I've had a bad day today, work not going well, so to console myself just on dark I went out to feed the horses. Both horse were in the top paddock with the sheep. They spotted me and through the fence the sheep went. (mental note time to fill the freezer) the horse dum, Stella started running around kicking her heals up tossing her head around and of course Bugs had to join in.
It was like the light was turned on, Stella knew where to go and took off in free flight towards the open gate in the rear of the paddock which gets them into the next and down to me. Bugs was coming a close second.
Stella is magnificant when in that mood. She is a big horse 16.2 her head held high her long tail up and her ample main flowing. She arrived with much fan fair, one could feel her coming add the sound it was awsome, even trying to pig root in flight but she did not stop belting around pig rooting attempt at a buck and a straight up leap all hooves of the ground.
A couple of minutes of this and after a shot at tenderising the sheep she settled grabed a mouthfull of hay and gave another demonstration of her attempt at bucking. She would not win any contest at bucking. Then Bugs arrived and tried to copy. He too, tried to immitate a bucking horse. I give him credit he tried. No prizes won.
But Bugs being Bugs he has his way of squeezing into the heart. How does one choose between the magnificant and the joker. One thing I came away with, if that is the best they can do at bucking not a big problem. More danger if they bolt. Which reminds me. Time to work on Bugs brakes. And the one rein stop.
SE PA, it's in the NE of the US, usually it's either very cold here or very hot. Spring and Fall tend to last about a day each.
It's either -10 or 100o, with nothing in between.
I'm on the west coast of northland at a place called the kai Iwi lakes. We normally enjoy all year round riding. The weather is mild in the winter bigest issues is the wind coming off the Tasman it can be a little cold nothing a long coat and tights can't fix.
Generally its green all year however the past 4 summers have got dryer and dryer this summer being the worst, that is behind us now with rain arriving. Now all we need is another 4 weeks of warm days and we will get enough grass growth to last untill spring.
Hunter, I really would like to see some pics and maybe even some video of you all doing the mounting archery. I was in the section here not too long ago and saw it to be very interesting. I have not shot a bow in over 20 years let alone from horseback so I would hesitate in attempting it. Be my luck it wouldn't be a meant target that received my arrow after release.
TJ, after reading some of our long posts I think you would not think you are some wordy anymore. Lol
The talk of mild winters reminds me why I enjoy living in Florida. The harshest winter I have experienced so far is when it got down to 25*F for highs during the day, but then got back up to the 40s as the high. Even then the winter here doesn't last more than 2-3 months and that is usually from late Jan to March/beg. April. We were wearing shorts at Christmas and new years.
Stan, those horses are beautifully built. I have recently started doing ground work with my older daughter's standardbred 16h mare. She is doing better than I expected her to since she was a brood mare from 4 to 11 yrs old then given to my daughter. She has never had a rider on her back and at the age of 12 now may prove to be easy ground work and harder mounting. I'll be taking my time with her and hoping to have a seat on her by end of summer.
That would give us 3 riding horses and possibly 4 if Boo comes out of his injury able to have a light rider for trails.
Roadyy your horses look very calm and boo I can see his name. Looks like the kind of horse that when asked to move would ask, do I have too. He looks laid back. The standard bred is also a fine looking horse she will let you know when she is ready to be ridden. Does she have a bit of attitude,
I saw a Jeep in one of the shots do you do a bit of off road driving. Best off road I do is on a quad bike. We have trail rides for them as well as the horses. Different days
How is Boo progressing.
Cheers all, time to hit the scratcher or the energy will be on the low side tomorrow.
Boo is coming along fairly well. I'll get a pic this evening of his wound for an update.
Jems is the herd leader when I am not out there so she does have some attitude and tends to be reluctant at first to try different things. Once she gets a feel of things and realize it doesn't hurt or isn't trying to eat her then she falls into it fluently. I have not done much more than get her healthy while she has been with us due to hoping my daughter would take an interest in working her own horse while seeing me work the others. Alas, that has not happened, instead she is more concerned about her social life. I'll be glad when she becomes an adult. Lol
Now that I would like to have a horse for me as a backup in case Amber does end up taking Trusty from me, I have started working on Jems. I'll either get her some what green broke and sell her to find a more finished horse or do what every it takes to get her finished and trail rated.
You mentioned my Jeep, my baby, my boy...I have been building it into a rock crawler in my spare time. I took it offroading a fair amount when it was stock and even more after giving it a 4" lift and putting 33in mud terrains on it. I've been to several offroad parks designed for it and some really wild offroad vehicles. I could go on for days about that thing, but this section is for horses,lol, and it would belong in the vehicle section. Here are some pics of it through different stages of life though.
Bought for $600
Installed better front seats and rims/tires
Lifted and larger tires for better articulation
Then got bitten by the rock crawler bug and this is where it is now..
I still have some work to do on it to get it ready for the trails again, but the horses are now on the front burner now. It will get my attention again when I feel better about where the horses are in trail worth. Lol