Success! Today, for the first time ever, we were able to do a proper training ride going barefoot in the back! 9 miles, walking and trotting, only having to slow down over the worst of the rocky sections. Apparently the combination of using Renegades and doing my own trimming in between farrier visits is working.
In the past, the most I’ve managed is a couple miles before Mimi started acting flinchy. Today, she didn’t flinch once, and did a great job of maneuvering around the rocky sections of trail. If I can start going bare in the back for rides at the San Tans, that’ll really extend the life of my boots even more.
It was also trimming day after riding, so Mimi’s feet are nice and pretty again. She only got one tiny chip on her hind feet from going bare today, which was excellent.
It was hot, hot, hot both days this weekend, which was excellent for heat conditioning. Fortunately, there was a very nice breeze yesterday. Today was warmer, but I wore the CoolMedics vest and that made it a lot more bearable. Yesterday was an excellent ride. We did the 14 mile big training loop in just over 2 hours, doing a nice trot for a good part of the way. Some of the time, Mimi was happy to do her relaxed, 6.5-7mph “100-miler trot” and then other times she was much more eager to move out at her 9-10mph “power trot.” She’s feeling so good right now, which is encouraging and motivating enough to really keep up a religious training schedule during the brutal summer temperatures.