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Its been too hot 😢 I’vegotten in some lunging and I rode today, but not until 7:30. And it was just walking down the road and back.

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3 years?

Has it been 3 years since I’ve posted?!

I’m going to focus on collection and cantering the next 2 weeks.

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It is coming together!

Yesterday we got hay, so I moved some tack room stuff to the left side of the shed, and placed the panel gate across it all. Just to keep nosey horses out. Dave and I took down all the fence panels, too.

Today he dug up the high ground by the lattice corner, I hope its enough. I took the center fence panel out to open up the whole shed. Dave propped the center post a bit and tied it to a T post. I placed the panel gate across the left side and secured it to the center post. Now the whole shed is my tack room / hay storage !! Just like in my dreams!!

I bought a green hookover feeder for Cricket. I hope the ground is ok for them to install; Dave left the shovel in case they need it. Now all I have to make sure of is that the carport legs will line up on the center post the right way so I can still open the 4' gate. If not, I will move the panel gate to the inside of the carport legs and just move the whole thing when I need to get in, unless or until I can move the 4' gate.

OMGOSH, its just a little thing, but it is a big thing as far as my dreams moving forward and coming true!!!

[ INSERT PICTURE HERE! haha ]

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Carport - NOW!

Got a call this morning, Tues the 3rd, they can deliver my carport Tues the 10th!!!

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OMGOSH!! I BOUGHT A CARPORT!!!

After ..??? how many years of dreamin' and plannin' and drawing, I realized I had enough money to actually BUY A CARPORT!

I'm gonna put it in front of the shed. Its 18' x 21'. So the sides will go against the front of the shed, and both ends will be open.

I'll be turning half the shed into hay storage, (FINALLY!) and the other half will be the tack room. Hopefully the carport roof will keep rain out of the corners. I'm leaving the lattice up.

Shannon and her husband are gonna help me with moving some dirt, moving the 4' gate to the tack room end , replacing the center post that is broken, and pulling up the two wooden fence posts, hopefully to use again. I will have to use the panel gate to fill in from the end of the lattice to the four foot gate, and I would like to use the wooden fence post, but I have 2 T posts, too.

I'm working on a bridle rack sorta thing, and I hope it all looks as nice as it does in my head!

The 18' will give them lots of air and shade, hopefully really cut down on the mud, and still keep them warm in the winter. I can see Cricket beside herself watching them put it up! haha!

Probably 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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an hour ride

Went for an hour ride today.  It was something in the 80's and loooowwwww humidity, and a nice breeze.  We went down Anderson Rd.

I worked her over some poles and did some sidepassing and backing before we left, to start the barn sour treatment.  We got all the way to almost the cattle gate when suddenly Missy realized we were GONE and started whinnying.  We were upwind, so *I* couldn't hear it, but Cricket suddenly turned her head back and answered.  I looked back, and Missy was trotting to the fence.

So I turned her back to Anderson's mailbox, and made her go around it, head to the mailbox, and swinging her back end around.  Then we sidepassed, then we started off again.  I rested her just past the gate.

A little farther, then she started up again, so back we went to the mailbox.  Same thing, but this time I added figure 8 trotting circles.  And trotting down the road.  We got past the gate, to a good spot, then I rested her.  ALmost 5 mins.  When we started up again, she gave a half look behind her and then went on.  LOL.

I cantered her a little, but she was freakin' out about some round bales, so she was all crooked and probably cross-cantering.  So I stopped her, and we walked all the way to the end barn.  I saw two horses running in the pasture with the cows, (and so did she) so I trotted her to the pasture gate.  Two chestnuts came up, she wanted to sniff 'em, and the big blaze one came over to sniff.  She put her ears back a few times, then squealed and struck her right foot.  He never flinched. Then I turned her away and we left.

We went out in the field a bit, and I zig-zagged around some scary areas, and then back on the road.  We walked the rest of the way home, Missy met us at the fence.  The other pasture gate was open so we went thru and I took her into the 'arena.'

I wanted to canter her again.  I took her on the left lead, she fought me at first, but then she was good.  I felt the saddle sliding around, so I got off, tightened it, got back on (she moved over to the fence very nicely!!) and then we cantered on the right lead.  Well, I think she was still on the left, but we went around a few times, and she was pretty good.  Not totally relaxed, but she wasn't fighting me.  So I stopped her near the road, and got off there, and walked her back to the pasture.

I was thinking while we were out about sending her to Cece, wondering if she trains under saddle, and if not, if training to drive would help her under saddle.  Then she was good in the 'arena' so I think just working more with her will help...  I don't know anymore  :P

But she was a sweetie pie, and affectionate and just pretty good all around today.  Just a few "words between us" when she wanted to go back, and that was all.  I wish I had more time to ride!!



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I love this picture of her !!                             



And this is a good shot of Missy          headshot 10-5-14        



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                                                    The two are inseparable these days!!

Fish

oh yeah, yesterday my fish was gone :(  My big beautiful mermaid tail female goldfish!  Dave says she hiding, like she did in the winter, but I know she's gone.  She was still gone today.  waaah!   I will miss you!

she was just gettin' to come to my fingers, too.

5 days in a row

Well, Crick-ette, we did it.  5 days in a row!  You survived.  Wed night at feeding time she was sleepin' and she looked a little tired, and yesterday she wasn't sure she wanted to come in, but I guess she figured apples and hay were worth it.  Although she did glare at me the whole way in from the pasture!!

So yesterday I cleaned and oiled my Simco saddle, and the squeakin' was MUCH better today!!  Still a little, but not a deafening roar!  She did really well, just a few protests, but overall very nice.  And when I took the saddle off, YAY!!  Sweat in all the right places!!!  WHEW!!!

So I oiled it some more and shined up the silver, oiled my bridle, cleaned and oiled my boots just for good measure, and brought the saddle and bridle home for safekeeping.  She will have "off" tomorrow.  Hopefully Dave will take some pictures of me on her for me, on Sunday.

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Cool

Worked her 3 days in a row.  I used my Simco saddle today.  Aside from the squeaking (it sounded like an army of footsoldiers marching in the snow) I think it worked well.  The seat didn't seem so small today HAHA.

Mrs Clements stopped to tell me how awful and embarrassed she felt about James saying I needed to pay some money.  Told me to forget about the incident and don't worry about paying anything any more until I can afford it.

She also said "you sure are faithful to that horse.  I like that."  Aww - that's cuz I LOVE her, Laurel!!

She started out bitchy, lazy and trying to scrape me off a little, but after 10 mins of jogging I think she got the idea that we weren't gonna stop any time soon!  I did stop, let her rest about 3 mins, then off again.  I think prob only 3-5 mins, not sure.  But she was starting to settle down.  She still remembers stick to the fence!  I think the next time will be awesome!

I plan to ride again tomorrow and friday, then give her Saturday off, then go for a trail ride on Sunday.  I'm gonna clean clean clean that Simco and then drown it in Neatsfoot Oil for a week!!  Hopefully that will soften in up and I can use it and not have to buy a new saddle.  Although I did find 2 that I really really like... just not sure the one I like more has stirrups that will shorten enough for me  :P

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Reins!

They look and feel great!  And I love this picture 😊


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