I also had to conduct parent/teacher conferences which meant I worked some pretty long days long week. On top of that, Speedy's toes were longer than I like them to be. My farrier usually comes every six weeks on the dot, but we didn't want to trim him two days before a show, so he got trimmed on Thursday. Then we decided to go to the cabin, and before I knew it, Speedy's three days off became seven. I don't think he minded.
He is definitely not a fan of weird things brushing against his legs and feet. I asked him several times to just go one step at a time, but he flat out refused saying he was going to either launch up and over the mess, or it was a no go.
I really didn't want him to plow through it, so I got off and cleared a path. The last time I tried to move the tree branches, the whole mess was too heavy and green for me to make much of a dent. But on Sunday, things had dried out considerably, so I was able to clear a nice wide path through the debris.
I have to give Speedy some serious credit. I made a lot of noise cracking and snapping those branches off, and Speedy never pulled back once. He would have even just two years ago. Instead, he stood back as far as the reins would let him and watched me warily. As I worked my way through the pile, we ended up on the other side, and Speedy gave a sigh of relief. He thought we were done. But no, that's not how I operate.
I led him through the newly created path several times watching for branches that needed to be broke back farther. Once the whole thing looked safe for even the greenest of green beans. I got back on and walked Speedy slowly through. No big deal ...
So that was it - our big return to under saddle work. I might not have worked on canter transitions or Speedy's go button, but the ride was productive. It's poured rain yesterday which meant another day off, but I am not worrying about it. I went and got a pedicure. We'll see what today brings.