Under Cloak of Darkness
|Actual level of darkness that I deal with in the beginning of my rides. Help. Send lights.|
Like legit, nighttime, pitch black, dark. It is the actual worst.
Since I don't have a lit riding area in any sense and my pony's got to get ridden so all of his muscles don't melt off, I've been riding in the dark.
And surprisingly, this has been going mostly okay.
I keep my rides to 30 minutes at the absolute longest, and work mostly at the walk. If we ride in the jump field (which is now empty of jumps), I can throw in some trot and a tiny bit of canter work, too, in the spots where I know the footing is flat and safe. Dino's been an absolute champ about it all, and while he does have trouble focusing when it's dark out (because someone's got to be on the lookout for the boogeyman) he's really been doing quite well with these limited-visibilty workouts.
It isn't the same as riding in the daylight, and we certainly aren't doing anything groundbreaking or even all that interesting, but I'm getting out there and I'm riding and Dino is getting the attention and exercise he needs.
For now, riding under cloak of darkness will just have to do.