First of all, welcome to all of my new followers!! Randomly logged on and saw I had a few more, thanks for following and joining me on my journey, y'all! :) I appreciate it!!
I leave for Florida tomorrow, we're aiming for morning so we can be in FL sooner rather than later, but we'll probably get out the door around 2 like always. We stay through Saturday evening and will get home Sunday, I plan on getting to the barn again ASAP to hopefully ride if Red continues improving with the grass foundering-is that a word??- issue. He's doing well.. Since I knew I'd have about five days of no horse time I had to make it out tonight and mom and I went and took Olivia, our boston terrier..
|She enjoyed the air conditioning.|
Red whinnied excitedly and kicked his stall door to get out. I reprimanded him and he stopped and gave me a "But I love you" look..this is what I saw when I walked through the barn door:
|I LOVE YOU DO YOU SEE THE HAY IN MY MOUTH IT'S LIKE ROOM SERVICE I WHINNY AND SHE GIVES ME FOOD THIS TOTALLY ISN'T SO BAD AT ALL! I EVEN HAVE A STINKING JOLLY BALL! YAY!!!!|
The caption isn't realistic. He gets food and hay as usual and the occasional stall toy but he isn't so pleased..Obviously he worked up a sweat AND got rained on today because when I came in he was soaked.. And of course gave me those hugs he always gives thus resulting in ME being wet. One day I'll get a video of what he does..I walk in and he literally wraps his head around me and holds me there like this:
And keeps me there like, I LOVE YOU DON'T LEAVE I AM SO BORED!!This is an actual picture of Red doing it:
I went in his stall, saw the state his mane was in and I was like, "welp" and decided after a few of those hugs and him trying to follow me in the stall to just let him out in the barn and let him walk around since he'd be stuck in there until 10AM. I opened the gate, tested him a little. He KNOWS he's not supposed to leave the stall unless I give him a go-ahead, and today I thought he may just run out knowing he'd be trapped, but he sat there until I say "Follow" and walked on out like a gentleman. I clucked my tongue and got him to trot a little just to see how he'd move and he looked perfect, no stiffness. I walked around and he followed without me even telling him to. This is a big step for us. This shows the connection that I've worked SO hard for and I'm so happy about it..he TROTTED AFTER ME. Not being mean or overbearing, but I jogged over to the other side and he played, trotted at my side and just threw his head up like, "okay, let's play!!" I felt like Little Creek, just with a Bay and not a Paint!
Anyone remember that movie, specifically the scene where Little Creek takes off and Rain chases him around?? That's how I felt.
I went to the corner and tried to snap some pictures but by the time the camera took it he was heading back my way and it blurred. :P :P I got about two decent ones but he just wouldn't stay put. I don't blame him.
|Inspecting the stalls! He went to all of them. :)) :))|
|Tasting some nommy hay.|
|This makes him look like he has terrible conformation..I swear he was standing on a hill. ;)|
Here's proof that he has good conformation, LOL
|Ignore his fluffiness.|
I checked him over, no stiffness. Still giving him bute daily and putting some gel for stiffness on his legs daily. That pink junk on him is pink SWAT for his balding places and to keep bugs away. Bought him some low-starch purina feed to mix in with his current feed so we gradually get him on a lower starch feed that's less rich. He got more hay tonight. I felt his hooves tonight and no heat, A checked them earlier at the barn and he was fine then. Getting a lot better, I think!! Phew phew!!! I worried!! A has promised me that she'll keep me informed while I'm in FL. Kinda dreading the trip but excited to get away. Two fussy kids in a car, far from home and my bed AND my horse, stinks, however, sand in my toes, seeing my grandparents and having some family time is good. Wish I could fit Red in my suitcase it'd make thing a ton easier.
Here are some random pictures from this evening:
Did you have horsey time today? What did you do?
PS: My rather poetic and random words from above were inspired when Red trotted next to me today.. I don't know why but it just swelled my heart. Horseback riding is NOT about you, it is about your friend, your horse. Allow your horse to walk beside you, not behind you, you are NOT the most important thing, not in front of you because your horse must have boundaries and rules, but beside you as your friend. You are both in this TOGETHER.