I rode a LOT this weekend. Didn't get many miles in, but rode a lot.
DH put me and my little neighbor on a pallet on the front of the tractor, to lift us up to prune trail. Somewhere I lost my good (thankfully red-handled) hand pruners.
So, I had to go look for them. I rode Spirit up and down and allaround, but did not see the pruners. Went back to the barn, saddled Sissy with DH's trial saddle, and rode her in the arena, then tied her in the stall, and went to get DH to ride her.
Three hours later....we got back from town(finally) You know how you go for ONE thing???? We even came home with tickets to the Concert at the Cave, lol. Which was that evning at 6:30. Which was in about 3 hours.
So I saddled up Tina(my friend's TWH, who is staying with me because my friend has a brain tumor) ans we went up to look. The amazing part is.....we have had Sissy since DECEMBER, and this is the first time DH has ridden her. She was so awesome for him, but he did not care for the saddle, dang it!! I usually have to saddle his horse, and I HATE lifting his cutting saddle up!!
Tina found the pruners for me, under some limbs that had been cut. She pawed the limbs off of them. Really, I swear. Who said TWH aren't smart??? There were no logs to aid in hoisting myself back in the saddle, so I would have to come back to get them. Had to go get cleaned up anyway to go to this concert.
It poured down rain on us as we walked UP out of the cave from the concert( in heels!!!), but I saddled Spirit to go get my pruners, and rode for about an hour and a half, just because I was having fun, and I was putting off making pickles. Spirit is the perfect retriever/berry-picker horse, because he is short, and while you are picking berries, just loop the rein over the horn, and he will be right where you put him when you get back, eating grass or trees.
I have not been on this thread in forever! Missed all your posts & pictures
Roadyy--your little Sugar mare is SO cute.
This weekend was pretty hectic, I crewed for a friend riding in the Vermont 100 who ended up placing 6th in the 75. I also spent a majority of my time stalking the standings & results of Tevis Cup. My mentor Christoph ended up placing 4th in Tevis which was very very exciting the watch. Very happy for both of them and glad they had an awesome ride. Now if only I could get more time in the saddle!
Selena and I have been working hard to step up our conditioning for the fall. I've decided I may try to attempt a 40-mile CTR September 1st if all goes well. Not sure how I feel about it yet, but if all else fails there's a 30 in October to shoot for. My friend/riding partner Megan will be doing another 15-mile CDR, but this time by herself. We got the mares out today for another 10 mile ride, perfect day for it.
A picture of the girls sporting their new ear bonnets! The flies have been horrible CAM00077.jpg
Roadyy, Sugar is a cutie. My boys were easier than toast to work with when I got them and I didn't know if I was glad or not. I wanted a challenge and begged them to fight with me on something; but I suppose if I had a 12 year old ready to ride I'd be happy about there being no snags.
Bloo got the habit of walking off while I was climbing up or had a foot in the stirrup from one of the horses I was training a while ago. I'd get down and back him in circles until he stood for me to get up. Now he stands like a prince when I finagle my way onto him if I don't ask him to bow.
We had to trailer in to the cabin because some pretty bad rain the night before we left flooded half the trail. There was too much mud for to ride the first few days but one of the people we went with told us there was a fair going on. We brought the horses over and competed a bit. Bloo ran a 15.2 and a 15 clover and beat out most of the horses a third his age to take second in both classes. The horse that beat me both times was 19. We were getting some nasty looks from the people riding the 5-10 year old, super barrel bred horses. It was too muddy and hot to do any real riding the first half of the week and then we got rain the last bit so no real miles, maybe 10 but I didn't track them so that's just an estimate. I got a ton of reading done and Bloo enjoyed playing with the other horses so no real complaints.
The "phantom farrier" came out and did Bloo's feet today. I was getting ready to call him when I saw that Bloo's boot was gone and so was the crack in his back right. And of course said "phantom farrier" didn't pick up my phone calls. He's been known to do Bloo's feet without telling me or letting me pay so I probably shouldn't be surprised. When I bought Bloo I put him in my farrier's back yard and kept him there for three years. When I was moving out he handed me a card and told me to call him in two months so he could do Bloo's feet. I asked why when they hadn't grown in three years. He laughed and told me he'd been 'farrying' them without me knowing it. Ten years later and things haven't changed a bit. But it gave me time to tack up and get in a few miles before it rained so I'll only make a little fuss about it. I found a deer trail that was pretty fun to follow. Bloo was a little weary about it but he didn't give me any problems. Turned out it looped to the back of the property, which is news to me...I didn't know we had deer.
My cousin and I got out Sunday morning and rode at Tyrrell Park behind the golf course. It had rained so hard Saturday night and other times we knew it would be sloppy wet. It is not mown back there and for some reason the horses do not like that area. Lots of stopping and dragging of hooves. LOTS OF THE NASTIEST spiders nests I have seen but thank God they were only to the side as the other side is a canal! One had so many spiders I lost count. I took a picture with my phone but you can't really see them.
When we turned around to come back suddenly Elan and Biscuit had a major change of heart and were suddenly extremely forward . We rode up around the main road of the park and called it a day. It was so humid and steamy that the horses were soaking wet after only 2.8 miles at a walk.
I called my mom on the way home and she wasn't doing well. Please say prayers for my mom. I took her for a cat scan Monday and they found a mass on the pancreas. It was there 6 months ago with no cancer markers (I insisted she change doctors as her other doctor is so difficult to deal with and her staff if a freaking nightmare to get results of anything) so I am hoping this is just benign. She is in much pain at this time and also has h pylori stomach virus which is horrible to have in terms of pain it causes. My mom has a rare blood condition that causes pancreatitis so I am hoping this mass is just the result of that and not cancer. My mom is my best buddy so any prayers are appreciated.
I understand the humidity. I had a co-worker come out to look and ride Boo. Co-worker is about 6' and probably around 240lbs. He rode Boo for about 20 minutes and was enough for him to get a heavy sweat on. This was only the second time he has been ridden since he healed up from his leg injury and is out of shape.
Rode the young man from my church on Sugar last night and she was starting to sweat good just from walking around with the saddle on before I had him mount the saddle.. Led them around the pasture twice and she was fully wet from the sweat as was my out of shape self. Lol
I am usually dripping sweat after feeding all the horses, mucking Trusty's stall, putting medicine on his leg, picking his feet and putting the thrush treatment on each foot, restuffing his hay net from the hay ring and hanging it up in his stall. All of that consists of about an hour or so of work and I feel it. Lol
Praying for your Mom, QOS....God love her! A stomach virus and pancreatitis?!?
A friend of mine in Bellville lost his battle... please pray for his family, they have been through so much. His DDIL and 2 grandkids were killed out on I-10 and few years ago.
We took the Mennonite Morgan and Spirit to an Equine Search and Rescue "meeting" on Sunday. Everyone in Texas wants to know WHY we moved to Kentucky. July 28, 75 degrees. HIGH. When we got home, we tried to swim, and it was too COLD. Now, they may have the last laugh in January, but I like cold weather, so I will stay here.
The ESAR needs a bit of work, organizationally, but that is NOT my forte', so I may not join. I always wanted to do Texas Equusearch, but didn't. I AM a good instigator, so I may have some ideas for them. I have LOTS of good ideas,lol!!
I know this is not the classifieds, but my friend really needs to sell this TWH that is staying with me. My friend is in Chemo right now for her 6th(!!!) bout with cancer in 6 years. Pretty mare, bay, good out on the trail, even with not-too-experienced rider, good on the road, only 5 years old. About15 h, maybe15.1, barefoot. She has a really nice gait, and is a flat sort of mover, she doesn't lift in the front. Sissy does, and it scares some newer riders.