Tuesday, June 23, 2009

6/22/09 Ransom in the Heat

Well, the second season of summer has certainly arrived here. You haven't heard of the three seasons of summer in South Texas? Oh! I'm sorry, please forgive me... Maybe that was only something I learned...

There's Five Seasons here in South Texas,,, at least in my opinion.

1. Cold (January, February, March, wet, windy, and usually nail-splitting humid, making the cold feel colder)
2. Hot (April, May, early June)
3. Hotter (rest of June & July)
4. Hotter than H-E-double-hockey-sticks (Late July, August, September)
5. Hurricanes (October through early December)

=) That might seem a bit dramatic to those folks born & raised here... but I don't care! =) Yesterday's high was 99F (according to Intellicast.com), and at that time, there was about 77% humidity. So, with similar weather expected all week, I'd say we've progressed to the third season, "HottER".

Fed the boys as soon as I got home, fetched some supper for myself, and piddled around the house until around 6:30pm. In that time, MacKenzie thought it necessary to take herself for a walk down the street (snuck out under the house,, little fart!). I left her out, tried catching her once while I was saddling Ransom, but she had other plans. So, I figured she'd come to me when she was ready.

Ransom was, um, *awesome*!! His canter was, um, while not collected, smooth, and ground-covering. He was in the mood to go somewhere! His walk was really really big, and the trot collection work went great.

We worked through the "pieces" of Intro B and GAG II. I did trots down the diagonals, 20M circles in the center, 2-loop serpentines, and a few trots to halt (on the circle, and down centerline). Also on a spurt decision fit in canter both directions on a 20M circle in the center, much like Training 1. Ask in the corner, down the straight, 20M circle, transitioning back to trot on the last 1/4 of the circle. He was more than agreeable to this, I think happy to be doing something different somewhere different in the arena.

Finished up with long & low trot cool down. My big monster was breathing hard, so we had plenty of walk to finish up. Total work about 45 minutes, including warmup. A really nice ride.

Kenzie decided she'd had enough of roaming free, and found us in the arena at ride's end. I snapped Ransom's lead rope to her collar, and told Ransom, "Sorry buddy. You're walking back on the bridle today... blame your sister."

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

One SLIGHT oops....
Hurricane Season - June 1 through November 1st
Just a little FYI

Jennifer said...

oops, my bad....verification of information tells me June 1 through Nov 30...sorry! :)

Jennifer said...

Yes, yes,, I know... The weather seasons were more a point of sarcasm than weather-facts. :)

My chance to gripe about the heat.. I'm destined to do it at least once or twice more before "winter" sets in. =)

Jennifer said...

Winter? What Winter? I think it got like down to 60 this "winter" during the day and maybe below freezing 2 or 3 nights.....I don't really think that we got winter this year.
Yep, complaining....I'd like some winter, it's too bloody Freakin' HOT!!!

Jennifer said...

Understood...

So when it's in the 40s, and blowing rain sideways, You'll come ride Ransom out for me?! :)

SunnySD said...

Wow - had to look at the profile pics on that exchange - lol!

I'd love your winters, but I can do without about 10-20' of the summer we've got up here. Don't know how you guys do it!

Jennifer said...

It does look like I'm talking to myself up there, doesn't it... =) Sorry 'bout that... You should see us in person, together, with our SO's... NOW that gets fun...

=)

Jennifer said...

Yeah, my husband and her SO have the same first name as well...you think it gets confusing huh?? :)