This time of year the weather is quite warm, 26 degrees by 9am and 30+ for the rest of the day. The horses were pretty much all moderately sore. This is expected to be honest. It is too hot to ride in Kuwait over the summer months, most Kuwaities leave the city for more moderate temperatures. And whilst the majority of the horses are housed in airconditioned and fanned stables for their comfort, they dont really get turn out. So they effectively spend 3 months in their box. When the temperatures cool a little, the riders come back, and the horses are put into full work. As you can imagine, doing not much at all, then full work, will make most horses sore. People don’t deliberately try to hurt their horses and so I try to educate as best I can on an exercise program to bring their horse back into work. And it is amazing just how much a horse can harm itself just stood in a stable – what do they get up to! A few I am sure were sore as a result of being cast.
But the horses are all lovely. I was fortunately enough to ride three – Sheila, Mystery and Tenda Mona. Thank you. I had a surreal experience riding under lights at 9pm at night with a thunderstorm brewing further out in the desert and watching the lightening coming closer.