23 days after our last ride...! Finally back on my horse! Big deep sigh of contentment. We pulled her front shoes on Friday as the weather promises to keep snowing, thawing, freezing, repeat for who knows how long, so I wanted her to have a better grip on the footing in the arena when she gets her minimal turn out. I also had my fingers crossed that I could at least start doing some walk under saddle again if the snow wasn't balling up in her shoes. I arrived at the barn today amidst another snow dump, but it was that soft crunchy/fluffy kind that gives good grip (for horses and cars!) so I gleefully grabbed my helmet, bridled her and swung up. She also got her earplugs in because first ride in 23 days + bareback + snowy footing = cauldron of fun. We just walked around with a few shuffling jogs, working into the bridle. So excellent. She was chuffed afterward, and I was delighted. If it stays similar weather/footing, we're using the saddle next time and actually going to get into some light work.