Koolio, I meant to memtion yesterday that I LOVE your barn! Very nice!
I had another amazing ride on Isabella today. I wasn't going to ride because I found what I believe is a case of "scratches" on the back of one of her legs and I cleaned it up and put some meds on it. I was just going to let her graze but one of the trainers asked me why I wasn't riding and told me that today's weather (very hot and humid) was perfect to work out some of her arthritic stiffness and that the scratches shouldn't bother her.
She was so right. We walked all over the farm and when I brought her into a trot, there was no stiffness, no head bobbing, she was completely sound and so happy. Ears forward and alert. No attempts to bolt back to the hitching post, no trying to eating grass while I was riding.
Wow. Great ride!
And then afterwards while she was grazing and I was talking to the trainer, we spotted a copperhead sneaking through the grass. Wish someone had a video of the two of us trying to kill it. We had a shovel and pair of tree branch "loppers". We had it trapped under the shovel and wanted to lop off it's head with the clippers, while we were trying not to scream.
We have lots of black snakes out there, and we leave them alone. But copperheads have to go! We were eventually successful but now worry about there being others.