Packing for like 3 days, then a 10 hour drive with a trailer, takes a toll, let me tell you! We successfully picked up the barn and moved it down to Aiken with fairly few mishaps (minus blown out tire on the 4 horse trailer, yikes!). All 6 horses arrived safely, with Willie arriving from a farm down the road the next day. Our first load of hay plus enough jump equipment for ten jumps also got here in one piece! Now time for some pictures!
The pond on the property we're renting in Aiken. Apparently there are a few beavers (the owner caught a 40 lb one the other day), otters (haven't seen any of them yet, but he caught a 40 lb otter as well), and huge snapping turtles. Lovely. Note to self: do not let dogs swim in the pond. Ever.
First day of being turned out after the trip. Falko and Corbin ran around at full speed for about 30 minutes, successfully getting the neighbor's horses excited as well!
Coke and Ace. Coke has successfully been "aced" and instead of galloping around at full speed like the others he just trotted in circles around Ace as he grazed (Ace being decidedly unimpressed, as he has traveled enough to know that a pasture is a pasture no matter where you are).
Mogie's first official ride since breaking her hand in November. Two surgeries later (with one more to go) and several rounds of heavy antibiotics to treat a rather rare infection in her hand and she's schooling Coke on the flat like nothing is wrong. Whoo! Go Mogie (and Coke)!
Me hacking Nissi at her second outing on the property. With Nissi "just hacking" is never an option. She was trying to spook at 3 different things at the same time so getting her to focus and work on something is preferred. However as long as she stays moving forward we're golden. Even if she happens to run around like an inebriated giraffe for 10 minutes before somewhat settling down. (Trust me, she does a good impression of drunk giraffe.)
Our beautiful halt. What a good girl. Now we get to work on WALKING back towards the barn. Learning is a never ending process, mostly for me, but walking home is one of those never ending things for her.
I'll be getting more pictures ASAP! Mostly because I carry my little hand held camera in my pocket all the time, especially when I ride, lol. Then I can hand it off to someone like Kayla (my lovely photographer in the above two pictures) to take pictures of me!