I decided that riding my horse this week is probably a good thing if I expect to have a half way decent time this weekend at my 50 miler….
So Farley and I hit the trail at dusk last night and got in a brisk 3 miles.
She got a week off for being lame (rock bruise) and a week off because I was lazy and unmotivated I wanted to be extra sure (yeah we will go with that) so this was our first outing. Good thing she tied up a couple years ago or it’s possible I would actually bring an unridden horse to a ride and attempt it. BAD MEL. Fortunately that one isolated tie up helps me make good decisions and Farley will get out a couple days this week.
Last night I had “ride” Farley instead of “OH MY GOD YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY BE ASKING ME TO ACTUALLY CONDITION” Farley. There’s nothing naughty about her when she’s in work mode, but managing the sheer power of her trot and committment to the trail is a FULL time job. The wind is blowing in my ears so hard I can’t hear anything except my own breathing – which is increased from the effort of remaining balanced and in rhythm with a big trot that only wants to get bigger. In those moments she doesn’t ride like a 14.3 hand horse – she rides like a 17 hand horse.
I’m always blown away how what a POWERHOUSE she is. She’s just so solid and strong, the older she gets. I keep expecting to have “over the hill” Farley at some point due to her “advancing” age….I’ve talked about all the rational reasons and gut feelings of why she’s not going to be one of those horses that is ageless. She hits the ground too hard. That stride gets it done and is incredibly powerful, but it’s not easy on either of us…but season after season she seems only interested in matching my bet and raising me another buck or two. With Minx I thought we would grow old together and she’d be my hacking horse when I was middle-aged. I’m not sure about Farley. Is she going to go out suddenly still at the top of her game? Is she going to allow me to finally retire her from endurance and enjoy a second career and then a much deserved retirement where she has a job doing as much or as little as she wants? I don’t know. Honestly, if she could talk, I think she would tell me that either way is perfectly fine with her, and to have no regrets.