Now that the weather has improved, we are back in the saddle and riding regularly. The kids are riding 5-6 times a week. Considering last year my rides were measured more in “times per month”, the fact that I have ridden 4 times in the last week is a huge increase.
Last week, I took 2 days of leave. On Thursday, all the kids were at activities, so Anna and I hit the trails with Dakota and Mysti. I was our first longer ride of the season and we went a little over 6 miles in just under 2 hours. We definitely were not pushing the pace too hard, because we were testing out a number of new items along the way.
Anna decided she wanted a Garmin GPS watch for tracking her mileage on the trails. We also decided to buy 2 horse heart rate monitors that interface with our Garmin watches. It isn’t a big concern, but more of a neat thing to have and see how the horses are doing from a conditioning perspective. Since my goal with Mysti is to ride some limited distance endurance with her, it will be a nice accessory for training.
We did get plenty of water and Mysti is fine with it now. The horses both did well, although, I’m not knocked out with the fit of my English saddle on Mysti. I have an Endurance saddle on loan that was used on a 4 mile ride this evening for the first time. While that fit her much better, I’m not sure I like how it fit me.
Overall, we are off to a good start and will be ready for our first hunter pace in early June.