I could almost hear the groaning as you read of my intent to ride my horse even if I couldn't get help. Fate must have felt the same way. As it worked out, the day I set out to accomplish this task, someone showed up who was could saddle up Legs and lunge him for me. We actually planned to ride together.
She did get Legs tacked up and lunged but before she got another horse ready to ride she got called away. Before she left she asked me what I wanted to do about Legs.
With Dave away I didn't think it was smart for me to be riding alone. I had her put a cooler on Legs and tie him in his stall expecting Dave would be home soon. That way the horse would be ready when Dave returned and I could still ride.
Wouldn't you know Dave's trip took much longer than expected. I began to think the Fates really wanted just to torture me. As the sun got lower in the sky I decided I better go rescue my horse. Even though he's used to spending time saddled and tied to a wall waiting for me, there didn't seem to be much point. I really wasn't ready to ride without someone around who could help if I got into trouble and daylight was waning.
Just about the time I made up my mind to untack my horse, Dave called. He was nearby and close enough there was going to be enough daylight since the horse was all ready to go if the ride was short and I was ready when he arrived.
I was already prepared for a short ride. Just getting dressed had exhausted me and I didn't even have my boots on yet. My winter riding boots with their additional insulation have always been a struggle. Even with the makeshift shoehorn I have made, putting on those boots has always been a bit of a workout so I hadn't even put them on yet not wanting to expend the energy if I wasn't really going to get to ride. Now with Dave on his way I rushed to get into them so I would be ready when Dave got here. Of course it was ten times harder to get those suckers on than it had ever been. I was sweating and shaking when Dave rolled in.
To be continued..........