Since my last post, we had to re-schedule the Will Rogers Classic until March 7/8 – This weekend. What have we been doing? Not enough horsing around, that’s for sure. We did manage a party lesson on the 22nd, before the COLD weather descended and STAYED. Icy on the 23rd, more snow on the 24th, and I cancelled my KS trip, then another winter weather weekend with a micro warm-up. So, off to KS on Monday only to evacuate Tuesday night when the next winter mix was headed Oklahoma way with more teeth than expected. School was cancelled Wed/Thurs and the temperatures are finally expected to go up just in time for the Classic this weekend. It is still ridiculously mucky, but moisture is moisture, so we better take it.
At our last lesson a couple of weeks ago, Splash was pretty snarky. He even aimed a hoof my direction during our mounting preparations. Bad Move Splash. We moved some feet – forward/backward/left/right until he apologized in horse language. After that rough start, he straightened out and we had a pretty good lesson before headed to our fav Mexican place in Catoosa. We managed a ride night a couple of days later and Splash was pretty good for Abby. Then winter prevented any more fun until the snow quit last Sunday. The 3 inches of snow were topped with a half inch of frozen crust which made for some tricky footing.
Ivy/Kizzy and me/Splash took a tiptoe ride around the pasture. Ivy was bareback to take advantage of her heat-seat horse and I decided to take a photo. Imagine that. With the reins in my teeth, gloves under one arm and whip under the other, I was waiting for Kizzy to smile when. Without warning. Splash jumped sideways 20 feet. He (and Ivy and Kizzy) saw…. gasp…. a coyote. I didn’t fall off. I should have. I pulled a serious muscle from the back of the knee all the way up. That hurt so bad I couldn’t dismount. So, we rode to the arena, walked and trotted and slipped around before going back around the pasture to remind Splash that he can not direct riding or dismounting.
I have been babying my injury and it is somewhat better. I plan to ride at the classic anyway. It might not be pretty. But I am going to have fun with my horsey friends Sheila, Allison, and Stacy (and others) riding with me. Hope to have visits from my YaYa’s down at the Claremore expo starting at 9 am on Sat.