I've been looking into replacing my fencing that surrounds the ring, the paddock, and Jampy's walkout. It's REALLY tough to find someone to install fencing that they don't sell you. But everyone around here sells the same stuff and it's not what I've been looking for. I currently have a wooden split rail fence. It was lovely until it wasn't. Wood just doesn't hold up well between the New England weather and the fact that both Rio and Romey are part termite.
There are LOTS of options for fencing: vinyl, electric tape, pvc, wood... But I really wanted something that looked somewhat natural but that would hold up better than actual wood. I'm not a big fan of the PVC fencing. It's pretty common to see it cracked and broken from the cold winters. Vinyl is a little more durable but really does not look natural. I'm not interested in electric. I'm not against it in theory, but I'm very clumsy and would just rather not electrocute myself on the regular. Which led me to some of the composite options. There was one I was considering back when I was building the barn, but they've since gone out of business. After getting some samples from a few places, I found one that actually puts a wood grain on the rails. Woohoo!
AND I found a local guy who will install. I met with him this weekend to go over everything and get a quote. I have one more meeting with him before spending all the money and actually ordering the fence. But I'm pretty excited that it's moving along. I'm going to do the grayish color since it's pretty close to the color of my barn and oddly enough even my footing matches! Very monochromatic at the farm apparently.
Jampy and I have been plugging along trying to get us both stronger and him more sound. In an attempt to help with that, I've been trying him on a new supplement. But first I must give a back story on it. Trainer has a vet that does body work on the horses, and she's kind of into Chinese herbs. I'm not sure I'm super into Chinese herbs, but hey, if it's not going to do any damage I'm willing to try new things. So trainer and body work doc wanted to try Badger on some herbs that build up the hind end. Trainer has used them before and thought they were really helpful. Funny thing about them, once the horse doesn't need them anymore, it can make them a little crazy. So you know to stop giving them, that's for sure! Long story slightly shorter, Badger was a little nutty soon after starting them so we took him off right away. He obviously didn't need them. I figured since I'd already bought them, I would try them on Jampy.
|Looks like tea! Kinda smells like tea too. I bet it's just really expensive tea.|
Here are some snaps from our schools:
Rio's been feeling pretty great too... you know, for Rio at least. I've been letting him do some lead changes, and he does them so perfectly! They're a little bit extravagant, but he swaps all at the same time, so I'll take it. It's so hard not to point him at some jumps when he's feeling so good. But I'd like him to stay that way so we don't do that.
And then there's Romey... For much of last week I was feeling pretty good about Romey. I was being assertive and he started to give me some really nice trot work. Even our horrid canter transitions seemed to be improving. But really, look at this trot:
At first I was sure that he was hurting. But I palpated ALL over him to the point that he definitely would have objected it something hurt. (Let's be real, he objects any time you touch him, but especially if something hurts.) I got no response to anything. I talked to trainer (she's away or I would have had her out here) and she said some of them do that when they're at this point in training. She had one that wouldn't canter for three months. He was younger than Romey, but right about the same point he's at as far as riding goes. So I guess I just keep working through it. Hey, at least he's not running away and trying to buck me off right?
I think horses are much like riders are with learning. Every time you take a big leap forward, you end up taking a little step back. Hopefully that's all this is. Because he's going to be tough enough to re-home without also being stationary. Horses! Sheesh. Good thing he's cute.
Between braiding and horsing, I did make sure to take the short kids for an evening walk when the ground was cool enough.
They were so happy to finally go somewhere (it's been awhile).
Last night I finally snapped some pics of my two extra saddles that I need to sell and posted them on the Facebook and Instagram. I had a neighbor try them today, but they didn't work, so hopefully someone else will come along. I'd prefer not to ship, but if you all know anyone looking, send them my way! Here's what I have:
And that's all that's up this Wednesday! What's up with you?