Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mare-y Christmas!

To all from me and the ponies!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Almost Christmas...

Here are a few of the photos from Saturday.

Rem, bucking and playing in the snow. I saw both him and Luna slip and flop over on their sides while they were playing. It was pretty funny.

An artistic shot of Chocolate that Aubrey took.


Saturday night Aubrey volunteered to back Luna for me. I said go for it! I'm still too fat
to climb up on her :-)

Luna was good, but a little nervous. Rem was making all kinds of noise because he thought he should have some attention, so Luna was a little distracted. I don't have any photos of it, but Aubrey did get all the way on. I was the anchor so my hands were occupied!

I went into work a little early today and was lucky enough to be able to leave early with the rest of the office! YAY! I don't have to go back to work until next Monday. I am going to go take advantage of the afternoon and nap... how exciting.

I hope everyone has a great holiday!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

And the winner is...

Tracey of Mustang Diaries! Tracey, if you'll please email me at: jessica dot willyerd at gmail dot com with your painting choice and your shipping address, I'd be glad to get it in the mail on Monday!

Thank you all for entering!

Many of you asked if I knew anyone competing in the Midwest Mustang Challenge this year, and so far I only know of a few....

Siobhan will be blogging about her experience in the challenge at Spinnin & Slidin, Lopin & Dreamin.

I talked to Tracy Porter, who competed last year and her friend TJ Clibborn will be in the challenge. He competed in the Ft. Worth competition and did pretty well. I am close enough that I could probably stop by and get some updates on their progress.

That is all I know for now, and until they get a list posted of all the trainers, I probably won't know much else.

Well, Aubrey is home and we've got about 10 inches of snow on the ground, so we're going to take some photos of the ponies today. I'll share when I get home!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A New Name and a Giveaway!

Well, now that this blog is less about the mustang challenge, and more about me and my horses in general, I figured I had better include the girls on the name. So, Two Appaloosas and a Mustang it is! I know, very creative...

Andrea, at Mustang Saga has been doing a few giveaways, and has inspired me to do one of my own! The rules are simple, just leave a comment and you have a chance to win your choice of an original painting done by me!! I don't care if you've never commented before, or if you're even a member of blogger, just leave me a comment and you could win!! It doesn't matter what you say, let me know what you think of the new name and color scheme, or just say hello! The contest will end on Friday, December 19th. Then I will draw a name out of those who left me a comment.

Here are the paintings, if you win you get to choose one.

8 by 10 acrylic portrait of Remington

9 by 12 portrait of a bald faced chestnut horse.

The Clinic

We made it to the Ranch horse clinic and back. I was a little worried about the roads, but everything turned out fine. I was a little delayed in the morning because the trailer hitch was full of snow and ice, and the blocks were frozen to the ground. Not to mention, Remington decided that he should not have to load in the trailer at 6:30 a.m. My plans were to leave at 6, but we were the first ones to the clinic anyway. I got Rem settled in a stall and then just waited around for it to start. Rem was thankful for a chance to eat breakfast.

The first portion of the clinic was showmanship and conformation. Not sure what I was expecting, but most of the things covered were things I've already learned in 4H, but it seemed many of the other participants were adults who didn't really have that opportunity. I never did make Remington into much of a showmanship horse, so that part of the clinic wasn't really much fun to me. When we moved on to conformation, the clinician had us set up our horses to make them look their best. Considering Rems legs are as crooked as the governor of Illinois, there's really nothing I could do to make them look good. I tried anyway by "hand setting" them... I went to pick up his left front and was dumb about it, bending over in front of him. He decided to offer me his right front and his knee bonked me in the forehead. Haha, whoops, that was embarrassing. Right about then I decided to become more of a spectator to those around me. Remington won't be entering any halter classes any time soon. He then went on to fall asleep, which was fine with me. I enjoyed watching the other participants set up their nicely conformed horses :-)

Next up was Horsemanship. I was hoping to make use of the large indoor arena to get some loping work done, but with 10 horses, it was a little bit crazy. Rem is still pretty green at the lope so in order to keep us and the other participants safe, I kept the loping to a minimum. The pattern work was fun, but again, it was things I'd learned in 4H. The pattern work was really good for Remington though. We had a chance to do it twice, so our first run was a little sloppy, but the second time we improved, which was nice. The clinician talked more about the riders position than he did about the correctness of the pattern. I have a hard time riding "correctly" when I am on a green horse, and I still consider Rem to be pretty green. So, the clinician did pick on my faults a little, which was fine. It sure will be nice when I can let Rem go on a loose rein and worry about nothing but where my shoulder, hip and heel belong! :-) We then went on to do some rail work. Here I think the class should have been split, 5 on the rail and 5 in the center, because the arena wasn't that big and there were quite a few green horses in the clinic. Remington did nothing but pass horses, and we couldn't find an open spot on the rail to get comfortable. The clinician said something about "using the corners" but what are you supposed to do with a fast horse, and no open holes on the rail? Ride up someone's butt to use that corner! No thank you. I'll just run around in the middle and make it look extra fast since I'll be doing twice as many small laps around the arena! heh heh.

Lunch break followed that part. Rem had a nice break and got to finish his breakfast. I had a chili cheese dog and a rice krispie treat. So much for eating healthy...

Trail was next, and this was probably my favorite part. Of course Remington enjoyed it. The bridge they used was painted white, like the one from the competition in April. Remington looked, but never stopped moving and he went right over. He knew what these trail obstacles were all about! They had a hay bale with a steer head roping dummy attached that you had to throw a rope at. Many of the horses wouldn't stand to have a rope thrown off of them, but Rem knew what he was doing. He stood like a rock for me to rope the dummy. The trail clinician was pretty nice, and very helpful to everyone who was having trouble with the obstacles. The funniest part was when he asked me, "How is that horse bred?" heh heh.... As I was looking over the showbill for the Wisconsin Ranch Horse Association, I noticed you had to have some type of registered stock horse complete with registration papers in order to compete.... I wonder if Rem's BLM title will count? Oh well if it doesn't...

I was getting pretty tired at this point, but I wanted to stay for reining. That is pretty much what I came for. I don't know if it's because I was getting tired, and Rem was getting unresponsive and sleepy, but I found the reining part pretty boring. Again it was very basic, which is probably what I should have expected. After we did some rollback exercises and some squares, they moved on to loping circles. I decided to head out because it was getting late and I didn't want to drive home in total darkness. It was a long day for us both, but we had a lot of fun, and met some very nice people. I know I would have gotten more out of a private lesson, but sometimes it's good to get your horse out with a big group. It was really good for Rem. We haven't done anything like that for a long time, and he was a great ambassador for the mustang! We got lots of compliments.

Now I'm going to enjoy my Sunday by doing absolutely nothing, all day long.... It will be marvelous!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ranch Horse Clinic this weekend

I signed up to attend a Ranch horse clinic this weekend, put on by the Wisconsin Ranch Horse Association. I am pretty excited about this, I'm going to bring Remington and hopefully we'll both learn something.

I will be sure to update after the clinic, but I can't promise any photos. My goal for this winter is to get Rem spinning really good. I am taking lessons and I recently bought a video on spins and rollbacks by Larry Trocha. I watched it once and I'm working on watching it a second time. I haven't had a chance to try any of the exercises out yet, but he does a good job of giving you different methods to try. Most of them I have heard of, but wasn't sure how to do them exactly, so it helps to actually see him doing them. He rides horses that he says are still learning the spin, but they sure move a lot quicker than Remington ever has... then again they are probably bred for that sort of work...

The Midwest Horse Fair is only a few months away, yet again! I wish that I could participate in the Mustang Challenge, but I simply don't have the money (and we all know what happened last year...) I understand that there is not as much interest in being one of the trainers this year. The Mustang Heritage Foundation has extended the deadline (was the 1st now the 10th) I wonder why there isn't more interest, but I have a feeling it has something to do with the economy. There's just not a lot of extra money, and it takes money to participate. At least gas prices are down... last year I think I spent $150 alone on the trip down to Illinois and back to pick up the mustangs (and that was only half the money spent on gas, Jess paid the other half)! I do hope that they have enough interest to still do the competition. I would really like to be a spectator this year... much more relaxing.

Here's a photo from Thanksgiving of Aubrey and I on our mustangs. I'm not sure what the expression on my face is about, but I was supposed to be smiling, like Aubrey.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Catching up...

First off, I was book tagged by Deanna, who now has a new website!

Here's the rules:

1. Grab the nearest HORSE book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one. Pick the Closest.
6. Tag five people to do the same.

The book I always have laying around is "The Body Language of Horses" by Tom Ainslie and Bonnie Ledbetter.

Willie was an aging gelding of mixed ancestry and cumbersome physique who had become the official babysitter at the Loudon place. He spent his afternoons in the yearling pasture, fussing over the youngsters and devising games which amused him and, accidentally or not, helped to prepare the yearlings for later life. Each day at almost exactly 3:50 p.m., when the yearlings had been napping and would soon awaken for play, Willie would lurch among them, pause and lightly nip one on the rump. Its slumber rudely disturbed, the baby would leap squealing to its feet, rousting the others, while Willie trotted around in high amusement. The game toughened the spirits of the yearlings, as each proved by reacting less vociferously when nipped awake a third or fourth time. More important, it taught the growing youngsters the potential dangers of being caught napping in daylight.

Okay, so I did 6 sentences, but that last one was important!!

Now onto the tagging... I think I'll choose my mustang buddies, sorry if you've already been tagged!


In other news, Remington and Luna are now in with Chocolate and Riskie for the winter. All four horses together. I was curious to see if Luna would stay buddies with Rem or leave him for the girls. She stayed with Rem for about half an hour before deciding she belonged with Risk and Chocolate. Poor Rem is back to being a loner... The girls sure do treat him like dirt. They don't let him in the barn, so I have to bring his hay down to his "house" every morning. I've been riding him in the evening so he's been getting stalled through the night.

I told Aubrey I'd take some video for her when I let all four horses in together, so here it is... (better late than never!)

Last weekend I had another lesson with Remington. We worked mostly on getting him to move his feet. He is a lazy booger. I also wanted to work on getting him to follow his nose, as lately he'll follow my rein with his nose, but not his body. My instructor explained to me that if I can get that hind end kicked around with my inside leg then he'll have no choice but to follow his nose. I had been trying to use my outside leg to guide his shoulder over, without much success. My instructors advice worked really well but he warned me that some horses have a hard time with it at first and will trip... which is exactly what Rem then did... He went down to his knees, and being the lazy bum that he is decided he was already half way down, may as well go all the way down *plop*. So... that made 2 for 2 rides that I wound up on the ground while riding Rem. We were both fine though, just a little dusty. At least this time Rem went down with me... and no, I did not hang onto the reins, that is one situation when you should let go of everything all together and get out of the way!! And we were in an arena, so I had no fear of having to walk home ;-)

So the funny part about this is when I tell Joe about it...

Jess: So, Remington fell over in my lesson today...

Joe: Is that why you want to go on a diet?

Jess: *&$%?!

Good times... Well, I believe this post is about long enough... Aubrey will be home for Thanksgiving, and we are going to take a reining lesson together, which should be fun. Maybe I'll even get some pictures, since I haven't had any in quite a while. I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week already... Not a good time to start a diet. Wish me luck!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Why I hang onto the reins after an unscheduled dismount...

Today was a beautiful day for a ride! The Hags On Nags had a group ride and chili dump today and I decided to join them. I brought Remington because the trails at this particular park were rocky and my Appaloosa mare's feet won't hold up to them without shoes. Remington's feet, on the other hand, are rock hard and will stand up to just about anything.

I figured he'd be okay, I knew it would be a large group, but he was fine with the group of seven two weeks ago. He really was good, a little nervous at the start but then he quickly settled in. About halfway through after everyone had commented on how calm he is for a three-year-old things got a little western. Something gave Rem a good spook, which launched me forward, which spooked Rem more causing a bucking fit.

I don't think I made 8 seconds... It was more like 2 big bucks and I was unseated leaning much too far forward on his neck. At that point I knew I was going to bite it so I tried to land on my feet but it didn't work out that way. I wound up on my side with the reins still in my hand. Rem was careful not to step on me because I was quite near his feet but he was still spooked so he flew backwards and I still held on. This caused one side of my reins to snap and he wasn't done moving back, and I was still on the ground. One more tug and my reins were history. I got up and caught Rem after he took a few confused steps around. He was fine and so was I.

From the time I hit the ground to the time my reins snapped my worried onlookers were urging me to let go of the reins. I know they were only concerned for our safety, but I have a strict rule that I follow when I am launched from my horse. If I can hold onto my reins, I will.

For two reasons:

Reason number 1: I am a RIDER not a WALKER. I am not one to simply let my horse loose when I am miles from home/the truck and trailer/where ever. Luckily for me Rem decided to stick around after the reins broke, but I know people who weren't so fortunate to have such a "loyal" horse. I know most horses, when presented with the opportunity to stick around and eat grass or high tail it down the trail, will choose the more tasty option, but I'll take my chances and choose rope burn over walking any day.

Reason number 2: Lesson learned: Launching Jessie = No fun. Yes horse, if you're going to throw me to the ground I will prove to you what a wonderful anchor I make. It probably smarts a bit when you have a bit in your mouth and you try to drag off (insert large number) pounds.

Now I understand there are circumstances that are out of our control in these situations and one cannot always keep hold of the reins, but I like to try. I also understand that it's not always the horse's fault so causing pain by hanging onto the reins isn't quite fair in every situation, however, if you've got a good horse they should hit the end of those reins and slam on the brakes, which is what I hope Rem will do if ever presented with this situation again.

I was able to tie my reins back to my bit and finish a nice ride, with nothing but a little rope burn and some hurt pride. Rem was as calm as can be, like nothing happened... silly mustangs.

So what do you all think? When you take a header into the dirt do you hold onto your horse or pitch the reins away and worry about landing safely?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Police horses sure do put up with a lot...

I just read this story from a local paper...

It's too bad these horses are well trained. Sounds to me like those people deserved to be kicked...
Who does that?? Honestly, you're asking for a swift kick if you walk up to a random horse and slap it on the rump.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I was bored and this is what came of it...
(click to enlarge)

So, what's your horse's personality??

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hagmania 2008

I've mentioned before that I'm a member of the Hags on Nags. Every year they have a fun show called "Hagmania" and it is one of my favorite events to go to. It is a blast. I took my mare, Riskie, but I believe next year I'll take Remington. He got the day off this year because it was 2 days after our reining lesson, and I think he was pretty tired. He'd never loped so many circles before!!

So here are some photos from the event!

The barrel race wasn't a typical one. When you went around each barrel you had to take a flower from the bucket, and make sure that each flower you took was the same color!

Egg and spoon is always fun!

Broom Polo! In this event you had to weave through cones while hitting the ball through as well and then head back down to the other end. The time stopped when the ball crossed the finish line.

The twisted Keyhole was tricky. The opening of the keyhole faced the end of the arena so you had to go up and around. You also had to back into the keyhole before turning around and running out!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Been a while, yet again...

I can't believe it's fall already! I've been pretty busy lately. Been riding a lot, but not as much as I should. I got to take a lesson last week with Remington. I really think Rem has potential to be a decent reining horse, and he's as far along as I know how to get him, so I've decided to take reining lessons!

I learned a lot from our first session, and could see improvement in our circles already. I am really looking forward to my next lesson. I will be riding the trainers horse to learn what to look for, and how the maneuvers should feel. I've never really ridden a trained reiner, so this will give me a better idea of what I should be feeling for when I am working with Rem.

Today I went out and rode Rem and then worked with Luna. I figure she'd better start earning her keep. The horse market isn't looking real good, and fall is always a hard time to sell horses (because who wants to feed one all winter long??). Luna might be with me for a while longer so she's going to have to work! I saddled her up and longed her tonight. Domestic horses sure do make it seem easy... She handled everything like a pro. I really do like how very calm she is. I will probably wait a little longer to get on, just because I'm not as thin as I used to be, and she isn't real filled out yet. No sense in putting unnecessary stress on her growing bones if I don't have to.

And of course, I can't post without photos, so here they are...

Chocolate says: Less picture taking, more hay!

Which bucket is best?

Luna wears a saddle

Friday, August 29, 2008

Luna, the Escape Artist

I've mentioned before that Luna is quite the escape artist, but she's taken it to yet another level.

It started last year, in the fall when Belle first arrived. I kept Belle and Luna separate from the older mares for the first few weeks in order to let them get used to each other. (Chocolate and Riskie aren't real nice to newcomers) So, Belle and Luna were in the "training" pen which is 3 strands of electric tape inside the side pasture of 4 strands of flex fence. Luna did not like the confines of the tape and repeatedly wound up on the other side of it. I have still never seen her escape, I just find her in places she's not supposed to be. I don't know if she jumped it, or rolled under it, but the fence was never down, and she never had a scratch on her. I got sick of rearranging the fence (making the strands lower and higher) and finally just put her in the dry-lot with the old mares, which is the flex fence, 4 strands, around 5 feet high. That solved the problem and she stayed in the fence just fine all winter long.

This spring, when we started to let everyone out on the back pasture (3 strands of electric braid) I figured she'd have no problem staying in the fence. After all, Risk and Chocolate won't escape and why would Luna want to leave them and 4 acres of lush, green grass? Well, your guess is as good as mine. She did leave and wound up in the barn... Aubrey found her making a mess in the aisle. That was the day she went to live with Remington...

Problem solved, right? Remington is only allowed in the 5 foot high flex fence... So the other day I decided to let Rem and Luna out in the front arena to graze all day. That's probably an acre or more of nice grass. You could imagine my surprise when I got a voicemail from Aubrey's brother asking if Luna was supposed to be outside the fence... Nope... *sigh* Luckily she doesn't go far I guess, but why does she do it in the first place? She must live by that saying, "The grass is always greener..." I got the idea that she jumped the fence, but didn't clear it because the top strand is loose. So, now that she has gotten out of every type of fence on the property I'm out of ideas. I'll just consider myself lucky that these pastures are far from the road, and none of the other horses are keen on following her lead.

Anyway, here's a short little clip of the old mares coming in from a long day out on the pasture. I wanted to bring my camera with because lately they've been galloping in from way out and it's so fun to watch, but they decided not to humor me seeing as I had my camera...

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I am still miserable with allergies, but I'll do my best to enjoy the 3 day weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pictures of Ponies

Chocolate - who never lets me get a good picture of her...

Rem and Luna
Luna's butt is just about as tall as Rem's. She will be ready to start this fall.

Riskie needs a haircut.

Pictures of Ponies

Here are the animals.  I took these photos on Friday.  I tried to make it out to the barn before the sun went behind the trees because it would have made for some great lighting, but I ran out of light.  So here they are in shadow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bad blogger!

That's what I am...

I'm sorry it's been so long, and thanks for all the comments on my drawing! I really appreciate all of them.

Not much to report here... Remington and the girls have been enjoying the last days of Summer eating their freshly cut hay and nibbling on the remains of our pastures.

Aubrey is at Michigan State University now (for vet school), with her horse Belle. I hauled Belle to her new home on Sunday. Driving a truck and trailer through Chicago is not something I'd like to do on a regular basis. Luckily when Belle was in the trailer there wasn't much traffic (it was 4 am!) On the way back with the empty trailer was when we ran into quite a bit of traffic.

I wish I would have taken photos, the boarding stable Belle is at is a really nice place. It has a pretty large indoor and nice roomy stalls. It's also on a nice quiet road and there are only a few other boarders beside Aubrey.

Fall is approaching fast, my favorite time for riding!! We just need to get through August.. probably my least favorite time to be outside because my allergies get so bad in this month. If my nose isn't stuffed up, it's running, itchy, and I can't stop sneezing!! My eyes also are constantly itchy. *sigh*

I will try to be better about blogging from now on. Especially since Aubrey is away. I'll have to get some photos up of her pony here at home so that she can keep an eye on her :-)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Finished Drawing

I've had this drawing finished for a while now, but just needed some time to make sure I didn't want to do anything more with it. I am happy with it though, and hope that Mike and AnnMarie are as well!

Now I've got to get going on that painting again!

Remington is doing good these days. He's enjoying his time with Luna, his new girlfriend. She has to stay with him now because she is quite the escape artist and refuses to stay in the 3 strands of wire in the back pasture. It's good for Rem though, he finally has a buddy... They get along like peas in a pod, really. They even share their grain and eat out of the same hay pile!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Cheveyo Drawing

Well since I haven't worked on my painting in so long, I figured I'd better do something artistic soon, or I'll lose all my talent! When I heard about Cheveyo, I was really upset for Mike and AnnMarie. They did a great job taking care of him and training him, and they did everything they could to save him. I offered to do a painting of Cheveyo for them. I originally planned on an acrylic painting but decided to do a chalk pastel portrait instead. I can get more detail with the chalk, and it's a nice soft medium, quite suitable for Cheveyo's kind nature.

So, here are the first 5 layers. These pastel drawings go much faster than the paintings I do because I don't have to wait for anything to dry!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Rem meets a steer...sort of

Okay, so it wasn't a real steer, but it was a good experience!

Aubrey and I trailered Remington and Belle over to my uncle's place to ride. He offered to pull the roping dummy around on his 4-wheeler for Rem to track. He did really good, and handled the 4-wheeler really well. I was surprised he wasn't more scared of it after seeing his reaction to cars the last time I ponied him on the road...he wasn't thrilled with them to say the least. This 4-wheeler was just fine though, especially since all it seemed to do was run away from him.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Open 4-H Horse Show

Today was a great day for a horse show... except for the short thunderstorm, but we had already gotten our horses home by the time that rolled through.

We got to the fair grounds at about 7:00 as the show started at 8 and I wanted to enter the first class, western type at halter. I chose to take Rem in a halter class just to get some exposure and so there was no pressure on me to do any performing (like there would be in a showmanship class). I figured I'd be less upset if he danced around during a class where it seems manners don't play much of a role. However, I was pleasantly surprised when he performed like a veteran. Showing outside is a piece of cake compared to showing in a coliseum full of 8,000 people!

I took my mare in showmanship, and we did okay. It was my own fault that we didn't place higher because I screwed up my boxes in Sr. Showmanship, and then in Open Showmanship, our back was very crooked, and I almost forgot to do it all together. So... we ended up placing 5th in Sr. out of 7, and 5th in Open out of 10-12, not real sure how many there were in that one.
Trail class went well for both horses. Riskie did really well considering I rode her in a curb bit, and she really hasn't worn one for more than a few rides. I placed 2nd with her. Remington did great as well, but I didn't do a few of the loping and trotting sequences because I just didn't want to push him. He placed 6th in Sr. Trail. The class had a total of 8 participants.

I was also surprised to see a mustang I recognized! Josie, trained by Dena Plendl made an appearance at the show with her new owner. They did English type at halter and placed 6th. She was also in my Sr. Showmanship classed where she placed 6th as well.

Here are a few photos from today!

Chocolate, Aubrey, me and Riskie

Me and Rem before halter class. Yes, I showed him in the rope halter,
and I didn't wear a hat either!

Risk and I warming up for Egg and Spoon. We placed 6th in that class. She has the
smoothest trot, but we always lose it at the lope...

And here is Josie! I recognized her unusual face marking before I saw
her double brand. She is a very memorable horse, that's for sure!

I will have video to share once it uploads on Youtube... It seems to be taking longer than normal tonight.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Busy weekend ahead

As I stated in my comments, I have been just plain lazy these past few weeks! Lazy about blogging, lazy about painting, and even a little lazy about working my horses. Hopefully that won't bite me in the butt tomorrow, because I am taking Rem and my mare, Riskie, to the annual open 4-H show tomorrow.

I am only going to do a few classes, showmanship and trail, but that's plenty for me. I just show for fun, so I try not to do too many classes, especially ones that I know I will probably place poorly in!

I will be sure to get an update up on Sunday to let you all know how Rem does on his first outing since the horse fair!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Another weekend gone

Weekends are never long enough... I am looking forward to the 4th of July, that's a Friday and it will be a 3 day weekend!

I got to ride Remington tonight. He was very well behaved and after working hard to keep him loping to the left he actually caught on and started to go without much help from me when we went to the right. I was happy with that and didn't ask for much more because it was pretty hot out.

On Thursday I was sad to learn of the passing of one of the Midwest Mustang Challenge horses. Cheveyo, trained by Mike Cross was euthanized after finding tumors in his stomach during colic surgery. It's hard to believe that things like this can happen to young, seemingly healthy horses. Just one more reason to hug your horse and not take for granted the time we have with them.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

If it isn't snow, it's rain...

That's what keeps me from riding...

The arena was dried up today after a weekend full of rain. Remington hasn't been ridden since...well, since I don't know when! Some time last week. So, I was glad to saddle him up and take him for a spin. I am trying to build up his endurance so I can work him for longer periods of time, but it's difficult when I only get to ride once a week because it rains for days on end!!

He was pretty lazy today and after about 10 minutes of trotting he wanted to call it quits. So when I asked for the lope he obliged for about 10 strides and then pooped out on me... I think I know how Kent Desormeaux felt when he kept asking Big Brown for more speed and instead all he got was deceleration!! Okay... maybe that's not exactly what it felt like.

I had to give Remington a big whomp with both legs and that got his attention... so much that he took off bucking! Just what I wanted, he is easy enough to control when he has those fits though, so I just disengaged his hindquarters and asked for the lope again. He decided he'd better get to work and was at least easier to keep going. When I would start to feel him quit I would threaten him with another whomp, but I thought twice about it, and he got the picture, so no more bucking ensued. I wonder if I need to bring those spurs out again...

Anyway, Aubrey was out taking photos for me. After the bucking fit I asked if she got any shots of it and she said she was too busy watching to take pictures.... Sheesh... I am always sure to get good shots of Aubrey when her horses misbehave, why can't she get some of mine being naughty??

And after seeing these photos I've come to the conclusion that I need to go on a diet!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008