This last weekend, Kim brought the horses and donkeys up to our new place and spent the weekend here. We found out there is a short trail up right by our house. It is a steep 2 mile loop of nice dirt trail with blackberries dangling along the sides. We rode the trail and explored our 40 acre lot.
My mare loved the trail and wanted to trot or lope most of the way. She was calm but interested, energetic but controlled. I like to ride on a bareback pad for short rides from home, so I had a really great challenge, loping up a steep trail bareback. Talk about an adrenaline rush!
It was back to work this Monday, and it's the time of year I work long hours, so I did not get to ride much, just around the pasture. We also have bad forest fires nearby, so the air quality is just awful.
Yesterday, I came home to a donkey in the yard and Millie in the big pasture, and the rest trotting around nervously. The donkey, Dusty, had climbed through the fence and Millie had jumped it! Millie had a big cut on her right hind, but it wasnít bad enough for the vet, just bad enough to make me hyperventilate a little. I dusted her with moon powder and put her in the round pen for the night, and let the rest of them out in the big pasture for the first time. I was worried about letting them out there because it is 20 acres and I can't see them if they go into the wooded parts. I put a bear bell on April so I can hear her at least.
I think I figured out why the horses and donkeys were acting so crazy, though. Just as I was finishing up with Millie in her pen, I heard an elk cow, then a bull, about 50 yards away. My mare April, who is the lead mare, went running off into the field toward a herd of 25 elk who were IN MY PASTURE. I ran down to get closer and April came back toward me. Then she ran at the elk again, which caused them to run out of the pasture and over the fence. April stood proudly, snorting and prancing (she thought she scared them!), until the elk came trotting back toward her, jumping my fence again. Then she ran back to me and circled behind me, snorting loudly. I was standing between her and the elk as they looked at each other. April ran up to them again, this time more timidly, then ran back to me again.
The elk just stayed there, obviously not afraid of me or April. IMG_20140824_141825_133.jpg IMG_20140824_134506_211.jpg IMG_20140824_140832_786.jpg IMG_20140824_134450_738.jpg
Millie is wearing her new saddle in these pictures. It is a Circle Y Ranch that the property owners gave to me for helping them. I wasn't sure if it would fit her or Kim, but they are a perfect match! And it is a saddle I would have picked out myself, with its plain dark oil design. I really scored! They also gave me some other odds and ends that are really nice, just need some cleaning and oiling.
I have another saddle that may fit me and April. I will try it out this weekend and share the pictures with you.