Thursday, August 30, 2018

Rosie’s Walkabout

Just need the bridle and we're "Ready to Go"  ( I know it's a bad picture but she moved!)  

 This past week Rosie got to take a short walk around parts of the farm under saddle.  I had a feeling she hadn’t been out in the world at large much before I got her so it was time to test out my theory.  My guess is that she was kept in a stall and only let out for short times in a paddock or to work.  She’s gotten the whole, “Oh, I stay out all day now,” thing down pretty well and she’s adapted to being the only girl in the herd.  She still hangs near Blue most of the time but occasionally she can be seen with Grady or Sami.  Blue can be a grumpy old man and although older men should be wiser and safer sometimes he’s just a pain. Sorry Blue, but you are.

After she was mounted in the outside arena and thought she was going to work in there, she got a surprise and was walked out and down the driveway to the gravel road by the pond.  She wasn't too crazy about the pond because there is a beehive beside it and there are huge carp in there that can be seen swimming near the surface at times.  Even Grady spooks when the carp swim by.  So, for her first time out she wasn’t forced to stay anywhere she wasn't comfortable because she was a little nervous.  Next, she went on with her excellent adventure to explore the path around the outside of the indoor arena.  This went a little more smoothly in the absence of strange wildlife. She then was taken into the catch pen and into the next paddock to walk around in the shade under the trees.  She’s not only used to being in there everyday, but there was a nice breeze in the morning so it wasn't too hot yet, and it seemed like a nice way to end the ride.

What I like about Rosie is even though she gets worried or nervous, she doesn't have a big spook in her.  She doesn’t bolt or spin. The most she does is break into her little western jog.  It must be what she feels safest with and so she reverts to her comfort zone.  Which is totally manageable.  After this successful outing, Rosie will have lots more time out of the ring and little by little she will go farther afield as she gets used to being out by herself. 

Now, it would help if Sami would stop calling to her the whole time she’s away from him!

Quote for Today

The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Little Humor

Only In New York City!

Unfortunately, this poor guy must have parked his carriage illegally.  In his defense he did try to get out of the ticket by appealing to the police officer, telling him his brother was "on the job" as a crowd control horse with the police force. Apparently, the officer wasn't buying it and ticketed him anyway. Personally, I think he should be allowed into the court room and be able to state his case to the judge in person. 

Quote for Today
Give me food and drink; and care for me. And when the day's work is done, shelter me. Give me a clean bed and leave me not too small a place in the stable. Talk to me, for your voice often takes the place of reins.  Be good to me and I shall serve you more gladly and love you.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018