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Wentworth Hunter Pace - June 6, 2021

After Margaret and I had such a fun time at the fall hunter pace, we opted to go again this spring! This time, while I rode Rejoice again, Margaret rode her horse Jester and had a friend ride Ladyhawke. All Kennebec Morgans!! Jester and Rejoice have the same dam and Jester and Lady share the same sire. Unfortunately instead of a lovely late spring day, we had one of the first intensely hot and humid days of the year. It was definitely a bummer, but the ride was mostly in the shade of the woods and we had a great time!  most of the fences were 3' coops but we found a small log and this hay to jump haha Until we didn't. 😑 We brought along a third friend who rode Margaret's older mare, Ladyhawke. She's a good rider but hasn't known Ladyhawke for very long and didn't realize how much of a cranky boss mare she could be at times. She kicked Jester right in the front leg just about halfway through the ride, and while the cut itself ended up not being a big deal in the


Listen, it don't really matter to me, baby. 
You believe what you want to believe, you see. 
You don't have to live like a refugee..

Yeah, my horses sort of look like refugees lately, a la the Tom Petty's song.  :D  Between the awful fall rain causing tons of mud and the 39497345795 things in my plate lately, they are lucky to be fed.  LOL!  Today I finally got the chance to groom everyone, as I am on school vacation for Thanksgiving!  Wooo!  Best part of being a teacher!

It was super windy today, with gusts up to 30 mph.  At least the sun was out, but with the temps hovering around 35, it was brisk out there!  LOL!  I forgot how rejuvenating the wind chill can be!  :-p  I broke out the winter riding pants and boots for the first time.  Sigh.  I knew Dreamy might be a bit fresh, and she was.  Ha ha ha.  She is not bad and is really easy to control when she scoots and leaps in her excitement.  It is more like she scoots and I am right there to steady her, so she sighs....awww, OK Mom.  She is predictable and by keeping an eye on her ears, I can anticipate any of her maneuvers.  After our first trot, she settled in and was fine.  

We had a productive ride, actually, and I was happy with our trot and canter work.  Being slightly "up" made for some really nice forwardness into the bridle.  She was steady and happy, despite being on her winter break.  I only rode for 30 minutes, fully aware that she is not in great shape anymore.  But I am glad I did ride.  I almost chickened out, thinking that my nice warm house would be a better bet.  Once I got grooming, spending three hours outside this afternoon was really nice!

I knew better than to get on Reva.  LOL!  She probably would have been fine, but I thought I ought to play it safe since I was home alone. No use falling off and having a bad experience.  Maybe in the morning I can get on her before I have to be at my family's Thanksgiving dinner.

At least everyone is clean tonight.  By tomorrow in turnout, they will be caked with mud again.  Ah well.  :D