Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Good Pie Ride

It was beautiful today, 40sF with little wind.  I've been having a spot of back trouble - a long standing problem - but today I felt better so Pie and I got in a bit of a ride.  The snow is still melting, so there's a mixture of snow, ice and soupy stuff depending on where you look, so finding places to ride is a challenge.   Pie and I took a ride down the road towards the organic farm - there were lots of new things to look at, and listen to - someone was unloading a truck (invisibly) which involved lots of sliding plastic noises - and many farm objects he's never seen before, but he just walked along, stopping from time to time to look and sniff - good Pie!  We don't usually ride back there, and Pie left a manure pile right in front of the organic farmers' house in their driveway, so I briefly popped him in his stall while I went over and collected the manure.

Then I put his sidepull back on, mounted up again and we briefly walked into the arena - one end was icy and the other was soupy - he sank up to his fetlocks - so we beat a hasty retreat.  Then we waded through some snow and went up on the hill behind the barn - the grass was exposed but it was very wet and slippery so we just walked and did a refresher on our softening work.  Then for a change of pace, we rode into the dry lot where Fritz and Fred were eating at the round bale (Scout's still in a paddock because of the cut near his eye) and rode around in there for a bit, doing some circles and figures.  Fritz and Fred didn't care but I think Pie was a bit disappointed not to join them in their eating.  As we left the dry lot, Pie allowed me to swing open the gate while mounted and let him through - his lateral work is pretty good.

Then we walked down the paved road for a bit, greeting a few passers-by.  Good Pie!

I'm still working on setting up the vet check arrangements for Drifter - more complicated than I'd like but the seller is very cooperative and we'll get it worked out.

17 comments:

  1. Your man Pie never ceases to amaze! slipery slidies! Farm noises! Inaccessible round bales! Lateral work! Good Pie!

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  2. It's good that you were able to get out for a while today with Pie. Seems there's not much that really bothers this boy. Hope that all the arrangements for Drifter go well.

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  3. It sounds like it was a wonderful ride and a nice change from the weather a few weeks ago. Wish I could have gotten out - but we had gale force winds until late in the afternoon. Now that could have made for an interesting ride!

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  4. Sounds like Pie is ready for the ranch! That horse is amazing.

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  5. You and Pie make me smile every time.

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  6. Glad you're getting some warmer weather. It;s so great that Pie is getting all of these experiences. I can't wait to be able to ride outside again.

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  7. i've been reading on a few blogs that the weather over in america is getting warmer, must be such a relief!

    pie is such a sweetie, just standing and sniffing, especially when he's so young! sounds like a lovely ride :)

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  8. Not just good Pie, great Pie!!

    So hard to find safe places to ride when it starts to melt. Let's just hope things dry out soon.

    Good luck with Drifter.

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  9. Have you had a bad ride on Pie? He seems like such a solid citizen that I would be shocked to read he was "bad" in any way.

    Can't wait to read more about Drifter. I sure hope he comes to live with you.

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  10. What a good boy he is! Sounds like you two are really connecting--he obviously trusts you already. Good job!!

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  11. Kate, What a good ride, considering the various footings! I wish that I could open the gate from in the saddle- very impressive!

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  12. I'm glad that your back is feeling better and that you had a good ride. Sounds like fun. :)

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  13. Any kind of ride is a good ride--even a slow and easy one!
    Can't wait to hear/see/read more about Drifter!

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  14. I applaud you for going out with Pie before everything melts. I think he understands that he needs to take good care of you. We've got ice and more ice everywhere right now. Each time I open the stall doors to the corral, i say a little prayer that no horses slip. They are smart enough to figure out that they have to be careful but it still makes me nervous. Just as it started to melt, we've hit a cold streak again and the ice is back.

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