I drove down thinking about loping and right leads but baby girl was still stiff & sore. Some days you just have to go with the flow. I could tell she wasn't feeling great & I talked to L, who's mule had the same reaction from the 5-way. She just walked her mule around and let her graze a little. I decided to saddle Rhea up & just walk around - mainly to keep the blood flowing.
As we walked by the arena I said hello to J, who was working her mule, and she had the great suggestion to take Rhea to the creek and just cool her legs. We walked out and I kept her just standing in the water for awhile - I'm sure it felt good to her and it was so pleasant for me to just sit and listen to the sound of the creek, the birds, and the little rustling of the shrubs around. She really perked up after cooling off. They have so much blood flow through their legs it probably cooled her whole body.
And it really nice to have no agenda but just time with my horse. When we were kids and rode it wasn't about what we accomplished in the arena, it was about having fun. We'd spend hours on our horses. As adults we get pretty locked into accomplishing something.
I hope she feels better today. She'll have tomorrow off as I'll be heading north with my guy for a knee check-up and big-city errands.
The 30 days may have to morph into 30 consecutive days when I'm not out of town or something... But already I'm sold on the value of every day. And L paid us a nice compliment; she told Rhea how good she looked and how nice it was to see us so "hooked on" to each other. I do feel a bond & a familiarity that wasn't always there before and can only help us moving forward.
The past 16 days help me appreciate the hours that go into training for an event like Stacy Westfall's bareback ride on Roxy. I remember reading her blog and that she estimated she put in 800 hours leading up to that ride. That's a LOT of time. When I see people doing flying lead changes and spins I have to appreciate the hours that went into it. We'll get there too.