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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rambling about Jessie (and other horses)

So last night when I should have been sleeping, my mind was wandering...again.  I got thinking about how I was a little nervous to ride Razz the other day.  Pretty silly when even though she was kinda worried and being kinda a nut, she still responded to my cues instantly.  But this and how nice Jessie is and how I wished I had her as my first horse got me thinking.

It all started when I worked at the ranch, before that I had always wanted a horse but knew I could not afford one so I never even really thought about it.  But at the ranch was space and feed and for a while even another employees horses at my place.  Sooo one spring day I headed to the Brooks horse sale and was sure I wanted a horse.  I didn't have a big budget but figured I was OK   Neil headed in with me and I found a 10 year old mare that I really thought was a good one.  Of course she sold for more than I had :(  But Neil pointed out this 8 year old gelding that had been pasture rode.  I was kinda iffy about him, but bid on him anyways cause I was so determined I needed a horse. Stupid thinking now, I know.  So I got him and took him home and first off he was hard to catch, ugh not a good start.  Then he hated being brushed.  But he saddled fine with all my incompetence he did not care so that was one good thing.  And he bucked.  And he bucked.  So many times I actually learned to land on my feet, lol.  He would give no indication either, I thought I was crazy but no just going along at any speed and he just would buck.  Well that was no good for me, but I did try the rest of the summer and then kept him all winter and took him back in the spring and resold him.  But there was not enough left over for any good horses so I went home with an empty trailer.  Was sad, made me just wonder if I shoulda kept him anyways.

But not to be deterred I was gonna go to the sale next month, this was April I think.  And I was getting married in July that year so I was not in a real big hurry, I knew I could ride one of Neil's old horses, but it is not the same as having my own.  Then about a week later, Neil's dad said we had to go to the horse sale so he could buy me a horse as a wedding present cause every rancher needs a horse!  Was I excited!!!  Although a little worried it would not be one I wanted,, but I wasn't overly picky at this point either.  So we head down there and he was there before me and had picked out the only horse there he thought was suitable.  And he was cute :)  but only a 2 year old.  I knew that was not what I should be getting and he knew too but said he thought he would be OK cause he was so quiet and I was also worried if he went for too much I was not getting a horse again.  But he sold and we got him.  So again off to home we went and he was so much better.  Super easy to catch, loves being brushed and still awesome to saddle and bridle.  I had a corral that wasn't being used to I rode in there.  We walked trotted and loped and then after about 15 minutes I had no idea what to do.  I had never rode a young horse before I did not know what to expect or what to even do or even how long to ride.  I also had not rode much besides on trails so that did not help either.  But we did that everyday for a few weeks and since the cows were right out my gate, I really wanted to ride him out there.  But I was nervous I knew he never did that before so I called over some friends and they said they were coming over anyways so I was gonna go with them.  Well I underestimated how excited he would be to see other horses!  Oooh guess I shoulda rode him before they got there so he was a little tired.  But I thought he would be OK and he was good but just wanted to go, well before we got out to the cows, he went left and I went right and fell off.  No fault of his, or mine, it just happened.  Well turns out my arm was broke so that was the end of that.  And then I moved and got married and he come with me and after my arm healed up I rode him lots around cows and out on trails and took him to clinics and just really enjoyed him.

Then after a couple years I realized I wanted to do more with my horses and I think he was 5 and I started taking lessons.  Sure made me realize how much more there was to riding a horse than just getting on, lol.  I made a lot of mistakes with him but he was a pretty darn nice horse despite all my mistakes.  I was really lucky to have him and I think Neil's dad was right and picked me a good one.  But I sold him a couple years later to some friends that love him (and have since they first saw him) He was really rough and my knee hurt all the time on him and I thought that was just the way it was gonna be so I ignored it most of the time.  But then I got Bailey and my knee never hurt riding her so I knew I would not want to ride him and his roughness and all the mistakes I made with him bothered me every time I rode so he got a good home.  I see them every once in a while and ask about him and they still love him although I would kinda like to go see him again one day.  Wonder if he would remember me?

Then I got Bailey, actually got her as a weanling the year we got married (its how I remember how long we been married, as old as she is)  and I got her started by an amazing horse trainer.  If I knew how good he was I woulda left her with him longer.  But anyways she had 30 days or so on her and wow that is not very much!  She was not near as quiet as Henry and she liked to buck too.  But not crazy and not to get me off (which only happened once when I dropped the reins for some unknown reason) but mostly cause she was spoiled and full of energy I think.  I took lessons with her after I brought her home from the trainer and that was a good thing cause she challenged me everyday and sure taught me a lot.  Even now she is gonna be 9 and she still has some of that attitude left.  But she is so awesome she will try her heart out for me and everyone loves her cause she genuinely loves people.

After her I had a couple other young horses and a few older horses and then I got Razz.  I love Razz.  I love everything about her, she is super fast, she is super athletic, she is super sensitive but despite all that she is sensible.  never once tried to buck or do anything really bad.  We have had the occasional fight over stuff and she does not make life easy for me, but she is so awesome when we are going together right.  Part of the reason I am a little nervous getting on her after not riding a while is I know she will want to go fast and I am not ready for fast right away when I first get on a horse after a time off.  And I know she always gets a little more worked up in an arena than she does outside too so that is harder to deal with as well.  I actually told Jessie the other day to be faster and more unpredictable so I can be used to riding Razz better, lol.  But she is really not unpredictable, its easy to tell she is just waiting for me to let her go faster.  Always waiting for that.  I shoulda put her on the track, she probly woulda loved it.  And she is way faster than my other horses without even trying.  Never knew what fast was till I got her.  But now that she is broke I know she will not go fast unless I ask her to.  Which is a relief.

And then back to the beginning.  My newest horse Jessie.  She is a sweetheart.  Kinda reminds me of Henry actually. But better trained and not so speedy.  She is such a nice horse and I don't think I realized it when I got her.  I knew she was nice and well trained for cutting.  But even just for everything I have asked of her she has just done.  Must have been a big change for her to go from her old home of almost her whole life to my place with its bare land and lots of grass and making her ride outside so much.  And she just goes with the flow.  If I woulda gotten her sooner I think I woulda learned so much more, not just about cutting but really about riding.  There woulda never been a concern of if I should take her as there was with my young horses (although not with Henry cause I never knew better) And no worries of falling off cause she just is a protector as well. And no worries of taking her somewhere and her being goofy cause she has been so many places.  And even just riding out alone from the yard, not a worry even if the other horses are calling. But in the same thread I am not sure I woulda known she was so good or woulda had the need to go out for lessons cause there would never be a problem.  And I think in the long run I am a better rider and a better handler on foot because of all the different horses that I had.  Although still a ways to go I do know that.  But for all people just starting out with horses, I hope they all get a nice horse like Jessie :)


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Caretaking

So besides Magic with her wound, we also have a calf that got caught somewhere and has a wound as well. He just pretty much lays around in the corral and makes Neil bring him feed and water.  I have to let the ponies in there for water a couple times a day but they don't seem to bother him to much.

So today was Magics first test with the icing sugar and since I am giving her some in feed antibiotics mixed with her oats, she was pretty willing and I got pretty close and just sprinkled the icing sugar on it.  She didn't even care.  This might be good for her in the long run, she sure seems quieter when she is sore.

I been seperating her and Bailey to eat their oats cause I want to make sure Magic gets her antibiotics, so Bailey gets locked in with the calf and then turned back out afterwards.

Seems I was kinda disorganized this morning so I had lots of time while waiting for them to eat that I went and fed the pasture horses a treat of oats as well.  Since Neil fed rolled them out a bale the other day they are full and were not even gonna come over to get the oats till I started putting it on the ground.  Silly ponies  but much better manners than when they are hungry, lol.


And since Neil hadnt fed the heifers yet, they were sure I was coming with the oats to them, sure was being watched!

And as walking through the bull pen to the pasture ponies I got the bulls eating as well (and one old cow)

Seems all the animals want to do is eat.  Cant blame them, I like to eat too :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Brighter Days

Today was a much brighter day.  Sun was shining and trees were covered in hoar frost, so much more cheerful that the last few day.



So after going to the vet and getting teeth done on Bailey and Razz, I left Razz over at the barn with Jessie just cause its been so long since I rode Razz and I couldn't stand it anymore.  I also asked him about what to do with Magic and he said Icing Sugar.  Said it kinda works like the honey.  So I might try that.  I had heard the lime before, but I seem to remember a friend using it on a old wound and I never seemed to make much difference.  He also gave me some antibiotics to feed her in case of infection.  Ìt still looks gross, but I think it actually looks a little better than Wednesday.

I rode Jessie and she was good as always, we rode with a couple young girls and its kinda fun riding with them for a change.  Afterwards I put a tail bag on her but its kinda long and drags on the ground so I tied it up but would be nicer if it was just a little shorter.

Then I rode Razz, I was a little nervous to get on her for some reason...I must be getting old.  Never used to bother me.  She was a little nervous as well she had never been to the barn before and there was a singing box by the one wall that was pretty weird.  But we got over it and I rode her for a short 15 or so minutes and we just walked around and got used to stuff in there and then we trotted a bit and she relaxed a little, she woulda gladly loped, but I wasn't up for that much today, maybe tomorrow.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ugh Horses

So I look out my window yesterday and notice Magic standing with her front leg cocked.  That isn't normal for a horses so I figure I better go check on them and then since Bailey and Razz need to go to the vet tomorrow I would bring them in at the same time.  Well first thing I see as I walk to the gate is Bailey, she just somehow know I am coming out and it always waiting :)

Then I get out the gate and turn around and the two lazy ones, George and Disco, are hanging around by the windbreak.

And Razz and Jazz start walking over to me as I go out there.

And then I see Magics foot has been scraped off in the snow  (I am imagining that is what happened) and it looks like some proud flesh is growing.  No wonder she don't want weight on it.

So I get them all in and get a better look at it and I think she is gonna have to stay in the corral for a while and I may have to try to treat it with something.  I know honey works, but am pretty sure she will not tolerate me putting it on, am kinda hoping the vet will have some kind of spray that I can use on it.  I sure would like to hose it and put stuff on and wrap it but I doubt she will allow that.  Ugh.  Any other horse would be so much easier, but of course it isn't them.    Just makes me feel sick, poor girl.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Cruise Vacation

Well I made it home from our vacation.  Kinda dissapointed when we got home there was still snow on the ground and it looked just like when we left.  But the time away was wonderful!  So much to see and do, and the weather was warm the whole time we were there.  I will just to a quick summery of the 2 weeks, but it will still be a pretty long post.

Our boat, the Carnival Liberty.  Sure was a good boat and we had a blast on it doing so much, the hot tubs especially.

The first stop we made was Carnivals private island, Half Moon Cay (pronounced key)  It was really fun, there was a huge cleaned swimming area that was not very deep, even way out in the ocean.  Also a nature walk and lots of activities and since it was Carnivals Island they even had an Island BBQ for us at lunch.

Then our second stop was St Thomas, I sure love that place.  Second time I had been here and still as pretty as the first.  We took the gondola up to view the island again and it was kinda foggy but still so beautiful.  And I found mine and my sisters retirement places, mine has the roof, lol.


Our third stop was San Juan, and I had been there before as well, us girls just wanted to shop, so the guys went on a tour of the fort and we left the boys on the boat to swim all day.


Then our last stop on the first cruise was Grand Turk.  I had never been there before so that was kinda nice as well.  Absolutely beautiful beach.  And a Swim up bar, that was fun.  And there was another Carnival boat docked there as well and that was kinda cool as well.  And they had a big display of space shuttles cause I guess one of them landed off the shore of Grand Turk about 5 miles.




Then we spent a day at sea, then in Miami to change passengers and then another day at sea before we got to our first port of the second cruise and that was Cozumel.  I have also been here before a couple times so we took no excursion.  My sister took her kids and they bought all the wanted and more with their money from their Grampa.  We also did some shopping then went on a ride in a horse and buggy.  I am sure the guy was making it up but he said his name is Jose and the horse is Jalapeno,  lol.  He sung to us and pointed out neat spots along the ride.




 Then our next stop was at Belize, I had been to Belize once before and it was a new port in a kinda corrupt country and we never booked an excursion and it was kinda boring so this time we booked cave tubing and zip-lining for me, my sister and her boys.  My mom went snorkeling and Clint and Neil went on a Mayan ruins tour.




Then onto Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras.  I had never been here before either and it is very pretty, I really enjoyed the day there, at the beach and shopping and riding on the magic beach chair.  It was kinda cool cause the swimming area was right in front of the boat.




Then our last stop was in Grand Cayman.  I have been here a few times and I really enjoyed every time.  I just love the atmosphere and it is wonderful there.  And best of all I finally convinced my sister to go riding with me :)  we rode down the beach, it was lots of fun.


Then back to another sea day and then a long day of getting off the boat and flying home,  and now I am home and ready to start another adventure....