Monday, April 27, 2015

FOR SALE: 10 Yr old Arabian Gelding, Endurance Experienced and Ready



 Shiner is a 14.2 hh Arab gelding who is endurance fit and ready to go down the trail!
He has had extensive reining training in his past but most recently has been in endurance mode and completed the 20 Mule Team 100 miler in February 2015 in great style!
He is currently barefoot and has done his last two rides in Glue on and strap on Renegade Hoof Boots.

 I have trimmed, worked, and ridden this gelding as well as riding my own knothead horse alongside a much more composed Shiner on the 55 last year (I RO'ed, Shiner and his owner completed). Shiner is not a sleepy head for total beginners. He gives the occasional pretend dramatic Arab startle and will gently test to see if you really mean what you say but overall he's a well trained gelding that responds well to an attentive but soft hand. He is also not a Top 10ing hot rod. He goes down the trail in a nice frame and finishes mid to back of pack easily.
 me riding Shiner today
 about 5 miles into Gold Rush Shuffle 55 2014--sensible guy
GRS 55, 2014
GRS 55, 2014
$4,500 OBO. Email w/ Q's


Look for the Renegade orange truck and short redhead in a Renegade shirt :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Birthday, Anniversaries, Vets, Oh My

On April 14th Sheza turned 4!

Also, somewhere along the line, Rory got large. She's been here a year this Thursday. 

Rory fresh off the bus, April 23rd, 2014
this week
the You Shall Not Pass (until I say so..and do it politely) game
 the girls! and a noodly dog
 Apache has been here 5 weeks now. He's shed out and gained some weight and muscle and is now out on a bigger hilly pasture. This week he had an afternoon dental and was already trotting the fence line showing off early the next morning. After a chiropractic check/adjustment he'll be entering the work force here! Can't wait.
open wide for doc

showing his mini buddy Napoleon how to strut
 enjoying the bigger digs
getting bootylicious
Blaze also had a dental and he and the rest of the herd had their spring shots too. I lost my long time local vet last fall and after a good experience with Scrappy's diagnosis recently, this was my time using Loomis Basin Equine as a call out. Everything went smoothly and the ponies behaved themselves well. It feels great to have a working relationship with vets that can come to me, again.

Blazey dental
thanks ma, my toofs needed that 
 Meanwhile I've been adventuring about trimming hooves and fitting Renegade boots with my trusty assistants. Can you spot them?
Booting has got me out all over beautiful new countryside and experiencing fun new horses like this adorable Icelandic rocking Vipers:
another cute client--gotta love an Arab face!
I'll also be riding a friend's sale horse at Cache Creek 50 in 2 weeks, so that's an exciting chance to get back into ride camp. If you're interested in a 100 mile experienced 10 yr old bay Arab gelding, email me at for more. Or come check him out at Cache Creek!!

When not hoof and boot adventuring, here's a few other favorite activities my assistants and I take part in!

Stay tuned for training, the 50, and an all in the family swap yet to come!  Also Happy Anniversary and love you to my husband :-) 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Entire

We had a proper storm. Two inches of rain at least, hail, wind, and horses spurning the fancy sheds. But not immune from shivering tragically and inspiring warm mashes and blanketing. I'm so firmly wrapped around their hooves!

Fie upon your fancy shed, human
spring is blooming, budding, stretching, delighting the eye
 Riding is catharsis, caring for my herd is therapy, and snatching golden evenings with my husband and dogs the mortar in between. 
 great galloping wieners
My original crew dog, Georgia, has made a wonderful turn around after knocking at Forever After's door. She is glossy and gaining weight, her little rat tail ThumpThumpThumps when I walk into a room she's lurking under a blanket in. The cat gets herded and she weaves between hooves as I trim them and scold her. It isn't forever, but it's for now, and it's wonderful.

 Sheza turns 4 next week
 I pulled Apache out for a stroll, some grazing, grooming, and a hoof trim. Today was the first day he immediately relaxed in the cross ties and even, *finally* relaxed his plywood neck! :)
He's super sweet and willing, but he startles at his own startles and in general is pretty tense in the neck and head. He is holding his breath less but this was definitely the first relaxed lowered head time in the cross ties. I still don't have his hooves to where I want them but they're coming along! If I can force myself to make time for it once a week the adjustments really come along nicely. 

I have the same vet clinic that diagnosed Scrappy's back coming out to vaccinate the herd and do a few dentals next week. I suspect Blaze, Desire, and Apache may need their teeth addressed and my 6 1/4 need their spring shots. I gave vaccines myself for years but I don't relish it and aside from needing dentals having Loomis come do it all lets me establish a working relationship with them on my herd, since I've recently lost my usual vet.

fine horseflesh, April 2015..
anyone else noticing Rory is as big as Scrappy..err

Scrappy is going out to pasture for a year with a reassessment and possible controlled progressive rehab to follow. I need the year to wrap my head around it all, honestly. I have heard all the reasons why his injury may not be the end for us in endurance but it all tastes like bitter lemons when faced with the pain he endured for my hobby. I'm sure it will temper with time but I feel through my horse's breath and at the moment the thought of building him up so I can ride on an injured spot in his back just sounds wrong. I know my physical limitations as far as 2 pointing the entire ride, too. So I'm not deciding anything now, just mulling it all over and reminding myself that yes, I acted to the best of my knowledge and ability in the moment for his welfare. But still. I am growing as ever, stretching, embracing bitter truths, I suppose. 

Spring, entire.