Just to start off- let’s take note that last night was a RECORD BREAKING low for this late in February! I am SO ready for the temps to warm up. I have been a good girl and keep the winter bitching to a minimum but today’s ride was just BRUTAL, my entire face was frozen. Today it was 20 degrees but felt like 10 degrees.
MOTHER NATURE, YOU WIN NOW WARM UP PLEASE.
As always, Mabou was a really good boy. Since it was cold, even with his quarter sheet on he took longer to warm up and we spent a while trotting on a loose rein to start. With show season in sight now, I have recently begun doing my entire trot warm up with no stirrups- gets me working while he is warming up. Once I feel his back start to swing and engage then I usually pick up my stirrups and contact and we get to work, unless I want to torture myself by continuing with no stirrups.
I ordered a Back on Track quarter sheet from Tack of the Day when they were on sale a few weeks ago (and polo wraps and the mattress overlay), so I am hoping that it arrives while the temps are still cold and I get to use it. I also think it will help with his warm up.
We did the usual flat schooling, lengthening and shortening of stride, transitions, bending and counter-bending, and leg yielding. Nothing too exciting, but he felt great after he was warmed up.
Tomorrow is supposed to be in the high 30’s woohoo!