Sunday, February 6, 2011

Around and Around, and Sleeping Beauties

Pie and I finally got in a ride today, our first in 11 days.  From the weather forecast, it doesn't look as though much riding will be going on until next weekend.  I was determined to ride today since it was about 30F and the wind wasn't blowing.  Because of the deep snow - one of our boarders went for  a short trail ride and said some of the drifts were up to her horse's belly - the only place we had to ride was in a circle on the plowed path around the barn.  We did a brief mounting refresher - the mounting blocks are buried so I used an overturned muck bucket - since Pie was somewhat antsy.  But he quickly remembered how to stand still on a loose rein.

Then we walked around for about 20 minutes - the footing was pretty iffy so no trotting - and did some walk/halt/walk transitions, with some backing and circles thrown in for good measure.  Pie was very good and very responsive.  It wasn't much of a ride, but I'll take what I can get this time of year.

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Here are a couple of sweet pictures of Norman (on the left in the first photo) and Maisie (on the right in the second photo) napping down at Paradigm Farms - thanks, Melissa!


15 comments:

  1. Glad you got a ride in. It's really windy and cold here so we wouldn't ride even if I could. Nice pictures too.

    Dan

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  2. Thanks for commenting on Chrome's video. Whatever I'm seeing I also thought was on the left side. The left is also his club foot so I didn't know if it had anything to do with the tendons or something. After his trim last month he was moving better and now he's due and it seems to be coming back . . . I don't know if it's because the weather got bad or if it's because of the hoof. Or like you said it could be his growth again because he has been looking gawky. I'm beginning to wonder if he'll walk weird until he's full grown lol. I'm still considering having a chiropractor look at him though since this is twice now that he seems to be showing soreness in the back or hips. Thanks again for commenting and sorry the video wasn't great. My husband doesn't really know how to do it. I wish he could lead him but he can't walk fast enough with his back hurt. I'll keep you updated when the farrier sees him. Thanks!

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  3. Good boy Pie :)
    Maisie looks really happy :)

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  4. Lovely photos but the winner for me is your current main picture!! Love it :)

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  5. Grass!!! What is that strange stuff?

    Those horses are lucky being down there enjoying the sunshine and ground.

    Good for Pie. I tried to lunge Chance a little today, but the snow was just too much. He's not fit enough to take him out to plow through drifts, so I just gave up. At least you had a little place to ride Pie so you could once again confirm what a good Pie he is!!

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  6. I love when they nap in groups like that.

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  7. A ride is a ride. Good for you for doing it.

    The kids look happy and warm in their pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. You keep inspiring me posting about all of your great rides on Pie. I've actually had brief rides on my girls a couple of times in the past week. I'm trying my best to squeeze the time in to ride, especially on the days where we've had really pleasant weather. (I will admit I am unable to think of 30F as a break or pleasant!).

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  9. Glad you got to ride , Love the new header pic

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  10. WOW! Love that header picture!!! breathtaking!

    Great ride =)

    ~Jeni

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  11. Wow, the difference between your header photo and the Paradigm photos is shocking. What a difference a few hundred miles make!

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  12. You're right--you have to do what you can this time of year. I tried to ride yesterday but the wind was terrible, so all I did was try her new saddle blanket out and that's it. Hopefully we'll have a spell of decent weather for a while after this next system moves through.

    Everyone looks so happy and comfy at the retirement farm! :)

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  13. Our temps here are OK, but the ice has made riding next to impossible! More ring work for us! (I remember last year we were riding in the woods through the snow all season long) These are good days for practicing the simple things. Good news that Pie stood still for mounting. Is he still when you mount bareback?

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  14. I understand taking what you can get in for a ride this time of year. That's about the same thing I'm doing here. Mother Nature can sure reek havoc with the footing and there's no sense in putting the horse at risk but it sure does get old.

    The new pic in your header is very impressive. The explosion of the snow amplifies the visibility of the power of the horse, I think. Very cool!

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  15. At least you rode! That is amazing given all your snow. I am glad Pie accepted the upside-down bucket trick.

    Norman and Maisie are adorable!

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