Monday, June 1, 2020

Mare Crush Monday

Over the weekend, my old barn had a photoshoot (which is about as close as any of us are getting to a horse show these days). Normally I'm the one *taking* the photos, so the barn manager made sure to extend the invitation to me to be in front of the camera this time, instead of behind it. I was really excited about the prospect of getting some good photos of myself and the girls, since I have so few! I had an afternoon slot on Saturday, which was perfect. Friday night I prepped my tack and gathered all my bathing supplies (I own a LOT, haha), then Saturday morning DH helped me get the horses clipped and scrubbed up. After having to hold them both I think he is now on board with my desire for a dedicated permanent wash rack ;) The photos below are just straight off the camera, no editing. Photos by Tara Borgmeyer <3 Might need to clean some of these up a little more for canvases in the tack shed!
Ruby was the consummate professional, although a little sleepy... haha. 
Climbing up on her without a mane to grab on was a little dicey, but she was a good sport!
This mare <3
Cinna was a DRAGON when she got off the trailer, but she settled in eventually. 
I was a little worried about getting photos with both of them (since they lowkey hate each other) but it worked out shockingly well!
Even though Ruby was too exhausted to keep her eyes open. 
DH even jumped in for a photo or two!
In their Spanish halters. 
Ruby's dapples *swoon*
She was such a good sport about all the tack changes. And even hanging out without tack. 
Are you getting my good side? Just kidding they're all good sides!
Getting a little over me and all my bridles at this point haha. 
Such a good egg. 
Love her <3 <3 <3

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

MDW 2020

Last week I really made an effort to get back into a regular routine with the horses (why is this always the story of my life?). I'm still trying to figure out my timing with the WFH thing... like I may broach working later hours so I can return to riding in the morning, like my summer hours from a few years ago -- except with no commute... WINNING! Wednesday I rode Ruby, and shared the photos last Thursday -- I didn't write about the ride, but it was pretty damn great! Thursday night the farrier was scheduled to come out, so I didn't ride.
Farrier day!
Friday I was really stoked to ride Cinna, and she was pretty chill when I caught her and brought her out... and then things devolved quickly from there. Jack and Cinna got even more herdbound as a result of me basically letting the horses be feral for a year while we finished the house. So now when I take her out of the pasture, despite the fact that he can still SEE HER, and the other horses, he runs himself into a tizzy. That's how he ended up with the only colic episode I've ever had to deal with in my 14+ years of multi-horse ownership (knock on wood), so to keep the peace, normally I just toss him out with Trigger and Ruby so there's less screaming and idiotic behavior. This time, I made the tactical mistake of pulling her out and cross-tying her first, and then trying to move him. She was unhappy about that, busted the cross ties, and ran around like a lunatic. I sighed, caught her, fixed the cross ties, and started over. The minute she seemed to be calming down, I turned my back to grab her a cookie so we could move on... annnnnnnd she busted them AGAIN and took off.
First cross-tying attempt. 
Round three, in her bad girl halter. She also spent some solo time in her stall while I fixed the cross ties repeatedly, and screamed herself into a lather about that. Life is hard Cinna, and it's harder if you act dumb. 
Sooooo. Instead of riding, we had an hour of remedial cross tie/groundwork training and reminders that we, in fact, know how to behave like a grown, civilized horse. Which mostly consisted of me sitting on the tack shed steps replying to emails while she stood there and stomped her feet. That ate up most of my riding time (plus my mind was not in a great headspace to climb on at that point lol) so I decided to work on scrubbing some of the leftover winter grime off her instead. Despite lamenting my lack of a dedicated wash stall (it's on the list!), Cinna was actually pretty cooperative for ground-tying-ish for me to scrub her tail, and I KNOW she enjoyed me scrubbing the dirt and dead skin out of her roached mane (she is the itchiest horse I have ever met lol). It was still a little muddy so I took her out front to graze while she dried, because I'll be damned if I was going to turn her out wet and immediately watch her undo all my work!
Finally calmed down and standing like she knows how to do... awkward angle, since I was still sitting there answering emails lol. 
After her bath, making sure the golf cart was a safe place for me to sit and hold her lead rope. 
Just hanging out. 
The baby Robins got really big!
Despite some wild and wacky weather, I did squeeze in some horse time over the long weekend! Saturday I was hoping we might be able to go out and do something fun, alas, it was not to be. DH wanted to take the boat out, but the necessary parts didn't come in on time. I wanted to haul out and ride, but the nest full of baby Robins was still on my trailer, and there was nowhere to move them too. Sad day. So we did some work out at my mom's place, and Sunday was our designated house cleaning/errand running day (and the weather was intermittently sketchy both of those days), but Monday dawned bright and beautiful (albeit hot and humid) and I was ready to ride! The horses were both on board with this plan, and I had everyone worked, hosed, and back in front of their fans before noon! We switched back to night turnout over the weekend, because it got STUPID hot, and I forgot how much I love it and how much easier it makes my life!
Much less dumb about cross ties on Monday. 
A very good egg under saddle too. Didn't have to lunge first, no shenanigans, just a nice ride!
Never dumb about cross ties because she is too adult for that nonsense. 
Also a good ride, although she wanted to canter wayyyyyy more than I did, haha. We compromised ;)
She sweated through her fly bonnet and was not interested in my photos. 
What she thought about her bath and then being parked in front of the big fan to dry. 
The last time I checked the baby Robins they started kamikaze dive bombing me so I ran away. Apparently they were big enough to leave the nest, because I found this later! (One egg didn't hatch). I pulled it down and I need to fill that gap so they stop building nests there and I can take my trailer places! 
The bebe goats think summer weather is bullshit.
Since I finished with the horses before noon I got bored and baked cookies all afternoon. 
Literally all afternoon. Almond cookies.
Toffee cookies. 
Monday night's sunset.
It was a really busy weekend but I ended it feeling great. We got a lot done around the farm, the horses got worked, and I felt refreshed and ready to head back to work. I hope you got to enjoy plenty of horse time too!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mid-Week Photo Dump

I sat here for a while and thought about writing a real post, but the words just aren't there. Thanks writer's block. It's been a minute. Instead just enjoy some snapshots from the last 24 hours. It was a busy Wednesday!
My new papasan cushion came. It was vacuum sealed and packed into a deceptively small box, and then exploded out of it's packaging once I tried to open it. It's still "growing", but I couldn't be more pleased with how well it matches everything else!
I bought the ombre riding tights from SmartPak after FB advertised them to me approximately 19349472 times. No regrets. I love them. That's not an affiliate link or anything, I just really like them... lol. 
Ruby was absolutely fantastic for our ride last night. I could probably just get right on instead of lunging first at this point, but I'm still playing it safer than necessary I think. 
How many different shades of teal can I get in one photo?
Even more if I'd gotten her bonnet in the first shot! It's my infamous "LOOK UP" ITBF bonnet, haha. 
I beat the storm for a really good ride. The left lead was so accessible and adjustable, it was like we'd never taken so long off. The right lead was it's normal kind of shit show, but god that left lead canter. Amazing. 
BestBayMare
Then I puttered around in my tack shed organizing and throwing out old stuff. I had completely forgotten I owned these two pairs of half chaps, lol. 
Just sitting in my chair, staring at my bridles. 
Trying to figure out where to hang my whip rack. For someone who rarely rides with a whip, I own a lot of sparkly whips, haha. 
DH had to come try out the chair. 
That horse trailer cookie jar is going to be perfect for horse treats, lol. 
Anyway... just trying to make it through the week so I can relax and enjoy a 3-day weekend! How about you?