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    01-07-2013, 02:25 PM
Day 1

Both horses in to the yard to munch on Haynets of the richer hay. Arthur given a small handful, and I make a mental note to get a haynet filled with the regular low-alfalfa hay for him.

Ukon tacked up, dogs put in house, Riley out in field with rest of his hay and Arthur. Konnie and I rode around the track in the acreage, away from home (unwilling but did it), past scary hen house (this took some patience and some bravery), startled by imaginary dinosaur behind the tree that eyored at him, past the quanset, down the track being reminded to walk not jog, back in sight of home pasture, back to yard.

Tomorrow will do the same thing but in reverse direction.
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    01-09-2013, 12:38 AM
Enjoyed reading your blog! My family moved to Canada from the US in 2002. It was a interesting experience. I would have been 10 at the time. I love it here! I live in South-Eastern Saskatchewan, and see a lot of Albertans here thanks to the oil.

The only thing I miss from MT would be the warmer winters... but then, living in the mountains we got a lot more snow than we do here on the prairies. Oh well, life is life. I'll take it how it is.
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    01-09-2013, 12:38 AM
Day 2

Quick post before bed.

Weather forecast this morning promised wind and flurries. The coward/lazy voice in my head immediately told me to write off thoughts of riding today. Luckily the stalwart English voice in my head told me to plan to ride at 12:00 when the wind had died down, and if the weather was too bad then do some groundwork.

Of course, there was no wind, just a big blue sky .

Took Konnie out round track in opposite direction, including taking a detour out of the trees on the perimeter, round the quanset and back in. Discovered that he is much happier if my dog Rufus is ahead of us leading the way - shame I can't teach Rufus to do that all the time! Very pleased with myself and Konnie for fighting the fears and expanding our confidence.

Then put all back in field, then looked at sky (blue), looked at Riley, then tacked him up . Went on track that he hasn't been before, through snow covered field, up neighbours track, then through neighbours field. Lovely. Riley is hesitant about passing neighbour's machines: not sure if he is genuinely nervous, or still taking advantage of my perceived softness. Time will tell .

Glad my stalwart voice won over.

Physio and supermarket tomorrow, a planned day off for the boys.
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    01-09-2013, 08:27 PM
Sounds like you had fun!
    01-09-2013, 11:23 PM
Arthur's a Crown Jewels are saved for another day

Due to a forecast high of -14C tomorrow, the vet has postponed his gelding. So the little chap can continues to taunt his two big mates with the fact that he's the only Real Man in the field for a little while longer.
    01-11-2013, 10:01 PM
Routine continues :)

Day 3 was a planned day off, day 4 was horrible weather but I stuck to plan (yeah!) and did groundwork with Konnie to show him the scary garage isn't oing to eat him.

Day 5 was cold but beautiful. I put on many layers, tacked up and was sooo pleased! These tiny steps DO work. Konnie walked round our track, onto the field and back and past the garage. He had a new confidence in his step - a little bit more acceptance that I do know what I'm doing. A tiny for me.
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    01-11-2013, 10:03 PM
Green Broke
Every tiny step with your horse is a giant step elsewhere in the world :)
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    01-15-2013, 04:06 PM
It's all a bit damp out there

Tuesday today (day 7 I suppose) and it's such a ridiculously warm day today I rode in just Jodphurs rather than ski-pants! Nice to actually feel the horse underneath me for a change

Yesterday it snowed all day so I didn't even attempt to do anything with the boys. I took their hay out early in the evening though as I was feeling pretty sorry for them by then - snow snow snow all day and it was warm too so poor Arthur (donk) was damp too

Today I am unusually tired, don't know why particularly. Yesterday I started with physio which I did follow with a dip in the hot tub and a couple of lengths of the pool. I am fit, but not swimming fit - I wonder if that tired me out? Anyway, I pushed past the tiredness and went out to ride.

Konnie came round the 'internal block' of the acreage with snorting at the garage, and we went straight past Riley when we got back and did the loop again. Much improvement. He is quite a hot horse - anxious - it will take a long time to work through this and have him trusting me and vice versa, but we are on the right track.

Then I tacked up Riley and we went around the fields to the neighbours. He did NOT want to go past the machines by the quanset again, but we did it anyway and then up to the house where lovely neighbours came out with a bag of carrots . Then around the house and over the far side of the fields. I am really liking my big black furry trail riding monster.

Back to the weather: the radio talks about the lovely warm weather we're having - I don't think it's lovely! Warm = melt = wet ! I've had 42 years of wet chilly UK winters and have no desire to have that here too. Bring back the minus 5 and colder please.
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    01-15-2013, 06:45 PM
Green Broke
What wonderful neighbors! Priceless thing living out in the wilderness... Your horses will always be willing for a ride in that direction! Best of luck with your physio, and don't worry much about the weather - (I'd be bummed out too!) But if we're in frigid temps with snow here, I'm sure you'll be close behind! :)
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    02-04-2013, 11:27 PM
May I just say that it's all really beautiful out there, but now I'm looking forward to Spring

The thaw-freeze-thaw-freeze has put paid to my riding as I just don't know where the ice is hiding under the snow so I have agreed with myself to just go with the flow and wait.

I didn't get a chance to practise loading my two before the great arm-break happened followed by the big freeze, so trailering out to an indoor school isn't an option.

But all's well and I am LOVING ski-ing with my family!! We've even booked a family ski trip, yeah!

Physio progresses, and you wouldn't know that I had ever had major shoulder surgery...unless you spotted me in a Yoga Class. I'm the lopsided one

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