Sunday, May 3, 2009
Riding Old Red
I had a wonderful weekend with family, one highlight of which was sharing my love of horses with my horse-crazy grandaughter.
We've been putting her up on Old Red, the perfect mount for young ones, since she was about two. He's 29 and has done his share of instilling confidence in many a young rider.
This weekend was the first time I ponied her by herself. Last year I'd put her up there and then run along her side, leading him at a trot. I wanted to be there unless she lost her balance. Being able to pony her behind another horse was much easier on me.
There were about 20 family and extended family members here off and on throughout the weekend, and many of them got to go out and see Beautiful. Besides almost killing one dog who thought chasing her around the roundpen was fun--she was really sweet with all the human company.
There has been a lot of rain lately, which is producing some growth out in the pastures. It looks like a lot of hay is actually coming up--also some spots of dense weed. Our plan is let the grass grow to about four inches and then come behind and spray for weeds. I don't expect to get a large crop of hay from this first cutting, but as we continue to plant seed and spray, we should reclaim the land.
Oh, I also found ticks on the outside fur of Old Red the other day. I sprayed him and Cowboy, now I have to go out spray all the others. That seems to be the only way to protect them.
Hope you all had a great weekend, too! Oh, don't forget to stop by my Emily Dickinson's Garden blog--the drawing for the Teleflora Bouquet is TODAY!