Rain would be welcome for my yard, and I will continue to water through the fall. We are having some work done in the neighborhood on the gas lines, and my front garden by the street is torn up. The guys were so nice, and set the iris bulbs aside. What sweeties! With the gaping holes, it's hard to get motivated to work on that portion of my yard-the poppies have seeded and I need to gather some of the seeds and clear the ground. The front yard really needs me. In the meantime, here is a nice picture of the back yard-
In other news, Nick passed his trailer test with only a few points off! Some of you have read about his trailer training on my Facebook page. What started out as a simple trailer refresher lesson (perhaps an hour or 2) turned into a 6 day marathon of horse training and my education in how to deal with "roughstock". I had help from the barn manager, mainly because he didn't want me to get hurt. I truly was surprised at the level of resistance Nick showed. Rearing, running over me, kicking at lead lines, striking, throwing himself on the ground, slamming into the trailer door! The images will stay with me for quite some time. I could NOT have done this by myself. I have at least 30 years of horse experience, and I have never seen this kind of reaction. Who knows why this escalated-Nick already knew how to load, I had trailered him twice before, and he is a sweetheart in every other way. Like people, he has his own dark side!
Last Sunday I loaded him pretty easily-he was a little balky but never BAD. We drove up to an equestrian park in the mountains, and had some quality time together. I am so proud of my boy!
Once saddled, he was a gentleman and very interested in his surroundings. He handled big mounds of sticks hiding in the tall grass, he investigated the recycling barrels, he saw the pump, he socialized with other people while listening to me. He was easy to ride and was happy with everything.
Camp Runamuck drove over to meet me there as I needed some backup with him, and she took a number of photos. She also lent a hand when it came time to load up for home-he got right in and off we went. Thanks so much Theresa!
Until next time...Mary