Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Today was a beautiful, sunny, 60-degree Easter. We were supposed to go on a trail ride this afternoon with a couple of other boarders, but I had the meeting time wrong so Panama and I got left behind. Instead, we hung out at the barn and still had a great time!

I spent a long time grooming Panama today. I tied him up out in the sun and let him sunbathe while I gave him a vigorous rubbing with the Epona shedding flower. This is an awesome product for shedding out your horse — the fur was coming off of Pan in droves! I have been doing quickie grooming jobs all week, so I haven't really taken the time to thoroughly shed him out. Even after 45 minutes of grooming today, I'm still not sure I'm done, but he's looking much sleeker — especially since I finally brushed out his mane and tail again, after probably a month or two of being conditioner-less!

After our extended grooming session, I hopped on Panama bareback for a bit. He was being pretty good, even though the other horse with us in the outdoor arena had spring fever and was jigging a bit. We had a hairy few moments when the other boarders came back from their trail ride, bringing with them a friend who had trailered her little mule in (Panama thought the mule looked like great fun). Since I was bareback, I didn't take any chances — I just hopped down until they left.

I only intended a short, relaxed ride, so after the other rider left, I hopped off, removed Panama's bridle, and turned him loose. At first he wanted to stay in my back pocket, so with his bridle in my hand I snapped the reins at him, and he ran off to go roll.

After rolling, Panama sat up, curled his legs under him, and just looked at me. That was a new behavior — he's never not gotten up after rolling right in front of me. I went over and knelt next to him for a few minutes, stroking his face and shoulder, until he decided to get up. Then I snapped the reins at him some more, and he took off, running and bucking and flagging his tail like I haven't seen him do in a while! I guess he was feeling good!

Happy Easter, buddy!

Me and my horse

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At April 6, 2010 at 6:46 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Great picture of you and Panama, Kathrine!!! Love his lip, looks like he is saying, Awww I love my mom!!! What a cute boy.

 
At April 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks Jane! That's my cell phone special. :o) I didn't notice Panama's lip until I downloaded it on the computer. He was trying to mouth at my T-shirt while I took the picture. ;o)

 

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