Bouncing back after my back going out made the beginning of the week slow, but it was overall a good week.
Monday: went for a run. Yay! It was rather slow due to my back–who knew that going down hill would be the hardest part? However, there were yards at a time when my legs moved together smoothly. When I got back, I did my series of hip openers. They truly do work well to stretch out not only the hips, but the surrounding muscle that contract when the hip and lumber muscles pull them out of wack.
Tuesday: I would like to say I took the day off, but as I spent an hour and half fencing, I don’t really think I did.
Wednesday: Started off with a mile run–which felt pretty good–and my hip openers. Then I brushed and clipped Charby. Found a great new arm exercise: brushing out her tail for the first time after a winter. Oh my, the knots and dreadlocks I found.
She does look much better, although she still has hair to shed out
After playing with Charby, I went out and played in the leaves. Spring is finally here and I have been cleaning out my gardens. Since I used to farm with my father and we grew perennials, I have 6 garden beds of varying sizes to clean out. Lovely when they are done, tedious to clean out!
Thursday: I went for a 2 mile run, and going downhill was no longer an issue 🙂 Later in the afternoon I decided to ride Charby. I thought we should ride out in the field. Charby didn’t agree, maybe because she had been out there all morning? I was using my new bareback pad, and I couldn’t convince her to go out while I was on her, so I got off and lead her out. Then wandered the entire field looking for something I could use to get back on her without stirrups (who thought no stirrups was a good idea??). I finally found a stump. Unfortunately, it was next to the lane going back into the barn. After I got on, she didn’t want to go out in the field, she wanted to go in. We discussed this for a bit.
See the muddy track leading to the road?
We backed all the way out here as she didn’t want to go forward. All I really wanted to be was on her, so I didn’t much care. It was a bit funny, she thought she was being so ornery. I wonder if she will ever figure out that just because she is going backwards doesn’t mean that she isn’t going in the direction I want her to go.
Friday: walked Daisy for 2 miles, and it was slower than our normal pace, but she had a blast. Then 2 hours fencing. Never ending, that! And more garden cleaning.
Saturday: Gayle texted me–Christopher Robin was in the trailer and on his way! I took Charby out for a ride, then cleaned her all up to meet her new friend. Since they were on the way, I thought I would run out and meet them since I wasn’t sure I was going to able to leave the horses. Usually I run before riding. Riding first sucks! I had to go out the 1st mile 80% uphill route to meet them, and if I hadn’t called them to tell them that I was going to meet them I would turned around on the first hill. Brutal. Fortunately, after the first mile it was pretty much downhill, and it was wonderful knowing that I didn’t have to run back! Charby was excited to meet CR, and he seemed happy enough with her. There really wasn’t any excitement, which is always a good thing. Just some nose touching, a couple of squeals and they decided the hay was more interesting. Lunch together is always a wonderful way to make new friends.
Sunday: Big land clearing day. We had a crew coming to help us take down some big trees behind the house, and we needed to do a bit more clearing before they got there. So I got up early so I could take CR out for a ride, showing him all his new surroundings. He seemed excited, checking everything out. And he is a hardy little pony, he went up the hill at a power walk that never stopped. When Charby climbs that hill at a power walk, usually about 3/4 of the way up she is huffing and thinking about slowing down. Afterwards I decided to put them together and see how that went. Again, no fireworks and they were out back eating grass side by side 20 minutes later. Success!