|Blue waiting patiently for his after-workout treat|
I’ve decided to join Linda at http://beautifulmustang.blogspot.com who is doing this 100- Day Horse Challenge on her blog with a local horse group in her area who are on Facebook. Since I’m not on Facebook I’ll just do it on the blog. The goal of the challenge is to improve your riding skills through riding or training horses, at least, 100 days out of the year. With the late start I’m most likely not going to be able to log in 100 days but it’s worth a try. I’ve got 305 days left this year so I’ll see where it takes me. This might be just the sort of challenge to get me motivated!
(Plagiarized from Linda’s blog post)
“The goal is to improve your horse skills through riding and/or training horses, at least 100 days out of the year. A day in the saddle always counts towards the challenge, but anything else has to demonstrate that you're working toward an objective, rather than just hanging out.”
Challenge – Day 1
Today Blue and I decided that it was time for us to take stock of ourselves and see where we are on the fitness scale. I’m sorry to say that I failed miserably but Blue isn’t looking too bad for having the winter off. Of course, he could use a little more exercise and so could I, so we’re going to work on that.
We went down to the indoor arena and I thought it might be a good idea to let him wander around off the lead and reacquaint himself with everything in there. Blue thought it would be more fun to follow me around and look over my shoulder as I was filling in a few holes the foxes have been digging. He really is a nosy horse. If he could I’m sure he would put his hands on his hips and direct my work habits.
After moving the mounting block and setting up some ground poles, while Blue followed me around and supervised, we did a few minutes of longeing. After having a long time off I like to see how a horse is moving and if anything might be bothering them. Blue worked mostly at the walk and trot for a few minutes in each direction. So that’s about it for Day 1 of the Challenge.
Quote for Today
If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.