Thursday, March 18, 2010

New friends

When I got to the barn this morning, the first thing I saw was this:

New horse in my horse's corral

...A new horse in Panama's corral.

Next thing I saw was this:

My gelding and the old mare he is pastured with, sunbathing together

...Panama and Breezy napping together on the other side of the corral. What a surprise that was! They have been closer since KZ died, but even though Breezy was calling for him incessantly when I rode, she still was making him keep his distance somewhat in the corral. Said distance was just shrinking.

I guess, now that there is a new horse in the corral, Breezy has given up and accepted Panama as her companion. When I started walking out to get him, I noticed there was hay in and underneath the feeder partway down the south side of the corral, where Panama used to get his feed back when KZ and Breezy wouldn't let him near the troughs. There's a new third wheel, and this time it's not Panama!

There was definitely some tension when I went out to get Panama. I couldn't tell who was chasing who, whether Panama was getting chased or was blocking the new horse from coming up to me (I suspect the latter). Once I caught Panama, I had to run some interference in order to get out of the corral without the new guy coming right along with us.

I'd gotten to the barn too late to go for a trail ride, which turned out to be okay because Panama was so distracted. There was a lot going on at the barn, and it had him on edge and impatient. Our trail riding buddies, Zans and his mom, came back from a trail ride with another boarder around this time, and Lady's mom arrived as well. Then, while Panama and Lady were enjoying a short turnout together, the new horse's mom arrived as well.

It turns out that Mozart, who arrived last night, is on the older side — 21 — which I think is about perfect, since Breezy is older and Panama is a fairly submissive youngster who knows his place. As for his owner, she is young — a college student at the University of Denver — and although I'm not sure yet what I think of her, she seems okay. Regardless, we'll be seeing a lot of one another, as she will be at the barn around the same time as me on Mondays and Wednesdays. She also is excited about the idea of trail riding together — I didn't even get the words out of my mouth, and she was already all over it!

Although Panama and I didn't get to trail ride today, we did ride a little bit in the arena with our new friends, as well as Lady and her owner. We didn't do a lot; after a lesson Tuesday and our trail ride yesterday, I thought both of us would appreciate an easy day. Besides, Panama was quite distracted, not just with Lady but also with his new buddy. Eventually he settled down, though that might have been because Lady and Mozart left and he wasn't that interested in the other horse in the arena at that time.

Although today was beautiful, with temperatures in the high 60s, a blizzard is moving in tonight. Tomorrow is supposed to be about 40 degrees colder, and we're expecting 5 to 10 inches of snow. Gotta love Colorado! This is why I laugh when people comment about those terrible Colorado winters, though — Sunday is supposed to be in the mid 50s, with Monday right back up into the 60s. We may get the occasional snowstorm that makes national headlines, but don't be fooled — at least in Denver, the snow doesn't stick around long!

Oh, and just in case you didn't notice spring was here — check out one of the cute little babies! They have all been gamboling around the pasture next to the barn, and I just love them to pieces!

Spring calf!



At March 19, 2010 at 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're expecting cold and snow this weekend, too - probably part of the same mess you're getting.

At March 19, 2010 at 7:01 AM, Blogger Sydney said...

EHEHH! I loooooove calves. I miss having the cows here so much. I however do not miss the smell or the mess of cleaning up 70 cows aftermath of what they had ate that day.

At March 19, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, ours is already here! It's falling pretty thickly but since we have had such warm weather lately, isn't sticking to the roads just yet. It'll be a mess when it finally freezes, though.

Sydney, the calves are so freaking cute -- I love them! They are much more curious than the adult cows, and I love the expressions on their faces -- like this one when he was checking me out.

Interestingly the barn never smells like cow manure, so I don't know if they are really good about cleaning or if it's just because it's been winter.

At March 19, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm starting to think that you see your horse at a boarding facility more often than I see mine right outside my windows. I've got to switch jobs and start some freelance work so I have more free time to ride.

At March 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, I've been making a concerted effort to get out there more often. Last year around this time I was really bad about it. It's not without sacrifice, though -- I often end up working in the evenings to make up for it, and I feel head spinningly busy lately. It's worth it, though!

At March 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM, Blogger lopinon4 said...

Agreed! I board, and wish I could make the time to ride more. It's a 40 minute drive one way, though. That's tough. ((sigh)) I'll just let you do the trail-riding for me! :)

At March 19, 2010 at 7:20 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Glad to see that Panama has a new friend to buddy with! He looks happy.
Yes, calves are cute and Gilly loved them when we had cows....but
the mess they make and they tore things in the barn...ugh! They were always in Gilly's side leaving ucky squirty messy for me to try and clean up! NOT fun. Gilly would even let them come in and eat his food, he didn't care! He always shared with them.
you are so lucky that you have an indoor to ride in, I am at the mercy of the weather but spring is here and it's gotta get better! :-D

At March 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

lopinion, the trip to my barn is 15-20 minutes each way, door to door, depending on how fast I drive -- it's almost all highway. :o) It still takes a chunk of time, but it's not as bad as 40 minutes each way!

Jane, we haven't used the indoor as often as you might think -- we've ridden outside on and off winter, but especially the last 2 weeks! LOL We may need to ride inside for a few days after this storm, but I am guessing that the snow will be gone from the arena -- and the sand dried out enough to ride in -- by Wednesday or Thursday at the very latest. Snow doesn't melt in Denver, it evaporates!!


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