Today was a simple trail ride. Blue skies, gorgeous weather... How could I not? It was a refreshing break from obstacle practice. Baby Girl seemed to enjoy it fairly, despite being continuously and sometimes roughly half halted when she was in the back to avoid rubbing her head against the butt of the kicking gelding ahead of her. When she was in the front, as usual, she enjoyed herself.
I took some new pictures today, so I could do a before and after. Has she gained any muscle?
"I'm not fat... I never was. Silly filly," Baby Girl says, sticking her tongue out.
You made that difficult by swapping the side we're looking at!!!! The colors are totally reversed and it's throwing my eyes off. I think I see a difference in muscle tone...it's not drastic, but if I look closely I think I see it. She definitely looks more trim in the barrel/girth area.....not that she was ever fat! =P hahahah I LOVE that last picture of her....and love her coloring as well!
My grandfather found an 1918 McClellan cavalry saddle in a barn, just laying there. It's in BRILLIANT condition. I cleaned it off really well today and found most everything in working order. It won't take much at all to make it rideable. I just need the cinch rigging reworked. I sat in it and it fits me perfectly. If it fits Baby Girl, I'm more than golden.
2/11/11 -- Trails, Photo Shoots, and the First Signs of Spring
I think it's pretty neat too. If I can't ride in it, my BO offered to buy it. Either way, it's a cool find!
I neglected an entry yesterday, on account of my lack of entry worth achievements. I went out after track practice, played on the obstacle course, and jumped in hand. In between this and the last time I had ridden her, something has triggered a massive outbreak of shedding. My currie comb was clogged multiple times with massive quantities of hair. Spring is almost here!
All day at school today, I was dying to get away. The week had gone and full of stress... Immediately after the bell rang, I ran from class to the car, changed into my riding jeans and faded tee shirt decorated with orange beet pulp streaks and horse snot rubs.
I tacked Baby Girl up and intended to disappear for a few hours, out on the trails. We rode for miles across the countryside. We explored varying terrains, from the dark, sun dappled woods, to the muddy, cool creek bottoms, and out into opened fields and beside quiet rural roads. We galloped long paths carved into waist high grass and gaited slowly up hills. We stopped a few times for water or for rest, enjoying the easy silence.
A few pictures from today:
I've always thought this little house was cute... We passed it today on our way home. You can't see it very well in this picture though.
Today we went on a little bareback trail with two other horses. Nothing crazy happened. Pretty same-old same-old.
Today though, I'm going riding with a friend of mine from school. She'll be coming over to my barn and will ride Amber the TWH. She has ridden western mostly, but has had a lot of time off since she last got on a horse. I'm not expecting any drama; just a quiet, relaxing day out on the trails. I hope my expectations are fulfilled entirely.
So... I decided to go to the barn anyway and clean tack. I cleaned several saddles, Baby Girl's halter, and a couple bridles. I went on a short trail ride and bathed Ashley's horse Cody. I worked for three hours, and should have made around $25 bucks.
I arrived home later in the day to prepare for Valentine's Day tomorrow. As a joke, I bought Cody a card, a rose, and some carrots and said they were from Baby Girl. (Irony, since she hates Cody.) The card read, "I want to sink my teeth into your delicious quarter horse butt. Love, Baby Girl."
Today Baby Girl got her feet done. The farrier made my day with his comments. "Is this the same mare I trimmed a few weeks ago? Looks like a different horse!" He said she was the fittest looking of all the horses at the barn and had come along beautifully. (He also said my BO's horse was fat. To this, I laugh. She is chubby.)
Afterwards, Baby Girl got a bath. I shampoo'ed her up and conditioned her mane and tail. I put her tail in a back, scrubbed her up real good... It really helped get all that shedding fur out.