I know its still only mid -Feb, but since we've had snow off and on since before Christmas, I would have thought we were due a bit of better weather...
On a more positive note, Angel had a good day yesterday, when I finally managed to get him out hunting again - he has had a very difficult introduction to hunting as I've been too busy to get him out consistently, and then on the days when I had planned to try, the weather was so bad that there was no hunting. As you can see from his mileage, he has only been out a few times, but yesterday was the day when I really felt for the first time that he understood what his job was, and was really starting to build in confidence.
He was only out for 3 hours yesterday but the ground was difficult - wet and deep, snowy in places and often steep and slippery. It did him no end of good to have to deal with this type of terrain!
I've found the continental horses generally need much more time than the English or Irish horses to learn about how to go up and down hills and cross the country effectively. I suppose its because the warmbloods that we've had here have worked predominantly in the school before they arrived. All credit to them that, after a few trips out, they seem to get the hang of it and love the wide open spaces :-)