Gray mare’s been in the front pasture for over a week. More friends. She mixed right in and thinks living in a larger group is great.
A little less hilly than the other two pastures she was in for three months. This one is larger, and involves a bit of a hike to get around in. (Big enough to get lost and lonely if you ask her.)
About as lush as it gets in the California foothills. By the end of the month, most of the grass will burn off. If she wasn’t in full work, I’d be worried about way too much grass, but so far she’s staying in great shape.
Don’t want to jinx it, but a few days after she moved out with this group, we’ve only had forward, productive rides. Not sure how long it will last, but now, she’s going well, happy, putting in a real effort at every ride, feeling really great.
– Yes, yes, we go fast, all the time, try leg yield in canter yep yep, no-way-I’ve-never-been-lazy, she says, and works hard so it will be over with and she can go back out to her new exciting group.
OK, well, thanks! Let’s make it stick.
Going back out was never this exciting. You can hear screaming until the very end.
New front-fence, safer than earlier, showed up as a nice surprise!
Valiosa’s outdoor shelter from this post – Building a quick horse shelter – has held up great this winter. The addition of many rubber stall mats, from this post: – Mud Season – helped stave off a complete mud bath in front of it, but not entirely.
So, next project; lay down a geotextile type material and get a big truckload with two different gravels on top. Some handiwork with the tractor, I’m pretty sure it will have to be by me, to get it in place.
Then drag all 15 dead bodies, I mean rubber mats, back on top.
To make it happen, she got new fence posts and a new gate installed, wide enough to drive a truck in.
Most of my contribution to that project was painting it white and decorating with birdhouses. Not sure how much that counts.
This morning – another trailer outing to LBHA with my young mare.
She kept it together in the arena and showed promise of producing an even better show result next time out.
Second horse, sultry Antonio, behaved just as well for me, creating a false sense of security that we’ll do just fine at his next show opportunity….
Sounds so easy. Of course you know how these things go, and it took more than half the day…
Grey Mare has been very cooperative for several rides.
Things are looking up!
Now, where were we? The training got so tangled up for a while, I almost forgot what we were working on.
Something about yielding for the lateral aid, without the shoulders leading. It has yet to happen. I can show pictures of how not to do it? Just for kicks.
While Gandolf recovered from his abscess on stall rest, Valiosa got to roam his pasture pretty much 24/7. Some 12 days of grass and mud-spa joy, and a dropped shoe, and she’s ready to move back to her paddock.
Gandolf got his hoof abscess bandage boot off today, and is ready to come out!
I’ll ride him tomorrow to see how he feels. Very forward, I’m sure!
Valiosa, with her somewhat colicky looking rider. Ah, details.
Just had to share my friends baby filly just one more time.
This is her with her mom, Stella, in their gorgeous pasture in Lincoln.
The other horses in their little herd are waiting to get to be introduced to little Donavinia. Her and her mom will boss them all around! She’s a brave filly, doesn’t mind coming up, asking to have her body scratched just so, or leaving her mom’s side at any time.
I had to be quick in snapping some pictures, she was on the move the whole time, running through sprinklers and up and down the hill.
Perfect little body, all full of her self. She’ll be registered Oldenburg – it will be fun to see her go through inspection in September!
A bit of giraffe lips when scratching just the right spot!