Saturday, March 24, 2012

mud season

2011 Woodrow fell in the creek while having a tantrum about crossing...
notice that my top half is still clean.  Such ability!
This time of year holds such promise of good times to come.  The weather is almost bearable outdoors, the fields are greening up, some bulbs are just barely poking through the still cool soil.  I wake each day wanting to garden, to trail ride or to hike and then I realize...there's mud.  Everywhere.  Mud mixed with clay, with manure, with slippery plants.  Evil mud.

glorious flowers 2011

Of course, all this mud means there has been moisture...and in this area, that is a blessing.  Without snow, we wouldn't have such bloom filled late springs and summers.  The lake would be low and the streams would not be full.
2011 Klamath Lake on a spring day
Woodrow and I many years ago



Today I am putting aside sewing to take Woodrow to the fairgrounds to ride.  It is the only dry place around.  Circles, figure eights, serpentines.  Walk to canter, trot to walk, canter to trot to halt.  Stand still and relaxed.  Lead changes and side passes and turn on the forehand.  When we are done, we'll both be a bit more ready for the trail once the mud dries up.

I have some beautiful projects to share with you, including a drop waist dress which should become a summer favorite for me.  Enjoy your weekend and I'll be back to chat with all of you soon.

8 comments:

  1. No mean feat staying on a horse having a tantrum !QWoodrow looks so elegant too. My girls have an arab - she is a bit of an old girl now - 24 - but her tail goes up and her neck stretches out like Woodrow when she trots and looks so pretty . SHe is good natured but can be stubborn sometimes and can pigroot too. SHe certainly lets the sheep she shares her paddock with and the next door neighbours donkeys that she considers herself the queen around here !I have also discovered that when a horse stands on your foot it really hurts.

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    1. Oh, poor footie! Have your girls had their mare for a long time? I am enjoying Woodrow in his old age very much-he has become very loving.

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  2. We have had Jasmine for seven years - we got her from some acquaintances whose daughter had outgrown Jasmine - later on though they made the comment that our eldest daughter was getting Jasmine to jump higher than they had - the reason they ` passed ` her on. She is a loving horse and very gentle and despite lording it over the sheep she also protects them too on the rare occasion our dog decides he wants to round them up.

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  3. Please give Jasmine a carrot for me.

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  4. Oh boy yes, mud is everywhere. Lucky you that arena is handy. I've looked at it outside, thought about it, even got the saddle down and then sliding up to the paddock gate nixed the idea. It is like grease.
    Oh my tantrums over streams. We've lived through a few of those in our days. No doubt getting Nick out this summer will see a few more to come. The older boys go through anything these days. Been there, done that and the grass is always so green around those streams don't you know! ;) I've seen the reviews, can't wait to see the items up on the blog!

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    1. Maybe we could ride together sometime---Lily Glen is a wonderful spot.

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  5. hope you had a great ride, look forward to seeing the drop-waist dress

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  6. Mud season! That's what spring is called in the North Country (northern NH & VT), definitely have to say it with an accent, though!

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