Tuesday, March 27, 2007

here we go ---part one

A little later today, Tonka and I have our first riding lesson of the season. It seems like it has been a long winter and I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle!!!

I went out fairly early this morning to get the trailer, most of the snow has melted around it, so it wasn't hard to hook on and pull it out. Actually the hardest thing, was getting the wheel chock out from under the wheels, as it was still a little frozen in the ground!!

Then it was off to find all my stuff. Trying to be a good horseman, when I packed it all away last fall, I put everything away, nice and clean, and in its proper bag. So, with luck, when we get to Laura's, I should pull shiny clean tack out and ready to use!!

The trailer checked out fine, tires have air, locks and hitches are working well, lights come on... just one little glitch.... the registration has run out!!!! I don't think I will make it up to town hall today, but it will need to be taken care of this week. I doubt "anyone" will bother me about it, but I can't count on that too long.

The sign on the back of the trailer says "caution, horse on board".... well that will remain to be seen. Tonka doesn't load so well when leaving "home" and as a rule, I allow myself lots of time to get him on!!! Since today is the first day in a long while, I am planning on an hour and half leeway time... I have my game plan in order, and we'll just see how it goes... (thus the story being part one.... part two will let you know how it went) I hope my entire "lesson" won't consist of "let's get on the trailer" as it has a couple of times in the past.

I expect that we will take it slow and easy. Most likely Laura will ride a good part of the lesson, she is very good at warm ups and proper balance, and it will probably take Tonka a little time to get back into it.... he's very young and though each spring that I have had him gets easier.. there is that learning curve that needs to be done again....besides... I dare say what shape my muscles are in as well.... so... here we go...................