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TRAIL RIDE!!

October 26 or 27!  Nikki, Dana and ME.  HEYNE RANCH!   I hope she's ready!  She's been calmer, but...


And last night, bareback, I led Missy back to the pen.  The whole ride, even before the end, Cricket was calm...

I'm scared to go on the ride.  I know it's because of my ride on Cruise last year.  I haven't attempted a ride since then. I know it's Cricket, not Cruise, and it's not life threatening cliffs and rocks...   just scared.  I think I'll be alright.  The only "cliff" was down to the river, and we might not even take that same route.  And we did it before.  And I know a little more about "cliffs" now than I did before.  So really no reason to be scared.

Right?
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Coming along

She is coming along.  She still gets nervous with another horse around, but it may just be that the horse is a stallion.  Not sure who Nikki will be riding when we go out, but she said Sunny is leaving for Arizona in a few weeks, so I know it won't be him.

Sunday with the saddle, in the arena, she didn't want to walk, so we jogged for... it seemed like 20 mins, but I really don't know how long it was.  I was posting the whole time, and she varied between roadster fast and english trot.  She was soaked, dripping, foaming, and POOPED.  When we finally stopped and walked again, she walked so nicely. HAHA.  But as soon as she started to jig again, - off we went!  This time just for a few mins.  Then I think she got the idea.  "Lets Just Walk."

My legs were extremely sore Monday.  And Tuesday.  But Tuesday I was able to go back, and put the bareback pad on her and we just walked and did footwork in the arena.  She was very good.  Then I took her back, but made her walk past the gate (one small crop whack) and then she was nervous.  More horses, and to make it even more scary, the roof on the shed corner was loose and flapping in the wind.  She did question me, but eventually we made it to the end of the lane, and the cow pasture gate was open.  But I didn;t make her go in there.  I stood her there for awhile, then we went back.  I got off before we got to her gate.  She actually was VERY GOOD overall.  I was happy with her.

So happy, I contacted Peter Heyne about riding over there at the ranch again....

We shall see.  She is still on the Calm, but I have the Springtime Daily Calm in hand.
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Tricks

Lots of stress and frustration at the new place, mostly due to separation anxiety. Really getting old. I’ve been bringing Missy along, but its time to stop that. And Missy is being mischievous, causing trouble with the stallion Stoli lol.

So besides run up and touch the ball, I’m “transfering” some ground tricks to saddle. She already knows bow, so now working on yes and no. I think she’s almost got the no. So smart. I realized she just takes everything to the max, whether good or bad.

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very emotional

Well, moved the horses to their new home yesterday.  Put them in the pasture, they went to eat the grass, and never looked back.  I felt like they would forget me.

Today after work, I stopped on my way home.  It was 5:15 when I got there, gave myself about a half hour to stay. Took my grooming tote, the flyspray and the stick.  Walked the "MILE" (not really) to the shed, realized I didn't have the halters. DUH.  Well, the round pen was kinda far from them anyway...

Almost there, they both looked up.  I waved.  Then they went back to eating.  But as I got closer, they looked again, and something must have been familiar.  It was actually Missy who whinnied - VERY LOUDLY!  She never has done THAT.  I said "HI GIRLS!" and then Cricket whinnied!!  Then she whinnied again!  That was nice :)

So I went into the pasture, and Cricket came to me first.  I gave her a treat.  Then Missy.  I started to spray Missy; she did not go away!!  Then I got Cricket.  SHE did not go away!  I pulled out the Scarlex and then Cricket tried to go away.  Had to bribe her with another treat.  But I got a good dose on her boo-boo, which is looking better.  She stayed still for it, too.

Then Missy came over and wanted me to pet her face.  <3  Then I had Cricket do some tricks, so I could give her another treat.  Then I gave Missy the last one.  Missy was just all in my zone, wanting me to stroke her and talk to her.   SHE NEVER DOES THAT.  I started crying!

I wonder if they thought I had abandoned them there?  And they were so glad to see me :)  Now they know I will be back.  They watched me leave.

It was so weird not to feed them.  Oh, and my fish was still happily digging in all the algae!  HE even looked happy!  But I was feeling very emotional, like a reverse homesickness.  But they haven't forgotten me.

So tomorrow I will remember the halters and maybe take Cricket down to the roundpen.

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Weather

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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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!!!

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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!!