There's something in the air
Go ahead let down your hair
Cause right now we got no cares
Find your summer
Find your summer high
Can you feel it in the breeze
Yeah it's taking over me
Light it up like TNT
Find your summer
Find your summer high
A couple weekends ago I had planned to go to Stacie and Karen's to ride and hang out. Those plans ended up being cancelled so we could get the hay.
I was very happy to find out that both Stacie and Karen were willing to let us invade this weekend. I ended up leaving early because there were heat warnings for both days. The trailer ride was uneventful. Carmen unloaded, looked around and shrugged. I turned her into the large round pen while I got her room ready.
|clearly at home|
We rode in the outside ring. Given that Carmen has been a bit, ahem, dramatic lately I was a little concerned given that there is no fence around the ring. But she was really good. We were not brilliant but we stayed in the ring and didn't melt so I counted that a win.
|wide open fields to the river. What could go wrong?|
Stacie has a new puppy- a Great Pyranese so I played with him while Karen did some chores.
|so fluffy, so adorable. I wanted to steal him|
|how can you resist? you cannot.|
Karen, Stacie and I went to the nearest town where we sat out on the deck of a pub and had a delicious lunch. Followed by a trip to a tack store and then by a stop at Dairy Queen for ice cream.
We came back to the barn and while Karen and Stacie went to war on an invasion of bindweed I rode Lucera. I've ridden her before and really like her. Her owner is battling cancer and so she's been laid off for about 2 years. She is just starting to feel better and would like to ride her again so Karen is working on getting her back into shape.
When I first got the tack out Carmen looked offended that I would even think of riding another horse. Then when I got Lucera out, tacked her up and went out to the ring Carmen went between looking like 'I don't care *sniff*' to how DARE YOU.
|we are not amused|
|Lucera has the cutest ears|
|It was amazing.|
The next morning I had a lesson with Karen that was fantastic. She does such a good job of helping me feel what I need to to get Carmen to carry herself correctly. We actually had a honest-to-god lengthen trot just from my seat. It felt so good I laughed out loud.
Karen rode Carmen after, just to feel her out. Carmen thought she was done and pulled some of her stunts, including the stop, spin, try to bolt maneuver. Karen was having none of it and I watched a battle of wills play out which was fascinating. I have more respect for my seat after seeing how fast Carmen can move. In the end Carmen was soft as butter. Also completely sopping. I hosed her off in the wash bay and threw her outside to chill while I cleaned out her stall and then helped Karen with her ride. It's helpful to have eyes on the ground and it was fun to do.
After that I loaded Carmen up and headed home. The temperature was 34 and I was a bit worried about her in the trailer. However, she walked off a bit warm but not hot or sweaty. I do love my Exiss.
It was such a fun weekend and just what I needed to refill my cup and keep me excited with the work. Thanks guys!
What a lovely weekend! From start to finish.ReplyDelete
It really was.Delete
OMG that menu. I'm drooling. I love all the alcohol pairings!ReplyDelete
I stuck to the white sparkling wine. I did try the saki but didn’t really care for it. The food was amazing.Delete
that honestly sounds like one of the best ways to spend a weekend with friends and horses!! so many different experiences and learnings and fun outings wrapped into one!ReplyDelete
Yes! It was fabulous and fun. Which is how it should be.Delete
What a wonderful horsey-filled weekend!!ReplyDelete
So much funDelete
Sounds so fun! Great to get to sit on a different horse. And I can't believe there was a menu for dinner! Looks amazing!ReplyDelete
It tasted incredible. So many flavours. I had the best time.Delete
I love that river view. Did your ride go along the river?ReplyDelete
It's a stunning view. unfortunately, between the river and the end of the pasture is a golf course so no riding down to the river.Delete
I wish I had a barn built into a hill, too. It's 95 here today--the same yesterday. Too hot to do anything. Sounds like you're managing to have fun around it!ReplyDelete
Hey, I finally get what you mean about the gathering of the 2-3, or even 5 bales, for easier pick-up. Cuz I did it yesterday, myself! Video of my results on my blog today: )ReplyDelete
Golf course you say? On my bucket list was ride my horse across a golf course. Done! (With an easy-out - this course wasn't in use, it was nearly finished being built, so I didn't disrupt anything except the grass, and got chased out anyway!)