The Move.

Well we made the move…almost two months ago now LOL. What can I say, life has been busy and I just have not had any time to blog.

First of all, Luna self-loaded. So gold star for her there.

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She sort of made friends

Secondly – everything else went equally as well ! She did NOT want to share Twiggy with the rest of the mares in the pasture, but they seem to have made some friends finally ! Thank god, because my horse doesn’t make friends easily. Lol.

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theres even room for puppy parking lol

I really miss my tack house locker that I was able to have at the old barn. It fit so much stuff. Like all of my stuff, and there is a lot of  it! I could even fit all of my blankets in it easily ! Current locker is a good size for being a barn locker, but I don’t have any shelves or anything in it and it is hard to get everything in there without piling stuff on top of other stuff.

Luna isn’t the only one that is on the move either…

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R and I are selling our house ! We’ve had a couple of viewing so far that haven’t gone anywhere but at this point it has only been on the market for a week so hopefully we get something soon ! Wish us luck !

 

 

 

 

Vet day.

Well today is the day we start trying to figure out what’s up with Luna. We’ve spent most of the last week and a half not doing much of anything. I had a quick ride on her a couple of days after her bodyworker came out. Lunged her once, long lined her once and went for a hand walk the other day.

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just a random lexie picture

She seems happy to be doing nothing right now. She is definitely happier to see me. I get nickers most of the days I have been out instead of mare glare. That makes me feel worse knowing that I was probably making her that grumpy. Hindsight is 20/20 though I suppose.

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I started her on Recovery this week too and man, I have NEVER seen her dive into grain like she has since I started feeding her the Recovery. No joke. She has never been motivated or super interested in grain. Most of the time she won’t even eat it. But with this stuff she just can’t get enough. I am all about them eating what their body needs. Guess she just hasn’t “needed” other things I have fed her in the past. Whether that was the BOSS, or the probio’s etc – guess her body just didn’t need it.

And you are welcome for this rambling, stream of consciousness blog post….that I ran out of time on and wanted to post anyways. Oops !

 

 

Bad Rides + Hectic Days

Life has been a little extra insane lately. I haven’t sat down for nearly three weeks now to write any sort of anything. It is all work/pony/clean the house and repeat. And then Husband had to throw in needing to have emergency surgery a week and a half ago. Way to go husband.

how I felt the night he was in the hospital 

But don’t worry. He is fine. He’s just appendix free now. Emergency human problems are mostly less stressful than emergency pony problems. But only mostly. /knocksonwood

It has also been extremely frigid here. As in my horse has had to wear 4 blankets, for several days in a row to keep warm. Which meant no riding. Or very little riding. I also haven’t had a lesson in a month – or more – and have been having some absolutely terrible rides.

luna’s face after the second blanket goes on

Such bad rides that I didn’t even want to go out and ride. A certain mare also seems to be in heat right now too. I am really hoping that this is not how we start a heat cycle EVERY time now….I might rescind my comments on how I much prefer mares to geldings. Even the red mare was not this terrible !

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you can see that she clearly has tooooo many blankets on

 

I think we are finally past all of this nasty cold stuff and terrible rides…one can only hope. I have had two good rides in a row now, with one more ride before my lesson on Friday. Let’s hope we can keep the good rides going, and if we do have an other bad one it is at least on the lesson day.

The one good only good thing I can remember from the last couple of weeks is that we finally bit the bullet and got some new couches ! Of course they were the day Husband needed to go to the hospital. He at least got to have a full week of “resting” on them before heading back to work.

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like he actually rested 🤷‍♀️ 

For now, I am going to sit here and type out some more words at my computer desk that I  have never actually been able to use till now, and enjoy the quiet. Because my husband is on night shifts. LOL.

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this desk is older than my. grandpa made it!

 

Am I the only one…

That doesn’t like reading online horse-related articles? I just cannot sit there, and read them !

me trying to read articles

Lots of them are in tiny little writing, with too many ads or other gobbly-gook on the sides that it is just so distracting trying to read them. There are rarely enough pictures pertaining to the actual topic that I am reading about. It is either more ad’s or something un-interesting.

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boop

I am also more of a “do-er” then a “reader”. The only article I have read (that I can remember) that I have learned something from, and has been useful to me was the article on Practical Horseman by Laura Graves on creating a self going horse.

Did it take me all day at work to read it? Yes.

Did I enjoy reading it?  Yes.

Why? Because it was interesting. It was written in the way I learn AND there were lots of pictures! Plus I quite like Laura Graves’ way of doing things. It wasn’t overly complicated talking about having the “feeling” that so many articles talk about – but how do you understand that when you aren’t on the horse?

how i prefer to read

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading. But the format I see on a lot of websites makes it hard for me to read. I would much rather have a book/magzine in front of me.

So please tell me that I am not actually the only person that is like this….please?

 

Bloghop : Favorites of 2018

I first saw this over on Amanda’s Blog yesterday and I just could not, not join in on this. Because blog posts with pictures are so much more “my thing” then actually typing out a bunch of words. Don’t get me wrong, I will probably do a full recap, but this is too fun!


Favorite show picture

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Well I haven’t shown at all in probably two years. But this is one when we were at least away from home! When we actually remembered how to load…

Favorite non-show picture

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Favorite thing you bought 

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Obviously my saddle!

Favorite moment on horseback

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This was from (I think) our first ride out at Blackfoot this year. She was stellar. I don’t think I’ve ever fast cantered – because we don’t have much of a gallop lol – for so long. Good company and ponies keeps my happy

Favorite moment out of the saddle

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Not horse related at all. Best week, with the best husband.

Favorite “between the ears” picture

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From one of our many trail rides out at Blackfoot this summer. Wish we had been able to get out more!

Favorite horse book or article

Laura Graves: How to Create a Self-Going Horse

I actually just read this this week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. No forward but all the crazy has been Luna’s thing the last week and the day I read this article I had the BEST ride.

Favorite horse ridden (or groomed/cared for) aside from your own

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Quinn ! She may have been the only other horse I think I’ve been on but she was SO MUCH FUN!

Favorite funny picture of your horse

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This was from the same lesson as the gif from below….mare’s, they are opinionated !

Favorite fence that you successfully jumped or movement that you conquered

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By far it was finally getting some clean changes. I suppose we at least ended on a good note before she was off for 5 weeks for finally accomplishing this?

Favorite horse meme or funny picture

 

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I hope you have enjoyed the picture recap and do this yourselves! And no skipping !

Million pounds.

That’s what it’s been like to ride my horse lately.

Yeah, she’s coming back, I get that, it is just sort of disappointing as she was going soooo well. I know it will take the time to come back to where she was. But I did enough rehab with Calika, that this time around I am feeling super rushed to get her back to work.

I just want to do all of the things again!

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we can at least look the part

I figured that I would try her in the Pelham on Sunday’s ride to see if she needed a bit of a reminder about what life was about now that we are doing things again and not on vacation. It didn’t work as I had hope.

We’ve only cantered 2, maybe 3 times in the last …. what, 2 weeks? I can’t even remember how long she has been back under saddle already. But I have been taking it really slow. Lot’s of transitions, circles, bending etc. But my god, the weight in my hands is a killer. And in the canter she feels like a wild banshee taking me for a ride. The Pelham did help with that a wee bit on Sunday’s ride. As in there was some steering and not as much exuberance.

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being pretty is her thing

I’ve also been feeling like I no long know how to ride. I put my left leg on and somehow I am out to the right with my upper body. She has a mini spook and I swear I am falling off backwards at a freaking walk. We get fancy prancy because the poles and standards at the far end of the arena are going to eat us and I just…do weird things.

None of this is helping the million pounds in my hands. I feel like I am kind of doing an okay-ish job of staying out of her way when we are moving around but I know that she is a mirror of me. I am also not scheduled to start lessons until January so I am on my own.

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think we are both doing this

In the meantime, while I try to remember how to ride my horse, I am going to go grab some cookies and contemplate getting in riding shape again.

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omnomnom

Ps – In the above picture….if you look really hard at that plastic bag, you can see the weights I bought this weekend to help with my exercise program that I am supposed to be doing….wishful thinking on my behalf? lololol.

Brain Block

Do you ever just have nothing to write about?

Like nothing at all?

my brain 

This is one of those posts. 

I am just so stuck on something to blog about. It’s like I have all of these idea’s, but I just CANNOT sit down and type it all out. If you talked to me in person, I do not have this problem one bit. I will talk allllll day along about everything. But writing ? Nope, just cannot seem to do it. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t actually have to happen RIGHT NOW?

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Sure, this week I will have at least two posts out, maybe three, but that is really only because I got this fancy new laptop and I love it and I just want to use it. Using it only for Facebook seems like such a waste. So here I am, on a Saturday night, typing this out. 

Sure, I want to write about big, important things – but to sit down and do it? Nah, would rather go ride my horse. Or eat some food. Maybe I should blog about food? I like food. A lot. 

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You know what I like more though? My horse. 

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So where do the rest of you in blog land get your inspiration from? What kinds of things do you enjoy reading about? Because we all enjoy reading different things ! And no harm in that!

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For now, I am going to go have a glass of wine and go to bed early like the 90 year old woman I secretly am !

Ps – I realize that this post is much like my post on Monday…..my bad. But I am leaving it scheduled because I at least took the time to write it all out. LOL