Friday, 1 January 2016

Shenanigans

First up, an attempt to repair the third blanket in two weeks that Ms Ginger has trashed. Duct tape, anyone?


Then, since the sun was shining, a hike/trail ride with Bridget and G. Bridget was a little reluctant again to head out, but once we got past those pesky llamas she perked up a little. It took about an hours worth of walking up the steep roads and trails behind the barn, but we made it to the snow line. I dismounted there because my feet needed to thaw out a bit, and also because my best friend shattered a leg when her horse slipped in the snow and fell on her - years later that memory still makes me cautious.  Bridget was beyond excited to see the snow and was trying to drag me along into it. I'm 99.9% sure she must have seen snow before, but that didn't stop her from acting like a large dog and plowing her feet and nose through it as we walked along. 
This pony is happy

You can likely can guess what came next...yep she laid down in it to make horsey snow angels in it. She was so sneaky and quick about it G thought she fell down and I was being a big meanie by kicking at her to get up. She was still tacked up and I was imagining a broken saddle tree and dollar bills blowing away in the wind. Also, we were on a pretty steep hill among some trees - not the safest place to roll around. Up she (finally) got and we walked up the mountain a while further. We found a little level clearing finally. Then, because she is super spoiled, I un tacked her and let her dig and roll around to her hearts content. 
Like a dog

The couple of scrapes my saddle got from the sneaky roll are unfortunate, but overall, I think in the future I'll look at them and smile. Her obvious love of the day really reminded me of our old dog's reaction to the rare snow we'd get. Normally Bridget is a pretty serious little thing and wise beyond her years, so it was neat to see her have a silly baby horse moment or two.

We made it home without incident, and were just in time to see Ginger and her little rider finish up their lesson. They looked great, which made my day even better. 

9 comments:

  1. I used to always let Mystic roll in the arena and I realized that was a mistake when she starting pawing/thinking about it when she was wearing my friends saddle haha oops. It's nice you let her have a little roll afterwards :) Glad to hear that Ginger had a good lesson :)

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    1. Midge is very crafty so I'm going to have to be very careful that she doesn't learn the whole rolling under saddle thing is a way to get out of work :)

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  2. That so much fun that you can trail ride like that! Unfortunately at my current barn the only place to ride is around the farm which means around the pens which means that when I try it all the horses get goofy and start racing around which is just too much for Katai at this point. One of my goals for next year is to find someone that can be a trail riding buddy who has a trailer so that we can go on adventures too!

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    1. Our trail access is sadly not the best, we're lucky for what we have but I miss our old barn!

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  3. That sounds like a perfect day! (minus the preemptive roll). I always like letting them roll. Sometimes they just gotta be horses. ;)

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    1. It was a really great day :)

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  4. aw too cute! my mare rolled in the snow once too - took me completely by surprise tho lol

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