Monday, March 7, 2011

A Heron Flies Up

Today was about like yesterday - 30sF with some wind so the wind chills were in the 20s.  But it felt pretty good to us, so it was a good day for a ride.  Pie and I went out with Charisma for about an hour, after doing a lot of walk/trot work behind the barn while waiting for Charisma to be ready - at a point later on in our ride we met up with Sugar who had gone out before and she joined us.  We stayed on trails that were mostly ice-free - there were a couple of spots where we had to detour into the street to avoid icy patches.

At one point, we were coming around past a wooded area and then past a wetland - a Great Blue Heron flew up right in front of us.  All the horses were startled, but no one spun or bolted and all riders stayed on. All the horses calmed right down afterwards.

It was a really nice ride, enjoyed by all.  As soon as the arena dries out a bit, Dawn and I will be back to work - she's been looking like she's interested in working again after her winter off.  And I may trailer the two horses I'm taking to the Mark Rashid clinic in May to our dentist, who lives about 40 minutes away, to get them done in late April (he's not planning to come to our barn until June) - now, is it Pie and Dawn, or Pie and Drifter . . .?

14 comments:

  1. Oh tough choice! I checked to see if Mark was coming anywhere near me this year, and I couldn't find anything.

    I would love to get Rosie into one of his clinics. This evening I got her to turn her head and take one step away from me after she physically pushed into me while I was coming into her stall. It took A LOT of SUPER HUGE BIG SCAREY ME with another halter and lead rope in my hands up in her face growling loudly, but she did turn her head away from me and move one whole step away. As soon as she did I stopped the pressure and stood at the partially open stall door for a count of 10 before approaching her again. She stayed out of my space after that.

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  2. Oooh, that's right, Drifter is on the horizon.

    Glad your trails are improving. That's going to make things a lot nicer for riding, as will a thawed and snow free arena.

    Mine was in great shape until it rained. Now "Lake Follywood" is back. I need to get out there and drag it.

    Happy to hear all riders sat out the heron "attack." Big birds like that can be pretty startling.

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  3. Sounds like quite a startling event for a horse! Glad no one was too upset by it and it all turned out well.
    I'm looking forward to hearing more about Drifter.

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  4. Hi Kate, we once came across a marabou stalk during an endurance ride and we were all just praying that it wouldn't fly off, those things are huge and we had a time getting the horses passing it!

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  5. Thats awesome that you are taking two horses to the clinic! I vote Pie and Drifter!!!!!

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  6. I can't believe you've got herons up there already. Isn't it still pretty cold and snowy? Them are some hardy birds.

    I've got my fingers crossed for Drifter too!

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  7. Did the heron make that awful squawk when it flew up?! You're getting excited for Drifter coming :)

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  8. Ozzy and I were coming down a bank once and a heron came out of the brush. It came up literally under his nose. If he could have stopped in mid air, I think he would have. I'm not sure who it startled more... me or him.

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  9. I am so glad you have been able to get out and do a real trail ride! I'll bet it feels great, even if huge blue herons are flying into the mix. Must have been a great training opportunity, giving Pie a chance to trust you. The Mark Rashid clinic is going to be great. I've read a few of his books. Honestly, it is hard not to like the guy.

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  10. Sounds like a nice ride. Glad to hear that the horses handled that heron well--something like that would even startle me! I look forward to reading about Dawn getting back to work, if that's what you decide to do. She's such a pretty girl :)

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  11. Birds can sure be startling when they suddenly take flight. Misty has been spooked by pigeons and ducks doing that. I can't imagine a heron. Glad your horses and riders handled it well.

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  12. We have a blue heron that lives at the pond. Such an impressive sight when he takes flight - I'm impressed that the horses handled it so well!

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  13. Sounds like a wonderful ride with everyone. Nice that no one spooked either.
    I bet you're getting excited about getting Drifter and attending the Mark Rashid clinic.

    ~Lisa

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  14. Those Great Blue Heron look like dinosaurs to us - I can't imagine what the horses think. Glad you all stayed on.

    That made me laugh when you said that Charisma's owner is slow to get ready -(in the next post). My mom was so slow to get Sovey ready that I had to do it or Pie would melt before we even started out. Now, I do it every time for her and we laugh about how spoiled she is. I am not fast - she is just unbearably slow!

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