Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Early Morning Ride

Got up at 5:30 threw the horses some grub, then went back in the house and played with the dogs.  Cleaned the pens and then saddled Jessie for a "ride at daybreak". 

I love my work, but that doesn't mean there aren't rocky times and the start of the week wasn't going my way and I knew exactly what was needed to get some perspective back.  Jessie was happy to oblige.

It had been quite some time since we went out alone.  She moved out willingly.  I'm not sure, but her shadow was very long and she kept looking to that side.  I wondered if she thought someone was riding with us.  I had my ipod on listening to a podcast with the comedian Kevin Nealon.  I finally had to change it and listen to music because every time in our long trot he would say something funny and I would laugh, Jessie would stop.  So then I would try not to laugh, only that made it worse, cause I'd stiffen up and then relax and she would feel that and stop.

We rode for about an hour and did a lot of transitions, worked on picking up leads, and two-tracking.  It was a great morning - a little hazy and mid-60ish.  It's likely to be a hectic day at work.  Bring it on.  I'm ready now.
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