|Sarah and Pony (yes, he has a name but no one uses it)|
After I headed out to the barn to hack out the mare. Since we had the x-country derby on Sunday I wanted to take her for a good ride to take the edge off. We started off with a brisk trot and before I knew it we had trotted almost a mile and a half! After a short walk break, which was more for me than my horse, we started back at the trot. We were trotting by a yard when some idiot started his chainsaw no more than 5 feet from us! Mare reared up, did a complete 180 and took off the other direction. Thankfully she did it so gracefully I had no problem sticking with her. I got her back under control and turned around to go back the way we were going. I gave the guy a piece of my mind and all he had to say was "I didn't think it would scare her". My response may or may not have been "It's a F@*^!ng CHAINSAW!"
After that incident my ride went downhill. She just wasn't focused on me. In total we went 9.4 miles in 1hr20min but it wasn't until mile 9 that she stopped acting like everything was going to jump out and hack her legs off. Needless to say it was a challenging and difficult ride.
|Beautiful day for leather therapy|
I let her hang out and graze while I gave all my tack a deep clean and oil. There is something therapeutic about cleaning tack. I may have had a difficult ride and a challenging bath but an hour spent cleaning tack does wonders for the mood.
In all I think I was outside for about 4 hours. I am a fanatic about sunscreen since I have the complexion of a redhead without the actual red hair. I was wearing a SPF 30 on my entire upper body (I spray myself, then get dressed so that I don't miss spots) and a SPF 60 on my face. My face survived the day with nothing more than a few freckles but my shoulders and back were not so lucky. The picture is from shortly after I got home and the burn proceeded to get worse well into the evening. I've now invested in SPF 60 for my body and have added a bottle to my brush bag so that I can apply right before I get on.
|Not fun, not fun at all|