Welcome to our funny farm! This week has been an exciting week on the farm as we have added some new animals, even though they aren’t ours except to keep for a little while. A friend of ours has bought some goats and she is not sure of where she is going to keep them and so she brought them to us to hold for a week or so. She knows a lot about them and all I can really tell you about them is the color and that they are cute.
Anyway, I have to tell a funny story first before I share all of the happenings of the week. On Friday, we went to the barn to saddle up some of the horses to go for a ride and I was going to ride a couple that we haven’t ridden this year just for them to get some riding time. However, Tyson (my personal horse) was wanting out too. When I got Sugar (an older quarter horse that we keep just because she is so gentle) and went to fasten the stall door, Tyson stuck his nose over the door and yelled at me! He literally stuck his nose to the tip of my nose and neighed as loud as I have ever heard him before. I just laughed and told him that he would just have to get over the jealousy issue that I was riding someone else that night and be good. Well, he didn’t like it so he left the barn and went into the paddock area and would keep looking over the fence at me while I was cleaning her and getting her ready to ride. It was funny because he pouted the rest of the night.
I also had the opportunity to ride Cinnamon. She is a beautiful 3 year old quarter horse mare that my husband had gotten at a sale a few weeks ago that I was a little anxious about riding. The previous owner said that she was broke to ride and they rode her through the auction ring, but as a buyer you never trust that because there are people out there that will dope a horse to make it act gentle and able to ride there. Anyway, I decided that we had to try to ride her in order to know if we would keep her or not. She stood still while being saddled, which was a good sign. I walked her into our fenced ‘training area” and climbed on her. She has a beautiful, smooth walk to her and she is such a pleasure to ride, except for the fact that she needs to be finished out as far as training goes. She does not know how to do much. She would go anywhere that my husband was in front of us, but if she stopped walking, she didn’t know that a kick and click meant that she needed to move. Also, she doesn’t rein well at all. She seems to be a young horse that has been trailed ridden with other horses and always followed. I believe that she is well worth keeping and spending the time to teach her some “horse sense”.
I intended to ride Tyson today, but since it is raining as usual in Indiana and we are under storm warnings, I guess he will have to wait. I guess today would be a good day to go to the grocery store and to clean the barn up some. It seems that the barn is a job that never goes away. It drives me crazy, but I know that it has to be done. There are weeks that I wish I had a maid for the house and the barn, but I guess I will have to just keep wishing.
My daughter is learning a lot during her riding lessons. It is amazing to see the transformation that has taken place in just the 6 lessons that she has had. She was scared of horses and would not go near anything much bigger than a pony. Now she is handling her own horse, a black Tennessee Walker named Abdul. He is about 14 or 15 hands and before her lessons, she would not go near him. She gets him out of the pasture now and grooms and saddles him by herself now. She has learned to put his bit in and how to put the bridle on also. Of course, now mom and dad do everything wrong. (HA HA!! Life with a teenager)
We received a call last night from a lady who we had sold a pony to a few months go and she asked if we could find a few more for her. She was impressed with Sparky and said that she would like to have a few more like him. It makes me feel good to know that she was happy with the sale.
Also, we met some new people this week who were looking to getting into owning a couple of horses. They do not know a lot about horses and so it is going to be a learning experience for them. We sold them a beautiful mother and daughter set of quarter horses. I would have liked to have kept the baby (14 months), but I know that I do not have the time to devote to them now. I figure if they are willing to spend the time to train them and have someone break the one when it is old enough to ride, then the horses deserve that. Plus, I love to see someone who truly wants to experience the thrill of owning horses, get that opportunity.
Well, I guess that is all for the report today. Remember that every day is special if you make it that way. Be sure that your husband/wife and kids know that you love them and I challenge you all to call up and old friend this week and just say “HI!” I think life is way to fast these days and it seems that our friends pay the price of how busy we are. Take time to smell the roses and try to avoid the horse manure. Y’all come back now!