Just in chase you’re checking in here on the blog to see what happened, wondering why it’s been so quiet.
It’s been a bit hectic for many weeks. You have not been forgotten! Some extra hours at the barn. And then all the fun Christmas stuff. I’m sure you’re just as busy too (Just not getting the horse-addiction thing.)
Even Dice got in the spirits, selling chocolate with the Boy Scouts.
Very serious business for him.
I’ve promised Nancy to keep her horses in shape during her long surgery recovery.
So we ride. (Yey, more riding!) Here’s Gandolf.
Misty, she’s not as forward. Here she is in hindsight. Always easy.
(It’s always easy to know just what to do in hindsight, isn’t it?)
She has more tail than two horses combined!
When things settle down a little over here after January, I’d love to come and see you. Until then, I’ll be at the barn! (What’s not to love about that!)
Slithering pungent shadows in the dark against the black iron wrought fence.
The dog, after 4 years, has finally learned not to pursue.
We’re saving big on baking soda, dish detergent, peroxide. No foul-mouthed doggie showers all summer for a change. Even after late night outings in our hills above the house.
Valiosa and I have made another, big, change – moving up to my friend’s quiet little dressage barn. Pure bliss!
Can’t even begin to tell about the whirlwind of work involved in the past 7 days. It’s all turning out wonderful! Once finished this fall, perhaps I make a feature on how to make a safe, quick, Dressage On A Dime worthy, horse shelter.
My mare, of course, has been a star all the way around – no destructiveness. Settled in like a dream immediately. OK fine, peeing excessively non stop for the new gelding friend, but the rest has been impeccable.
Standing like a lit candle in the new cross ties.
I’m so happy to have this opportunity – covered arena and all! (Yes, please don’t hate me.) Next up, teaching her a real canter transition, and leg yield. It will take a while.
Fly Spray, Fly masks, grading of pastures, a very delayed application of Fly Predators (Yes it’s late, aaaah, it might be too late!) and, new for this year, Feed through Solitude IGR, although it hasn’t been started yet. Until the effects all set in, Valiosa will get a month of some Bugg Supps. They stink enough to make me think they’ll work.
All the people in Florida are just laughing at us of course, and our miniscule flies. Me, I’m about ready to don an ear hood myself.
As for a status update on the ridden parts:
Well, lets just say, sometimes it’s best to just recharge at home and try again another day…
My best recharge tip:
1 Pink Polka Dot Pyjamas
2 Spotted Dalmatians
1 Home Made Fleece Blanket
2 Home Made Boys – sort of under the blanket here.