roll out the barrel

Days have turned into weeks, and my saddle time continues at the speed of walk. I think my sore back is finally calmed down enough to begin progressive riding?! I know it will be limited at best, as I still find myself bracing. My stiffness promptly results in a "what's your problem" look from my horse. We've lost so much ground. Sigh. Every time we restart, which seems to happen a lot to us, the connection comes back faster. Right? At least that's my hope.

For a change of pace, we rode in the pasture last night. While Brad & Nemo loped a storm up, we plodded along enjoying the sights and sounds. Up and over, around - but not through the low lying area filled with thick black horse sucking mud. It was a beautiful night to be outside riding!

My hubby, the adventurer, was up to no good and looking for a challenge. Something to do out of the norm. Apparently the first pasture ride of the season wasn't enough. Koda spotted their find first, and wanted to investigate. Brad had pulled a plastic white barrel out of the brush, that the wind had misplaced. By the time we got to them, Nemo was doing a good job of trying to roll it. Which is interesting, because he has never liked rolling exercise balls. I guess barrels are different.

Koda was all ears and wanted to try rolling it too. We quickly discovered the barrel was doing more spinning then rolling. Between the four of us, we managed to get the barrel rolled out to mid-pasture. We decided it was time to call it quits when Koda tried stepping on it...what was he thinking? He's a trick pony?? Wish I had packed my phone cam to capture this rollin' kinda fun! A good reminder, that it's not all about technique or goals, sometimes ya just gotta roll out the barrel!!

Koda rolling his own barrel


Grey Horse Matters said...

The barrel rolling sounds like a lot of fun. Love the rolling Koda!

Shirley said...

Fun! They are such characters! Hope your back is feeling better.

The Dancing Donkey said...

I hope you start feeling better soon!

aurora said...

Thanks, it was a fun to do something different. My back is getting better everyday - and therefore so is my mood *^*

C-ingspots said...

Absolutely agree Aurora! Sometimes we accomplish more when we're not even trying...so sorry about your back. I'm no stranger to back problems, so hope yours gets better real soon. I remember lots of times when riding my horse just walking helped loosen the muscles in my back a lot. Thanks for your encouraging words on my blog. I really appreciate you!!

Sherry Sikstrom said...

hear you on the back issue, but you are doing better than I ,finally got my first ride in 2 yrs !!!