The horses have been starting to go out on pasture - there isn't a lot out there yet but we're introducing them gradually. Today I took my camera when they went out from the dry lots to the pasture, expecting there'd be some fun, and there was.
The geldings (minus Scout, who's in a small paddock with some sort of problem with his right hind) have been having fun with the large puddle/small pondlet that's in their pasture. Yesterday Pie had clearly rolled in it on both sides, although fortunately he had dried before I tried to groom him - and even then I didn't manage to get him very clean. Today there wasn't any rolling, but there was a lot of splashing - that's Fred on the left, splashing up a storm, Fritz in the middle and Pie coming in from the right:
Now Fritz decided he needed to do some serious splashing, too:
Pie says it's time to get to the important business of eating grass:
The mares were grazing at the bottom of the slope. I walked back up the slope and called to them, and sure enough they came running, with Dawn in the lead - that's Misty on the left, Sugar in the middle and Dawn on the right:
Dawn leads the way:
I like how she's looking right at me as she approaches:
Heading on by:
Demonstrating all four off the ground:
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Yesterday when I rode Pie I tried out my Kieffer dressage saddle. This saddle is a really nice one - I've had it for years as it came with Noble (I got him in 1997), and it was probably worth more than I paid for Noble and the saddle together. It's still in perfect shape. I used to ride Noble in it and it also fit Lily well - it's fairly wide. Now that I have the Mattes pad, I have some adjustment options for my various horses. Yesterday I had the Mattes pad with two inserts in each of the front pockets and one in each of the back pockets. The saddle sat nicely on Pie and didn't rock at all. While I was out on the trail, he gave me some really nice moments of walk and trot where he was extending his stride and stretching out through the shoulder. Back in the arena we did some walk and trot work and also did a bit of cantering - he moved very well throughout. I think this saddle may work for him, and it's very comfortable for me - my posture is straighter and my legs are more relaxed. I think it will also work for Dawn, probably with three inserts in each front pocket - she's only slightly narrower than Pie and is also built a bit downhill, and it may be wide enough to work for Drifter without the Mattes pad or with perhaps only one insert in each pocket. If this works, I'll feel very lucky.
I need to be doing more consistent and focussed arena work with Pie, but he's so fun to ride on the trail it's hard to do that - we had another great ride yesterday.