Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I headed out to the pasture bright and early on Sunday
Temps predicted to be in the high 90's by mid-day, but at 8 a.m. it was a nice 72.
Nevel was in the furthest corner of the pasture
and looked at me when I called but did not come running.
So I got my exercise only to find that he was across the creek
and I was not interested in trudging through knee deep
sucking I walked halfway back the pasture where I could cross and coaxed him over with snacks.
I had already determined that I was not going to use the Duett saddle on him.
He has had huge dry spots over the shoulders and I just can't find the perfect sweet spot when riding him in I slung the tucker plantation on him.
It looked like it fit him better than I had remembered
The Skito pad never would stay in place under the Duett
So I tried it with the Plantation
Nevel was saying "hmmmm, really?"
But after a few moves away from the mounting block
He stood still and let me board up and off we went to the Lake 
At first he walked slowly-not wanting to leave the barn
But as soon as we crossed the road and entered the "Big Wood" he took off and it was all I could do to hold him back...nice trotting and cantering, but we really need to work on a steady pace.
Any amount of freedom and I can feel his hind end go in to SPEEDO gear and off we go!
The Kimberwick bit seems to give me a bit more control at least.
Other than one major stumble on the way back home...where I thought for sure I was going to bite the dust along with him...
we  ended up having a nice little 6 mile jaunt before the temps started rising too much.
We had perfectly even sweat marks at the end of the ride
No apparent rubs and no Skito slippage....
"...Quit talking MOM...where are the CARROTS already????"

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Just another Magic...Sunday...Sunday : )

My rides are few and far between
And unfortunately,
I lost my "person" that was riding Nevel
So much drama that seems to go on in the horsie world.
I manage to get a Sunday in here and there....sigh...

Spring flowers are still blossoming brightly, pinks, purples, whites and yellows...
 The grass is starting to brown at the lake but the Lupines seem to be in full force
 Quite a lovely scent emerges from the Lupine and I am ecstatic that they were still blooming today.
 Nevel took a sniff and snorted an exhale and a half whinny.  No other "ponies in sight here!"
 We passed several families with small children eating apples....Nevel tried stopping by one of them, but I urged him on.  I didn't want him nibbling on little fingers...and besides the dad swung his hiking stick around and Nevel gave a little start...the dad apologized and I explained that a move like that encourages the HORSE to move..

We had a nice trot up to Horseshoe Bar then turned to come back.  We passed several riders going the way we had just come and Nevel stood nicely to the side to let them pass...after that though he tried to back up and turn around and go with them.  Thankfully he decided that "home" was the better choice.
I let him take of and he was doing a flying trot up the trail when he came to a jolting stop!  UGH...that HURT.  A tall thin stump ahead seemed to have startled him, but as I tried to encourage him to move on, he snorted and blew and wheeled around.  He tried to keep moving but thankfully he listened and turned to face the "beast"  The same sequence occurred 4 times before I was able to get him to head home.  He was not looking at the stump...but a mound of what looked like mulch or something that looked like it had been freshly dug about in...maybe a bear or other evil forest critter had been there before we rounded the clue...but at least he didn't dump me and leave me in the dust!  : P

Next was the bridge.  We had already crossed it coming the other way, but for some reason going home across it looked scary.  Thankfully he didn't balk.
 Put his head down and dutifully plodded across it.  So we ended up with a nice little 6 mile jaunt
On a perfectly fantastic 65-70 degree day under bright blue skies!  Sunday Sunday...not looking forward to Monday Monday!