Not sure how 2 weeks passed since I last posted...
Well...maybe I do...
Things were going along fairly smoothly here and then whammo!
Without going into the gory details...the kid is no longer coming out to ride, so I am stuck with nine head of horses. I can actually get nine head of horses worked in a day...but it leaves no time AT ALL for anything else. To be completely honest...I really only have to work 8 because there is no sense of me wasting time riding Megan's blue roan. He will be going back to SD as soon as I can get Gunner riding and get those two out of here. I may HAVE to take more back as well, but haven't made any firm decisions on that. I am running low on hay, what's available is morbidly expensive and I just really feel the need to focus on just the few horses I can actually use. It's tough because there is not a single horse on the place that doesn't have a great deal of potential if the right amount of time is invested into them. Such is the way with horses. In spite of all the stuff that people worry about...bloodlines, conformation, disposition, etc, etc...In the end...The true value of a horse is based on the time someone bothered to invest into them. Winners aren't born...they are made!
Beings that the kid copped out (AGAIN!) and the hubby has started his new job in North Dakota...I am very much alone here. I wasn't sure how I was going to get the first few rides on the youngsters, beings that I am not real keen on stepping on for the first few times with no one around. I kinda like to have someone here who can dig me out of the dirt if necessary, ya know? Luckily, my friend L said she could come over and be my pony rider when I need one. That will make it easier for sure. I was thinking I was going to have to haul to someone else's place for those first few rides on everyone. Problem solved though.
Since I have been so sporadic at posting for so long, the thought has crossed my mind that maybe BrownEyedCowgirls had run it's course. But, I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel just yet. Blogging allows for a much more complete train of thought than many of the other forums and since I am habitually long-winded...it suits my style. LOL My posts may be sporadic, but I'm gonna hang in here.
I have to say...I actually have been working on that Colonic Ulcers post I promised a long time ago. Holy Hell! It's been incredibly difficult to kind of compact the info and still have it make sense. I can feel Ranch Girl drumming her fingers waiting for it. ;-)
Competition season is upon me...have already missed a couple of barrel races due to timing of other stuff going on. On a good note...Moon has returned to his normal self...belly issues gone and respiratory issues under control. It's time to get a run on him and see where we are. Frosty was doing absolutely fabulous and I am really excited to get him to some runs. However, I had his shoes pulled about a month ago...didn't figure he would need them with the soft ground this time of year. Wow! Will be getting those put back on ASAP.
I have always known that Frosty was a bit thin-soled but had never gotten shoes on him until last fall. He was a long 9y/o before he got his first set of shoes...ever. I've never really ridden him in an environment that I though would (or should) cause a problem due to tender feet. At first I didn't notice too much difference. It was still a lot of work to get him to move out and lift his shoulders and all the stuff I was working with him on. After he was reset, there was a noticeable difference and he came on like gang-busters. All of his silly behavior went out the window and he settled into being the kind of horse I always knew he should be. Three weeks after having his shoes pulled...he started getting silly again and has been steadily easing back into not wanting to move out, or lift his shoulders or move his feet. It's like...Are you kidding me? The sensitivity of this big, brute of a horse just floors me. Sooo... the shoes go back on. It's a small price to pay considering the difference in his attitude.
And with that...I've got to get rolling here. Between the horses, the yard work and giving the house a deep spring cleaning...there is always something to do and when I sit down to write...I am actually thinking that there is at least one other project I could (should) be working on.