Sunday, March 29, 2009
So scroll down and start at Hi Again and then move up.
Pardon the doubled pictures on a couple of them.
Okay, just a couple of more. The bottom pic is of my daughter at probably four in a leadline class on Spunky. She always won and was end of the year Champion. They were so cute together. I had this little english saddle, I think it was a 12", and I had to use a 52" girth because it was so small.
The middle pic is Spunky and I waiting to go into a class. You know how it is, hurry up and wait. He always looked so adorable braided. This must have been equitation finals. I didn't braid him very often.
The top picture is of me and Splash, a Connemara/TB cross that I was training for a very nice older guy. Splash was a real challenge, something wasn't right in his head. He could be very nice over fences but unfortunately a mediocre mover. I rode him for about three years so I thought he deserved a shout out.
Here is Big Buck. I never thought that I would ever actually have a draft. Shortly after we moved out here, I was looking for something for my hubby to bop around on. I was talking to a friend about it and she mentioned Buck (formerly Zeus). He was on loan to a local barn and was being used as a schoolie. One day a couple of weeks before, he had three seizures. Apparently, it was pretty hard to watch. The girl who owned him lives out of town and is in school, she couldn't afford an MRI which the barn manager said she had to get in order for him to stay on. I guess so that a brain tumor could be diagnosed and or ruled out. Most everyone, including the vet, said he should be put down, she of course didn't want to, but she had to move him or pay board which she couldn't afford either. We talked and I agreed to take him, so she gave him to me. I told her that if the seizures reappeared, I would euth him. That has been over a year and a half ago and there have been no further signs of seizures.
Buck is a very big baby and really lovable. I enjoy riding him although he is also very lazy. In his day, he did eventing believe it or not.
He actually has his own fan club at the barn he was at. People still ask about him.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wow, that pic of Wizard didn't come out well. Anyway, isn't he the cutest little guy? He was supposed to be a large pony but ended up being about 15 hands. His full sisters are large ponies and showing big time up in New York. Wizard is a great mover, he has a 10 plus trot when you ride it well and he has the jump of a much larger horse. He never stops at a fence, never, never.
Meet Whinnie, AKA, Madame X. We have no idea of her breeding other than to guess she is a TB/Welsh cross. The one pic of her where she looks like a chestnut is from the people I bought her from. She was about 2 in that pic. Amazing change. This mare is what I and others have called a fine ride. You don't do much when riding her. Voice command is about all it takes. She is also very balanced.
Okay, there was a major gap in my riding. I started riding again via a good friend of mine, the year was 1988. My teacher hooked my up with the above guy, meet Spunky (aka Champagne Jam), he was 5 and he is mostly QH and has a tad of TB in there. This horse was my saving grace. At the time I was married to a truly horrible man who had me convinced that I was worthless. If it hadn't been for Spunky and the positives that I got from him and my riding, I don't know what would have happened to me. I rode in some clinics with some very good pros and every one of them said, I hope your husband treats you as well as that horse, I always replied that he didn't, that is why I got rid of the husband and kept the horse. I still have Spunky, he is now 27 and still the light of my life.
I have decided for the time being to tell you the story of my critters. I will start with my equines.
Monday, March 2, 2009
This is the really great storage barn, we could fit probably 1000 bales of hay in it. And it is so nice to be able to park the trailer and tractor under cover. There is even storage on the back side. The people who built this place were really thinking. The posts on this building are telephone poles, it isn't going anywhere soon.
This is the house at Hummingbird Hill. We had 5-6" of snow last night and today, my snow dance last night was very effective. As you can tell, we don't get much snow here.
This is pulling in the driveway, to the left is one of the barns. That is where Spunky and Buck reside.