Dawn, I am so sorrry!! Need me to send you a horse??? You will rehab hr, and she will go on....i promise.
Yesterday, I rode the grey mare out on the trail. Major sense of accomplishment, and my little neighbor started asking questions about endurance!!! Yay!! She thinks riding around our trail, down the road, and around the circle that the other road makes is about 50 miles, lol. It MIGHT be 10 total... Am I ready to take on a Junior?
Yesterday morning was horse dentist day, so I did not ride until 2, but what a beautiful day!
Dawn, oh no! My heart sunk when I read your news about Dream. I will pray for a quick and successful recovery for her!
Facing feet issues with Whiskey- nothing new, but beginning to get discouraging. He is out of work for a bit while we figure out how to help him through them. Which really is fine because he needs to gain about 75-100 more lbs before winter so just sitting in the pasture eating will probably do him some good!
Drifter is doing great! Whiskey being on time off is giving me more of an opportunity to focus on him. A good friend jumped on him tonight because I was busy with the farrier and her horse has an injury so I was like "sure, ride Drifter!". She called me over because she thought he was lame and farrier and I definitely noticed gimping but when I got on it disappeared. Then when I had friend get back on so we could see what was happening, he started spinning and dropping his shoulder out and running her sideways and basically just being a giant prick! I was so embarrassed. He then started sucking himself way behind her leg and walked around the arena like a 90 year old man. She eventually got discouraged and got off him so I rode the snot out of him. I was absolutely mortified. I'm going to put her on him next week and give her a crop and show her how to ride him. He's definitely one that likes to test. We've had our come to jesus meetings enough where he doesnt try me anymore but I was just flabbergasted by his behavior. I felt like the parent of the kid throwing a tantrum in walmart, where you just stand there and you're like "He's usually good..I swear". I can't believe he faked lameness!! Grrr!!
My friend Donna and her 15 year old student brought their horses over for a ride today. The weather was beautiful even if it was a little hot. I rode Abby again and she is really a nice little horse to ride. We rode 5.4 miles today. That brings me to a total of 81.6.
We hit the trails again this weekend after a 9 week layoff. Miss Lacy's had two adjustments to her back and with the layoff seems to be back to normal.
We rode 13 miles over Iron Mountain out of the Cottonwood Patch in North Georgia today. Surprisingly, the campground was completely empty and we were the only ones in the day riding area. I've got to say that surprised me as I would have expected the campground to be full....but, we had the whole place to ourselves....nice, and we didn't pass another soul on the trail.....
I did see a black bear, the first one I've seen this year.....the bear bolted as soon as he saw us, and didn't hang around.....funny....but I think they can smell the hoppies' number 9 and relate it to the .44 mag I had on my side.....they do hunt them in the area so the bears are human aware for the most part. Still, it's a thrill to see one even if it's making tracks as fast as it can....
I also used the Reinsman pad Celeste recommended and Miss Lacy has no swelling at all. I hope this problem is past....gone....no more....only time will tell.
Next week we're planning to ride Sumac creek as we only have 3 weekends left before our week at Cataloochee in the Smokeys and Sumac creek has the elevation change I think will make for some good conditioning.
Total for the year, 295.7 miles with a goal of 500....I need a little over 200 in the next four months and will probably get 60 hard miles at Cataloochee....I think I'll make it......
We''re only going to be 40 miles from Asheville......does anyone know if we can ride at Biltimore? If so, I was thinking of taking a day while in Cataloochee and possibly riding there for a day....
I rode my horse today. It was in an arena so I have no mileage to report, but it has been a long 4 months since I last rode. I will probably be sore tomorrow and am looking forward to getting back out on the trail. My horse is losing his summer coat, someone needs to tell him it is still 90 degrees outside.
Drifter must have somehow got access to a computer and discovered my last post where I said I would be riding him more. He somehow got into the neighboring farm's pasture and got their wire fencing wrapped around his chest legs and neck. I'm not even sure how he managed to do that!! I had left the barn thinking all was right with the world and my friend called me in a panic saying Drifter had gotten out and was stuck in another fence freaking out. We searched all over for a downed board or something and couldnt find anything- so he must have jumped out of his pasture (which he has done before :/ ).
Left a long gash winding up his chest and around his throat latch. Front legs were pretty cut up too. He was a little tender on his legs. Called the vet and followed his instructions and gave him bute and put him in a stall.
Grr!!! *shakes fist* Dang horse curse! Leave me alone!!!