Thursday, March 31, 2022
I'm so late getting this out today, because I have been having all kinds of fun lately! I've finally reintroduced myself to the outside world. First was on Monday, with an amazing five course dinner that was a whiskey pairing.
Insane. Five amazing cocktails paired with five plates of decadent food. I'm still full several days later... And tonight I went to see Dear Evan Hansen.
The show was amazing, highly recommend! Now I'll just spend the next two weeks convinced I've caught the plague... Lol. I am who I am, what can I say? Masks were required at the show, and the dinner was a fairly small group. Likely all will be fine.
Things are going mostly well on the horsey front. Shiny seems to be recovering well from her incident. She's walking soundly, and is able to go outside now that I've gotten her a boot to wear over her bandage. She'll get one more shot of antibiotics tomorrow, and then hopefully we just have to wait a little longer for the hole to close up before returning to regular life.
Pammon has been good too, but lately he's been throwing in a little spook at least once per ride. I have no idea what he's spooking at. It's never in the same spot. I swear, I think he does it just to liven things up a bit. Trotting round and round isn't all that exciting on its own.
Eros is doing great also! He's been getting a little fresh with the temps having dipped again, so I finally allowed him a little free time in the indoor. He doesn't need it often, but every once in awhile, he really benefits from a chance to gallop around. He's not at all interested in letting it out when he's outside on regular turnout. He only likes to do it in the ring. Weirdo. Anyway, he got to run around today before our ride, and he had a great time. It makes me nervous because he'll just go round and round and round quite rapidly... But once he's done, he'll trot a cool down lap then walk right to me. He also warms himself up with a trot around before cantering. He's smart about self care. We lesson tomorrow, so hopefully he'll be nice and relaxed.
And lastly is Al. He's such a joy, even when he's actually acting his age. It's easy to forget he's just a kid since most of the time he's pretty perfect. But every now and then (like when the temps drop from 70 to 30...) he acts like the six year old he is. He hates the end of the indoor as a general rule, and the past week, the course in the ring included a 5 stride line right down center line. So you can imagine what it was like jumping that toward the end of the ring. It was... tricky. He is super honest at the jumps, so that was never an issue. But it was the landing side that was TOUGH. He did NOT want to get all the way to the end. There was much sideways. But we stayed attached to each other, and got the courses done, so I'm still calling it a successful week.
We were mostly stuck indoors last week between rain and cold temps. And so far the same this week. But things should warm up again for the weekend, so fingers crossed we can get back outside again.
That's about it from here! How are things with all of you?
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Outfit Day! It's a pretty similar outfit to last week... but this week Al is our model! So we'll start with what he wore.
Browband: Boy O'Boy Bridleworks
Saddle Pad: Personalized Products
Half Pad: Mattes
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Alas, this week it's been cold again. Highs only in the 40's and Tuesday the wind was absolutely insane. So for the most part, we're back inside this week. I did take Eros out today when the sun peaked out for a bit though. Tomorrow is supposed to be a total rainy washout and then more cold weather through the weekend. Hopefully spring comes back again soon!
Eros was a superstar in his lesson last week! The course that was set was mostly single jumps, which honestly is better for Eros. He just gets ridiculously excited about related distances. I'm not sure why really... He won't say. Anyway, the single fences were great for him, and we were able to string a whole bunch of them together without him dragging me around. Baby steps! We'll see what tomorrow brings. I have a feeling with the weather Torpedo Eros might make an appearance. But maybe not! You just never know with him.
|The most awkward Al photo to ever have been snapped...|
Why does he look so little?
Al was AMAZING this week in our lessons! For both, we did the flat part outside, then went in to jump. (No jumps in the outdoor just yet, but probably soon!) I think warming up outside was really helpful in getting us more forward thinking. Because when we came in to jump, he was right there for me. I didn't feel as much like I needed a nap mid course as I usually do. I'm still pinching myself that this is my horse. He's just exactly what I would pick if I could punch my wants into a computer program and print out a horse. I mean, I might have made him a LITTLE less spooky, but hey. You can't have everything.
|Eros' saddle. Not great.|
|Pammon's Saddle. Better in some places|
but too narrow.
Shiny had a great riding week. She's still protesting picking up the canter the first time. And by protesting I mean first refusing to do it, then kicking out, and then finally sighing heavily and just doing it. Once she gets going, her canter feels amazing. So I'm not entirely sure what the dramatics are about. I did let her have a relaxed bareback meander outside on Sunday, hoping that might reset the grumpy pony for next week. Unfortunately, she decided she wanted a longer reset as you read about yesterday. Her foot is doing as well as can be expected. She's on a broad spectrum antibiotic for now and we're flushing and re-bandaging daily. Once she seems more comfortable we can hand walk and even turn out (with a boot on the affected foot, so waiting for that to arrive). She's been a very good patient though, so hopefully this time it will resolve a little more quickly than the last time.
Last week when the weather was so incredible, I made sure to get the pups out in the yard for a wander around.
Rita isn't the biggest fan of being on a leash, but she's getting better. Her recall is pretty good MOST of the time, but she's already been hit by a car (before she was mine!) so I'm just really nervous about letting her off leash. My property isn't fully fenced for doggos, so I worry. I'm so glad the rope harness I had gotten for Artie adjusts enough to fit her though! She's so tiny!
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
You maybe remember a couple of years ago, right before the plague happened, I kicked the wall super hard because I was SO MAD at my neighbor. And a piece of the stall got stuck in my foot? And mom thought it was so crazy but also would probably never happen again? Um. Well. I think Brittney Spears said it best. "Oops! I did it again..."
So Sunday, my friend Barb who lives next me was outside having play time. And some little kid put a LESSON HORSE next to me. Ew. Can you believe it? He's all old and like everyone loves him. So annoying. I couldn't handle it. And then they gave me hay, and I was so mad because the other horse saw. I don't like other horses seeing my food. It's very uncomfortable, and like SHINY DOESN'T SHARE FOOD! So stop staring!
Now... I'm not saying that's when it happened. Because mom thought I looked normal when she left that afternoon and my friend Barb was back in her stall then. So it's possible I did it later. But I don't usually kick at Barb cause she's my friend. So mom's not really sure when I did it. I'm not saying either. Not everyone needs to know everything about me all the time.
Anyway, mom always taught me to try my hardest no matter what. So I figured if I'm going to do something again, I should do it even better! And so I did! Check out the size of the wall chunk I got stuck in my foot this time!
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Here's what I wore:
Saddle Pad: Equine Outfitters (formerly Personalized Products)
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Prior to this amazing weather, things have been going just fine with the tall kids. Al's been a super hero in our lessons. He EXHAUSTS me fully, but not in a bad way. Eros was especially good in his lesson last week too. We were able to string a few fences together without him getting strong. Of course, soon we'll be lessoning outside and we'll probably need to start over again... but I'll enjoy the good while I have it. Shiny feels SO much better since her injections. We're still having a struggle about the first few canters, but once she's going she feels incredible. So I'm not entirely sure what the drama is about. Perhaps that's just who she is as a pony? Pammon is starting week two of ten minutes trotting, and he's feeling stronger already. Next week he'll start rigging one day a week and we'll see how that goes. I've never used one, so for now, I'll pay for the trainers to do it. I'll learn before he comes home if I decide to bring him home this summer.
Not too much else to report on this week. The nice weather has me feeling excited for spring and horses at home! So I'm feeling motivated to get things ready here. How are things with all of you? Weather treating you better?
Tuesday, March 15, 2022