Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

December 13, 2010

Warm Weather and Riding

The weather was back to its seasonal norm today-4C (+24F), something that we haven't seen for several weeks. It was a great day for tossing a saddle on Biz and working some of the fat and laziness off. I figured that she would be herd bound with the other two, so I spent about 20 minutes lunging her in the paddock, then another 10 making sure she was compliant. For the first 10 minutes of the ride, she kept wanting to go back to her herd, but with some circling she soon straightened out. Actually she was pretty well behaved, but with lots of energy. A half mile of cantering up the road and then a half mile back through the snow drifts settled her right down. I asked Elaine to take the photo as I realized that I had lots of pictures of Biz, but none with me on her.

I then returned to the field and spent some time working on her halts, turns on the hindquarter and attempting a side pass. I have got to get the side pass down before the spring cattle drive! Tucker was a cutting horse and she knows automatically how to get out of the way, and how to prevent cows from circling back. Actually, I am just along for the ride with her! My goal is to get Biz up to that point.

A good day, warm temps, and a well behaved horse (sort of) . What more could a guy ask for?
Oh yeah, I kept the horse between me and the ground.

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5 comments:

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

Awesome picture! Love the red and snow and black contrast... I think I've said that already but, I really like it! Warm weather...ahhahahaha, thats a good one Ian. :)

texwisgirl said...

Oh she's a fat and happy girl!!! She's wondering why all the exercise was necessary though! :) Warm weather indeed!

Good for both of you - especially the her between you and ground part. :)

Crystal Mary said...

I agree with Libby. Actually she stole my words..the red and black against the white is so stricking. I think its very cold...but very pretty.

Gregg said...

That is the life. I remember in Cedarville, I would saddle Ginger up and ride into the Modoc National Forest in the Warner Mountain range in in the snow. What a great ride that was.

You are truly blessed!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

What a great photo! It almost makes me want to get up to our local mountains an play in the snow.....almost :-)

~Ron