Hi all! Phew! What a whirlwind of a day!! We of course went shopping...I love this tack shop I go to, but it's a good 11/2 hours a way, then I spend a good hour or more there, lunch, then home....the day is GONE! Got home long enough to drop the goodies......I bought out the store...girth, pad, Corona cream(so much cheaper there), bit, chin strap, breast collar.....
Here's something..kris used a dutton bit on JJ, so I got on line and ordered one...gotten email during lunch telling me it would be at least two weeks until it was shipped bc they are hand forged! I don't want to wait THAT long to rode him. Luckily I had a picture of his bit, and found one at the tack store that was very, very similar, so I bought it. Thinking if I am happy with it, I will cancel the order, but I hear these bits are great
So...got home in time to feed and brought the horses in from the heat. We decided mom would leave them out tonight when it is cool. I'm a bit nervous, this will be jays first night outside at night. I want to do this until I have him in the paddock that has the sunshade. Ultimately we would like them coming and going freely from their stalls all the time...Rainn does that now, but I'm still waiting to put them together.
Now that I have my goodies, I'm ready to jump on! I'm a bit nervous tho....what if he isn't as calm as he was at Kris's? He is still low key on the ground....I'm just weary.
Vet coming tomorrow to check rainn's skin issue. Her hind end and shoulders are looking better, but her face is nearly bald of hair.-(. It appears whatever it is is spreading, yet her skin appears to be healthy....the Corona cream REALLY works!! Since I've been home from TX I've slathered it on certain parts and I already see hair growing back.
How's THAT for an update!
I just want to give his face a really good rub! So cute!
Some people will give a horse with a very mild lameness a dose of bute about an hour before they ride. It can make it comfortable for the horse and give them a chance to get out. It would just depend on the cause of the lameness whether this would be safe. (Ask your vet.) I used to have an old arthritic horse that I would do this with occasionally. He had fun being able to get out on a ride with the others.
I've just begun speeding (turned 55 in April) and after raising my six kids and homeschooling them all the way through, my husband and I bought a 30-year abandoned homeplace in WV. I LOVE living in the boonies. We took the first year to renovate, and then moved her permanently, taking Hubby's aged folks with us. Then, they went into a nursing home, and we decided to take the plunge and get animals. So far, we have two cats, an Aussie Shepherd pup, three Southdown babydoll ewes, and my horse, Grace. Oh, and 11 Indian Runner ducks.
My husband (bless him) actually SHOVED me back into riding. I rode in my teens--owned an American Saddlebred three-gaited pleasure horse and showed him. Boarded at a commercial stable and rode with all the gals there; it was my home away from home for several years.
Then high school happened, and college, and marriage, and kids, and homeschooling... and building our business... all that time, no horses.
The horse I bought when Scott finally convinced me to give it a try, solo, with no mentor here in WV, was a mare that I saw on the Internet and fell in love with. I contacted someone in MO (where she was) through the FB network of homeschoolers to go and ride her for me, and then decided to buy her, had her shipped, and saw her for the first time when she stepped off the trailer! Talk about taking chances! I bought her sight unseen. But, she has been the sweetest, kindest, and best horse EVER! I keep being surprised at her easy ways and calm spirit in the barnyard and under saddle. She's so different from the gelding I had as a youth, who used to take two hours (literally) to load for horse shows! Everyone who sees her just loves her, her barn manners are impeccable, and (for us older gals) those easy gaits are truly EASY on us! Yay!
So, I'm busy learning, re-learning, un-learning, and LOVING returning to riding, and I'm really enjoying this forum! Below is a picture of me on Grace for the first time back in COLD, snowy March:
If anyone is ever planning to visit, come soon after 7/2, as that's when Mum leaves, and I will be done with house cleaning again for a while. They are coming over here tomorrow, I managed to put them off til 11, we will both be up at 7am finishing up.
Peekin' in. Thanks everyone for letting me know I'm wanted here, that's so cool, & for all the posts supporting my progress (& reading the posts of all of you..!! You'all are my heroes!) I was posting,listing replies to all,then finger-farted, & it all went away,sorry! Suffice to say: thanks!!! (& we all send good luck to AlexS w/the parental visit..even Stan[!]) I won't try to list again my replies,but I saw each one. Dang, this forum is quite enough, no way can I embark on another one. You'all are quite enough 'extended family"!!
Me: going to do this work week,then this coming Monday go out to do my chores earlier than this past Monday. Avoid the heat,& maybe do it faster (was awfully slow,but learning curve, I guess). Janice has to prepare for a summer camp for the kids, but said maybe I can "get on" Addie;my plan is to get on & bareback-pad rock'n'roll the round pen for abit,if/when that happens.Am getting abit determined to get over my whatever (& tired of it!); Addie is an gentle,trained,elderly therapy horse, I can do it,just have to get going.
TJT, we are quite the extended family. That is exactly right.
The foster kids were amazing tonight, and that's rare. They were quiet at first, that's normal. We spent an hour at their place and then went to eat, it was about 8ish, the kids were starving, not one complained.
After they ate,. I asked why they were so quiet kid 3 said, 'we agreed to give you time with your Mum'.
You are kidding the kids never think outside of themselves.
Took me 30 minutes to catch up and all I got was how every one is enjoying good riding weather Well here in NZ its raining again and no grass growth. The rain cooled down the ground to quick. Just what I needed after a drought.
To night SWMBO is in Auckland. No I did not annoy her giving her an excuse to go visit friends. She is playing in a band on thursday an all girl band or should I say grandma's.
So I get three days piece and quite no one telling me what to do, I can watch what I want on TV and eat thick steak with no fear of being told that's to much meat.
So its feed the horses, cook the steak and a few edds and mushrooms and open a beer.