With the weather being awful the past couple of weeks I haven’t been able to ride as much as I would like to. As I’m still making daily trips out to the barn, I’ve actually really enjoyed all of this time on the ground. Whether it be brushing or going on a walk, I feel like all this quality time with my mare has made a positive impact on our relationship. She now comes to me in the field and seems to genuinely want to spend time with me.
I thought that not being able to ride for extended periods would be awfully hard. At the old barn, I had the freedom to ride all winter, no matter the weather. Without an indoor on hand that was not possible. So I learned to deal with being on the ground without a substantial amount of riding time.
To my surprise, it wasn’t hard. I’m so fond of my mare that just spending time with her was enough. All I wanted to do was be around her. Now I understood why people keep lame or retired horses. It’s because of both the connection and attachment they have with the horse.
Yes, it was kind of annoying not being able to ride, but through all of those dreary winter days I learned about quality time. It’s not just having a good ride or a responsive moment. Quality time is spending all of those open moments building a solid relationship with no agenda. You fly by the seat of your pants and have fun with it. That’s all quality time is, priceless fun.