Once home, I did have the opportunity to attend a final, more local show... but I kinda looked through the show book once and didn't open it again. Mid-August horse-show-burnout is real, ya'll.
So, with empty entry paperwork sitting at my work desk, I chose to do what any logical person would do.
I went for a 10k trail ride with a friend, on a loop that I hadn't done in several years. It was the perfect day for a ride, and Annie was more than content to plod along, pulling Spud along with her (one of the reasons I chose to do this trail is because it is wide enough for Spud to be ponied).
We continued with the trail riding trajectory, and enjoyed some more ponying time with Spud and catching up with friends while we let our horses maneuver the rocks and dirt beneath them.
|I also washed my trailer.|
My trip came and went - soon I was back home and like any real equestrian, I climbed in the saddle the very next morning and ponied Spud around the subdivision. Annie was foot perfect, and I even had to cajole her into a canter down the long dirt road like a small child who had just learned how magical the canter is.
|I found ponies in Mexico.|
I've also started to incorporate some lunging into our routine, but lately the rain has been so terrible that I lack the motivation to stand out in the elements and watch him go in endless circles. It's a good alternative tho, because sitting in the cart I'd end up much wetter than standing!
|The handsomest dude.|
|A few days later.|
(She has since made a full recovery with 0 complications :) )