I went over to the youngest son's place early this morning to get the youngest grand son off to school. This was followed by coffee time with the boys and gals at A&W.
After that, it was home to do some horse refreshing. Alpine did not want to be caught, but I kept after her until she quit. To make a point, I lunged her for about 20 minutes then proceeded to groom her well. The majority of the winter coat is gone and she is now shiny and looking like a horse. I put the saddle on her and spent about 15 minutes in the corral. She was very well behaved so we proceeded out onto the roadway.Other than not wanting to leave her herd, she was good. Up and down the road for half an hour was enough for the day. She got a 45 minute treat of being alone in the paddock with fresh grass. Can that gal nibble!
After the play time I went and loaded 26 wheelbarrows of pre- compost from the horse wintering area. Man, that was a time I could have used a tractor! There is still a little bit to do, but tomorrow is another day. I will save you from the view of the pile. It ain't pretty!
After that, it was off to the raspberry bushes to get rid of all of last year's dead canes. I got 50% done before my back said "Enough"! By the way, I am still waiting for a call from a Neurologist. If the pattern matches, I still have 5 months to go.
On the positive side, riding did not affect my back at all. I wish I could say that about shoveling and pruning canes. Maybe there is a lesson here. Ride more, work less?
I suspect that I will repeat the scenario tomorrow, but with Biz as the unwilling victim.
In the meantime, the bees are busy in the honey berry bushes.