Monday, October 31, 2016


Happy Halloween!

I am knee deep in Anne's pink and black saddle, so today's post is "almost wordless" style. Many thanks to Cindy Evans for providing pictures from Kentucky Horse Park's Hallowhinny event. Enjoy!
Fell Pony - Pirates of the Carribean

Patrick the miniature horse - Superman and Supergirl! 

Standardbred - Unicorn and Fairy Princess 

Standardbred - Bullseye and Jessie 

Standardbred - Pochahontus

Greased Lightning

Standardbred - Pirates

Standardbred - Mickey and Minnie

Standardbred - Mickey and Minnie

Standardbred - Spooky

Morgan - Asassin's Creed

Fell Pony - Pirates of the Carribean

Standardbred - Unicorn and Fairy Princess

Fell Pony - Pirates of the Carribean
Percheron - How to Train Your Dragon 2

Standardbred - Frozen

Paint- Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games

Paint- Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games

Paint- Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pink not Purdy

This looks like the beginning of another Purdy saddle...
It's not. This saddle is for Anne Field, and it needs to be in her hands before next weekend. It's going to be a busy couple days, but I think I'm up to the challenge!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Costume contest

We didn't have a Halloween party at the barn this year, so I was forced to look elsewhere for my annual animals-in-costumes fix. 
Today was the Costume Contest day at our neighborhood Petco. 
There were all kinds of dogs in all kinds of costumes. 
Darcy and I wore blue hats and told everyone we were twins. 
I thought we looked cute, but Darcy was really not loving her hat. 
Then Edward walked into the room. 
Darcy was captivated. 
Edward was less impressed. 
Darcy stopped caring about her hat. 
All she cared about was Edward. 
She couldn't take her eyes off of him. 
Darcy loves tiny dogs, but she didn't even acknowledge this one. 
All she wanted to do was stare at Edward. 
Edward won second place in the costume contest. Darcy was an also ran, but she did bring home some nice consolation prizes.
This was a fun outing. Maybe next year we'll try a little harder to come up with a cool costume idea. I'm sure Darcy would like to join Edward on the winner's podium.

Three day bender

Long ago, I had a co-worker who insisted that you should never saddle your horse with a name related to undesirable behavior. As proof, she pointed to Christopher Reeve's final mount, who was named Buck.
Christopher Reeve on Buck
Years later, I had another co-worker who owned a well bred barrel racer, who was closely related to Martha Josey's famous Orange Smash. His name was Big Smash, and she called Smash for short. When I first met Sarah, she had a cast on one arm. Yep. Smash smashed her. 
Martha Josey on Orange Smash
I was reminded of all this recently when Anne Field posted this picture on my Facebook wall. The caption read: The first and only performance class for Three Day Bender. She fell over and lost an ear after this class
Perhaps Patty's rule is as predictive for models as it is for real horse horses. That's something to ponder while I head out for a ride on Bolt Sprite!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fall break postscript

On our way back down the mountain, I spotted a grey horse in a field along the highway.
I always brake for horses, so I pulled over to take his photo. The horse took this as an invitation. He left his food and came right up to the fence.
It was then that we noticed...
he only had one eye. 
Such a sweet boy! 
And what an attention hound! Every time we'd start to head back to the car, he'd make a big show of showing us how itchy he was. 
So very itchy! 
Itchy horse needs lots of scratching. 
That's better.
Wait! Don't go! Still itchy! 
 If you ever find yourself on Highway 93 just outside of Golden, please stop and pet the one eyed, grey horse. He's very itchy!

Fall break

The kids are on Fall Break this week.

James and I planned to go riding today. I was really looking forward to this, but Santana turned up a little ouchy. 

"No big deal," I thought. "James isn't that into riding. I'll go out with Mary Jo instead."

Then James asked to go hiking.

At first, this didn't thrill me. I like hiking and I like doing things with James, but I really, really, really wanted to go riding.

And yet.

It is Fall Break and he is my kid and we don't do enough things together.

I told Mary Jo I couldn't make it, and James and I made plans to go hiking.

This morning we got up semi-bright and semi-early and headed to Kenlyn, not to ride but...
to give Sprite her noms. 
While she was eating... 
we checked in with her neigh-bors (James' joke, not mine). 
James snapped a few photos of Delilah for his friends. 
"Yep, that'll do!" 
Then we got back in the car and headed toward the mountains.
Our destination was the Buffalo Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. 
 We hiked through trees...
and an old ghost town. 
Although part of me still wanted to be riding...
it was impossible not to enjoy the company of this kid... 
and the magnificence... 
of this scenery. 
James did give me a few minor heart attacks with his insistence of climbing on everything.
Still, I had a really great time hanging out with him today. 
I'm so glad we went hiking together, but tomorrow? Yeah, I'm riding.