Sunday, February 18, 2018


I have not ridden much with weather and work over the last couple months, but the rides  I have had were good. Roscoe is maintaining the the energy we worked to find in November. Now I can ask for canter and get and an active gait. That means I can actually work on his canter and not just work at keeping him going.

We still have to work on our balance and straightness. I tend to lose my center when he turns into a motorcycle.
Ugh, what can I say

 Not sure how to fix that, but I am looking forward to working on it. We had a super warm day and I managed to get a little video of Roscoe.

I was pleased to see that though Roscoe lifts his head into the canter, he also lifts his shoulders.

He steps under just a bit

 Plus I am getting better about sitting taller. It is amazing what a year does for progress. I had hoped to take him back to Sprieser for camp again, but my other horse power required $1200 in repair leaving me too broke to play.
Now I have to decide what to ride for the next show in March. I am sorely tempted to do two tests and make one Training 2. I think Roscoe is a bit bored with Training 1 and that leaves him time to be stupid. So I may do T2 first and then try to be competitive for T1 after he gets his hijinks out of the way. Ah, the gamble.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Trail Of Painted Ponies: Winston

I knew the next Painted Pony would be tough, but I thought it was because it would be Barry. Instead it is hard because it is Winston. Nearly a year now after we lost him and I am still missing him. Every show I go to, I wish I was taking him. This was the year he would join the show string. Over ten years we owned him, he had come so far and overcome so much. Even before we had him he had his challenges. Winston went through at least 4 owners before us, one a dealer, one a dead beginner. He dealt with a horrible barn owner and people who did not understand him.

Trainer, he loved the jingly double bridle

9yr old Winston

When we saw him the first time it was crazy windy and dark, but this horse did everything we asked of him in hand. So we bought him for a whopping $450. He was suppose to be a resale project, but that went out the window after he dropped me 3x by taking off. Plus the first time we trotted him under saddle he looked like a German Shepherd. Winston scared me with his runaway tendency. We began 2 years of ground work, long lining and side reins. He loved to work, but something was not right. A vet though he had kissing spine, then after seeing him move said he was like a 3yr old in a 9yr old body.
So I did something I had never done before, advertised for a trainer. Most people would not even answer my emails since we did not have a fenced arena. Then I found a lady willing to try him out. She pushed him until he took off, but she could handle it since she expected it. Over three months with her riding 2x a week, he began to turn into a riding horse.

That allowed Mom to ride him more and more. And I even got on him too, though I still shook with nerves. Winston loved to work and learned to relax. Little did we know that his chill attitude, combined with a nimble mouth would lead to a painful experience. Even wearing a muzzle, Winston developed Laminitis. He dealt with ice boots, pain and feeding restrictions all in stride. Fortunately, we saw a trial for a new drug called Laminil and the company added Winston to their trial. He came through the procedure and was nearly sound days after. He still had a long road to go and a ton of weight to lose. Through it all he was still happy. He began to learn Spanish walk too.
Gradually he came back to work and continued to improve. He and I actually began to have fun together. That only increased when we made the move to Peggy's. There he could go out with the herd consistently without worrying about the grass.

He did develop Uvitis which made him go on Previcox and wear a mask forever. But that was better than dealing with puffy eyes. He also dealt with carcinomas that seemed to appear seasonally. They did not interfere too much and we had some cancer ointment to use.
The horse we bought one windy day withstood so many storms in his life. Though it took time, once he gave his trust, it was complete. He was always so happy. That was why I made his show name "Omnis Cor" (all heart).

Sadly last year he faced a storm that would not pass. We knew when we looked at him that his heart was gone and so was his joy. We let him go and now he rests in the field were his buddies play in the shade of the trees where he once snoozed.

With our aging herd, Peggy and I have looked at Painted Ponies. Though I was not looking for him, Peggy found a pony. Once I looked, I knew that was the one for Winston.

Storm Rider Lightning illuminates this strong-bodied pony as it braces for the storm ahead. 

The steel gray who glitters with his head up in the face of a storm was Winston to a "T." He touched so many people and taught me more than I could have ever thought. I like to think he is running pain free and eating a bunch of grass in heavenly fields. Thank you everyone for letting me share him with all of you. He truly was a special horse!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Auctions Galore

This year Roscoe is taking part in four stallion service auctions. The biggest reason I went against his breeder's advice to not do auctions, is that if he gets bids, he gets free advertising which is a chunk of change I would not be able to do on my own. So many people view the auction sites, which gets him in front of people who would not see him otherwise.

Roscoe stepping up for the jobs :)

So one auction to benefit the orchard hills pit stop and docs dog food closed last night. I decided to do this one mainly because I grew up with a boxer/pitbull mix. Sadly these days they get such a bad rap so any help I can give, I will. This turned out to net Roscoe two breedings, and someone watching him for next year. Breeding season will start in March for him.

The next auction already running is put together by the New England Dressage Association. They nabbed me with their free advertising if he wins a bid. Plus that gets him seen by sporthorse people which I think Roscoe would do well with. You can see Roscoe here
No we did not use these dirty Roscoe pictures

I signed Roscoe up for the Westfalen stallion auction (2/21-3/4) and a young rider will auction off a breeding to help her raise money to get on a team. Those two have not started yet.

It will be interesting to see how these work out.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

For Sale: Time to make space

As the government shutdown goes forward and I find out Monday if I get my furlough letter, I decided to post the stuff I have for sale. Okay it is only a portion of what I have. I also have a stable blanket with a belly band not pictured. All prices are open for negotiation and do not include shipping. Let me know if you need a size since some are not listed.

$25 fly sheet w/neck

$20 fly sheet

$40 shipping boots

$30 cooler

$25 dollar cooler, damage on end

$30 sheet

$40 bareback pad

$20 pad









$30 sheet

$30 stable

$30 cooler

$25 sheet

$50 blanket

$50 blanket

Saddle rack 4 available

15 each or 25 for two or 40 for 4