First the Rain, Then the Sun
Whew! It rained nearly all day until just before feeding time. Then it looked OK, but it was time to feed the Boys. I did and as I did, the sun came out.
OK, so now it's miserably hot out there. At least the kind of hot where the sun toasts you in the damp, humid air. I poo picked the arena, which is very, very wet with puddles all over the place, and then cleaned out the two little drainage areas so the excess water could run off.
By the time I was done, I was as wet as I would have been if it had been raining--with sweat. There is a bit of a breeze, so it's possible it might cool off as the evening comes on.
Or else it's going to rain some more.
Maybe more later. Maybe not.
Update: I did go back out to lunge. I worked Tucker and Chance on the lunge, just some walk/trot/canter more to build up muscles and fitness than to train.
The ring is a soggy mess with hardly a really good spot of footing. It's not particularly slipperly, as the sand does hold, but it is sloppy and unpleasant.
Each horse got about 20 minutes of exercise as did I. And I also got sand in my hair as a result of flicking the lunge whip to keep them both nice and active.
Tucker is moving out a lot more on his own, so that's good. Chance starts off well, then kind of loses steam, but I was able to get him to keep going without too much trouble.
Carrots for treats, and a good spray of Endure fly spray--although everyone has a nice fly sheet on--on the legs, belly and neck, and we were all good to go.
Now, if only it wouldn't rain for a day or so I could get some work done out there.
Right now, walking is particularly treacherous for me as the mud around the barn paddocks is very slippery or lose your shoe sticky. It is very bad for my knees to be risked like that. It will dry out quickly if it stops raining.....
If it stops raining........