This weekend we went camping with my parents. Which meant no dressage lesson and no ponies at all all weekend !
Most of the time I would rather do this then go to a show. My mind needs a vacation from everything and getting out into the forest is one damn good way to to reset.
It also means we get to see my parents a few more times a year then we normally would. Plus camping with them means staying in a nice, DRY trailer !
We headed north to Lesser Slave Lake. The weather started out fabulous and ended up being rainy the last part of Saturday and all day till we left on Sunday but it was sooo good to get out of town !
Now onto the pictures. That mostly involve Lexie because she is the cutest beagle pup ever.
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekends!!
A couple of weeks ago !
My adventure buddy picked us up for a planned trip out to Blackfoot, which is only a few minutes away from the barn for a day of trail rides and pony time. There was supposed to be 3 of us…but someone just HAD to cancel.
We haven’t been out since this time last year. I am pretty sure my horse is as bored as I am and misses going out and doing fun things, instead of being bored and stuck at the barn – reason #1 why I need my own horse trailer.
Onto the fun stuff now – PICTURES !
I am seriously just so proud of this horse and how far she has come with loading/being on the trailer. She hasn’t been anywhere in a year or so and she hopped right on by herself, stood nicely while I loaded up and once we got there too. She was a little pushy when we got back to the barn after but a little reminder from her auntie and she remembered how to be good !
The trails were dry and a bit hard, but otherwise pretty decent. Luna had not had her shoes put on yet at this point but nothing phased her and she trucked along w/t/c without any complaint.
3 hours and over 17km traveled and we were all pretty pooped. But we can’t wait to get out there again!
I am going to leave you guys with this gem of a video that Renate grabbed at the end of our ride…
Hope you all get to go on some adventures with great friends this summer !
Like anything I buy for Luna, I had a problem with finding a fly mask that had ears that fits. Going up a size in other fly masks meant that the rest of the fly mask was just WAY too big! Enter this fly mask…
The Fit : If you have a horse that is usually on the small side of being Full/Horse, you definitely need to go down a size. But for us, the full fit pretty good, even a little BIG in the ears! There isn’t a lot of adjust-ability in the traps at the chin and throat so you do need to make sure you are getting the right sizes if you want to keep this on your horses face. I did find that with the extended nose piece, it was much longer then I wanted…and it wouldn’t stay on. Which I think is because it is too long. She doesn’t have a white nose so it just stays off.
The Longevity : This is our third or fourth season using this, and I am only just starting to see some wear and tear on it, which is from her trying to rub her face from the looks of it. The straps are holding up amazingly and the velcro is still super sticky – haven’t had to take a brush to it at all. Other than the slight rub spot on the hoop, there aren’t any snags or tears in it at all.
The Design : The obvious, in your face design feature is the hoop that is integrated into the mask to help keep it from caving in on the eyes. No one likes scratchy fly mask material digging into eyes! This is definitely doing its job incredibly well and I haven’t really had any issues with it caving in. Sometimes under the hoop will push in a little bit but not anything that would be bothering her eyes. I also like the two strap closures it has, I find that most other fly masks either have one, or two poorly placed straps and never stay on her face – there has only been one instance of a missing fly mask when I have gone out to get her.
Overall, I really like this fly mask. It does its job of keeping the bugs off of her face and out of her ears and fits her quite well. It is also still in one piece and looks great!
Definitely gets two thumbs up from us!
This horse was my everything.
She was the first horse I ever owned. She was who I grew up with. She saw me through heartbreak and she saw me through some of the happiest times of my life.We got through Colic surgery. More than one major injury and more than one major move over 12-ish years together. Huh, you know what, I think I lost her pretty darn close the day we officially bought her.
Calika came into my life as a late 4-year-old/early 5-year old ( I can’t remember for sure because I am getting old) when I started taking riding lessons again. I thought my coach was crazy putting me on such a young horse when I hadn’t ridden in a couple of years! I also could not for the life of me, understand what her name was. I kept thinking she was telling me it was Teacup – nope – definitely Calika.
I fell in love with her instantly. She was a tough ride for me coming back into lessons but we got through it. When my mom said we could FINALLY buy a freaking horse of our own I was over the moon excited….until I found out her price. Yeah, if you are asking, I did cry.
Once we started looking at other horses, and finding out how difficult other horse people were, it was pretty much settled that she would be mine. With help from my parents, we did a vet check on the muddiest day of life and she became mine back in I think 2006.
I struggled so hard for quite a while with her. I kinda sucked at riding (looking back at videos ), and she sure let me know it. That didn’t matter, I was a kid and I finally had my first horse, whom I adored and knew she could do no wrong.
I was lucky enough to be able to bring her with me when I went away to University. She got to be extra spoiled when we left too, because my mom didn’t want her to be on outdoor board during the winter. She was worried about her “getting cold” at night during the winter so she funded the difference to keep her inside. Have I mentioned yet that technically my mom owned her? She called dibs on her front half, so of course I got the back-end. That’s okay, it was the best half – except when it stopped working.
Who knew a horse not pooping for a little big would be so stressful? That was a long ten days in the clinic. And several of them were spent worrying whether or not we were going to lose her. Even though people kept thinking she wasn’t going to make it – she pulled through.
Our return to work was pretty un-eventful, because she is the best, until she hurt herself right before I decided to bring her back home again. Like literally two weeks before we went home. Then we had a couple of months of work and she hurt herself….again! This time pretty good. Two rehab’s in less than 12 months is not my idea of fun!
That second rehab had me start thinking about things. I knew I was never going to sell her, but I never expected her to keep up to the level that I aspired to be at anymore. That’s when Luna kind of appeared in my life.
I made the decision at that point that Calika wasn’t coming back to the city with me. Looking back, I think all the things that happened to Calika were really her just trying to tell me that she didn’t want to leave her home. I wish I had listened to her better, maybe she could still be here.
It wouldn’t take long for Calika to make her way back down to the city. I couldn’t say no to bringing her back to me. That’s when she found her new person. The kid of her dreams I think. I always joked my horse didn’t love me anymore, she had her own kid, she loved that kid to the moon and back
Her and that kid did so much together. She helped K grow as a rider. She brought her confidence back. I am so grateful for having such a magnificent horse and seeing how good she was to someone other then me. She took care of her her like she took care of me.
But when she got hurt for the billionth time (girl was on a mission), she came back into my life, albeit for the final time.
1 week left of rehab….that’s it. That’s all we had left before we would have had the clear to go back to full work. 1 week. You never know when they are going to go. Even when you’ve had a brush with them leaving before, it doesn’t make it any easier when they do go. Seeing your vet upset when saying goodbye sure doesn’t help either
I thought writing about her this year would maybe help a bit, but I’m not sure that it has. Maybe after this weekend is finished, and I have this posted I will feel a bit better. But for now, my heart is still broken. And this blog post doesn’t do her justice, but I will keep on hoping that maybe I will feel a little less broken next year.
I miss you Big Red. 4/22/2016.
All by ourselves ! And even lived to tell the tale !
Lessons were running and it was a beauty of a day, so I figured I would try to get down the trails by ourselves. We’ve only done this once ever. And that one time includes having Lexie with us.
Going down the road is one thing. There aren’t things hiding behind the fence posts, and vehicles aren’t scary (just bicycles). But in the forest ? That’s like going into the basement where the Boogey-man lives 😅
Not to mention the one access point is blocked by a trailer, so you have to sneak by a terrifying pick-up truck horse eater to even get into the trails. Once we got through that it was smooth sailing !
We were moving at an excessively fast walk but that’s better then stopping and spooking at everything. But the birds, that’s an other story – flying horse eaters are the worst type of horse eater.
It’s so nice to be out of the arena again ! Even if there is still tons of snow.
It is already mid-April and there is STILL snow on the ground. Not just a little bit – a lot. And just last week temps were down to -20*C…so it’s effing cold !
We aren’t seeing double-digit temperatures until pretty much the end of April.
Normally I don’t complain about the weather, but when my horse won’t come out of the barn because it is snowing AGAIN, we have a problem. That and we haven’t even had a break from winter since the beginning of December really. Usually the snow has left and it’s been warm and then we get snow after a couple of weeks of nice weather.
Not this year apparently.
Please Spring, could you show up?! I really want to get out of the arena!