Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Drying Out

And One Down

My arena was finally not a soggy mess from the melted snow. I decided to lunge Tucker and Chance.

Not much to be said as both of them were quite good Boys. Both are very obedient to my voice commands, so that is a big plus. Both are also a bit on the lazy side which has its pluses and minuses. Tucker, while lazy can explode into bucks and gallops I cannot always hold on to, but today his enthusiasm was tempered with good behavior, so all was well.

Again, I set up a mini-jump at perhaps 18-24 inches. That's enough to make them jump a little without causing any kind of problems.  Tucker did get a little too forward as the jumping progressed, but he stayed on course and accepted my control with not problem. He was simply having some fun pretending he was in a  Grand Prix competition.

Chance, on the other hand, seemed to think trotting was just fine. I managed to get him into a nice canter going into the fence but he landed in a trot about half the time until I REALLY encouraged him to keep the canter. Then, he jumped quite nicely, very quietly and cantered on in a very relaxed mode. Once again, he made it look as if he'd be fun to work over some jumps under saddle. We'll see. Not only do I not have a jumping saddle any more, but I am terribly out of practice.

Still, it's a fun past time when the jumps are small and the horse willing.

One down?

My Aunt's caretaker next door is taking one of the kittens. Panda/Bandit--to be names Malachi, apparently--will be going to his new home tonight. Pat seems to be a very knowledgeable, caring cat owner, and my little furry buddy will have a good home with her.

Still working on getting Cinders placed, but I am not too optimistic about it. We'll see.

Scott, my farrier, called again today about the kittens, but now I only have one female--Coco.  I'm pretty sure the woman he knows wants kittens, and not cats. If I could find out what kind of home she offers, it would be nice for Cinders or Callie to pair up as the second female, but neither one of them is a kitten. I suspect Cinders is young, but there's no way to tell for sure.

If I end up with four new cats it's not exactly the best option, but unless I can find good homes for them, they will stay here with me.

Time will tell.


  1. all's well that (almost) ends well with the storms. back to your horse life. our horses are now on R & R for a couple of months (with maybe some light, fun riding)(or not).
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  2. Good news about finding a home for the one kitty. I wish you luck with the others.

    The boy's back to work session sounds like they had fun working. I think we're in for some decent weather for the next little while so you should be able to have fun with the boys instead of dealing with storms.