Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crazy weather and a new friend

I'm sorry I haven't blogged much lately.  The truth is, I haven't ridden much either, because the weather has been so bad.  Last week we got two days and nights of straight rain, with temperatures in the 30s — my trainer, who lives 30 minutes south of here, actually got 6 inches of snow instead of just rain.  We get a nice day here and there, and then it rains some more.

Panama has virtually no winter coat left (since it was in the 70s and even the 80s a couple of days before that), so I've been blanketing him when the rain gets really bad.  He has to stand outside to eat, and he tends to get chilled when he gets wet.  The new horse stands outside in pouring rain and doesn't seem to care, while Panama gets cold if he gets even slightly damp.  Go figure.

The new horse is another topic I've forgotten to bring up.  He's a short but stocky black gelding, just a year younger than Panama, and he's been here for a couple of weeks now.  Savvy, who has a very strong alpha personality, diligently kept him and Panama separated for the first week and a half or so, but now she seems to have accepted him, except for the occasional pinned ears to remind him who is boss.  Panama and Sammy are starting to play and hang out together.  It's good for Panama to have a friend he can play with in his corral, I think, and I love Sammy's personality — a little submissive, but totally sweet.  Doesn't he look sweet?

New pasturemate

Hopefully all of this crazy weather is about done. I'm ready for summer!



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