Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spring, You Came Back to Me

It appears spring and I are still a thang.  I thought spring had broken up--ended the relationship--but she came back and acted like nothing ever happened.  Of course, I wanted to ask her why--why she'd just walked out like that, but then, I didn't want to piss her off and have her walk out again.  So, I'm willing to take her back--this time--without an apology.  

Yesterday was warm and glorious.  I rode in the morning, with Cowboy...


And, I was part of a trail clinic that night.

Cowboy is experiencing a lot of head shaking this year.  I'm giving him his medication (carbamazepine, for seizure, and bute, for foot arthritis after broken, displaced P3 10 years ago) and waiting for it to subside, but it's tough to manage.  He benefits from being used, so I try to keep him comfortable and keep him working.  You could say that's my answer to everything, and you'd be about 75% right.  Many horse health issues really do benefit from them moving.  It gets the blood flowing and gets them in shape.  As in people, a sedentary lifestyle is a killer.

Leah hates crossing water, but she'll do anything for me if I do it first.  So yeah, I walked through the puddle in my leather boots, she followed, I got back on, she rode through with no problem.


Foxy, our new well-broke horse, lost her mind at the trail last night.  It was her first time out with us.  She jigged and was just all around bug-eyed nervous.  My husband had to hand her off to our trainer and switch horses.  This is them kissing and making up at the end.  Today, my daughter and I are taking her back out there to try again.


See that white butt way up ahead in the trees?  That is Leah.  She walks out fast, and that is about all anyone ever sees of her.  I like a fast walking horse, and it seems to rub off on every horse I ride.  I must send them vibes.



Here we are switching out the horses.


The day before, I worked with Leah in her side reins--from the ground.  I'm trying to build up her top line.  I only work her in very small increments on the line, then I take the side reins off and do the rest in saddle.  It helps her to know what I'm looking for without the added pressure of having a rider aboard.




An update on the trailering (see previous post about making trailering safe) Leah has become a pro in the trailer since I did that work with her--tying her up and feeding her in it while I trained the other horses.  She could probably use a refresher in between trailering her to work just to mix it up and keep her solid.

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  1. I agree that keeping horses and people moving is the best way to help keep in shape. It looks like a nice ride and I'm sure Foxy will come around after a few more times out. I'm impressed with how Leah is coming along. Great job!

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    1. Took Foxy out today and she did awesome after a little roundpen work. Rock solid on the obstacles and trail. I thank you for Leah. Yes, she is coming a long ways. She's a very forward horse whose biggest issue is turning out to be standing still and waiting.

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  2. Glad Spring came back so you could get all that awesome riding in! Hopefully Foxy comes around sooner then later. WIll be interesting to see if anything reveals itself as to why she was more then looky in new surroundings. I am with you guys, it's best to keep them (and us) moving.

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    1. She came around today. I'll post about it tomorrow. Pretty simple work--just making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. Always comes down to that.

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  3. I find that, when I have a new pair of boots, walking through a few puddles just helps them fit more perfectly to my foot. New boots are pristine & pretty just until about 5 days of wear, & by then I've stopped being careful.

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    1. These were my sh*t-kickers. They've been through so much water and urine I'm surprised they're still in one piece. They're Durangos. I have tried on many boots, but they are my go-to boot for comfort and durability. I would pay a lot for them, but they are rather cheaply priced. All the better. Unfortunately, they don't still sell my style, but I'm hoping they'll come back.

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  4. Leah is looking great- she's slimmed down some and it really becoming a great horse!

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    1. She is limited conformation wise, but trail work should be a good fit for her. And, it is not easy keeping her weight down.

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  5. It sure was a lovley day here too! I did ride Rosalee, took her down the road to an arena and she was really looky too. Nothing that we can't deal with!

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