Warmer Weather

It is pretty sad when I consider 33 degrees warmer weather, but it’s true! I only put 3 layers on top and hauled my butt out to the barn last night!

I’ve been feeling a little tense about O’s hind end strangeness that has been peeking around this week. Like I’ve mentioned before, she’s not unsound…it’s just weird. Maybe she needs another chiro appointment. We’ll see what the trainers think this weekend. However, I was happy (relieved) last night though that she moved out considerably better and felt sound at the walk/trot and just a bit sore at the canter. I’m guessing a lot of this is just a horse being outside in the crappy snowy weather. Hopefully pony feels 100% this weekend so we can lesson.

Fuzzy pony getting her grub on.

Fuzzy pony getting her grub on.

Side note: I obsessively watch the Olympics. Any event minus hockey (which I cannot stand to watch on TV for some reason). The next time people give me the “you’re crazy” look about riding I’m going to point out that there are way more insane sports out there than equestrian! I feel like a giant wuss compared to most of these people.

Not my photo: but seriously.  This makes horses look safe to me.

Not my photo: but seriously. This makes horses look safe to me.


Anyway, Go USA!

It’s supposed to be almost 50 degrees this weekend. I feel the urge to whip out a t-shirt or something crazy. Woohoo!

And finally….

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Contest alert: It’s still going! Equestrian at Hart’s Giveaway for Higher Standards Soap!

And Alicia at The Red-Headed Mare is also having a contest for one of her super cute crocheted ponies!

Frozen

Lake is all frozen over!

Lake is all frozen over!

Brrrrrrr…………

Rain + Freezing Temperatures = not much riding.

I am happy to report that O’s repaired blanket seems to be holding up super well so far!

Toasty warm pony.

Toasty warm pony.

I went out to check on her today and shovel some treats down her throat, pick her feet, and make sure she is still happy.

Pony nosing for treats!

Pony nosing for treats!


Other horses close in on the treats...see angry O in the background.

Other horses close in on the treats…see angry O in the background.

She was happily munching on a bale of hay in the big field, but was glad to cuddled by me when I got out there.

Cute girl.  Look close and see she was helping hold my gloves for me while I picked out her feet.

Cute girl. Look close and see she was helping hold my gloves for me while I picked out her feet.

Anyway, it’s supposed to thaw out a bit more on Tuesday, so hopefully riding then. Until then we are battening down the hatches and stay off the icey roads.

Finally

Not to jinx my luck-but this past Tuesday after I dragged my vet back out to the stable, O was sound as a rock. There was much jumping and celebrating when i got this text! Yay! Off to the stable I went.
I’ll admit that the whole first ride was a throw away-I let her poke her nose, and bully a bit during our circles. But it didn’t matter! She was finally sound and was in such a perky mood herself I couldn’t bring myself to scold her! What was really sad was how badly we were out of shape, both of us huffing and puffing the whole way thru. Not to mention her girth was noticeably tight when I tacked her up! But those are things we can work thru together. What matters the most is that she isn’t hurting anymore!
If these past months off have done anything they have definitely strengthened the bid between her and me. I’m just so glad to have her, even with all the quirks and fat grass belly! Ready to get back to work tomorrow! Woot!

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