Saturday, April 26, 2014

Reclaim Your Joy

I've been so lazy lately, and getting nothing done with my horses.

We had a rough, nasty winter, but now spring is finally here. With the warmer temperatures and good weather, I should be excited to get out and ride. I'm not, though. I just have no motivation, no interest in riding......



As I was whining writing that, my horses all walked past the porch and I snapped this picture:




I was all set to write a post about my lack of motivation and how I was going to fix it, but as I watched them stroll past I realized everything I'd just written sounded pretty dumb. My horses just walked right past me, I don't have to go anywhere or schedule a time to go ride them. All I have to do is get up and walk the 15 ft out to their pasture. I'm going to go do that now.

Sometimes, reclaiming your joy is as easy as walking out into the pasture and catching it.













Friday, April 11, 2014

Things I Did While I Wasn't Here

My apologies to The Bloggess for ripping off her title, but it seemed appropriate.  I've been a rather rotten blogger lately, mostly because I never have a minute to sit down and write.  Spring time brings all the chores: clearing winter flotsam, preparing the garden and pastures, and grooming fuzzy, filthy horses.

Today I'm ignoring my chores because it's a beautiful day, and also because I needed to make my daughter a photo book of Matilda for her birthday.  I've been procrastinating on that, mostly because I knew going through all the pictures would be a colossal pain in the neck.  My pictures are spread across several different types of social media and devices, so I had to hunt them all down and upload them to the site I made the photo book on. In the process, I found tons of cool pictures that I've taken of stuff that happened over the last couple months and just never got around to posting about.

So, here they are, in no particular order:

1) I bought a stock tank, because Jack kept trying to swim in my water tubs and that breaks them.  The new tank was only up for two hours before Jack tried to get in it.  Sadly, I didn't get pictures of that.


Checking out his new wading pool.




2) I tried to cut off my pinky finger with a corn knife.  I don't recommend that experience.  I didn't get the whole finger off, but did manage to remove the fingernail and a lot of the first knuckle.  I had to get a tetanus shot, too.

This is a corn knife. It's supposed to be used for cutting down heavy brush, not fingers.

3)  Jack had a birthday party! His birthday was March 31st and he is now officially 4 years old!  He got treats and groomed and absolutely loved it.


Happy birthday, Jack!

He loved his party so much, that he didn't want to go back in the pasture when it was over!

"No! I wanna go back to my party!!"



4) My son and I helped deliver a foal!

Just minutes after birth.
My friend, who is also my neighbor, called me one morning in a panic. Her mare had started labor, but the foal was stuck and the mare had stopped pushing.  The vet was on the way, but I was closer.  So I grabbed up my son (my daughter was already at school) and off we went to help.  When I got there, I found my friend armpit deep in the mare.  She had her cell phone balanced on the mare's rump with the vet on the line.  With the vet's guidance, she repositioned the foal and got the front feet out of the birth canal. We each grabbed a foot and pulled the foal free.  It was gross, messy and absolutely amazing.  My son watched the whole thing from the stall door.  He thought it was great, and got to help dry the foal off afterwards.

Both mare and foal are doing well and my son has an awesome story to tell!






Saturday, April 5, 2014

Trying New Things

I've wanted to go on a Hunter Pace ever since I found out that the vineyard down the street from me holds them twice a year.

I didn't actually know what a Hunter Pace was, but I figured anything held at a vineyard had to be good.

Well, today Spider and I finally got to go on one!  Turns out, its a thing where you ride through the woods and there's prizes for whoever rides the fastest or the best or something.  I'm actually still a little fuzzy on the details.  But, who cares about the details?  We won our division!

This is the first blue ribbon he's ever gotten where he wasn't the only horse in his class.


I was just going to do the "for fun" ride, but then my friend convinced me to do the Optimum division instead.  And by "convinced", I mean my friend said, "You're doing the Optimum division with me".

So, we did the Optimum division as a team, then went back out and did the trail again with some other friends just for fun.

Spider had a blast.  He loved trotting and galloping through the trails on the timed ride, but then he settled right down and happily moseyed down the trail for the fun ride.

Moseying.


We will definitely be doing that again!


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