Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring, is that you?

I'm afraid typing these words will jinx it and make it snow this weekend.... But it was in the 50s yesterday and the forecast today through the weekend is in the 70s. Spring? Are you here for real? Pull up a chair, stay a while!
The horses were super stoked about it as well apparently, judging from all of last night's shenanigans, haha. I didn't plan on riding after work, I just wanted to get some general barn stuff done. I've been working on purging my tack room of unnecessary stuff, so I photographed a bunch of it so I can list it locally. I still had some daylight, so I grabbed Ruby and started cleaning off some of her remaining winter coat and general nastiness that was built up.
Gross. 
Of course while I was doing this, Cinna decided to come over and make herself a pest.
She is turning into quite the ham, and it cracks me up (when it's not super annoying). Once I convinced her to go be annoying somewhere else, I was able to finish up with Ruby and head to the arena to let her stretch her legs a bit. She was pretty excited about that, as you can see.
Once I let her blow off some steam (and Jack and Cinna were participating on their side of the fence, haha), I decided to hand walk her through the woods. I'm still working on building her confidence on our trail (since for whatever reason she's great on trails everywhere else but a total spaz at home), so I figured a low key hand walk would be perfect.
What are those cows doing?
It was a nice way to spend the evening. She was super relaxed, and stopped several times to hang out and get scratches. I worked her multiple times over some small muddy patches -- last time we were out there she wanted to fling herself over them, and I haaaaaate that, so we practiced lots of stepping carefully in and out of any area I pointed her at.
Of course we had to stop for a snack on our way back to the barn, then I let her graze while I picked things up and tidied the tack shed. It was nice to spend time with Ruby not linked to any expectations or goals, just hanging out with my best bay girl and enjoying her company :) I have some exciting packages due to arrive this week and am hoping to have some fun stuff to share with you guys in the near future! In the meantime, I hope you're also experiencing some lovely spring weather!

20 comments:

  1. I guess you totally missed the forecast of 37 and snow flurries for Sunday...soooo, I'm gonna slink off now. Ruby's #2 fangirl!

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    1. Shhhh. Sunday is far enough out I have hopes the forecast will change. Initially the forecast for Friday was cold and rainy but now it's supposed to be warm and rainy 😉

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  2. Yay for warm temps! I do hope spring will arrive and stay! Sounds like a really great confidence builder for Ruby! (Selling anything teal...? haha)

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    1. I mean.... Maybe 😉 I don't think we're FB friends, I'll try to remember to message you on IG!

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  3. gosh she's so pretty tho! the trail walk sounds like the perfect low-pressure way to enjoy each other's company and build a little trust in that unfamiliar environment!

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    1. Thanks! And yeah, I think it helped reassure her the woods weren't full of horse-murdering monsters 😂

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  4. jealous of these 70's you speak of!
    Sounds like a really lovely evening with Ruby. It really is nice to just hang out with them sometimes.

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    1. When the weather is bad for a prolonged period of time (aka this hellish winter and spring haha) sometimes I get hyperfocused on putting in "productive" works with the horses and I forget that sometimes it's nice to just chill!

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  5. PLEASE LET SPRING STAY FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY

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  6. I love hand-walking!! :) It's a good way to get exercise and still spend time with the ponies.

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    1. Yeah it was a nice compromise! And bonus, I hit my 10k steps for the day, haha.

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  7. Hooray for almost trail season again! And I really think hand walking the trail is a great way to practice for the "real thing"

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    1. Yes I am dying to get out on real trails! I love our mini one at the house, but I want big fields to canter through and real creeks to cross!

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    2. Are there any near you? We have one that we can walk to but I know baby horse is not mature enough for that yet. We'll have to go out in a big group

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    3. Nothing within riding distance, we have to trailer our for real trails. Which would require spring to participate with good weather on a weekend! 😂

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  8. I'mma put Ruby in my pocket and run away with her....

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    1. You would need a shockingly large pocket, she's a pretty big girl 😂 she's always up for blogger rides though, if you're ever in the area!

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  9. I have ONE out 4 horses I groom that is shedding. I JUST WANT THE HAIR GONE ALREADY

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    1. Mine are all blowing their coats but we're supposed to get SNOW Sunday so I'm trying not to pull off more right now 😂

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