Monday, December 5, 2016

I'm Changing His Name to Molasses

I think, just maybe, we might be on the right side of this horrible cold now. Hopefully, I can start getting everyone back into work. Rosemary has put on too much weight and could possibly give birth at any moment. Until she is working steady, she gets to spend the night in a stall with only her hay net. Ah well it lets the older horses have less competition for the good hay.

Anyway I have wanted to try ponying Ember, but needed to have an extra set of hands. Finally yesterday Peggy was available, so we nominated Comrade to be the babysitter. I started out with Ember to Comrade's right. Ember made baby faces so Comrade would not eat him and Comrade wondered why he was stuck with an extra attachment. At first Ember walked next to us, but gradually he lost ground. Seriously?? That baby has long legs and a huge walk. Nope I kept after him to keep up. Bless Comrade for not taking offense to the slacker.




I have to deal with this walking him in hand too. I think he believes his spot is at about the hip, when I would prefer him to be at the shoulder. When we halted, he was perfectly happy standing at Comrades shoulder. And chewing on my sneaker, the stirrup or the reins. Then when we walked he became molasses, dark, sticky and slow. I decided to try him on the left, but he quickly said that was not an option.
Going back to him on the right, I put the lead line around Comrade's neck to keep the pull off me. Then I said what the hell and asked for trot. Poor Comrade would jog, hit the dead weight on the lead and stop. So confused. We persevered and after a few jump starts and stops, we achieved trot. By the end Ember was trotting right by Comrade on a nice circle. What started out rough ended on a great note.

Even better was that when Peggy hopped on Comrade for a walk in the woods, Ember was better about respecting my space. Normally he is bad about leaning into me. He had a couple of baby tantrums which earned him a hind end yielding session when Comrade was far ahead. To date though it was the best leading walk he has ever had. I think the ponying helped him with space and keeping pace. I definitely see more in his future.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Pictures and RW Winners!

Okay before you find out the winners... you have to look at pictures of my ponies. Yes, totally a hard job, but try to enjoy it :)

Almost every year I test my horses by putting christmas decorations on them. My horses are saints when it comes to dealing with me and my schemes. Ember did really well and only took exception to one little bell. He got over it with time though.

First up is the wooden santa with a bell on the beard.
Hmm, one is not like the others...

Next the wooden tree, which Roscoe broke off the "Y" and so I skipped him. So there is a baby picture of him wearing the tree.








Baby Roscoe





 Then I changed to the green hat with a bell




Resigned to my type of crazy







Alwasy happy




"TREATS NOW"
 Then I added the garland and stocking. I had a plan and everyone needed to wear the same thing.



Seriously...

My super model







Over stuffed hat


Fitting right in




 And finally I added the stockings

Like any little kid...
Always losing socks


None are big enough for me!!!

My favorite model

So Cute!

Not to be out done

Grey Boys Win!

Are we done yet?



The orginal pair
 I saw this picture on Facebook and wanted to recreate it with my horses. Took some work, but it came out okay.





And now the winners!!!
Names were picked out of hat by my Dad as he walked in the door tonight.

For the $20 Gift Card: Kelly at Princess Diva & The Duchess Diaries

For the $40 Gift Card: Carly at Poor Woman Showing

PS: Emma email me so I can send you your gift card for the Foal Pool!!!

Email me at equinpilot@yahoo.com so I can send your gift card.

Thank you EVERYONE who participated! I enjoyed reading what your favorite RW items are and finding new blogs to follow. You all made my 500th post a memorable one.



Thursday, November 24, 2016

500th Post: Giving Thanks, Riding Warehouse Giveaway!!!

For almost four years now I have written about my riding and my horses. Fortunately you all have taken the time to read and comment. So for my 500th post, I reached out to Riding Warehouse and received two egift cards to give away. Riding Warehouse has a super reputation and I only hear good opinions of their site. My own experience has been positive and resulted in a Micklem, fancy reins and great hair nets. Hopefully two of you will benefit from the gift cards.


On this day when we give thanks,
I thank all of you for making Equinpilot what it is today.
I also thank Riding Warehouse for donating the gift cards to make this give away possible.




















I am lucky to have seven wonderful horses in my life and a family and friends that help support them.

I give thanks to the horses of my past that helped me be the person I am today.






So now on to the giveaway. There are two chances to win depending on the level of participation.

To win the $20 egift card:
Leave a comment below with your favorite Riding Warehouse product.

To win the $40 egift card:
Leave a comment below with your favorite Riding Warehouse product.
Share this give away on your blog and post the link in the comments below.

Winners will be picked Friday December 2nd.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Never Ending Cold Virus and Give A Way Alert

Not much has been happening at the barn... except more snot and coughing. This cold virus is still wreaking havoc in the herd. Poor Winston seems to be the hardest hit. Roscoe is a close second though. The good news is that Dottie is showing increased mobility since being on the Previcox. And so far I have been able to order more Previcox. I am going to keep ordering until the prescription expires.



The tough part is deciding whether to work the horses or give them time to heal. Some of them just look tired. I decided to play with Roscoe since I saw him romping about the field. After that ride that revealed how much he is holding back, I expect more and ask him for it. I refuse to work harder than him. This ride was definitely a step in the right direction. I worked him on the ground first and then pushed him to give me the same trot under saddle. He is responding quicker than the first time I asked for more. He still has his sticky moments especially when he thinks we should be done. Love my Cobby boy!
Screen shot of tonights ride, so flat

Today my Mom and I tried another session with her directing from the ground. Almost immediately I could tell Roscoe was not himself. He was obedient and with effort gave us what we wanted, but it was not with the same energy the first session had. We WTC both ways before calling it a day. His energy was low and his movement flat. My baby needs some rest.

Ember's anti pawing bowl protection
My other baby, Ember, needs some work. His company manners have worn off and he is starting to push his boundaries. Boy is he cute though. We have played with clippers, messed with his ears and taken him on trail walks with Dottie. Leggy boy measures 12 hands already. He seems to like my sister and lets her rub on him without complaining. Who knows he may be her ride in a few years.

Ah well, giving the ponies time off means I have time to do holiday shopping. Fly on Over is holding her 4th annual Blogger Gift Exchange and I always enjoy participating.

And if anyone needs help with holiday shopping, stay tuned for tomorrows post which will be a give a way with two chances to win gift cards.

Have a good Thanksgiving everyone!
Standing on a sawdust pile to steal hay