Thursday, June 30, 2011
I think it’s hilarious actually. A lot of people are scared of riding Thoroughbreds. They have the reputation of being hot, taking off at high rates of speeds and being difficult to ride. Then there is Pine Bend. He is only hot when the weather is hot out and that is temperature wise, not temperament wise. The only time I’ve seen him take off at a high rate of speed was when he was being particularly full of himself one spring and started walking off as I mounted and his foot got trapped in the mounting stool which scared the crap out of him. He took off at a gallop which lasted about 2 strides then he halted, at “X”. It was the first and last time he has ever walked off as I mounted. How he made it as a race horse for 4 years…I will never know. I will, however, be the first to admit he is difficult to ride. The first time I rode him was amazing and easy. The second time I rode him I was in tears because he wouldn’t move. It was then that I was introduced to riding with a dressage whip. I’ve since learned how to push his buttons and get him moving. Maybe he is just a one person horse. He was being used for lessons by beginners but it was when he was being ridden or worked 6 days a week. Little kids ride him but its only when I’m leading him, or he is following me. But Piney not moving is the kind of difficult thoroughbred I’d like to own. I’d rather have one that stands still than one that can’t stand still!!
We are headed up north to see the Coneman on Friday afternoon. Well actually we are headed up north to spend the long weekend with hubby’s family. But seeing Piney is an added bonus! I’m excited to get some riding in. Hopefully I can get on that lazy horse of mine and get him moving. Hubby’s little 4 year old cousin also has a new helmet and is excited for some more "riding lessons" from me.
Since the house buying trama we have started looking at other properties a bit more seriously. One came on the market this last week and we went and checked out the property a little bit. It is 2 miles from my old barn! I’d driven past the place hundreds of times and was always curious about it. it’s got a real long tree lined driveway but the property is pretty wooded. We’d have to do a lot of clearing to get some pastures/paddocks put up. My main concern is the overland flooding that occours in the area every year. If memory serves me correct the entire property is usually underwater in the spring. But then again I could be wrong. The house looks like it is built up a bit. Who knows we will probably look at it a bit closer in the near future. It would be great location for piney because if the girls from the barn were headed to a show we could just hop on in with them and catch a ride! Plus if I had any concerns about any bumps or scrapes my monster go I could call the owner of the barn/my riding instructor and have her stop out and check for me before I freaked out and called the vet.
The other property we have been looking at is still not on the market but expected to be listed next week. We drove out there and they have majorly cleaned it up. All the garbage has been hauled out of there and the house cleaned up a bit. I think the property is adorable. And I think that the house could be really cute with some TLC and some money. But hubby doesn’t think that the house is worth saving. We will just have to wait and see. But it doesn’t look like the horses are coming home any time in the near future. Sad. But absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in time we will have our little homestead set up!
Friday, June 24, 2011
I stumbled upon an amazing little website today called OTTB Designs. They sell saddle pads with an adorable little OTTB design on it.
Their motto is:
$5 from the sale of each pad is donated to which ever thoroughbred charity you choose. How great is that??
|I'll take one in each color please!|
|I might die if I don't get one of these...lol|
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this design!!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Pooper, as she is affectionately called, is a 4 year old parti colored American cocker spaniel. She is smaller than breed standards but I think she is perfect sized! Her markings are absolutely fabulous and was exactly what I was looking for when I got her. One of my favorite things about her is her “eyebrows”. I also love how she has this dopey little run. When she runs she has her mouth open, head down low and her ears flopping. It is adorable. My brother once compared her to a shark. Sharks have to keep swimming or they will die, Pooper needs to wag her tail or she will die. It is constantly moving. The darling dog does have a “licker” problem. She can’t control it. If you hold her away from you she will lick the air around your face. And if she can she will lick any exposed skin you may have. She is a very happy dog and looking at her you can’t help but laugh.
Pooper was originally named “Piper” but that name just wouldn’t stick. I couldn’t call her that she was in fact a little pooper! I once called a new groomer to get an appointment for her and I said her name the groomer asked “is that with a ‘C’ or a ‘K’?” When I said P she burst out laughing and told me that it made her day to have a dog named Pooper coming in. I’d be lying if I said she was a good puppy. She was as my mom called her “the dog from hell”. She ate shoes, and cords, and furniture, and fingers, and hair, and pillows. Once I caught her with a $20 bill in her mouth. I have no idea where she got it, or how, but when I went to retrieve it she bit me. I’d let her sleep in bed with me (awful I know) but I had to hide my head under the covers until she fell asleep or she would chew my hair and lick my face off.
|"Oh Hello there!"|
|"I'm wagging my tail!"|
She’s gotten better as she got older though! I was nervous for a while! When hubby is away I let the dogs sleep in bed with me. Pooper has to sleep touching me. she also likes to sleep up on the pillows. Usually when I wake up I have a “Pooper” hat and she is curled around my head with her chin on my forehead. Pooper is Tuckers best friend. They play all the time. It’s good for him to get some of that terror energy out and it’s good for Pooper to have someone to play with. AND is great for Diesel to be left alone. (He doesn’t like dogs). I think Pooper is a great dog, I think all my dogs are great. I know everyone may not think they are great but I do. Pooper needs her person to reassure her that everything will be ok. She can get a bit nervous, and whiney sometimes but that’s one of the things I love about her.
|A 3 week old Pooper (picture from her breeders)|
|"Exploring the farm is fun!"|
|"Me and my funny looking brother, are going to the lakes!"|
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|Hi! I'm Diesel! But my mom calls me "Punx" or "D-Bear" or "Baby Bear"|
|I love all seasons! especially winter!|
Diesel is a five year old American Cocker Spaniel. I just think Cockers are the cutest dogs ever! When they look up at you with their big brown eyes you want to give them all the milk bones you have as well as all the steaks and meat in the fridge. They are fun little dogs too. They aren’t too big and they aren’t too small where you feel like you are going to crush them if you play a little rough. Being the smallest of the hunting breed they are dogs that LOVE being out in the great wide open. He really comes alive when he’s allowed to stretch his legs and hunt down some new smells. Once when we lived on the farm he tracked down half of a rabbit carcuss and was very dissapointed that I wouldn't let him in the house with it. I'd also find him daily sitting under a telephone wire barking at a bird perched on it.
Diesel is the only dog I have ever met that cannot swim. It’s not that he doesn’t like to swim or hates water…he just cannot swim. We’ve rescued him numerous times when he’s gotten too deep and risked drowning which is tough to do because you are laughing so hard at his pathetic attempt at swimming. When my mom was watching him one weekend last summer, she had to go up to her neck fully clothed because Diesel decided to go for a 7 am swim. We have to keep an eye on him because he just loves to be in the water. We bought him a life jacket so that he can swim and not risk drowning.
|"I can't swim, but I sure love the water!"|
|"Listen here YOU!"|
|Baby Turbo Diesel Dually|
|Me and my best boy Diesel|
|"I'm happiest on a farm, where I can play all day!"|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
|"Tucker! Just let me take your picture!"|
|"Tucker! No sleeping on the couch at Grandma's!"|
|This is sort of what Tucker looked like after he got zapped, but he had a more worried look in his eye|
He may be a handful, and he may be awful at times but I do love the little fella. He does have a big heart in that little body of his and can be awfuly cute most of the times. Tucker Pants is just trying to be a good boy.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I am still super happy that the weekend turned out the way it did. Friday was just a bad day and the more I think about it, I got overly emotional. Hubby brought up a good point that maybe Piney thought when I dropped him off a few months ago he thought I was leaving him and never coming back for him. After I re bonded with him on Saturday he was back to his old clingy self, following me around the pasture, and watching my every move. He may have been going through a bit of a depression since I left him. Kind of makes sense really. There were just alot of factors into Friday being a bad day.
|At first this was as close as he'd let me...and this was with my big zoom lens|
|Back to the cold shoulder or butt...|
|This was mostly the view I caught of him all weekend.|
|Rare picture of Tucker-pants standing still. He's build like a halter quarter horse!|
|"HI MOM! I thought you'd NEVER come back!"|
|a little bit country a little bit english. I love my blingy |
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Okay yesterday was totally redeemed today. The boys brought the horses up to the barn. I was nervous but told myself it would be ok. Piney was a bit nervous, but it was because I was.
He was a hag and covered in mud and bird poop. So I brushed as much as I could and tacked him up. He is taller than I remembered and I had trouble hopping up. But I made it. Once I was up there I remembered that he was the same horse he always was. He was awesome! It was his first long ride in a long time. We went through tall grass, water and battled mosquitos. We mostly stayed on the road though and stayed in the back of the group. He was great.
We rode for about 45 minutes, then came back and had lunch.
I put piney in the little pen beside the barn and After lunch and a little rest I came back and rode him bareback around the pen he was in. Then Hubby's four year old cousin came up and I helped her feed him treats. She started out behind the fence. Then she got braver and came inside the fence. We then convinced her to get up on Piney bareback. Hubby went to the barn and came back with a little pony saddle that actually we got to fit coneman. We then lead her around and she loved it. I think everyone was very impressed with how great he was with her. He is a good boy.
After awhile longer we tacked up and went for another little ride. He went well for a bit, but then decided he was done. I was done too so we called it a day.
I'm really glad that today went as well as it did. He is a good boy and I need to remember that. Yesterday was just an all around bad day. When I get to a computer i'll post some pictures and a less cell phoney entry. I'm glad today went the way it did
Well yesterday didn't go as planned. I went out to see my boy and...he wouldn't come near me. I tried to approach him and he kept moving away from me. I couldn't even touch him. Hubby thinks that it was a lot of things. The fact it was raining. The fact that he brought our Boston terrier with us. And the "boss" horse kept trying to kill our Boston to protect his herd. So all in all it was a bad day. I started crying on the walk home. I have no idea what riding today is going to be like, if we can even bring them up from pasture. It's pretty muddy.Urgh looks like its back to square one :-(
Friday, June 17, 2011
This weekend will be a test for both him and I. We do not have the option of riding in an arena so it’s going to be all riding out in the open. I’m bringing my western saddle but part of me wants to bring my dressage saddle with my full seated breaches since they tend to work together as a glue and lock me in my saddle. I am just so darn excited! I can barely even think straight! I am going to bring my lunge line with just in case someone decided that he’s a wild horse now that he’s been living the good life of leisure. I hope he’s still the same sweet pony that I remember. When I first got him he was living as a wild man and he was the calmest horse I’d ever seen. Fingers crossed he’s still the same.
I hope everything goes well this weekend. Ever since Piney smashed me into the trailer last spring. (Totally a freak accident that was the result of many wrong place wrong time events!) Hubby hasn’t really trusted him. He thinks that Piney is a brainless and crazy monster. I really hope that we can show him that he is the same sweet boy that he’s always been. Piney and I really have come a long way in our partnership. I know he’s a good boy and that he is a very smart boy. He’s had a different life than ALL of the horses he’s been around since he’s moved here. So I am able to forgive him if he slips sometimes. I understand that sometimes he can get excited and nervous in new places, he was after all, a race horse. I understand that the concept of trail riding is going to be completely foreign to him. But its going to be part of his new life and I just know he’s going to adapt nicely, as he’s adapted to just about everything else I’ve introduced to him. To be honest I’m glad that he spent a few years on the track because he’s been around big scary tractors, and loud noises and they don’t seem to scare him. If he does “spook” it’s mostly a quick dance in place with a loud snort or a full body shudder, a snort then he continues on with his life. We were riding outside last year right next to a combine and grain truck harvesting a field about 100 feet away. He didn’t even notice or care about it. But this weekend will definitely be a test for the both of us. I need to remember to breath, and relax. I know this horse better than anyone. Hopefully I can get someone to snap some pictures of us. I don’t have many pictures of me riding. I’m always the one behind the camera!
But that is all for now. I will try to post pictures from my phone this weekend. But cell phone coverage is iffy up at the farm. Full updates when I get back though!
|I can not WAIT to kiss this nose!!|
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Last night after work, hubby and I drove around and looked at some of the flood houses that are for sale. I think currently, there are 5 that we know of that are loaded up and ready to be moved. They are strored a few different places. I had talked to the owner of the building moving company who bought the houses and is selling them. When I was talking to him they were just setting down a house at its temporary location. So that was the first one we went out to look at. I didn’t go in there but I peeked in and it had a BEAUTIFUL updated kitchen! And it smelled new so it was probably recently updated before it was bought out.
|House up on blocks on old sugarbeet piling sight.|
|LOVED this oven. It was the |
centerpeice of the whole kitchen!
|This house was adorable. Absolutely adorable!|
|Is this our new home???|
|ANOTHER amazing oven!!!|
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
But the chance to buy a home and have it moved onto a property is probably an opportunity we will not be faced with again. This is our chance to get the place we want and have it set up the way we want it!
As for the horses, well the pastures as they sit are a lot smaller than the other house. There are a lot of trees that will need to be cleared in order for the pastures to expand. But the entire property is surrounded by trees which I love. There is even a cute little red barn on the property! It has a lean to addition that has 4 huge stalls in it, as well as a hydrant for water. There are two stalls on each side with the hydrant in the middle. The previous owners opened up the stalls and doors and just let the horses come and go as they pleased, but there was a new 100 gallon water tank in one of the stalls. They also had big box fans hanging up in the corners as well as fly traps. We weren’t able to get into the little red barn part as it was locked up but it looked like it had a hay loft up top and a tack/storage room down below. The front of the pasture was a wooden fence that with some paint could really look nice! The rest of the fence is electric wire (there was a 5 mile charger in the barn. A lot of it is down but I think it’s all there. There isn’t any room the way it is set up now for an outdoor riding arena but there is a wooden round pen that is right near the barn. It is better than nothing I suppose!
I really think that this place could be fantastic once it receives some major landscaping and a new house. I love that it’s got a really long driveway and it’s not on a busy highway like the other one is. That makes me feel more comfortable with the dogs being outside and me not having to worry about them playing on the highway. They are going to have to learn about horses though…Diesel nearly lost his life when he was just a baby because he was chasing Yellow. Idiot!
But I am hoping that this ends up working. I want my horse home already! AND I want to start moving before the snow flies again! I don’t like moving when it’s freezing outside!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
|"Retirement is great! I NEVER have to run!"|
Monday, June 6, 2011
|Western saddle Pad - $1|
|Two Nylon tie downs -$1 each|
|Western headstall with crosses - $10|
|Western headstall, bit and reins - $2|
|surcingle - $1 |
|Draw reins - $1|
|english breastcollar - $1|