I can only try and describe to you all (touched, teary, w/sighs of relief,wonderful and really happy) how I feel when I walk into our stable's tack room-to see this!!!(addition of hearts-mine)
I am so feelin' the L*O*V*E from my PBO and fellow stablemates!
Having oneself focused upon the calender, for all to see...
ooou, just gives ya that warm and ~we do belong~ sense!!
Wa mare is also featured on her Birthday, in March~
And the very first day we arrived to Painted Forest Stables, I turned Washshae mare into the arena....she, after having a time of antics with cones...went on over to Big "Skye", who was stall bound in layup, for his tendon injury. She sent her "hello"and get well soon, over the arena wall.
This is next Month's Calendar picture
(again-heart addition mine)
I'm loving this February and it's welcome changes~
So, after many days of the arena...the mare and me wanted to feel the L*O*V*E of the greater outdoors the day before Valentine's...I wrapped her in her *special* wraps for the occasion...asked her to hop into the trailer, she obliged, willingly...and we set off for a familiar and known to be mud free area.
I was wondering how it would feel to have my saddle pack on my bareback pad...thinking it would be floppy or bug me, being back there.
OH!! Very nice surprise...it actually gave me a deep seat feeling (but softer) because I sat against it! Very comfy!
I have been so lax about putting it on the saddle, because I don't go very far, since I've been at the new place. Wa healing up as she was. It has first aide/horse and rider/ Bear mace/ water holder/hoofpick/flashlight/and some more things one may need. Just has not seemed necessary, but now that I know it such a great thing to ride bareback with, I'm taking it every time!
It actually sits OFF the horse with this padding system too.With a saddle, it slipped over the cantle and would rest on the horse...got really icky on longer rides too.
The mare really loved the NEW, though familar, riding places! She was perky and forward. Here she saw a downed tree, and though she did not slow, she sure eyeballed it!
I missed very much the wide open spaces of being higher up on the mountain! It really would not come in to focus...being so hazy and bright. I think these mountains will be my Springtime training grounds...lots of hills and no slippery mudd!
I was so happy, Wa gave me a really amazing trot , since we could be straight/flat for it...a floaty one and I got to push, push, push my pelvis and belly button towards her neck ...till the trot became an extended one! Then posting, though I had no sirrups, became easier!
We walked for a time, up and down some hills, by creeks and back onto a flatter, straighter area. I could tell by the mare's forwardness...it was time to allow her an all outer...there was room and we were fully booted as well.
Wooo....I brought the GPS and had it on to: chart time out, distance, elevation and speed.
25.5mph later, I could tell there still was some reservations, we slowed to a walk with her mane all tossled and her head down, ears forward, enjoying her lungs having been filled.
The reservations, I found when I got off to share the breather with her, were her blasted hoof boots all wonky sideways! OOOU....
I had to take the lf hind off completely..she was doing a "Stinghalt" walk...it must rub her.
I made sure to not go over the distances/times we have currently been riding..though, we added HILLS to the mix this day.
She was one tired pony!
But I could tell, a very happy one. She and I are so much alike...needing some change in our daily goings on and also ~scenery!
We cooled out walking back together and headed on homeward after she had a drink and a bite of hay. Her "awe comon' KK girl" look
Here is the rest of the weeks glance at the outdoor stuff...good for working indoors...tehehe~
A little something we made for you, our bloggerville freinds!
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