It seems pretty depressing when 32F makes me feel like I'm visiting the tropics, but it's been a cold month. The warm temps we've had recently, combined with the longer days (I get to see my horses in the daylight during the week now!) made it so I could finally do something with my horses besides throw hay at them.
Tuesday night I decided to pull Gwen out and go for a walk. My expectations weren't high, it's been a while since we've gone out and I figured she'd regressed a little. She had, but not nearly as much as I'd expected. She did start out by rushing off ahead of me so we had to a bit of head lowering first, but after that she did pretty well.
Tonight I rode! All I can say is that Coriander's feet must be feeling better because he was rarin' to go. He distinctly asked me if he could gallop at one point, something he hasn't done in a while. Unfortunately I don't feel comfortable enough on the bareback pad to do that so I had to tell him no, but it made me feel good that he wanted to. If it's still nice on Friday I'll put a saddle on him and go for that gallop.
Here's a question for the masses: I'm debating ponying Gwen off of Coriander once the snow and ice clears. I know I said before that I was a little concerned about her causing a wreck but I've been second-guessing myself lately. I want her to see me mount and see her brother's (non) reaction to it, and I want her to get used to seeing and hearing me up there before I try throwing a leg over her again. Not to mention she'd be getting more exposure to the outside world with company she feels comfortable with.
I think with the western saddle and Coriander's new-found fearlessness of the local flora and fauna that we'd be alright. I wouldn't even think about it if he were still as spooky as he used to be. Plus Gwen was really good both times she went on a walk with Rocky and her brother. Good enough that I feel she probably wouldn't cause a wreck.
Any thoughts? Talk me out of this if you think I'm a crazy person.