Sunday evening diary – a trail ride, groundwork & cleaning tack.

I’ve gotten used to Sunday’s with Alfie being our “fun day.” Today we had the amazing pleasure of my best gal Heidi riding her horse Cayman. It was only the 2nd time she’s ridden him on the trails and a first time going with Alfie. Our pedestrian chaperones were barn manager Regina and her wife Jenna.

Heidi and Cayman. They haven’t been together very long, about a year and a half. They are still in the “dating” stage of trying to figure each other out. Today was a great day for both of them. Cayman was a joy on the trail, and Alfie had much more pep in his step thanks to that slight adjustment to his saddle the other day.

After our ride, I removed Alfie’s saddle and brought him back into the arena to work on the ground pattern we are doing in the horse show. He was confused when I didn’t bring him back to his stall but quickly figured out what we were doing. We ran through the pattern twice, and Alfie was perfect with it.

I return him to his stall where he enjoyed his lunch and took a nap. But there was no napping allowed for me lol, it was time to clean his tack for the show.

My beautiful saddle all cleaned and polished.

Cleaning tack is an important step when you are dealing with leather items. It not only makes it beautiful but it keeps the leather soft and supple which then adds years on the life of the leather.

At this point, after cleaning my saddle, bridle and fancy leather halter, I was done. My legs, feet and back were sore from standing for so long.

I walked past Alfie, was able to take this adorable picture of him, gave him a kiss, and headed home.

Alfie AKA Braveheart being all cute.

Driving home from the barn I call my mother. We chat and she asks me about my day. All I can do is smile ear to ear. So many moving pieces in life fit together like a grand puzzle which leave me with this feeling of pure contentment, joy and happiness…and a lot of love. ❤️🐴

Published by Judy Bennett

I am a middle aged married woman who finally was able to make her childhood dream come true. In 2016 I purchased my first horse - a beautiful older gent that I named Alfie. This blog is dedicated to everyone who loves horses and wants to see the good, the bad and the ugly of learning how to ride.

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