My grandson has been making sure that Blue gets some weekend exercise, but I had not ridden in over a month. We've had such a heat wave here that I just couldn't imagine getting out on a horse. Even mornings have been to hot to enjoy a ride much.
This morning I awoke at 3 AM, and couldn't go back to sleep (typical for me... seems like six hours of sleep is all I can muster). So I figured I'd get up, drink my coffee, and get out and ride, before the heat of the day.
I headed toward the barn shortly after 5 AM, and it was totally dark. The moon was peeking through a thin curtain of clouds, and I figured those clouds would make for a beautiful sunrise. I couldn't see the horses anywhere, but I had an idea where they'd be, and when I hollered, "Bluuuuu-uuuuue", I saw his big form coming toward me.
I didn't realize how much the daylight hours had shortened, and I ended up riding in total darkness for about 45 minutes. Mark Rashid says horses can see as well in the dark as in daylight, so I counted on that. The first part of my ride was on the main highway, and we met four cars and a motorcycle, people heading toward jobs, no doubt. Once we turned toward the river, the only traffic we saw was a herd of deer we startled in a corn field; I could barely make out their shapes in the pre-dawn light.
It sure is nice to be back in the saddle again.