Corky and I set out for a ride today and looked what we got a glimpse of! Can you see Bigfoot just on the edge of the trees to the left? Remember those hats I found? He's wearing the red and black checked one! How did he get that? Oh, I left the hats in the barn. He must have went in there to warm up and found the hats! We had been having pretty warm weather up until yesterday when it went from about 30 to single digits last night! Brrrrrrr!
Today it was about 12 degrees when I set out. We've gotten about six or so more inches of snow. It had also rained earlier in the week, so the snow was kind of crusty, but Corky was trudging through until we came to a Y in the trail and I wanted to go right and he wanted to go left. When I insisted on right, he just stood there and stood there and stood there. I couldn't get him to go. He has never not responded to my request to move forward. What the heck! It did occur to me that maybe the snow was too deep for him. My husband just said this morning that he thought I should let him plow the trail, but I was hesitant about that because I didn't want it to turn to ice. After a couple of minutes, I decided to turn Corky in a circle trying to get some movement out of him. I guided him to the right, he bought his head back to my stirrup and laid down! No warning! I had no time to tell him no! He wasn't breathing heavy, but I think his legs were just tired.
So I got off and got him up and realized I was 2/3 of a mile back from the house and I didn't want to walk through this much snow either! So I retightened his saddle, which was really loose, and climbed back on board and let him head for home. I felt bad. My poor baby boy. But look what we saw again!
Corky kept trudging until we got to where the two trails meet near the barn and then he stopped again. I asked him to go the few remaining feet that it would be to where I tack and untack the horses, but he said, "No. I got you this far. Get the heck off!"
Never a dull moment! Keep warm!