It rained nearly an inch on Friday (through 5:00 p.m.), and then rained off and on throughout the evening giving us another quarter of an inch. When I showed up at the barn on Saturday, things were a bit wet, but the barn weathered the storm well.
It was a big storm, the biggest we've had since 2008, but in the scheme of things, even we Californians know it was more like this ...
We putzed around our regular neighborhood trail, but I added the bit down along the river which was pretty brown and muddy. As soon as Speedy got a look at it, he tried to high tail it back home. Funny boy.
Dressage on the trail is fun since it serves a purpose. I encouraged him to let go through his neck and withers and leg yielded him into the water. We trekked along the shoreline, plodding through the brown water. The beach was far emptier than I had seen it a while, so I took a bit of chance by going farther down river than I usually go.
Suddenly, Speedy sank to his belly in mud. My first thought was, "Oh crap!" as I considered leaping off. I have a pretty smart horse though so I gave him a squeeze and encouraged him to step back onto the firmer beach. It took him several heave hos, but within a moment, he was back on solid ground. He had mud splattered on his face, and he looked a bit pissed, but we were both fine.
Not that he had a lot of faith left in me, but I encouraged him to get back in the water a back upstream to rinse the mud off his legs. As we continued along the trail toward home, his irritation got the best of him. There was a good sandy spot in which to work, so I let him work out the tension with my inside hand planted on my knee while I asked him to move out onto my outside rein.
Shortly after, we came out onto the old golf course, and I could feel that Speedy had a bunch of built up energy. I didn't want to waste that forward energy, so I took advantage of a great opportunity.
He wasn't super round, but galloping around that big field in a halter was a total blast. We soared up those little hills and scooted back down the other side laughing all the way. We worked on both leads several times until Speedy started to get a bit sweaty.
Now that Sydney is gone and Izzy is being prepped to take his place, I am starting to see that Speedy is a heck of a good horse. I have so much fun riding him, and he is always game for whatever I throw his way. On Saturday, it occurred to me that he hasn't been a back up ride or a just for now ride in a long time. Speedy G is definitely a keeper.