Saturday, September 20, 2014

Someday I'll get to see my horses again...

I meant to finally get settled into my school year schedule this week: start freelancing regularly during the mornings and early afternoons, and then get out to the barn more often in the evenings (since I'm with the kids after school).  I remember being excited on Monday because I had that whole lovely week ahead of me.

And then I got sick.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Horses: How to scare your owner

Today Rondo gave me quite a scare, one of the most serious ones I've had yet as a horse owner.  He was turned out in the dressage arena in the back of the property, the one that is usually used as turnout and rarely as riding, and he was getting frisky with a gelding over the fence that was turned out in a pen right next door.  He reared up -- and came down so that the top cable on the fence went between his shoe and his hoof, wedging itself there.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Summer in the rear view: Life, death, and fall changes

My summer was so busy that I only posted twice in three months, and didn't ride much more than that, either.  Mostly it was because I was working so many hours taking care of the kids I nanny for, but I also was trying to maintain freelance writing work over the summer, plus I had a lot going on in my personal life.  My older kitty was sick all summer long, requiring a lot of care, and finally had to be euthanized the week before the kids went back to school.

All in all it was a whirlwind summer and I'm glad it's over.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Busy summer and some horse books

Sorry for the lack of posts -- this summer has been kicking my butt.  With my busy schedule I have actually seen my horses very little, especially since V. has been out of town a lot, so I haven't been out for her lessons either.

Luckily I am off this week, but I've been enjoying writing and cleaning and working on projects around the house (okay, mostly the first one) so much that I haven't actually gone out to the barn yet.
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Gaining trail experience

This past week, both Rondo and V., the 12-year-old who does a partial lease on him, got some trail riding experience, which was good for both horse and rider.



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

An appointment with the new vet

Tuesday morning the boys had an appointment with our new equine vet, the one who absorbed my old vet's practice.  There are things I like and dislike (or at least, don't like as well in comparison to my old vet), most of which isn't really a surprise to me but is worth noting nonetheless.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Remembering what it's like to learn to trot

I put my friend on Rondo Sunday night -- it was about the fourth time he's ridden Rondo, so he tried trotting for the first time.  I put him on the lunge line so that he didn't have to worry about steering, but let him keep the reins in his hands because I trusted him not to pull on Rondo's mouth more than I generally trust kids when they trot for the first time.

It was the first time I'd lunged Rondo in a couple of years, probably, as I don't generally lunge much once training is over and done with -- unless there is a good reason for it.  Panama gets very bored on the lunge line, and Rondo used to really resent being lunged, as I think he viewed it as being chased -- both of my boys have always much preferred being ridden.
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