That's what I get for waxing philosophical on the beauties of my little Arab herd enjoying the fall weather. An absolute non-stop deluge that transformed our good-sized pond from bone dry to overflowing--overnight! I heard predictions of 20" of rain in this storm and crazy as it sounds it just may be happening. Did I mention the 30-40 mph winds? Still, it IS December tomorrow and all that. Winter I suppose. A cold is threatening to descend on me but I simply don't have the time to entertain such nonsense right now.
My lovely little herd has been in heavy loafing mode for the last 2 days. Luxury stall digs, blankets, warm mashes, and a hay mountain for each of them. Even SuperTurkey Lex ended up with a big private stall to himself but by dinner time last night he had flown himself to Mini Napoleon's stall and taken up residence--clearly he has a very lax notion of safe quarters!
Sheza watching the storm this morning from her corner stall
I leave you with a couple shots of my amazingly cute and lovable and good-natured GORGEOUS puppy, Rip!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The colors are vibrant at this time of year in the foothills of Northern California. It's not quite the rainbow of autumnal splendor witnessed in my childhood home in Maine but the green glow of new grass against cold grey oaks and the rich winter coats of the horses is still quite a visual feast. I love Arabs for many reasons, not least the fact that just loafing in a field they can be so darn gorgeous!
Joey yoga, after rising from a nap
Monday, November 26, 2012
I'm going to break that new-age rule "Pics or it didn't happen" because Blaze just isn't good with a camera and turns out the dogs are poor paws at photography too. You'll just have to take my word on the following: Joey's two front hooves resided happily and quietly in Renegade hoof boots for the first time today and Joey's two hind hooves--yes, including The Precious-- were picked up and rasped on for the first time today. Cheese and Rice! This is PROGRESS.
I had to lead with that, but to back pedal a little, I just got back from 4 days on the redwood coast visiting family for Thanksgiving. I took my traveling Georgia dog and we had a great time. We got home yesterday afternoon and I was ready to RIDE, and so on to the Bay Boys, who joined me for a few miles stroll through the neighborhood this morning.
Blaze channeling his Morgan/mini Andalusian side with wavy locks
Culverts, tires, hubcaps, dogs, dirtbikes, trucks, cars, cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, bridges, water, construction signs...just some of the things Joey takes in stride on these jaunts through the neighborhood
I am off to be in wedding this weekend and then taking off on a super incredibly awesome and exciting road trip! I'll be driving back to Moab, Utah to ride and visit my Pico Haat Shaat horse's relatives. Sheza's dad, DWA Express, is there as well as her grandpa Blitzen of Pico. And some other relatives, including a blond bombshell that I can't wait to ride and hope to maybe be so lucky as to bring home some day. After some days in Moab it's off to New Mexico for MORE riding! Needless to say I can hardly sleep at night for the anticipation of my "horsey hippie station wagon road trip" as my good riding buddy said--Haha!
Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Step 1: Admire your Arabian filly, just waking up from a nap, very cute.
Hug your Arabian, because they are never boring and really kinda lovable.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
It's that time of year again. You know: wind, sideways rain, maybe some hail and a dash of snow if it gets really wild. We are actually only about 8 miles below the snow line, but it's enough and we rarely get a bit of it, let alone anything that sticks--for which I am *very* grateful! When I lived in the wintry wilds of Maine I was very young and just in riding lessons so managing horses in the snow wasn't an issue and there certainly isn't snow falling 12 miles from the Mendocino Coast where I grew up. I must say I am quite content to continue my ignorance of horse keeping realities in the snow!
Still, it rained about 2" overnight and despite snug blankets there were some soggy steeds out in the fields this morning. By noon today, all 6 stalls were full. I took pity on Desire first, since she has a virtually nonexistent winter coat and gets cold even in a midweight waterproof sometimes.
Inmate #1, 16 yr old GE Blazunhaat Desire
If she went in the barn that meant that Sheza and Napoleon-mini, her neighbors, had to go in as well. It was raining HARD at this point, I mean streaming down my face hard and it was a minor miracle that mini Napoleon, instead of skipping the barn and making his usual dash for freedom out into the yard, trotted his smart little self right out of the pasture, down into the barn, and into a stall. Since the last storm when I groomed and trimmed his feet and had a sort of bonding session he has been letting me scratch on him out in pasture for the first times ever, and seems to be getting generally less wild and rebellious, though still has that Mighty Mini attitude of course.
Inmate #2, 6ish yr old Mini Horse Napoleon/Bandito
Inmate #3 19 mo old Sheza Blazunhaat Xpres
Inmate #4, 16ish yr old Arab cross Blaze, imperturbable as usual
Happy out investigating and grazing
Quiet after the ride..
Just checked out the window...yep, still dark and windy and pouring--so it's off to my arm chair with a book, some cocoa, and a dog or two for my lap!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Fuzzy Blaze steed at the lake yesterday am, listening to some tunes while we wait for a Mustang trail buddy to arrive
Finally warm enough to shed blankets and Joey got groomed, de-wormed, and a front toes rasping as well
Cleaning up toe
Joey started chomping when he saw the de-wormer tube coming and just agreebly chomped it down when I stuck the tube in his working mouth. I don't know that I ever mentioned it on here but a few weeks ago he got all his annual vaccines and was a gentleman for the vet. Good Boy Joey--and War Horse comes to mind as usual! He's good when it counts.