Winter riding in New England normally brings chilly, unpredictable weather, and potentially some lulls in riding due to regular, unpredictable winter storms. I’m super lucky, and my barn has an indoor, so I’m able to ride Nemo year round.
Most of our winter riding has been spent inside, practicing flatwork, so when my friends and I saw a nice winter riding day coming one weekend, we couldn’t wait to hit the trails. I love riding and schooling Nemo, and feel that it’s so helpful for his training. I love taking him a little bit outside of his comfort zone and helping him to be more confident as well. It’s always so exciting to watch him learn and grow with each new experience.
It had just snowed the day before our ride, and as we got to the barn, you could just tell that the horses were excited and knew something fun was coming. We brought them in and tacked them up, laughing in excitement and anticipation of a fun ride to come. My horse Nemo, a loveable, playful Morgan, tends to be a bit excitable at times, especially in anticipation of a fun adventure, so I warmed him up in the ring before heading out. Feeling the extra pep in his step, I knew it’d be a fun day and couldn’t wait to head out.
As we ventured out, and the horses settled in, it was so nice to take a look around and see our typical trails covered in fresh fluffy snow. We went through the woods for a bit, past the power lines where you can see cranberry bogs in the distance, and then into the woods once more. I had to laugh as Nemo began to prance along with excitement, clearly feeling good and enjoying himself, and taking in his change of scenery.
As we turned back to the barn, we realized that none of us were completely ready to head back. So, naturally, we went around the trail path again. I’m very lucky to have a wonderful, close-knit group of barn friends, and it was so much fun catching up with everyone, and just enjoying the beautiful winter day.
When we did eventually turn to head home, it dawned on me that we could have just ridden together in the ring that day. Instead, we branched out and went for a trail ride. As we chatted, we thought about making a great goal of doing that at least once a month throughout the winter. I’m very much looking forward to future winter trail ride adventures too.