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        07-24-2013, 11:31 PM
      #491
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    Right, RC??! He's the freaking cutest!


    This morning, in an effort to beat the heat, Miss Lace and I went on an 8am ride. It was, to put it mildly, THE BEST. She was SO good. Like SO good. At first she wasn't super into it, but I don't blame her: today we took the "hard" trail which is about a mile of near straight up-ness. Usually we take the other "easier" trails but the 'hard' one is a bit more exciting, a better workout, AND, double bonus, it ends in a nice loop. So, unlike the other trail options, we don't ever have to just turn around.
    Lacey's not really inclined to use turning around as an evasion, usually, [if she doesn't want to go somewhere, she'll walk forward while turning her head around and if you let up on her, she will turn...but s long as you keep her moving forward/smack her with a crop, she'll snap out of it pretty fast] but having access to a loop is super nice.

    Anyway, she protested pretty much the whole way up but started getting into it as we neared the top of the hill [mountain, for all you East-Coast-ers ]. We got to the top and she did super well about not getting really bargy, she stayed pretty relaxed the whole time, even through my dismounting to walk her over a large log [it was about a foot tall and maybe a little less wide, and solid as heck...not something I wanted her to trip over! Haha], my remounting, AND an unexpected group of construction workers.
    She even did great as we walked down the hill/mountain [I always walk her down on foot because the footing is not super reliable gravel and with how steep it is...]. Sometimes she starts getting a little pushy about that since she knows we're going home - not today!

    When we got to the bottom, we took a little detour down one of the "easy" trails so as to make our trip less "up the hill, the HOME!!" and she looooved it. I actualy had to physically cue to her to turn for home. Usually she knows where the 'turn around' is and, as soon as I cue her with my leg, she's all prepared to turn - like a Border Collie waiting for the cue to begin herding. But not today! Today I actually had to use my leg AND cue her with the reins before she caught on.
    And she was perfectly happy to mosey home. I don't think we've EVER walked that slowly going home! She was happy to canter in our "cantering spot" but she settled right down when I asked her to walk again.

    Other great thing:
    When we got back, I hosed her off as per our usual. I decided to try hosing her face [with the hose's nozzle thing set to a hard mist], and, though she initially panicked, within a minute or two she had her head level and was scrunching her eyes shut - letting me spray wherever I wanted on her face without protest. GO PONY!!
    I figure it probably feels good on her eyes, since they are super itchy from her ERU [itching=low-level pain], and, in true Lacey fashion, she must protest like she's dying...then decide she loves it. Silly girl!!

    Picture from our ride:





    And just for funnsies, since I know some artistic types/people who would 'get it' read this, I found a hilarious [ok, corny as all get out] joke today.
    I'm always cruising for corny jokes because Gentleman Friend loves them...and who am I kidding? I love them too.

    Here it goes:
    What did the artist say to the dentist?
    "Matisse hurt!!"

    My favorite. Hahahaha


    I hope you all are doing super well!!
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        07-24-2013, 11:53 PM
      #492
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    BAAAaaaaaaadddddd.
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        07-25-2013, 07:26 PM
      #493
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    2 things from today:

    1. My cat decided to go borrowing in my clean laundry. And the photo I took came out really blurry, but I'm sharing it anyway because my darn cat is ADORABLE!! He was so pleased with himself! Hahaha



    2. The new stalls/pen got finished!!
    This morning I went up there and decided that it WAS going to get done today. And it did. My hands are covered in blisters and my knees are basically black with bruises [I accidentally whacked myself in the knees with the t-post driver....I don't suggest that!] but it's done and it's sturdy.



    Finallllly.


    And that is all for today/now.

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        07-25-2013, 07:43 PM
      #494
    Showing
    Ahahaha omg he is such a little blanket baby!

    And sorry but I laughed and then felt for you when I read you hitting your knees with that tool... girl I do about the same silly things as you do so I feel for ya!
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        07-27-2013, 09:39 PM
      #495
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    Me and you, Maggie!


    Speaking of silly things. Today I was all "oh hey! I think I'm going to ride Lacey bareback with a neckrope! Sounds awesome. I'm not gong to tie the 2 ends of the rope together because...ain't nobody got time for that!"
    And of course, after riding around a bit with this neckrope on Lacey...I accidentally dropped it.

    And she refused to stop.



    She was turning super great though! Even without the neckrope! Super proud of her for that.

    She seemed to really enjoy herself. She was REALLY concentrating on what I was asking her to do too. Usually she is kind of bratty and just cruises when we ride in the pasture but she did great this time. Except for the stopping. But that just shows that I need to work on stopping more with my seat! Obviously I'm doing well with turns and backing up...but not stopping.

    My camera, of course, died before I dropped the neckrope but here's the very beginning!





    AND, I tried ground-driving her before this and who acted like they were made to be ground-driven? Of course she did! HAH. Well played, Lacey.
    But in any case, super proud of her. :)


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        07-29-2013, 03:24 PM
      #496
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    Ok, on the Gentleman Friend front, confused again.
    Last night I told him that I hoped he had a great day today [in text] and he texted me back "thanks friend :)"
    ...Um, what??
    Half of me is like "Well, just saying 'Thanks :)' could be a little dry and he IS my friend...heck, I call him Gentleman FRIEND. And if I were in a similar situation, 'thanks friend' would be an option for response."
    But my other half [the less logical half, obviously] is like "Whoa, dude. FRIEND?? Um, what does that mean? Is he trying to tell me something?"
    He's not a game-player and he's generally pretty straight with me...so I'm thinking my more logical explanation is the right one. In any case, there is no point in making a civil case over one little word! Haha And we ARE friends, friends before anything else.
    On the sweet side, yesterday he really didn't have any time to come say hi to me during our normal meeting time, but he came up to give me a hug anyway [and was late to "prayer time" which is kind of a big deal]. And he complimented my clothes..which WERE super on point yesterday, but still. Nice to get compliments! Haha




    In horse news, Lacey got a new lesson kid today!
    It was a little 8 year old boy, visiting the US from Japan and staying here with his grandparents for the summer.
    1. Giving lessons to boys is my ALL TIME FAVORITE.
    2. His grandma brought him. Grandmas are my favorite toooo!!

    It was so good. The goats adored him and Lacey was SOOO good. I'm SO proud of her!!
    I was seriously reminded why I give lessons with her. He was really scared to ride at first but she was so steady, happy to stop when I asked, happy to stand there until he felt safe, she is so so so good at her job!!
    I guess he had only ridden once before and it was "really really scary" but, of course, that's Lacey's forte - making scared people feel safe.

    We figured out that he really enjoyed going backwards and that that wasn't scary, so for the first 10 minutes all we did was just have Lacey take a step forward, then back, then forward, then back, then 2 steps forward and 2 steps back. By the end of the riding time [about 15 minutes total] he had sucessfully walked forward for two full 10 meter circles around me on the lunge line!
    We ended while he was smiling and "Lacey is the nicest, softest, horse I've ever met!!"

    He didn't want to leave.



    Lacey is SO good. What a pro.


    :hppydance:
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        07-29-2013, 04:17 PM
      #497
    Showing
    Lol don't read too much into it :)
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        07-29-2013, 05:33 PM
      #498
    Green Broke
    I tell everybody "thanks friend" its like my go to phrase so yeah don't sweat it.


    Uuum....why we no haz pictures of lesson or Lacey schmacey?!?!
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        07-29-2013, 11:41 PM
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    Calm down, calm down, RC! I went out and took some just for you, friend!! But really. I did.

    Lacey even put on a yawn show for you!!

    Mrs. Ball of Fluff. She is so cute with all her hair! I plan to shear her next week though so we all should enjoy it while it's still here.
    I wonder if she'll get sunburned? Her skin is pink...? But she doesn't spend a lot of time in the sun when it's precisely hot out.......



    "Hrrrgabrrrgh"



    This one, I'm STILL laughing so hard! She looks so terrified!



    "Hey Atticus! I'mma mutually groom you, ok?"



    And then I tried to take a group shot = worst idea I've ever had. NO ONE wanted to comply! Hahaha






    And that is all for now.
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        07-29-2013, 11:51 PM
      #500
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    Ask him , already! The suspense is killing me.
    "Are we 'friends', or are we more than that?"
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