April 5, 2015 at 8:11 am
Peepers! Heard the peepers last night : D
22 degrees here this am but sunny, warms up to 40s by noon and most of the snow is gone. I am pleasantly surprised at how fast it all went, considering how fast it all came. Got real brave and even took the plow off the truck…. All that is left now are the snowbanks, tho those might still be here when I get back from Alaska, in May. Yeah: taking a break from this horrendous winter… in Alaska! As much as we booked this trip a year ago, the irony is not lost on me. Little Black Mare has already gone out for Spring training, and doing well. The rest are status quo, albeit bored. Comfort and Peace rule atm, as is always the goal : )
As soon as the ground opens I can sink a few replacement posts, get my fence lines back in order and bring my boy home. Can’t tell ya how I am looking forward to THAT!! Hoping to get started with some long-lining practice, trail riding and a few dressage lessons (still interviewing prospective instructours). I hope to see the ocean this year with the boy, he seems to like the outdoors, yay for me : ) The immediate objectives for him tho are to just get him home, take his shoes off for a spell, and let Mumma teach him the rules of Life in the Herd lane. I hope Pheets and Taj don’t beat him up too badly (I secretly hope Shocks is not TOO much of a lightweight..)! I hope Pheety’s heart has healed enough…it matters: he will always be Number One Ponee. I wish I could tell him that in such a way that he would know for sure.
My goals for this year are to connect with Shocka, get the lingo established, then spend lots of time putting it together for a light competitive career with vacations on the beach, in the fields, thru the river and over the woods : ) Scared to death of the entire picture but, going for it. The joy and desire, so far, surpass the fear : )
Spring is here, for the most part, what’s everybody up to, come dance with me!!
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 5, 2015 at 3:27 pmJoan FryTopics Started: 11Replies Posted: 324
Spring has sprung here. Poppy season came and went in late February/early March because it was about 85 degrees almost every day. (The local Poppy Festival takes place later this month, when the poppies are supposed to be in bloom!) Spring came and went so fast that the hillsides are already dry. Long fire season this summer.
Ahh, your boy is coming home! That is wonderful news! Just hearing about your plans is exciting!
I’ll be curious about your Alaska vacation. I was unprepared for the color of the glaciers–pale blue, the same blue of an aquamarine. Endlessly mesmerizing, like watching fire. And the landscape is sublime. But for the rest–I don’t think I could live there. I was talking to a few people who did, and they said everything, even milk, had to be imported because the ground is so perpetually wet that nothing with hooves can live there, unless they’re kept indoors all the time. And the milk always arrives three days before its expiration date. But everyone was friendly and talkative and eager to share their lives with us. Have fun!April 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm
Thank you, Joan Fry : )
So looking forward to the photo ops up there, I have heard and seen such beautiful things from the Grand North! Can’t wait to see it all for myself. Hoping for a glimpse of the Aurora B, too… we’ll see. We are cruising from Seattle, then zip-lining, eating and sight seeing thru-out the land for a week, then cruising home again. But no, I don’t think I would want to live there, not full time any way…
For now, I go to see my boy on weekends, things are improving, confidence is growing slowly, the joy and appreciation of a fine horse has always been there: ) Once home, vacation is over. We have things to do, places to go, people to see!
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm
… and trails to ride, Pheets, and many many trails to ride.
Hubby used to do oil exploration on the North Slope of Alaska – Harrison and Prudhoe Bays – but I’ve never been – he went everywhere by ski plane. You are in for a truly exciting vacation and we will want all of the juicy details. Photos, too.
Spring has come as promised – welcome to leaves on trees – warm breezes – easier days. Grooming has gone from five brushes back to three, and I no longer look like a large brown hairy two-legged pony after grooming them. Wyoenglishrider suggested coconut oil for the mane and tail and I’ve gotten great results with that.
But this is founder season. I’m keeping the easy keepers off the new grass resulting in my ever increasing unpopularity. I let them out on the new green 3 hours at the most for grazing. The vet says he gets founder calls a lot this time of year and suggests everyone use grazing muzzles or limit time on sugar-rich fields. The smaller pasture has become a sacrifice pasture until late May, and both horses nicker “get me outta here” every time they hear the screen door on the back deck. Coleridge’s
Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”, the grass version.
The forays on trails thus far have been tough due to poor footing. Carmagirl and I had to divert from a trail knee deep in water only to find a ‘nice’ hole to step in hidden under the leaves in the woods. I worried all the way back, but she was fine. We probably have another month of muddy trails and soggy fields – and me riding tall in the stirrups watching for solid ground.
Mischief has had trouble with spring shots again, a welt the size of a baseball came up on his neck and he was out of sorts for a week. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. He also looks like a mule in his coggins photo because he heard a train coming (the vet clinic is right next to the railroad tracks).
I’m in the throes of a kitchen remodel, on my third week with no kitchen sink, and am thinking of ordering SmartCalm for myself.
The long haunting shadows of winter are gone as the glow of the sun is broken more and more by leaf-laden trees. The shadow horses no longer dance at our feet on the trails, while luscious hay fields cast brilliant life-affirming green out to the blue horizon. Spring. Has. Come.
My dogwood is blooming; she guards the gateway to warmer weather! No turning back.
Joan, so good to hear that Boo is the partner you need on the trail. No greater gift – that. True story.
Pheets, Is ponee Pheety still not himself? He took the loss of his friend so hard. Maybe Shocka will cheer him when he comes home. I hope he’ll feel spring oats soon.
That’s what’s up on the wee paso farm. Less than 15 miles on the trail in March. We’ll do better in April.
We will all do better in April. I want my sink back.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...April 7, 2015 at 7:03 pmwyoenglishriderTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 101
We are trying SmartMare Harmony to see if this helps L.A. & her grouchy-ness….it has been a long, touchy winter into early spring! She can hardly stand to be groomed past her withers. Then we will work on MY confidence-again-it seems to be a never-ending state of mind these past few years. *Sigh*. Oh well, just glad everyone is sound & ready to start spring!
Your sink will be back all in good time, my pretty. 😉April 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm
The weather gods hate me. “Occasional” showers last 4 to 5 hours, the forecast of 73 isn’t really for us, and everything is late. However, we finally have forsythia, magnolias and daffodils, the peach trees are in bloom (hope the birds leave me some this year), and I have the healthiest, happiest weeds on the planet. The horses are molting (much worse than shedding, trust me), and I have a boatload of filthy blankets that want mending. I am so happy to have spring really here – it seems so odd to be removing layers rather than wondering if I have enough of them. The mud is mostly gone at last. Can’t wait to cut the grass – such a wonderful smell.
Also celebrating a visit to the orthopedist today. Great news – I still have some cartilage left and do not need a knee replacement YET. He recommended needles (I declined) and physical therapy. I pointed out that working with and riding horses is enough physical, but will go to see what they say. When I had to go after cutting off my finger (log splitter), they had me putting clothespins on a dowel and then taking them off. I pointed out that I could do that at home, and get the laundry hung at the same time, but they didn’t understand. Am I the only person who still prefers to line dry?
It is never the horse's faultApril 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm
Line dryer here!! Nothing better than sun dried, air freshened, CLEAN clothes, even if it is only good for a few minutes in the barn….minus the bird poop, of course.
Hey Wyo, we need to collaborate on the summer song soon : D Total empathy on the confidence thing, if you hang in there, so will I!
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm
Especially sheets. Nothing better than crisp sheets. Generally we can still line dry most of the winter, but not this year. They’d have frozen long before drying, and that would be a little too crisp!
It is never the horse's faultApril 7, 2015 at 9:42 pmwyoenglishriderTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 101
Pheets–it’s a deal! We will share our scares & our triumphs. And, for weeks I have had this running thru my head as far as a name for your newest lovey—“I will call him Squishy, & he will be my Squishy.” (not really, but in staying with the “Nemo” theme….:) )April 8, 2015 at 6:14 am
LOL, Guys : D
Something about “Squishy” and crispy (too) sheets before morning java just makes me laugh!
Squishy…. might be on to something there, Wyo, I actually kinda like it as it is opposite of him physically but fits to a TEE mentally.. and ALL you guys have been with me from the get-go on this…Home name just might be Squishy!! (one of many that will evolve over the years as we learn and experience together, I am sure)
How IS the mare doing, Wyo?
Off for java so I can make sense of the day….maybe : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 8, 2015 at 6:31 am
Wyo – have you considered St. John’s Wort? For you, not the horse. I don’t know if it really works, but I have started using it, and because I think it works, I do see a difference. I am calmer, and therefore so are my horses.
It is never the horse's faultApril 8, 2015 at 8:51 am
Squishy! I love it too, Wyoenglishrider!
We had a good soaking rain last night – so everything is nice and squishy here today. Eighties for the next three days. I have two clay red horses that need a bath in the worst way. The cold took out my plumbing in the barn, no hot water, so if I can get that fixed, it’s Mischief’s nemesis in his future. He really doesn’t like baths –
—this stuns me as he likes every other form of attention and is a grooming hog – would stand for days just to get a good brushing.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...April 10, 2015 at 8:07 am
80s….I get stoooopit when it gets to 40 here (36, atm)! Even took a layer off the other day. Even got the ol’ Bermudas out (still wearing longjohns, tho), just in case it makes it to 50! I guess the only thing I can say for the lower numbers is they make the mid temps feel warm : D
Can’t wait to get Mumma clipped since she has that soft and voluminous kitten fur undercoat that she sheds but mats up in the guard hairs (Cushings).. she is ready to get rid of it all, too. Poor mare, I will total body clip her by the end of April, and she will have regrown a gorgeous WINTER coat by the end of June. Just been a tad too cold yet, she is not a blanket/sheet fan.. AT. ALL.
The rest are all on schedule, shedding and rolling, filthy, fat and happy : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm
I was looking through my journals from the first months I got Mischief – health documents and then the riding journal about how well he did with this or that horse, what a tamperer he is. The top of one page was after he’d turned on the faucet (the same one used for Carmelita for years) and flooded the area behind the barn – title: Beware the Pasture Project – Mischief is always looking for something to tinker with.
Not much has changed. But in those early months I wrote down some precious things as I discovered them. I’d like to encourage you guys as you start out with your new horses (or on new horizons with your horses) to write things down. Those journals are a great source of encouragement when you look back on how far you’ve come.
I wrote about our struggles with bits and bosals, and the first time my two horses boarded the trailer together to go to the vet. I had forgotten all that. Carmagirl used to kick the trailer down when she had to ride by herself, now I point and she loads.
I wrote about trail experiences and the first time Mischief did his ‘fino’ with me on board. In the beginning I didn’t know how he’d do out in the wilds, and as I frequently ride alone, I was nervous about it, too. I’d forgotten all that. I wrote about how he flew with me to an open gate so we’d beat Carmagirl to it and keep her from escaping onto the road, fast little guy, and how he meshed with just anybody I rode with, a real gent from the start.
1000 words later, what I’m trying to say is that the best confidence-giver, the best builder of courage are your own words as you make a difference in the lives of your horses. Write it down and remember to read it when you doubt.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...April 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm
A brilliant idea, Mapale!
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.
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