Monday, July 24, 2017
Bossy Mares and Bossy Cowgirls
Woohoo--crazy, curly hair, sans hat! Now, you know what I mean when I say it's wild. In defense of the hair, the wind was blowing from the back--so, under normal circumstances, it isn't quite that Va-Va-VOOM. It's just voom. or vava.
I have gone full curly though--bangs and all. I don't brush or comb. I don't shampoo. I only condition and comb it with my fingers. I use a special towel to dry it, one that doesn't take out all the moisture--t-shirt material. I use a diffuser that only gets the roots and not the "canopy". I refresh it each day with a water spray infused with 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil. And, I use a non-drying gel and curl cream. I NEVER straighten, because curls have "memory" and the more you let it go curly, the more they remember their shape.
Enough on hair--let's talk horses. It's hot, and it's hard to ride. We spend 3/4's of our time now on the water. I'm lucky to get any riding in at all.
I did manage to squeeze in the above ride last Friday. It was a day with my daughter and her husband. He's somewhat of a newbie to horses, and Shiloh and I know EVERYTHING, so the poor guy gets both ears full.
Colton, sit forward up hills.
Colton, sit back down hills.
Colton, put your heels down.
Colton, let your hips move with the horse's rhythm.
Colton, slow down around corners while hauling.
Poor guy! We're ramming a lifetime with horses into a day ride, but he's learning fast and doing great and we should soon be able to just ZiP IT and leave the poor guy alone!
He's a natural. He's the guy with a HEART for the horse. He didn't come to it looking at them as tools, but as companions and partners. I'd say he's 90 percent further than most. And, he's more than willing to take correction--he just prefers it be delivered with kindness. (Hint, hint. Now, we know why our mare herd is so bossy! They get it from us.)
The grass is finally starting to dry up, and I'm able to leave the horses out grazing all day without much fear of founder. They're much happier. And, my life is easier only having to bring them back in at sundown.