I had to move Rabbit and Mayhem to the drylot last week. When I went to do chores Monday and Tuesday morning the coyotes were calling. It creeped me out a little but my trusty boys were up from the pasture. On Wednesdsay and Thursday no coyotes were calling and the boys were out in the pasture. I think they don't like the coyotes either!
I've spent the last few days playing with the horses like I should. I took both Zeke and Jim out for little rides this week. It's amazing how different each are (both in personality and in breed). Zeke is a very forward arabian who wants to run. Although, we did work on walking a large portion of our short ride. But he absolutely HAS to lope for a little while. Jim is a tennesee walker who is very down to business. I was surprised that he was as lathered up after we got back. I didn't ride him very hard (just a half mile to the next road and back home). I think he got excited since I rode next to the pasture and that's where he wanted to be.
Last night Jim was very cute. He came up from the pasture by himself and hung his head over the leanto gate waiting for me to let him in the barn. He's gotten spoiled about his grain. I'm not sure if it's the little bit of riding we've done or that he's finally happy but he seems to have turned a corner. He's still a little standoffish to walk up to him but I don't charge up to him and I ask before going further to him. He really seems like a different horse now. I don't consider Jim a mistake any more.
I've been slowly working with Ivan also. He's such a sweetheart when it comes to catching him and putting a halter on. He puts his head right into the halter. Leading him is a totally different story. It takes twice as long but we're working on it. Grain is such a wonderful thing! Now if I could just figure out how to get rid of his wormy belly (I'm slowly worming him with different kinds) and fix his cellulitis he'll be drop dead gorgeous. But then again, I'm partial to dark horses.
Queen and Babe both discovered the cockleburs in their new pasture. So now ALL the mares have cockleburs I need to tackle. Darn mares!
Last night I stopped at the bank and paid the first month of my 48 month loan on the trailer. I know it'll take a few years to pay off but I'm anxious to actually own the trailer. I'm already envisioning the many lives that will travel in that trailer.
This weekend is Kramers. I'd like to go but we'll see what happens over the weekend. Nothing exciting planned as far as trail rides. Nothing like the start of September where we had trail rides two weekends in a row.
I'm hoping to actually get something done around the place. Fall is most definately in the air. I want to try and sneak some riding in but definately want to get things ready for winter.