Saturday, July 4, 2015

Spa day

Yesterday was so hot, the bunnies couldn't be bothered to hop off the shady part of the trail.
Since today was supposed to be even hotter, we decided to skip riding and give the horses a spa day. 
First there was a bath. 
Scarlett was not amused. 
After that, patriotic glitter was applied. Because why not. 
We admired their beauty... 
and took lots of pictures.
For a brief moment, Sprite was the cleanest pony in Colorado. 
Then I turned her out in the paddock...
and let her undo all my hard work. 
It was a good way to spend a morning. 
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pictures from today's ride

All rides are good, but some are better than others. Today's ride was one of the best because my riding companions were Ryan and James.
James and Sprite led the way as we left the barn.
Goldie and I were in the middle...
and Ryan and Santana took up the rear. 
Ryan is not confident around horses, but Santana is so willing and sensible that he makes the most cautious riders bold. By the time we'd reached the first turn around point, Ryan was relaxed and happy and willing to continue onward. 
So that's what we did! 
James and Sprite looked adorable together and got along well. 
I feel so fortunate to have these two kids... 
and three horses in my life! 
Thanks so much to Ryan and James for making my entire summer and also to Mindy, Edie and Cindy for sharing Santana, Sprite and Goldie with us.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Almost wordless Wednesday

Social media has been abuzz with talk about the future of NAN in general and the short comings of this year's NAN in particular. While it's clear some things need to change, it's also important to recognize the hard work and achievements of the NAMHSA board, the NAN staff and all the contestants who traveled long distances to show their models in Palm Springs. Today's post highlights some of the entries in the Custom Performance division. Thanks again to Vicky Norris, both for judging and also for allowing me to share her photos. Enjoy!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Barn time

I had to run a couple important errands this morning, and by the time I was done, it was too hot to ride. 

Usually when this happens, I remind myself that it's okay to skip a day. After all, I'm not the one in charge of feeding or mucking.This week, however, that's not entirely true. I am caring for Sprite while her family is on vacation, and she minds very much if she doesn't get her daily noms.

Happily, James offered to accompany me to the barn. 
We had a fun time playing with Sprite... 
 and then we checked in...
with all her neighbors.
It may have been too hot to ride, but it's never too hot for barn time.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Vicky's NAN OF performance pictures

Ask and you shall receive.

Vicky Norris read my comment about the lack of photos from the OF Performance division at this weekend's big NAN show in Palm Springs, California and sent a link to her Flickr album. With her permission, I'm posting the best shots here. Thank you so much, Vicky! These are wonderful.