"Honor lies in the mane of a horse." Herman Melville
Oh, how I love her silver mane. I'm seeing it a lot more--from the saddle. Rides are going well, and I'm trying to be better with consistency. She does try to speed up when she's upset, and sometimes she spooks with a little jump, but so far so good.
I'm also riding Leah in the arena, working on transitions, bending, softness, side-passing, and opening and closing gates. I've had to work all week, so no trail rides. I can tell Leah is getting bored in the arena, and I'm going to need to mix it up for her soon or else start experiencing some attitude. She seemed on the verge today, but we somehow managed to maintain our element of fun and friendliness together.
Last night at our lesson, we saw wasps coming out of my mounting block! Rebecca saw them before I did, so we escaped getting stung. Grrr...bug season. Bee would not have been happy had she been stung--I may have seen that buck.
I play music in the arena nowadays. It helps get my mind off of other things, like bugs, and more into the groove. The horses like it, too. Every once in a while Bee will jump when the song changes, but it's good practice for her.
Here's the speaker I bought. I LOVE it. Great sound. Waterproof. Portable. Automatically hooks to my phone's bluetooth as soon as I turn it on. AND it has a 12 hour battery life.
Little Joe has laminitis. He had it before I got him, at his old home, and now he has it again. I noticed he was off after I put him out on pasture with the others for a few weeks. They were on and off pasture, an hour or two here and there, but it was enough to trigger something. My farrier trimmed him back and is going to monitor him. I'm afraid it means he'll never be allowed on spring and early summer pasture again. And right now it means he's confined to avoid any bruising of the sole. Although, my farrier does want me to use him in the arena--as long as he's comfortable.
So yeah, he'll be in the Leah club. Leah's laminitis was also triggered by pasture, and ever since she has been highly regulated, we haven't had a single issue. She is doing GREAT! But it feels mean. I so wish they could just go out there and eat to their heart's content. But none of them have that life. They will when it starts to brown up.
Looks like we're going to be building a 12x36 loafing shed from scratch. I'm excited! I'll keep you all updated when we start.
We're also expanding runs and doing some work on the stalls--in anticipation of bringing Tumbleweed home and making a place for him and what will be his surrogate mama--Penny. The plan is to house them side by side and eventually release them together. Penny has had foals before, and she is just the absolute sweetest, smartest horse ever! She'll love T'weed. They all will.
I showed my farrier T'weed's picture. He said look at that butt! If he grows into that, he's going to be a powerful horse. I assured him, T'weed will be able to tie and pick up his feet by the time he gets his first trim--before I even go to pick him up! He liked to hear that. I wonder why? hehe
Exciting times ahead!