Saturday, February 24, 2018

Oh for the love of God, QUIT RAINING!!!!

It has rained on and off for weeks. More rainy days than dry. And nothing has dried out and we have yet to be able to move because we can't finish all our work on the property because it's so freaking wet. Like a damn swamp.

It's too wet for horses at either place. So we're at the old place where luckily I still have a eurosizer. They might be practically swimming in it, but at least it's not sticky mud that will suck shoes off and they're not ruining their grass.

My poor horses have only been turned out 1 day in 14. Legit. And the weather is so back and forth. The kind of weather we all call "colic weather". I've made sure to stay on top of their walking and diet to minimize the risk of it. 2 hours a day in the eurosizer. In the morning and before bed. Hay 3 or 4 times a day and less grain than they would get if they were getting turn out. They're extremely freaking bored, and Rascal is getting a bit rank but it is what it is.

My person has started building stalls in the new barn today. So maybe soon we'll be keeping them stall bound there instead of here which of course means handwalking or building a roundpen for limited, one at a time turn out. We were going to build run in sheds and leave them out but the paddocks are so wet there will be no driving anything with supplies across them.

My horses have shoes finally and are all sound (Curtis and Rascal blew abscesses and Twister was his typical tenderfooted self) but I can't even ride. Rain is one thing. 2 or 3 weeks of it is redic.

How is every one else dealing with this very wet February??

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Farm, Sweet Farm

It's been official since 2 days before Thanksgiving but not social media official. But it is now! We bought a new farm! We are moving closer to my person's business because this driving back and forth a million times a week is just not working anymore. It's 1 more acre than we are currently on and has a little pond (can't wait to swim with ponies in it!!!!) barn and house (not connected! whatever will I do!?). We had to completely put up fences and the barn is still a work in progress. It needs a new roof (doing that now) and we're adding a run in on to it.  Hopefully only another week or 2 and we will be able to move over there permanently.... that is if our gates come in....kinda need gates.... We can't sleep there until the horses can come too.

The tiny paddock around the barn will be perfect for all the
riding and schooling

future tree house tree?

basically fenced right up to the back door lol

and up to the front door....less mowing!

Any my daughter will be able to see horsies outside her bedroom window. How freaking awesome is that???!!!

We used guardrail fencing because all of our horses are assholes. Curtis is a damn beaver. Twister will crib boards right off the posts even with a cribbing collar on. Rascal is learning beaverism from Curtis....... Plus we will now be on a busy road so no one will be driving through these fences and no horses will be getting loose. Plus they look pretty cool. I can't wait to get the horses out there!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Curtis Won't Kill Me

So my person is worried that even in March, after 18 months off, that Curtis still won't make it at the track. I keep saying HE'S MINE if he doesn't race. Even 2-3ft jumps are not as taxing as racing. And if nothing else, I get my dressage horse! He's better suited for it than Twister who only does dressage to make me happy and would rather just jump all the things.

My person says that there is no way me, the gutless wonder (he didn't say that, but it's what I can be on a horse sometimes) can ride Curtis. At the track he is a handful and then some. He bucks and rears and drags riders around. I keep telling my person he's always had a year to let down! If he can't race I spend a month slowly bringing him back into work as a riding horse, teaching him he has a new job. I really don't think he'll be a psycho.....

It's been a long time since I restarted an OTTB, but I'm pretty sure I can do it again. He wants to give him to the neighbor as a pasture pet if he doesn't make it! But we need 3 horses! So why not keep the 3 we have?! He's such a pony right now (pony as in the pony horse, not a -14.2 horse because actual ponies are evil...). I can turn him in and out while pushing the stroller. He doesn't ever spook at anything, like tarps and and scary rolls of wire. I can do anything to him. If it wasn't so mushy outside I'd start lunging him a few days a week because he looks like a broodmare hahaha.

I'm not the gutsiest person on the back of a horse. But I do prefer to ride horses I've known for a while. And I was the first person on his back after all!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

All the Riding

I'd hardly ridden in 2-3 weeks. I hate how that keeps happening. But with it getting dark earlier and earlier, I can't always make it out after SJ's bed time in enough time to ride. Mom is here now though. We've already been tack shopping. I got some things I totally don't need but wanted and Mom was treating. SJ's gotten a ton of stuff too, including some things for Rascal for Christmas. Also, my person and I are looking for a not totally fugly 8-10" western saddle with full quarter horse bars for her for Christmas. If you know of one for sale............ fqhb on a kids saddle is so effin hard to find!

Part of my inability to get a ride in at the moment, is because we haz a new family member..... His name is Teddy and if we're friends on Facebook or Instagram, this is old news. We adopted him almost 2 weeks ago now. He's about 14 weeks now. A chocolate little man. My old chocolate man hasn't been doing well the last couple of days. He needs to go to the vet next week and me being an anthropomorphic hypochondriac, am terrified.

But back to riding things. Twister is like FUCK YEA RIDING and has been awesome. Mostly. He is all in racehorse mode and wants to go fast ALL THE TIME. I get on him and ask him to walk off and he's like TROT?! No. Stop that. You can march a long without running around. Quite possible. You can do it when it's food time.

We've popped over some jumps. We've done the trot poles. We've figure-8-ed and circles and done transitions. And for as little riding as I've done, I'm very happy with how Twister has just picked it right back up, out of shape and fat as he is, like we've been riding a few times a week.... not a few times a month lol. I was going to walk to the back paddock and jump him over my little xc jump a few times while I had Mom standing by ready to dial 911.... jk. Partly. But I went to open the far left gate and got stung by a wasp in my hand. At that point I was just done. So maybe tomorrow.........

not an easy workout but the best one in forever!!!

super beast

I got 2 new pads and a helmet that doesn't require all my hair stuffed in it to fit. But I'm not sure about it. Maybe I should have just gotten boring black so I don't look 12 lol

i suck at this whole selfie thing

looks ever better outside in good light

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Twister has moods

If you follow me on Instagram you've seen these photos. Thanks to it no longer being 857895* during thr day, I can get some riding done in the evenings.

Twister broke my camera so my media is terrible and limited. Like a phone video screenshot lol. Last time it was little Ranger who broke it and it cost over $100 to fix.

The day Twister killed my camera I had a little jump set up which we trotted and cantered  to. He was great. Kept a level head. We got our distances and he didn't over jump. I was so happy.

The next day I had trot poles down and going left he could not calm down because that's how we came into the jump. He fought me in the corners and wanted to cut and rushed into the poles. It took most of our ride to get him to go through to the left without being a shit. Going right he glided.

Deciding to be naughty...
Last night I had the poles set up still and worked on them. He was tough last night but not a total shit. He gets almost push button or he's a green rushing speeding racehorse. Most days it's only those 2 when he isn't worked daily. Last night he was tough but the kind of tough where every little adjustment I'd make changed how he went big time. If I sat up and tucked my tailbone under me and thought hard about my hands and legs he'd stop rushing and start stretching. Yea, this is common sense. But doesn't always work every time to get him to chill out. Sometimes he just wakes up a 3 year old racehorse on his way to the TC. Seriously, when is my fat 13 year old QUARTER HORSE  going to act like one??? After mucho cantering and trying hard to get a quality canter, not a fast one, he trotted out all long and low and amazing.

So I've been trying to decide what to do today. My body is so exhausted from our workouts. I'm still struggling with some post partum issues, 15 months later..... But if I don't push I will never get out of this funk. Maybe tonight we can try cantering ground poles? Maybe another jump? Maybe put less of a bit in and do the trot poles and circles and cantering again. We've been going in  the  3 ring because he got so tough and I don't have the core or leg to handle more than 10 mins of him dragging my ass around. I hate to compensate for my weak body like that but it is what it is and it's not like I'm yanking on his mouth.

2 more weeks until mom is here! Then my person and I are going trail riding and I can get mom to take media for me when I ride  hahaha.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Too Damn Hot!

I ride for like 3 days in a row. Next thing I know someone moved me closer to the equator. 97* and 75% humidity? Shoot me. Last night it was warm but still nice enough to ride after 7. FINALLY. 10 days of killer heat and I was dying to ride again. I'm hoping that even if it rains tonight it doesn't storm really bad so I can at least ride in my synthetic saddle....

 From last week... 10 days ago, whenever. Before the heat wave. I don't think I am ever going to ride in tan breeches again. And never in a stretchy tank top. I look pregnant! AND I AM NOT!!!!!!! We had a really good ride this day. Notice if you will, the 3-ring, because when you only ride now and then your horse turns into a charging bull.....

From yesterday.... We look like crap. Yesterday was more of a blow out ride, let him burn some energy. After we rode I did his feet. I need to work on everything about everything. I wish I had someone to yell at me while I rode. "SIT UP!" "PUT YOUR HEAD OVER YOUR SHOULDERS!" "DON'T LOOK AT THE DAMN HORSE!" "STOP LETTING YOUR LEG SLIDE UP HIS SHOULDER!" "TUCK YOUR TAIL BONE UNDER YOU!"

It stinks. Because I want my riding to improve. I don't want to never work on anything for the next few years and feel like a beginner when I get back to work. But it's hard to work on things when I'm not on a horse enough. And before I know it, my extended daylight is going to end and that could mean riding even less. 

PS. I miss you all!!!! I may not comment hardly ever at all lately but I try to get on and see how ya'll are doing now and then! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Boot Anger

Curtis has to go out in boots. Something to protect his tendon and ligaments from his large, over-reaching back feet, especially when he gets up from a roll. My barely used, practically new Woof boots had been sacrificed to the cause. But he killed them last night. So I tired Twister's sport boots on him. They are a little tall but should do in every other way. So now I have nothing to ride my pony in. And he's been such a nut job, freight train I hate to not ride him in anything and it's been a bit too wet for polos. Plus I'm lazy/have limited time that shouldn't be wasted with applying and rerolling. I wish Curtis had busted his boots 5 days ago when I ordered his flysheet and my nippers and rasp. Mothertrucker.

RIP Woofboots

sayonara, pretty purple Tough 1s.....