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post #2551 of 2684 Old 03-12-2020, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I got more saddle time. Momma nature was mostly smiling, as at least the sun was out. Temps have returned to normal and there is still a wind, but at least nothing was falling from the sky.

I took George out first as I wanted to keep him in the fields as much as possible, so didn't want them getting too slimy as the sun warmed them. I used the thermal camera to take before and after pics again. We went over to do the Big Square (and I avoided going near the house with the dogs, just in case).

George was the same - mostly ok with some weird steps up front every so often. George was happy enough the whole time, even asking for a gallop along one part of the fields. The NQR seemed more noticeable downhill, but that was also the place with the worst footing.

On the way home, I decided to try the Beagle Trail for the first time in a long while.

The trail was a hot mess. There were a couple places I had to get off and hold branches up to let George walk under where the rhododendrons had grown across the trail. Then along the climb back to the road, there were 6 big trees down. George was able to carefully pick his way around them, but a couple times we went so off track it was a good thing the trail was marked or I may not have known which direction to head! I won't go that way again until we get out there and do some major work.

7.69 miles, 899 feet of climb, 4.9 mph average pace, 37F real feel

The thermal images.. again, nothing that really jumps out:

Next up was Phin. I was expecting some silliness, so we straight to the Sugarloaf and climbed!

That took the edge off, but climbing the Tomhicken helped, too. We had several wildlife encounters that kept Phin looking for the next monster.

We went down the yellow gate trail and then up the gas line and back across the ridge.

On the way home, I had gotten off to jog the Tomhicken downhill (which is normal). On the shortcut trail between the logging road and the hay field, I paused to deal with a downed tree. Phin was fine for the first few branches I broke off, but when I bent over to grab the next, he suddenly shot backwards. I had my arm through the reins (which were attached to his halter) and he pulled me over the tree while yanking my arm to the side. I went down face first onto a big rock.

Luckily, Phin froze when I hit the ground or I likely would have lost the reins and then really been in trouble. As is was, I was lucky to have landed in a way that didn't break any teeth or a cheekbone, but I could feel my lip swelling and the thigh that landed on the tree was not very happy either (thankfully the encounter didn't tear my new tights). My right arm felt about a foot longer than the left, but was working just fine. As I climbed to my feet, Phin was still standing with his head straight up and his eyes bugged out, looking out into the field.

After a moment, I realized he was staring at Bruce's tractor, which was up in the orchard moving around - over a quarter mile away!!! I had some choice words for him as I got back on and we continued home. He was snorting and fussing the whole way, including up the climb.. to the point I was debating getting back off for fear he would try to spin and take off down the hill. Luckily, Bruce saw us and shut the brush hog down, so I was able to cajole Phin by. Once he went past, he was totally back to normal.


10.4 miles, 1713 feet of climb, 5.3 mph average pace, 42F real feel

Once I finished with Phin, I debated going inside to ice my face, but I couldn't resist the weather and decided to work with Link. Because the round pen was too slick to use safely, I decided to take him over to Gina's arena. It was his first time going there alone, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Gina came out to watch and was kind enough to handle the helmetcam.

While Link briefly forgot about steering while pointed towards home, he didn't do anything dumb. He also seems to have found forward, as at no point did I ask for trot under saddle but got some anyway. I was super pleased with how he handled the stressful situation, though of course the head flipping returned because of it.

Today I had hoped to get Phin out for a walk, but momma nature had other ideas and sent off and on rain (despite the forecast for partly sunny). I am feeling a bit crunchy after my encounter with that rock and have some impressive bruises on my leg from the tree. My lip and cheek are hard to miss, which made running errands interesting (though the ladies at the bank know I ride and luckily assumed it was horse-related and not from DH or a bar fight)!!

There is no joy equal to that found on the back of a horse.
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post #2552 of 2684 Old 03-12-2020, 04:22 PM
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Gosh, what a day for you and Phin! So glad you are okay & didn't break any teeth! Whew. That really could've been bad. Hopefully your lip & cheek feel better, props to you for even getting back on him, AND working Link after all that! I would've been such a baby. You really are a trooper! But we do have to take advantage of nice weather while we can with these guys!

Wow, Link looks so relaxed in the arena. SO awesome!! He really is such a good boy. He just seems so unbothered. I love it. I think working with him on the ground first was a great idea too. So cute watching him check everything out. I love seeing his updates! I can't believe it's been 13 rides already! Go Link!!!

Darn, that sucks the poultice didn't make a difference. I swear by it too! Glad you had a good ride on George though, despite that messy trail. Ugh! So many trees down!

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post #2553 of 2684 Old 03-12-2020, 06:33 PM
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OMG that was quite a knock you got. Phin needs to be nicer! So spooky even after going up that huge hill. It looks quite steeper when no leaves on the trees!

The townspeople know its the horses and not a bar fight or your DH put some ice on that face. So fortunate you have all your teeth still!

You have nerves of steel to get on Link after Phin's shenanigans! But wow was Link a GOOD BOY!!! He seemed really chill over there too, not in the least bit nervous, just thinking about his buddies back home You have a really nice horse in Link (but I'm sure you already know that)

That arena is so nice too, not sure you have ever showed it before. Miss Gina has a lovely place!
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post #2554 of 2684 Old 03-12-2020, 07:04 PM
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Sorry you got such a thumping while out riding and glad that you kept hold of Phin, a long walk home otherwise.
Riding all three you must be in great shape. Happy riding and I hope the weather is good for the weekend, supposed to be here.
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post #2555 of 2684 Old 03-12-2020, 11:09 PM
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That is terrible! I am sorry. I do understand the joy of the weather though.

Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you? - Balaam’s Donkey
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post #2556 of 2684 Old 03-15-2020, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday, DH and I took a drive.. and came home with another horse! Our friend Patti has been back and forth about Iggy being a match for her for a while now (you may remember he came here for boot camp in the past because of that). She is currently in the middle of an ugly divorce, so reached out to us to see if we were interested in him. He is here on a free lease to see how things go with DH (when he was here last time, I was the only one to ride him).

We put Iggy out with Link to start with. Of course Link loves everyone, so that was drama free.

This morning, we put everyone out together. We didn't expect a problem as Iggy had been out with everyone else before. Well apparently Sultan has amnesia, as he was a complete shiitake-head - he even was charging Phin and Link!! So he got separated (with George as company) for now. After that, everyone settled.

We then spent several hours with skid loader and Keith's manure spreader cleaning up the paddocks and removing the manure pile. We spread some of the bottom of the pile on the lump (what I call the circular flower bed in the driveway), which has some flowers already poking up after last week's crazy warm days.

After that, I took advantage of the small trailer still being hooked to the truck to work on loading. Phin was first and remembered his self-loading lessons after just a brief reminder.

Then it was Link's turn. It's been a long while since we worked on loading, but he followed me in the first time with no hesitation! The next time, I stood to the side and asked him to go in by himself. He went about halfway in before he paused to look back at me - I had to laugh as he didn't seem worried about being in the trailer so much as not sure why I hadn't come along, too! He went all the way in with only minor encouragement. He was a bit less sure about backing out with me cuing from behind him, but soon had it figured out. The next time, he went 3/4 of the way in before hesitating.

This was the third attempt:

We are expecting a hard freeze tonight, so I decided I better cover the silly flowers that had come up too soon. Used the materials I had at hand:

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post #2557 of 2684 Old 03-15-2020, 08:24 PM
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Awww, nice to see my buddy settling in! Give him a big kiss and lots of carrots from me I had been seeing Patti posting rides on another horse so was wondering...but had been hoping she (and YOU!) were planning on Vermont this year!
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post #2558 of 2684 Old 03-15-2020, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by egrogan View Post
Awww, nice to see my buddy settling in! Give him a big kiss and lots of carrots from me I had been seeing Patti posting rides on another horse so was wondering...but had been hoping she (and YOU!) were planning on Vermont this year!
We aren't talking about Iggy coming here on the book of faces yet, as don't want to stir up trouble with the soon-to-be-ex. I will make sure to tell Iggy his breakfast carrot is from you!

I did want to ask if you had been recruited by anyone for Vermont yet.. cause I sure hope DH and I will be there this year!!

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post #2559 of 2684 Old 03-15-2020, 09:02 PM
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accidental double post
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post #2560 of 2684 Old 03-15-2020, 09:03 PM
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Of course, will not mention it And I can’t believe she’s not rid of soon-to-be-ex yet She is a strong, strong person.

As for Vermont, I would love to crew you and DH. Keep me posted!
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