We had our first snow storm of the season on Saturday. Java appeared to be oblivious, shoving her nose into the snow and trying to find familiar smells.
She managed to find her bone and settled down for a chew break.
I went to meet up with the Midwest Skijoring group but once again, I was busy and distracted when I read the e-mail about the meet up. I assumed I already knew much of the content, like where we were meeting, and I didn’t have time to get into details. Well, they did not meet at the usual place, as I assumed they would.
Ah well, it turned out no one but the leaders showed up to the correct spot so I didn’t miss out on much. With the help of a friend, Java and I worked on line out and “hiking.”
On foot, the being pulled is not as much fun as when you are on skis. I had to run. I am not a runner.
Anyway, Java was a very enthusiastic puller and my fears that working on heeling so much would deter Java from pulling were totally unfounded.
The snowfall motivated me to get moving on finding a snow blower. I know this looks like a baby snow blower but I was ensured that it would “do the job, no problem”. Let us hope so.
The snow was pretty, but highs above freezing should make it quickly disappear.
After the snow adventures of Saturday, on Sunday I went out to ride Luke. I wish I would have taken photos of Luke in his new, red, waterproof sheet. He looked hot. But the sheet will probably be covered with mud next time I get out to see him.
I need to get out to the stable and ride at least one more time this week as I am riding in a clinic next Saturday. A friend says she will video tape my lesson, so I may have future footage to share, if I don’t completely suck.
I’ve never taken a lesson on Luke with this instructor. The last time I took from her, I was riding a Trakehner, am impressive warmblood who knew dressage — quite the difference from my Tennessee Walker and Quarter Horse mix. Way different goals and issues.
It should be interesting, maybe as interesting as when I had the dejavu experience of having heavy, wet snow slide off the indoor arena roof during today’s ride.