Thursday was the saddest day ever. Well... that's a little dramatic. But it was a bummer for sure. Remember how I spent all those hours last weekend cleaning the barn floor? Thursday the horses got new shoes. And farriers are messy!
I gave the ponies a vacation day on Friday because I was supposed to have six (SIX!) horses to braid. But somehow six turned into three, so I probably could have ridden. I think the tall kids were happy for the day off though. After feeding them, I took the short kids for a quick walk before heading off to my braiding job.
I got home around midnight and spent a few minutes with the short kids before bed:
We were up early though, because P had an 8 am appointment for her yearly shots and they both needed pedicures.
Back at the farm a little birdie was failing the survival of the fittest test.
Because I'm an epic procrastinator, after my failed attempt at bird rescue, I made some bracelets before working the horses.
The kids all hacked well when I finished arts and crafts. I don't push them too much after a day off unless I have to for a show or something. Plus, I had a friend coming to hang out Sunday so I was saving fun things for when I had someone around who could take some media!
I was supposed to have more braiding to do, but the horse show was apparently sadly small and my clients opted to not braid for day two. I wasn't too disappointed because that meant I had time to go to the local carnival!
Since I hadn't planned on being free, I didn't have anyone to go with me, but I gladly meandered around on my own. And stuffed my face too.
Rio's swollen back leg is doing much better... unfortunately now the other leg is stocking up. I haven't been working him much, but we've been doing tack walks. I took him out in the yard Sunday and wedged my phone in a the fence and we had a fun photo shoot. By ourselves... we're cool like that.
As mentioned earlier, I had an extra human around Sunday when I rode the other two tall kids. We didn't get too much media of Romes since he doesn't really do much exciting yet. But here he is walking around looking handsome.
I'm really proud of little Romey. I think he's making a real effort to figure things out. I switched his plastic bit to a broken copper roller. Such a good idea! He's really chewing on the bit and starting to reach for my hand a little. Progress!
Jampy has been feeling a lot better and I figured it was time to jump some sticks. Nothing too crazy of course. I like living. I think the jumps were around 2'6" and we kept to singles. I also wasn't brave enough to jump the ones he likes to run away from. Maybe next week? Anyway, he was great! He was calm and listening well for the most part, though he was a behind my leg a bit. I'd much rather that than the runaway train he sometimes likes to be.
The work week was killer so far, but since I'm a spoiled brat, I only had a three day week! Today is my fake Friday and tomorrow (actually today since I'm still typing this at midnight...) I'm heading north to Vermont! Baby Badger is at the Vermont Summer Festival this week (and last). He made his horse show debut last week. He finished out of the ribbons, but had a respectful first time out. Today was technically his second horse show and he actually won himself some satin! He did the schooling hunters and the baby greens. He finished up in 8th place in one of the schooling rounds. I'm super proud of him, but especially so because there were FORTY-TWO horses in his class! Can you believe it? Good boy Badger!
I'm a little bummed that I missed his first outing, but I'm excited to check out the photos tomorrow. Rumor has it there are some cute ones! Fear not, I'll share them here once I get them.
And that's What's up this Wednesday! What's up with you?