That sounds just like me Roady! Multiply those bags x 4 stalls, then it was so deep in there my boots were getting sucked off! Nothing like stepping barefoot into a pile of manure!! Gaaa. I have to put the horses in to eat separate or Chivas would take it all & explode! Code Brown on the water park!!!! Girls r mad.lol
That is exactly why I put mine in to eat. Jems would run them off after finishing hers..I doubt she would even bother finishing hers to go run them off theirs just so she can make sure they aren't getting something better than her.
Her and Little Man do it to Boo and Doc with the hay ring and multiple piles of hay around the pasture.
Hey all! I thought I would let you in on this funny story before I went out to ride and get some more pretty pictures.
Last night, I thought I would take Cowboy out for a walk and get him out and about since I had been gone for 4 days. The neighbor has a couple little girls and last time I took my Cowboy for a walk down the road, the dad stopped me and wanted to take a couple pictures of him to send to his girls. Well, last night I saw a couple kids playing over in his pool and I thought I would wake him over there for the girls to see and pet. So we walk over there and I hear a girl yell "Horsey!!!" And come running. Then another girl. And another. And another. And another. By the time all the kids come from around the side of the house, there was at least TEN KIDS petting and loving on Cowboy.
I was trying to keep an eye on them all, telling them to pet him on the neck or on his nose and not get around his back legs. There was a little boy, probably about 5 in his swimming trunks, that was standing next to him and petting him on his neck. Well, just like anyone else that would be hassled by ten kids, Cowboy was getting irritated, and decided to paw at the ground. And just my luck, the 5 yr old kid got his foot pawed. The kid fell to the ground, wasn't crying but it obviously didn't feel good. I was like "OMG, are you okay?!" The kid never said anything.
Then here comes daddy from around the corner.
I'm thinking, "Oh man, I'm about to get cussed out by this man" and he wasn't a little man either. He was pretty big and looked like he could ring my neck pretty easy, lol! He comes walking up to me and Cowboy and he looks down at the kid and says "You're fine." and hands Cowboy a piece of watermelon!
I was so thankful that I didn't get yelled at! But the kid bounced right back up and started petting Cowboy again, so he wasn't hurt. And all the kids went into the house and got small pieces of watermelon to give him. But most kids just put it on the ground for him - they didn't want to get horse slobber on them, haha. Cowboy ended up liking those kids pretty good after he got his treats and started nosing at their hands wanting more. :) So, everything ended up being fine, lol!
The past week has been a bit nutty. The weather has been all over the place (from monsoonal rains to blazingly hot and humid again), which made getting saddle time when I wasn't working a challenge. I worked on Saturday, so had to look longingly out the window at the one day it was actually pleasant outside.
We got the boys out Saturday night, testing the lights we intend to use during the Vermont ride once its dark. They worked as we hoped they would (yay), so here is hoping we are still riding once night falls!
Yesterday we took our second cutting of hay (or the first cutting in the case of one field we didn't have time to cut the first time and hadn't been able to since cause of the rain). Not only was it hot as hell, but the universe thought we needed the challenge of breaking equipment as an added bonus. A job that should have taken roughly 4 hours took almost 7.
After dinner, I was able to convince DH to go for a ride so I could get Gamer out. She continues to amaze me. She led the majority of the way, despite the fact that 80% of the trail was new. She went through the tiny creek that was an issue the first time without hesitation and waded thru a bunch of mud with little fuss. Only time I got off was when I dropped something (and even then she happily walked up beside the guard rail so I could clamber back on). Got walk, trot, canter with no issues. It was even heading for dark by the time we got back and she didn't bat an eye at going thru the dark woods.
Posing in her new Taylored Tack:
Of course I can stand here mom, just get on already!
Today I got Dream out, intentionally training in the heat knowing our next ride (the first weekend of august) is a tough one known for big climbs and bad heat and humidity. It was already in the mid-80s with fog when I left the barn at 8am and it was mid-90s and the sun was blazing when we returned 25 miles and 3400 feet of climb later. Can it be fall now?!
07/09/13 dream 14.41 miles 6.2 mph 502.11 total miles
07/10/13 dream 11.78 miles 7.0 mph 513.89 total miles
07/10/13 gamer 3.0 miles 4.1 mph 516.89 total miles
07/13/13 george 1.62 miles 3.9 mph 518.51 total miles
07/14/13 gamer 4.91 miles 3.6 mph 523.42 total miles
07/15/13 dream 25.82 miles 7.0 mph 549.24 total miles
Gamer is just a living doll!!! She is going to be phenomenal!!!
We rode Saturday at Tyrrell for the 2.3 ride we do around the park. Each time the riding is easier on me and Biscuit is behaving like we NEVER stopped riding. We went down the "little trail" with me swatting at spiders and I said "OMG look at that! That is disgusting" and I was talking about this HUGE spider in front of me. Kellie was agreeing with me or so I thought - she was actually commenting on the disgusting page of porn taped to the dang tree. OMG we are talking hard core stuff. We took it down and kept going only to find more pages dropped on the trail. I told Kellie it looked like someone's repulsive treasure hunt.
The trail we were on is right off of the main road of the park and at one time there was a MAJOR problem with people using the park as a hook up for liaisons of the very unsavory type that can get you arrested and fired from your job when you are an elementary school principle and a married man.
We finished our ride and my horse was just a doll. I am able to get on and get off with no trouble. I did call the police to report the disgusting pictures as this is a walking trail and last week we encountered a family with little kids walking out there not something I'd want my kids to see.
I rode Biscuit today in the arena for the first time riding completely by myself. No one there to hold him to get on or off. We went into the big arena and did some walking, jogging, backing up, side passing. He did stumble once and dang...I thought we were both going to hit the dirt.
I opened the gate, turned him and sidepassed through the gate, backed him up (he has a few issues normally with that!) and latched the gate from the saddle. He backed up immediately and without fuss. It is amazing what a few treats will do for The Biscuit!
OMG Leyna what a super fabulous trot! Dressage potential for sure if you want to cross train that firery fellow:)
Thank you! I just love his trot! I don't know about the dressage, going around a ring just sounds boring. No offense to the people that like doing it. It just does not sound like it would hold my attention, but then I have never tried it so I can't really say I wouldn't like it now can I?
I did 10 miles with him on Saturday and 11 miles with him on Sunday and he was not tired at all even with the heat so we are making progress in the conditioning area. He is still a brat about mounting. He hates everything about it and I can't figure out how to make it easier for him. He knows I am not going to hurt him, but it's like he just reverts back to whatever made him terrified of someone getting on his back. As soon as I am on though, he relaxes and eats grass before I ask him to walk on. I think it's just going to be time that makes him realize there is nothing to be scared of. At least he does not bolt anymore. He is awesome for dismounting now. Which is a relief. I would rather put up with the moving around and all of that when I am getting on than when I am getting off. His first ride is coming up in November! So excited!
Roaddy, it is wonderful to be able to ride again. They still have the pipeline going through the park and as soon as they are out of there, I will start riding by myself in the woods again. I want to go when others can't because of work schedules and Biscuit and I used to make that ride on a regular basis alone.
Leyna, sounds like y'all are doing great. Hopefully, over time, he will settle down on the mounting. When I first got Biscuit he was walking off before I could get my butt set in the saddle. If we were in the arena it was 10 times worse. I understand that he used to be ran into the ground in an arena doing barrels, poles, etc. so he would be a little nervous in there. Over time that has faded. LOL lots of treats, lots of rides, etc. and he has stopped all of that foolishness. Occasionally he will want to walk off before I actually ask for it when I mount. I firmly stop him and make him stand still for 10 seconds each and every time I get on and he has pretty much got the message - don't move til she says so!