Friday, February 21, 2014

Finally - Ride Time

The weather has been...sucky! The ground has been...sucky! And the horses attitudes have been...sucky!

BUT! I actually made it to the barn last night to spend some much needed time with my girl! Luckily, she was already hanging out in her stall so I didn't have to walk through ankle deep "yuck" to get her! Yay! I pulled her blanket off and took a swipe with my brush...and then thought better of it and went and got the shedding blade!

Spring is coming people! Tia's lost enough hair last night to build an entire new Tia...and she still has more left to lose! Spring is coming!

Ahem..sorry about that..I got a little excited!

So, after brushing and tacking we made our way to the big barn. I lost my shoes three times in the mud. And it isnt even like the pastures are terrible. We have really nice pastures. We have just had 11 inches of snow sitting on them and then yesterday it was like 55 degrees! Sigh. I cant complain was WARM!

Anywho, so I took her into the indoor and lunged her while Gabs hopped on Mocha Man bareback. Does anyone remember the Flinstone cartoons where they would move their feet really fast but not really go anywhere? Yeah...that was what Tia looked like. In between looking like a cartoon, she looked, and sounded, like a freight train! Full speed ahead, damn anything in her way, freight train! Sigh.

I tried her new bridle on her...its to big. I need to punch more holes in it! She is this weird in between size of Cob and Horse...its kind of frustrating! Good thing I am friends with the Amish Tack Shop Owner!!! I love him!

So after a little more lunging, freight train remember?, I hopped on her and rode her in her halter and the reins. She was good as cold! Very calm. Very light. Seemed to enjoy not having a bit in her mouth!!! Which makes me happy! She is probably just going to be a trail horse, so a bit really isn't needed if she is controllable with just a simple sidepull. I have a really nice sidepull and a custom made bitless bridle that I will try on her next time!

Here is the link to the video of us last night. It isn't long at all. Just us walking around enjoying some time together. LINK

I hope everyone has a great weekend! We will be spending the weekend, yet again, moving my husbands parents. Pray for me! ;)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Off Course

Life has been....hectic. Yeah! That's the nice way to put it! I haven't had any time to get to the barn...and I wont until probably March! :( If it would ever stop dumping snow and rain and sleet on us I might be able to get down there! The barn owner doesn't plow the driveway and I have a non-snow liking vehicle! Luckily, I have two wonderful friends who can get over there and check on everyone!

In the meantime, we are working on moving my husbands parents into a new home. We started moving them this past weekend and will continue to work on it for the next 2 weekends I believe. This coming weekend we will be moving his parents and not just some of their stuff. There are numerous reasons why we can't do the move in just a weekend...but for my husbands sake, I will not list them. Use your imagination!

One the other hand, the snow has given me the opportunity to take some pretty cool pictures!

I got some good ones of my little girl playing in the snow the next day as well! But I will have to post them later! They are on my other computer!

I hope everyone is staying nice and warm out there! I am so ready for Spring!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

RHW Magazine is LIVE

Hi Everyone!

For those of you who don't know, Tia was featured is the Rescue Horses World Magazine's February Edition!

If you would like to read the article, you can go HERE for directions and enter the code ILoveHorses for your free magazine! As a side note, you do need to have ITunes to download the magazine!

In other news, it was 70 degrees here yesterday! I got to spend some much needed time at the barn with Miss Mare!

My good friend Gabbi had to have gallbladder surgery, so the first order of business when I got to the barn yesterday was to "torture" Mocha Man! I was pleasantly surprised when he decided to be a total western pleasure pony instead of speed racer yesterday! We had a really nice relaxed ride and then I put Gabs up on him just to walk and cool him out!

And then it was Tia's turn! When I first drove into the barn, I stopped at her field and stripped her of her blanket...the barn she is at does not remove or put on blankets. You have to do it yourself. So while I worked on Mocha, she got to bask in the sunshine for about an hour and a half. Then, we got to work!

She is moving soooo much better! She is still a little off on the right stifle, but I suspect that that is going to be the norm for her!

All in all, we had a great session and ended on a phenomenal note! I can not wait to start trail riding her when the weather warms up again! It is currently raining and 38 degrees....I am so ready for Spring!

I will leave you with two pictures! The first is Miss Mia, in all her glory! And, the second is a nice shot I got of Tia yesterday before I left the barn! I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!!