For the first time ever, Brian and I stayed in Iowa City for Thanksgiving. The reasons we stayed home were numerous and not worth going into, but the upshot was we had nothing to do other than whatever we wanted. No family of the non-equine variety to hang out with, no obligatory traditions.
So, of course, we went to the barn. We took Steen and Bear out and had another great jaunt around the fields. It was still medium cold — around 30°, but the ground was not as hard as it was last time we were out. We walked, trotted, and loped around for well over an hour, checking out the frosted fields and drainages.
Both the horses were great, but Bear seems to have really turned a corner. He was moving nicely, had good energy, and just seemed perky and responsive in a way we haven’t seen in many weeks.
After the ride, we put blankets on Bear and Steen. I’m still not a total blanket convert (I think both Laredo and Zoey will be better off without them) but our two older fellas seem to do better with extra clothes.
On this Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for these guys:
The rest of our herd, too, of course. But these two in particular.
Ride Time: 1:20
Horseback Hours YTD: 185:35