Wednesday, March 14, 2007

horsing around

Cliff spent the morning working on the round pen he's building; for those of you who don't know what that is, it's a training pen for horses. 


Sadie and I took our walk early, and then I ponied Libby for well over an hour.  Both yesterday and today, I've taken her up the road and far from home, across plowed fields.  She's doing well, I think.  Since I really haven't figured out how to work her on the lunge line or drive her, I keep ponying her.  I figure it can't hurt.  I once heard a lady preacher say, "Do something, lest ye do nothing".  Leading Libby around the countryside as I ride Blue is my "something".

This evening Arick came back to work on his bronco, and he felt the horse might do better if I rode with him.  So for the second time today, I saddled Blue.  We went all over our 43 acres with Arick alongside us.  His horse acted up a bit, but at least there was no bucking.

This horse Arick is working with acts as though somebody has hit him in the head; in horseman terms, he's "head-shy".  When you reach up to pat his face, he dodges.  So this afternoon I went out, tied him up, and spent ten or fifteen minutes just petting his face... whether he liked it or not!

Yep, I've spent plenty of time today in the company of horses.  Don't be surprised if I start whinnying, as I eat my morning oats.

14 comments:

marainey1 said...

It sounds as though your were in horse heaven today.  Nice you could get out and enjoy it.  'On Ya' - ma

suzypwr said...

Hm, I don't hear you complaining, but maybe your hooves need some trimming.

xoxo

ksquester said...

I would say you were in FINE company!   Anne

amy122389 said...

"Do something, lest ye do nothing".  

I like it!!

~Amy

lowis6535 said...

  From the photo of the Paint ... he looks stubborn & excitable.  Good luck & lots of patience.  Blue might be a good influence on him!  I know that you're going to like your round pen!
LOIS

lowis6535 said...

  AN AFTERTHOUGHT: Is that a mechanical hackamore on Arick's horse?  That is my preferred "bit".  To keep a horse from getting his head down to buck, I would run a rope from the saddle horn, thru the bridle between the ears, then down on both sides to something in the horse's mouth so he'd snap himself if he put his head down too far.
LOIS

geocachelinda66 said...

I envy you.  Was just reading news on AOL about how there are too many horses in certain states and how the owners can't afford to care for them.  Some are auctioned off for a few bucks or turned loose.  I would love to have a horse, just can't afford to board one.  Linda

gardone1 said...

MOSIE I HAVE TO SAY HOW LUCKY YOU ARE TO HAVE CLIFF :0)))I BET HE CAN DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING :0))) AND THAT PEN IS SURE LOOKING GOOD AND I HOPE YOU DO A VIDEO WHEN YOU ARE DOING YOUR TRAINING WE SURE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT :0))))                                       MARIA

scotthlori said...

I would love to have a couple horses.  *sigh*  We have the room (we live on 3 acres) but don't have the money and don't have the slightest idea on how to raise one.  Maybe someday.  I want a goat, a couple ducks, and some rabbits too.  My husband things I'm crazy!  

LORI

bnanajm said...

Oh Donna, you're always horsing around.  :o)

helmswondermom said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the day!
Lori
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hestiahomeschool said...

There is nothing better than spending time in the company of horses, unless it is nursing a baby.

fmgruber said...

Round pen? How'll Cliff ever corner you in there. };^D.

lanurseprn said...

That husband of yours can build absolutely anything!  
Pam