Here's my friend Shannon riding my special boy, Harley. We rode 4 horses last night. Shannon rode her two horses, Frank and Emma; and I rode Ladde and Harley. Then, just for the heck of it, Shannon hopped aboard Harley and gave him a try. Harley was on his best behavior...such a gentleman.
And here's Frank...he's 3 years old. He's such a good boy, a real in-your-pocket guy. I think Shannon's put about 10 or so rides on him. He's so good. He's a lover boy too, just my kinda horse. He lets me give him kisses, and comes when I call him.
And here's Frank's other eye. Wonder what he was thinking about...
Sorry for the blurred picture, I must have fumbled or something. Frank really is a good horse, he has one of those natural little show horse head sets and he's sooo very relaxed, and pretty darn unflappable. It sure helps when your rider is calm and relaxed too.
That's Shannon's motorhome in the background there. It sure is fun having a friend around all the time. We've been riding and visiting and having a lot of fun. Shannon's even helping me put more schooling time in on our boys. We're going to start working on Harley's collection. Ladde's one of those short-backed, high-energy and beautifully animated movers. Collection usually comes very naturally for Ladde. Harley on the other hand, is a fairly long-backed horse, and he's slightly ewe-necked, so collection is more of a challenge because of the way he's built. But, when he is collected and soft, he's a dreamboat to ride. Harley's also more relaxed, and likes to take his time in life, so he likes to poke his little nose out and take everything in stride...which makes for a rather bumpy ride if his back gets all hollowed out. So...we have ourselves a project to work on in the evenings, along with Shannon's horses. Ladde's main problem is his weight - he's a little, how should I put it?...fluffy. Yep, that's it - Ladde's fluffy, and we're trying to reduce the amount of fluff he's carrying. If I'm honest here, Lad and I have the same problem in life. We both enjoy our food and therefore are very easy keepers. I don't want to talk about that though.
Look how much my tomato plants are growing! Our horses outdid themselves, and have created some mighty fine growing medium. Indeed!! All the tomatoes, and the berries are doing quite well...so are the weeds. There's another project I don't wish to discuss right now.
Here's Frank and Emma relaxing. Frank's on the left - see his little brown spot on his forehead? That's his reverse star. And, Emma's on the right. Emma's 4 years old. She's a very nice girl too. Frank and Emma - (those names crack me up, makes me think of an old married couple, instead of horses), are full brother and sister, and have been raised by Shannon.
This is Emma. I love this eye. She really is a beautiful girl. It's hard to take a bad picture when your subject's so beautiful to look at.
This is our roundpen. I just like the way the wood is aging and thought it looked pretty with the blue background. I even like the way the grasses are growing up on the edge. Very artsy fartsy, don't you think?
Once again, Frank and Emma - respectively.
Ladde loves Emma. Come to think of it...I don't think Ladde's ever met a female he hasn't fallen in love with. *sigh* My Laddster's quite the Don Juan...he is quite the lady's man, and loves to seduce the mares and treat them to his special little love noogies and nibbles. Emma won't admit it, especially in polite society, but I think she kinda likes the Ladmonster too. sshhh, don't tell anyone. It'll just be our little secret.
Our old barn cat, Albert, preening. Even old barn cats like to look nice.
The lovely Miss Emma...and she thought I wasn't watching.
One of the views from out in our pasture. I thought the sky was pretty.
I sure am thankful that things have calmed down the last couple of days, and even more thankful that we got our winter's hay loaded in the barn before the storm. It feels so good to have the barns full of hay, and now we can just maintain the yard, keep the garden plants weeded and hopefully enjoy the coming summer. I'm quite anxious to go on our first of the season horse camping trip. Sitting around a campfire with friends after spending a day on horseback in the mountains is one of my most favorite pastimes.
It's a rare opportunity to get a shot of our whole herd. Ladde's always watching. He sure is his momma's son. He's very much like Kadie, except for he's bigger and he's all boy.
I love this house. It's right next door to my most favorite house of all in the small town I travel through on the way to work everyday. It looks very Georgia plantationish. I can just imagine Scarlet O'Hara strolling out with one of her grand ballgowns on...
And this is my most favorite house of all. I love this house. I would love to have this house on our acreage. I've never seen the inside, but I can just imagine that it's perfect. But, as you can see it suffered some damage from the storm last week. This huge cedar tree was splintered by the wind and it came crashing down on "my" house. I was shocked! I do hope the family has good insurance.
One of the pictures that the newspaper published showed that one of the branches pierced through the bathroom wall and went right into the bathtub. Fortunately, no one was home at the time...only the family dog, and he was uninjured. Very lucky that no one was taking a bath at the time. Mercy!
On another note, my hubby is doing better after his major dental work last week. He's starting to look a little more like himself, and less like a chipmunk with food-stuffed cheeks. He's still eating his meals in mostly liquid form though, but he's made a lot of progress and before you know it, I'll have to resume cooking again.
That's it for now from Cingspots!