I had two fun days of riding the boys. I think Mom and I are going to ride together today! I know Pie and Sovey like it when they both get to go out for a ride together. I rode Pie on Sunday and we went the whole way over to Maplewood Farm. The grass hasn't been cut over there in a long time so I made him move very slowly so we could look for groundhog holes. We walked up and over a very picturesque hill that is lined with old-fashioned trees and looks like it is out of an episode of The Waltons. Unfortunately, the noise from the Turnpike spoils my pretend time travel back to the Depression Era. He was his usual inquisitive self, not shying at anything, but lowering his head and looking over his invisible bifocals the way horses do. We ran into an old friend who is going to put apples out on the fence post for us in the future. Pie and Sovey will sure like that! I rode Sovey bareback yesterday. Two helicopters flew over very low. Our farm seems to be a magnet for low-flying aircraft. Pie was terrified in the pasture, but Sovey remained calm. I stretched out on Sovey's neck and gave him the reins. I figured, if we were tight together like that it would calm him. It worked and he did nothing. Being bareback is always a challenge to figure out ways to stay on in an emergency! Sovey wanted to hang out at my parents' house and would not walk home. My dad, who loves all animals, but doesn't ride, performed a little "lead-line-pony" with us, and helped Sovey start back toward the barn. Sovereign loved that!
I put a detail of a painting of a straw package from the 1960's I painted a few years ago at the top of this post. I love the "Springy" nature of it - especially "for iced drinks" - oh, warm days are near, I think!
Sounds like you had a nice, picturesque ride. And I like your painting, very fun. I'm also looking forward to many warm days with cold beverages.ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting my blog, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Maisie is a TB/Trahkener cross, and we also have a little off-the-track TB named Dawn.ReplyDelete
We get low flying planes all the time. There is a small airport not too far away, we get the planes that fly in formation, 15 of them! We also have a military base close by, so we get military jets that fly very fast and low.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a great ride! Bareback, wow! I rode bareback all the time as a young one, but now I have only ridden my Arab bareback once! And that was in my arena!
Paint Girl - I wonder, do the small plane pilots see us and think it is funny to make a horse jump? I know the big planes don't notice me. We had 3 Blue Angels last week. Not sure why!ReplyDelete
Apples on the fence post! That is so wonderfl. I don't know why that image makes me happy but it really does. We are lucky we don't get too many low flying planes, but one time a hot aiur balloon cam cruising over the pasture VERY LOW and all the horses freaked out like I have never seen them freak out!!!!ReplyDelete
I wish I'd use spell check more often! I'm not really a moron!!ReplyDelete
We all are in such a hurry to get to the barn to ride that we forget to spell check. Did you see the way I spelled "Thoroughbreds" last post? Duh! Riding is WAY more important!ReplyDelete
Juliette - thanks again for your comments! The reason they were standing so well is that the pictures were taken after the baths. Actually, Maisie and Norman stand pretty well, but Lily and Noble really don't like water. I don't tie them while I'm bathing - I just run the lead through a ring and hold the loose end (I use 10 ft. leads) so they can move around as much as they want while I bath. Then I tied them for their pictures!ReplyDelete