Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Saddle!

Not for me.  For Robin.  But I think I'm just as excited about it as she is.

Today the farrier was coming, so Robin went out early and I met her at the barn when I got off work.  Turns out that only 1 horse needed a trim.  The other twenty or so were just fine.  I do think we have a great farrier.  Of all the years we've been boarding there, we've never seen a horse with a foot or general lameness issue.  And it is also nice that he didn't decide to trim the horses anyways, as he could have done that just to make a buck.

Since Robin had some free time, she had Bear all groomed up and ready for me.  That was pretty nice.  All I had to do was throw a saddle on.

Work has been crazy, and I have been really tired.  Today I was in the mood to walk around and hangout with my horse.  We mounted on the strip and then wandered into the big pasture.  They are still working on the drainage out there, and some other gates were open, too.  So we ventured into a new field and onto a new strip that we've never used before.  Robin was on Laredo, and he is always so funny when we see new things.  He just loves exploring.

The ride was pretty uneventful, which is exactly what I was after.  Laredo would get a little excited on some of the hills and want to trot up.  No big deal.  Bear often wanted to go with him.  Sometimes we did, and other times I just practiced keeping a nice steady seat and smoothly taking the slack out of one rein.  He stayed at the walk every time.

The sun is really setting early now, and the temps drop fast.  It was warm when we climbed on, but by the end I was wishing I brought my gloves with me.  Before long I'll probably need a lot more than just gloves.

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