For starters, I updated my goals page to reflect our 2011 achievements and what we're aiming for in 2012. Check them out here.
We walk-trotted most of the way out, briefly doing some canter work in the ditches that I knew were 'safe' despite the growing layer of snow on the ground (12 - 24"). We crossed over the highway into a local provincial park and headed down a lovely little wooded trail through the bush. Moon had Spunk, with a capital S, despite all the trotting we did to get there. Okay, let's canter.
Little bugger. I DID eventually let him extend his canter into a great big gallop and boy is he ever the son of a race horse. I've met horses bred to run that do it sort of half-heartedly. They never really 'go'. Not Moon. He just wants to go as fast as his little legs will carry him, with or without me. You can FEEL the surge of his muscles and there's this HUGE propulsion force that drives you forward. It's not like a fancy sports car. This is like turbocharging a tank.
And he did. He ran and ran and ran. Through DEEP snow. When he FINALLY was ready to come back to a walk, he was SOAKED. Sweat dripped from his neck, his rump, his chest, his girth, everywhere. And it's WINTER. And SNOWING. Oye.
I DID manage to take a bunch of pictures but none of them saved. Awesome. I found some pretty obvious sole bruising on his right fore, though he doesn't really seem tender-footed. Red spots the size of your thumb. I also photographed some impressive footage of his growing hooves. There's OBVIOUS growth lines and he has just over an inch of REALLY nice hoof growth. On all four.
I also snapped a picture, which sadly didn't save, of his froathy mouth. Moon NEVER foams when riding, which I'm hoping means he's using the bit a bit better??? This was a happy first that you'll just have to believe me about : P
Saddled Moon up, pulled out the camera, turned it on and...
Oh right. Battery was plugged in at home charging. DANG!
So no video either. Not that we had anything impressive to show. We worked some more on canter, we got 1/2 way around the circle before falling out of it, and he did some nice work on serpentines and transitions. Overall, I'm actually kinda sore today, and that long trail ride will leave me sore tomorrow too. And if we ride tomorrow now that I'll remember the battery charger...
Lastly, since I'm house sitting this weekend, I took a couple of shots of the horses and dog. Still going to try to snap a few more, but at least this post has SOME pictures!