will be giving him some rest, but it is a difficult situation to handle. He certainly isn’t lame, and he generally seems to enjoy the rides. But I have nagging injuries that bother me, and I can only imagine what they’ll feel like when I’m Bear’s age. For a little while I will just have to proceed slowly and make sure I don’t push him past where he is comfortable.
I am hopeful this plan will work well for Bear. Unfortunately it won’t work for me. I’ve ended many of our rides wishing that we could keep going. I’ve just got so much to learn and practice right now. Robin and I have talked off and on about the various horses would could own over the next many decades. But now for the first time we are considering a third horse for the near future.