Monday, July 29, 2013

Video- The Ball

Check out Emi playing with her ball last week. She is too cute! What's really funny is that I could put up a clip of Roz and the ball...and he would be running away from it. It's funny the baby is that much more brave.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

First Bath

I got to go visit Miss Emi yesterday. We practiced leading again and she was awesome! Definitely the best yet. We gave her, her first bath. It was just a sponge bath, but it was a good experience for her. I don't have any photos of the bath itself since it took both sets of hands to get it done. She wasn't super thrilled about it but she was pretty well behaved. She did quite a bit of backing up to get away but we got smart and planted her bum up against her momma. I sponged her face and finished by pouring the rest of the water on her back. We thought she might be a little wild when we let her go but she really wasn't. 
I think she's growing really nicely! She's bulking up and looking a lot more like a cob. We measured her and she's 10.1hh at 5 weeks. 
For comparison, the top photo was in her first week, and the bottom one was taken Saturday. I can't wait until I'm riding that trot! She's getting her first hoof trim this week. 
Kind of naughty but oh so cute. She tried a bit of nibbling this weekend but I got after her for it right away. 
Video of her following me around. 
Sticking her lip out a mile....those wither scratches feel so good!
The precious girl
 If you haven't voted for her yet, there's still time. The Equine Legal Solutions Photo Contest is open through Wednesday. I wish she would have been a little bit older when entries were due because I think the ball photos really show a lot of her personality, but I didn't have them in time. Anyway, she's still adorable at 3 days old and we all know she has tons of personality.

Today Tarra and I took Mystic and Roz on a trail ride. I use Map My Run to keep track of our rides and we went 4 miles. Our trails are very hilly and rocky, which isn't the best combo, but it's better than nothing. Roz really likes going out on the trails and he's a good trail horse.
When we got back to the barn I rode Cobie. Our ride started out less than stellar. He likes to give his best impression of a llama, with his neck up and head sucked back. He was bouncing around in the contact and taking little choppy steps. I booted him forward several times and was firm with the contact. Once I got through to him our ride totally changed. He was great in the contact and stayed on the bit easily. We worked on his leg yields, shoulder-in, haunches-in, transitions with in gates, and between gates. Our ride finished on a great note and I'm hoping we will start a little further ahead tomorrow. 
Cobie saying "hi" to Roz after our ride. 
Last night I introduced Roz to Emi's ball. He was not thrilled. Today I kicked it around the pasture after him for a little bit. He definitely doesn't like it, although I don't think he's really all that scared. I have it in his stall, right by his grain dish so he's been eating by it. He just doesn't like that it can move. Haha. I told him his sister is more brave than he is! 
He's keep an eye on it....
Trotting away from me and the ball.

Friday, July 26, 2013

10 Years

I have an old photo of Roz that was taken just shortly after I purchased him on July 26th, 2003. When I realized that it had been almost 10 years since that photo was taken, I decided to do a re-take. I cleaned him up last night, tidying up his mane, and clipping his old man whiskers. Tonight I got my mom to help me get that follow up photo.

I cannot believe that much time has gone by. I initially went in thirds on him, with my trainer, and my best friend. We purchased him for $600 ($200 a piece) and re-sold him about 6 months later. He was with his new owner for a couple of years before I purchased him back. I think he still looks fairly comparable to how he looked back then. He was really underwhelmed by the whole photo idea but waited patiently for us to finish. I'm so thankful for the time we've had together and I hope I get 10 more years with him. He had been handed around a lot by the time we got him. Apparently he just hadn't found the right place yet. 

On another note, I rode Tarra's horse, Tolo, tonight. 

I've posted about him before, here. She started him back to work the beginning of July. Tonight was the first time I had been on him since she got him back. He was a super good boy. He's really easy to ride and will make someone very happy. If anyone in the Oregon area is looking for a horse to lease, and possibly purchase, you should contact us! If I didn't already have 2 horses I'd lease him in a heartbeat. Here are a couple photos taken last Sunday. 

 And of course video-

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This or That

Taken from She Moved to Texas. 

Appaloosas or Pintos: Either! They just have to have the right markings. Not too much white if it's a pinto. I like blanket or a leopard appy with lots of spots!
Palomino or Buckskin: Palomino
Bay or Chestnut: Bay
Star or Stripe: Stripe
 Mare or Gelding: I have to say either since I own one of each. Willing is more important than gender!
Quarter Horses or Arabians: Arabian
Fjord or Haflinger: Haflinger
Clydesdale or Percheron: Clydesdale
Thoroughbred or Warmblood: TB
Saddlebreds or Tennessee Walkers: Neither
Connemara or Welsh Pony: Both
Cross Country or Fox Hunting: I will have to say cross country since I've never been fox hunting and we don't even have any fox hunting around here. 
Equitation Under Saddle or Hunter Under Saddle: Probably equitation
Hunters or Jumpers: Jumpers

Dressage or Cross Country: Both
Local or Rated Shows: Both
One Day or Weekend Shows: One day, weekend shows are so draining!
County or Antares: County
Flash or Figure 8: Figure 8
Polo Wraps or Boots: Boots
Standing Wraps or Shipping Boots: Standing Wraps
Square Pads or Baby Pads: Square Pads
Standing or Running Martingale: Neither
Ariat or Tailored Sportsman: Ariat
Traditional or Technical Fabric Jackets: Technical
Field Boots or Dress Boots: Dress boots
Black Jacket or Navy Jacket: Black
Spurs or no Spurs: no spurs
Crop or no Crop: crop
Charles Owen or GPA: I haven't ever had either 

Apparently I'm not very good at this one. Sometimes the answer just can't be this or that! :) 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I rode this handsome boy today. It's been in the 90's here in Oregon, which is pretty darn hot for us. It can be hard to be motivated but since I'm on a pretty tight schedule I have to stay on track to get everything done. I had purchased a myler snaffle a few months ago but then let Tarra borrow it as I wasn't riding Roz much. I reclaimed it today and gave it a try. I felt like he was definitely better in the bridle, and wasn't as heavy as he can be. He also didn't try any bucking at the canter, and he felt good despite his crash on Saturday. The only problem with the new bit is that it has larger rings than my previous bit and I can't adjust my bridle small enough to get it to fit how I'd like. I've sold a ton of tack in the last year and I only have that one bridle for I guess I'm going to be going bridle shopping. 

I don't know if anyone else is allergic to bees, but Saturday late afternoon, when I was loading Roz into the trailer, I felt a sharp stinging down by my ankle. I scraped my hand by it and came away with a stinger. Ouch! I can't even remember the last time I got stung. I went off to the barn and didn't think too much of it. Later that night my ankle started to swell, and itch. I took some benadryl and went to bed. Sunday morning it was even worse and by Sunday night my whole ankle and foot was swollen, hot, itchy, and red. I took more benadryl and hoped that I would wake up fine in the morning....but of course it wasn't. It was even worse come Monday morning so I went to Immediate Care on my lunch. They prescribed prednisone and said that I may end up needing to carry an epi pen, depending on future reactions It's slowly improving and I was glad to be able to squash my fat foot in my riding boots tonight. Where there's a will there's a way! I'm hopeful that I won't react so strongly next time....

The rest of the week is going to be busy. I got an email this morning that I can ride Cobie from Wednesday through Monday night. So tomorrow night I've got Gator and Cobie. Thursday I will ride Roz. Friday I'm supposed to be riding Mystic/Tolo with Tarra, and may ride Cobie as well. Saturday will be Gator and Cobie, Sunday Roz and Cobie, and probably Cobie on Monday also. So many horses to ride and so little time! It's definitely not a bad problem to have. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Play Time

Saturday might have been challenging but Sunday it was time for some play time! After church I headed down to see Emi. My mom went along and got to visit for the first time too. I took Emi's soccer ball and was curious to see what she would think. Wouldn't you know she didn't even bat an eye at it. I set it down in front of me in the barn and she marched right up to it. She had her knees touching it and was leaning over for me to get started petting her. Too cute!

We played with the ball some. She moved it with her nose, and head, kicked it a couple times with her front feet, and then started zooming around kicking at it. We actually have some video but we are having trouble getting it online. I will share it when I get it. She's just too funny. 

Roz seems no worse for the wear from Saturday, and Annie is fine too! She's been eating great and has seemed very energetic and happy.

Roz is heading up to NDF for some work tomorrow. I told Tarra I think we are just really going to get back to harder work and see how he does. I've been so afraid of making him sore, but he continues to act a little crazy. I think a couple of days of harder work, with a few more expectations, might settle him down. We'll see. It's hard to even believe that's he's 21 with all of the crazy stuff he's been doing lately. What a goof ball. I'm hoping to introduce him to Emi's ball this week. I think he may be scared of it but who knows. He might surprise me!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crash & Burn

Well my day did not go as planned. My dog, Annie, is sick. She came out of her kennel hunched up and acting painful. She is super food motivated, but instead of eating like she normally does, she whined, came over to me, and then went back to her food and starting slowly eating. Ugh. A trip to the vet was definitely in order. I couldn't tell if it was a stomach issue or maybe her back? The vet clinic opened up at 10am, so I called right at 10. We made an appointment for 11:40. There was nothing really obvious on exam, although her spine seemed fine. We opted to take radiographs and I left her there for a while. I got a call a couple of hours later, "it looks like she's been eating a lot of crap." That's definitely not surprising since she's always in to something. Whether it's grain, bird seed, or anything else that could be slightly edible. It doesn't really matter how well you watch her. If you turn your back for a minute, she's off! Now we just have to hope that what she ate passes through with out trouble. She's got some medicine, is supposed to be getting pumpkin for extra fiber, and we'll see what happens. She was perky when I picked her up from the vet clinic and we stopped at Petco on our way home. She ate her dinner well tonight, and was acting like her normal self.

Looking pathetic at the clinic. 
A naughty, naughty dog....

Still looking so sad....
But a shopping trip will cheer any girl up! 
"I'm all better mom!"
I was planning to go to Devonwood to watch a daughter of Cardi compete, and also to watch the musical freestyles. By the time I got home from vet, it was 3 hours after I planned to leave. I opted to go ride Roz instead since I'd already missed half of what I wanted to watch. I took him up to the barn and we hacked around the fields for a mile and a half. Then I took him in to the arena, and was going to lunge him. As soon as I put him out on the lunge line he tried to take off bucking. I tried doing several walk/trot/walk transitions but I was really having to get after him, and I was keeping him on a small circle. I finally decided I'd just let him go, as he appeared to have some big bucks just begging to be let out. I let him go and this is what he did! Yikes!!! I hope that he feels okay in the morning. He walked out fine afterwards and just has a small abrasion right above his right hind hoof. Apparently he didn't realize he was going faster than his legs could keep up!

Today is Emi's 1 month birthday. I'm hopefully going to visit with her tomorrow. I'm going to take her pink soccer ball with me. It will be fun to see what she thinks.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Baby Shower

It's been a while since I posted last, so get ready for a long one. At first there was nothing to post about, and then I've been so super busy I haven't had time to post. I'm not sure where to start!

I've been getting at least 3 rides a week in on Roz and he is doing well. He's been very frisky and seems totally happy to be out and about. I'm loving riding him consistently again. Saturday I walked him around the fields at NDF before taking him in to the arena and putting him on the lunge line to watch him go. He was definitely rushing a bit at the trot and full of bucks when cantering (video). I did less than 10 minutes on the lunge line and maybe another 5-10 minutes riding before calling it quits. I'm trying to be very mindful of how long I'm working him since I don't want to make him super sore. Tonight we went for a walk around our farm with me bareback. He felt great and was so happy to be out and about.
Saturday morning
After our ride tonight
On the Emi front, I had decided that I wasn't going to get to see her this weekend. She and her mom were a little over an hour north of where I live. They were at a vet's farm, while Chloe got re-bred. The plan kept changing, since earlier on in the week they weren't sure when Chloe and Emi would be able to go home. Tarra made plans to ride with me at 4pm on Sunday. She wanted me to get updated tape of her riding Tolo. Saturday I asked if we could push our ride time back so that I could go visit Emi after church as it looked like the would be home. I convinced her to do 4:30 instead of 4pm. 

Well Sunday morning I received a message from Chloe's owner, Cindy, that they weren't quite ready to be picked up yet, so she wouldn't be home at 1pm (when I planned to visit). I texted Tarra asking if we could ride earlier or just cancel for the day, so that I could go visit Emi later in the day. I didn't get a response so I called her. I asked if we really had to be at the barn at 4pm. Her response was yes, because I'm trying to plan you a surprise baby shower!!! Oops!

I called Cindy and let her know that it just wasn't going to work. She offered to pick me up at the Interstate, and take me up with her to pick up the girls! It all worked out and we made it up and back in time for me to make it to my not so surprise baby shower. I told Tarra she should have told Cindy so that she would have just told me it wasn't going to work for me to see Emi. Regardless, it was surprise when she told me why I was required to be at the barn. 

Emi was laying down when we got there but hopped right up to say "hi." She absolutely loves being scratched. I really hope it translates in to a horse that loves being groomed. Roz tolerates being groomed, but is definitely a thin skinned thoroughbred. It will be awesome to have a horse who enjoys playing beauty parlor. We hung out with her for a while before loading up for the trip home. When Cindy stopped to let me off at my car, we peeked in to the trailer and Emi whinnied at us. Too cute! She's filling out and growing taller. She's 3 weeks old. Next week she will get her first hoof trim and be dewormed. 

The cutest lips ever! 
Isn't she getting chunky?
Don't stop scratching!

After visiting Emi I rushed off to the barn for our baby shower. It was so sweet! We had an adorable cake and there were sweet pictures on the table as decorations. It was a mix of barn friends and other friends, who happen to be horsey people. 

We had pizza and played games. The first game was about "poop," since now I will have even more to pick up. April had melted all sorts of candy bars in the microwave and put them in crushed up graham cracker for shavings. We had to guess what kind of candy bar each was. I think I only got one right, and it was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. My dad got 3 right and was the winner. The next game was the Price is Right, horse version. Tarra had looked up several items that I will need for Emi and wanted us to guess the price. As each round went by the person who's guess was the furthest away from the correct price, was out. April and I were the final 2 contestants, and April won. Items included; Laser Sheen, a saddle pad, Micklem bridle, a grazing muzzle, a sparkly browband, etc.

We also got all sorts of fun gifts! New brushes, an adorable navy and flower patterned halter, a halter/bridle tag, a big horse soccer ball, treats, lead ropes, and scrapbooking supplies. I am so blessed with sweet, thoughtful friends. It really made my day! One thing is for sure, Emi is already very well loved.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Filling Out

Today was a busy day. It started out by hauling Roz up to NDF for a ride. I had Gator to ride also. Tarra and I started with Gator and Mystic. Gator felt great and we had one of our best rides since I returned to riding him this spring. Roz was up next and he was good too. He's it a hard stage right now because he's out of shape, so I'm trying to not ask too much. He has his head up, then he will dump down on his forehand before throwing his head back up in to the air. I think Tuesdays ride we will be doing lots of transitions...or as many transitions as you can do in 10-15 minutes of light work. He really really wanted to fling his head around at the canter, and threaten to buck. He's such a goofy boy and is definitely feeling good.

Saying hi to Tolo. 
Talking to Pants
Then this afternoon I hopped in the car and headed to see Emi. She is 2 weeks and 2 days old today. It's amazing how much she changes every time I go out to see her. She's starting to fill out and I noticed more muscling too. She trotted right over when we went out to the pasture, and was happy to get petted. We did a leading lesson and she's definitely improving. She was easy to halter and for the most part walked along pretty easily with me. We did 5 minutes (or less) of that before letting her go. I also picked up all 4 hoofs with no issues.

Earlier in the day she was hauled to the vet with Chloe, so that Chloe could get her teeth done. Apparently she followed Chloe right into the trailer. Then once they were unloading at the clinic, Emi hopped out of the trailer, turned around and hopped right back in! Hopefully trailering will be a breeze with this girl!

Most Personality

I think you all know, from my posts about Emi, that she is full of personality. I entered her in a contest! Please vote for her here.  There are 5 different categories and lots of cute foals to look at. She is under the Most Personality section. 

I'm going to visit little miss personality this afternoon. I'm looking forward to seeing her! 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Back at It

I took Roz up to NDF to start getting him back in shape. He was still in the barn and I went in with a handful of cookies and his halter. He took one cookie and took off. Check him out!  Silly boy.

After I got him caught, we loaded up and stopped by Tarra's house to pick up Tolo. Tolo and Roz were good buddies years ago. Tarra was starting Tolo when we first met and I was eventing Roz. We ponied Tolo several places and he gained a lot of confidence from Roz. When we pulled them out of the trailer at NDF they greeted each other like old friends. It was very neat.

We walked around the recently hayed fields for about 20 minutes, and then spent 10 minutes in the arena doing a little bit of trotting and cantering. He felt quite good, other than a little stiff/crooked cantering right. My goal is to get him working lightly a few days a week, to help him build some good muscles and just to keep him healthy. We'll see how that goes this winter, when I have Emi too. Lucky for me I'm able to haul him up to NDF anytime, and it's less than a 10 minute drive up there. We have a truck and trailer, and he's a great traveler, so it's really easy. My plan is to ride him Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. A may potentially hop on him one or two other days for an easy ride around our farm.

Last night we put hay in the barn, and today I went to Wilco and purchased his grain as it was on sale, buy 3 get 1 free. He wont' be running out of food any time soon.
Watching us unload his hay last night
Meeting Finley for the first time