Saturday, May 16, 2009

A beautiful Saturday at the barn

It has been just gorgeous so far this weekend. Today was clear and sunny, but not too hot. I love springtime in Colorado — when it's not snowing, I mean — as it can feel like 80 degrees in the sun, yet 60 degrees in the shade or every time the breeze blows on you. You can be comfortable grooming your horse in a tank top in the sun, without feeling too hot or too cold.

I spent a good portion of the afternoon at the barn, and even convinced Michael to come out there with me. I groomed Panama, with never ending currying to get rid of the winter coat he is still shedding out. Michael even curried him a little on one side to help out, while I finished up the first side. That confused Panama a little — he's not used to having two people working on him.

I also applied for the first time my Listerine and baby oil mixture, one of the homemade remedies I blogged about recently. It's supposed to soothe and prevent the itchiness that causes horses to rub their hind ends, shearing off the hairs. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it works — I'd love for the white section at the top of Panama's tail to be able to grow out this year!

I lunged Panama today, and he was very well behaved again, but I didn't ride him. My bridle and saddle are badly overdue for some oiling, so I brought them home. I'll oil both tomorrow, and hopefully get out to the barn to ride on Monday. I also threw my favorite saddle pad, my trail riding saddle pad with big pockets behind the saddle on each side, into the washing machine to get rid of the layer of dirt that has accumulated on it over several months of not riding.

Tomorrow it's supposed to be around 80 degrees. I think I might actually try to give Panama his first bath of the season!



At May 17, 2009 at 8:44 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

It was in the 80's here yesterday and it must have been humid too, because I had sweat dripping off the tip of my nose. I usually don't sweat in Nevada, because the air is so dry. When I travel to California, I suddenly start sweating and having a hard time breathing, and my hair poofs out like I've got a natural perm.

At May 18, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Oh, NM -- I have naturally curly hair, so I know just what you mean about poofiness in the humidity! Colorado is also very dry, and I prefer it that way!


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