cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

To A New Year!

new years eve

Wow, The weather here is finally bright and sun shiny (if only for a moment). Its gotten cold enough to freeze the ground. It’s so nice not to walk through mud first thing in the morning even if it’s only for a few hours.

The boys are absolutly loving the cool air and firmer ground! They say  “What took it so long!”  They are used to the Colorado winters where it has already been snowing and frozen for over month and a half now. They finally arn’t sweating just walking around in their winter coats any more!

New years is finally here!!! I’m planning on starting the New Years off with a bang! Huzzah! Party Time!!!!

Ok, in all reality I’m starting it at home. hahah. No crazy partying for me. Saddly I gotta work, BUT I still get to spend the morning with my beasties and that’s all I really care about in the end. I plan on carving out as much time as I can for my horses this year. That warm horse smell is the only smell in the world that actually relaxes me. It’s a perfect moment in time where everything is right in the world and all I feel is happiness and peace. What is it about horses that just seems to let you forget the world?

On an even happier note. I found an amazing covered arena to go ride in now that is literally right down the road from me! I’ll be able to actually go give the boys some exercise without worrying about them slipping and sliding in all the mud! So get ready for some future posts on training ponies.

The boys are still getting the majority of the winter off though just due to cold and work schedules and that darn daylight slipping away before I can get home. I think I’ve only ridden the boys maybe 3 times in the last month and a half….not that they are complaining haha. They are happy with some treats, food and a good brushing every now and again!

I’m also working on making myself a better rider, and athlete this year by starting working out (check the Rider Fitness page if you want to join). It seems to be working so far. haha. I have an awesome group of ladies motivating me so a huge shoutout to all of you! You are the best!!!

Do you guys do anything different in you riding schedules in the winter? Do you get to ride at all?

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

Post Christmas Love And A Few New Critters

Theres nothing like waking up the day after christmas all fat and sassy from the christmas meal and going out to see happy horses! They seriously make my morning.  So I drink my morning coffee and watch the last of the full moon disappear before the rooster starts crowing and its time to head out to feed….wait rooster?… yup thats right! I have added several new critters to my family. The rooster is a very happy boy.
He was the lowest in the pecking order at a friends house with three other roosters in a small flock and I was lucky enough to suggest if they ever needed to get rid of one my hens would love a “man” around the house. Well they were more then happy to send him on his way to his own harem of hens.

Needless to say they settled right in and without a single feather ruffled they bonded and now enjoy waking up the neighbors! hahah.
Rooster n hens     rooster

Enter next new members. Two lovely cats affectionately known as “Ghost and Cali” I bet you can’t guess which is which? They are awesome little kitties who are still not quite sure of the new living arrangements but I think before long they will be out hunting mice in no time! Cali is finally coming out and getting lots of loving and exploring the place. She’s a little ninja in her own right and silent as it gets but she’s a total lover. Ghost is still sticking to his name and seems to be enjoying the night life more then any other, though he is not nearly so subtle as his sister. Apparently he relies on brute strength instead of cunning intelligence. haha.

cali         ghost

 

My little piece of paradise is getting better every day! Though Cash and Jack say the chickens are terrifying (at least thats there excuse after so many days off) and use them as an excuse to go running and bucking around the pasture.

 

cash n jack napping     muddy ponies

As many of you have probably noticed I haven’t been posting a lot about riding or working my boys lately and honestly I cans say it’s because I haven’t really had the time to work them. My work schedule has really ramped up lately and with trying to get everything set up here at home they have kind of taken the back burner for the moment. I feel this is not a bad thing for the boys. They still get brushed and groomed, turned out and loved on BUT they are getting time to be just a horse.

For horses that are so constantly ridden and worked with most of the year I really do think horses need time to decompress and just be a horse for a while. Especially the young horses. I love having horses that are mischievous and have that spark in their eyes when you go take them out and I feel at least a month or two off in the winter (or longer depending on where you live) is not a bad idea! Now I don’t thing this means leave them in their stall. Horses are meant to move and graze so keeping them paddock ridden might actually backfire, but if you have some place to turn them out and let them be I think its a fantastic idea. I think they enjoy it and they really do seem eager to go back to work after some time off. I think its like us with a vacation. Sometimes we just need to sit back, relax and do nothing for a while before we are ready hit the road again.

Well I do believe I’m gonna go cook up a brunch of leftover ham and fresh eggs…I managed to get a workout in first thing this morning before I even fed the horses! Huzzah…christmas pounds you won’t cling to me 😀  So now I won’t feel nearly so bad about those cookies last night! (Cash and Jack won’t be able to complain about me either!!)

 

Until Next time!

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

A Muddy Adventure

Ya know when it’s been raining out for about a week straight, it’s probably a really bad idea to back down a grassy dirt hill with a ton of hay (yes literally a ton) in my truck.  Macklin (my  truck…yes it’s a guy) dutifully backed down the hill and right up to my barn door. It was easy. It rutted the ground a tad but not that bad. So I broke out my muscles and began moving my hay. I felt strong. 130 pound bales you were not going to defeat me!

With several breaks, a lot of sweat and slowly my truck bed emptied and was stacked in my barn! It was glorious. I felt powerful. Little ol’ me just moved one whole ton of hay by myself AND stacked it. I was feeling invincible! So I hopped in my truck, put him in drive and begin to pull forward.

Now I want to mention, trucks are lighter in the back-end when they are not hauling anything. I backed down with 1 ton of hay and now I had nothing in the back. Hummmm I’m starting to see a problem. But nope I’m feeling strong and powerful so I keep going.  Yup….you guessed it…I pulled about ten feet forward and suddenly lost traction. I was stuck!

Now mud in Washington is nowhere near like mud in Colorado. If it’s muddy in Colorado due to rain, for the most part the tops going to be soft but once you get down a bit it becomes nice and hard clay again….oh no, not here in Washington. That would be convenient. It just gets muddier and muddier and softer no matter how far you go. The ground was so saturated the ruts were just seeping full with water.

I tried putting wood underneath the tires about 15 different ways. I grabbed pieces of rubber and tried. I tried just rocking my truck to no avail. So I gave a tear filled, desperate call to my mom (oh yes I called my momma!).

I couldn’t ask someone to come pull me out because I thought they would just get stuck to. Plus it had already been a crappy day at work. So it was kind of the straw that broke the camels back….Needless to say I was pretty much bawling, covered in mud, exhausted and out of Ideas.

Step in mom. Well I must admit she is very smart.( *gasp* yes I admitted it.) I actually listen to my moms advice (ok like 95% of the time) and she suggested using straw under the tires to gain traction. (maybe the straw that broke the camels back would actually help)  I happened to have a partial bale of straw….So I began stuffing straw under the wheels, cursing every known God I knew of (probably not a good way to help get unstuck either I might add)

I backed it up Macklin just a tad (huh weird I suddenly had a little traction! and I stuffed the ruts with more straw. And I tried to pull forward but the rut was just to deep. My truck would start to spin out every time it got close to the top to freedom.

This went on for about ten minuets. And that is when I looked down and realized I had traction to go backwards. My truck doesn’t weigh as much as it did when I drove down….I’ll just back up and then drive AROUND my ruts….So I put him in reverse….I eased him backwards….I turned the wheel slightly wincing as I saw mud move….I put him in drive and put my foot on the gas and slowly eased forward…..Glory days I was out and moving!

After an hour and a half I was finally free!!!! HUZZAH! HAPPY DANCE! I patted trusty Macklin, poured out the water inside the cab and jumped out and began my trek into the house trailing bits of mud and drops of water all the way.

Needless to say a glass of wine (or three)  and a very hot bath was called for. I started a fire and melted in-front of it.  The day was over. Blessedly over and I could just relax.

So if you live in western Washington and it has been raining for about 2 weeks straight, unless you want a challenge, I highly recommend not doing what I did! But at least I slept really well!

 

Until next time!

 

 

Truck load alfalfa
                                    Macklin at the start of our adventure

 

muddy hands and jeans
This isn’t even half the mud on me

 

ruts
I won’t be doing this again!

 

muddy thumbs up
But I made it out ALVE And with my truck still intact!

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

Product Review: Shire Slow Feed Haynets

haynets

This has become one of my favorite purchases recently for the horses. As anyone living in the Pacific Northwest knows we have been attempting to drown in all the rain we are getting. With rain of course comes mud, and with mud  the horses always seem to find a way to stomp their feed into the mud. Hay here is VERY expensive so it is extremely aggravating to go out and see that half of what you fed your horses is now soaked in mud and urine. Enter slow feed haynets.

If you’re like me you want your hay bill to be as small as possible!  Well I had been debating feeding them haynets because when I grew up everyone always said you had to be so careful with haynets least a horse get caught and hurt in one. I can officially say a lot of the issues with a horse getting hurt in one is gone with a slow feed haynet!

Why are they safer then regular haynets? Well the holes are way smaller then a standard haynet. The holes in these haynets are 1.5 inches. A standard haynet is 6 inches! That is a huge difference in size. and even a small hoofed horse/pony shouldn’t get their hoof caught in it unless there is unprepared rips in the net(though I’m not sure about mini’s). Now I will say if you have a shod horse I would still be really careful with the haynets because a shoe can get caught in it if they strike, kick or paw at it but if you have barefoot horses I wouldn’t be as worried. The only other point of injury may be from if you hang it and some how they get caught under it but I see the haynets breaking before injury occurs 99% of the time.

So how do I use this? I’m a bit unconventional. I fill my haynets and then I just tie the ends in a slip not until the very end of the rope. Then I just tuck the end through the last loop so the horses can’t open it or get a hoof caught in it and I toss it over the fence. By feeding them this way it induces that normal grazing pattern and I don’t have to worry about them getting weird musculature from pulling down feed out of a strung net. They can also toss it around so it keeps them moving in a more normal grazing pattern.

So does this really help keep them from stomping the hay into the mud? YES! They are amazing. My waste has dropped by at least 80% with most of the day’s it’s around 95%. There will still be a little waste from them tossing it around but they eat so much slower they don’t become nearly as picky as free feed! Also I haven’t had a problem at all with them peeing on it either so another big win.

What about quality? These haynets seem to be very good quality. The boys are really tough on them and they are withstanding the beatings. I’ve only had one small pice come undone and I fixed it by retying it. They have been getting these twice a day for about 2 weeks now. So an update will be coming but for now they are holding up  to some pretty good abuse.

It improves horses gut health! Horses intestines are designed to have a slow intake of feed all day. When horses get fed two large feedings (which is typical in most barns) they loose that constant trickle and there will be periods of nothing in their system. This can lead to ulcers and can eventually lead to bad stall habits like weaving and cribbing. It won’t always fix these issues but a slow feeder seriously extends their eating time and gives them something to focus on. This cuts down on boredom which is also a root cause of some stable vices. There still may be a few times with no feed in their system unless you feed large bags but its still much better for their system.  Also horses (at least my boys) seem to be happier during the day and not nearly as needy around feed time, unless of course I’m taking them to the pasture. Then all bets are off! With a calmer horse, it makes riding so much better!

What size to buy? I bought the small ones. They are blue and black and they are very good sized for fitting quite a bit of hay! They will fit more then your average two flake feedings. I have not tried the large(red and black) but I’ve read they can hold over half a normal small bale. If you want a more all day feeding/ fill once and leave it for a day or two I’d go more with the large. I prefer the small because I can monitor their feed just a tad more but thats a personal preference. Eventually I might upgrade to the large if the rain keeps up and I can’t let them out in the pastures.

What does this cost? At this time on Amazon the small size is ranging about $13.50 with free shipping with amazon prime. The large is $22.oo plus shipping. I just bought a second set so I can set it my morning feeding during the evening chores and I don’t have to go hunt around in the dark to find the haynets. I highly recommend this unless you are lucky enough to feed in the light during the winter!

Any who I absolutely love these. I use the 1.5 inch ones right now for my boys and after a few days of feeding with the haynet and a flake of hay outside the haynet, they figured them out and don’t complain anymore. I’m not sure if I’d move them down to 1 inch. Cash would get too flustered but some horses still eat pretty fast through a 1.5 inch when they figure it out so they may need it.

When they are eating out of haynets be sure to periodically check their gums! Some horses can get sores from pushing on the haynets with their teeth. I haven’t had a problem at all with it so just keep an eye out!

Here’s the links to buy the Shires nets:

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B006XER4JM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

https://www.horseloverz.com/horse-barn-stable-supplies-equipment/horse-stall-supplies/hay-racks-hay-bags-hay-nets/haynet

 

Until next time!

Here’s a pic of them eating their haynets in the driest corner of their stalls after their night romp through the neighborhood.  The haynets are not hung or attached to anything and they do throw them around but usually not until they are almost all done eating the hay.

The boys happily back in their pen with a late breakfast!

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

Runaway Horses And A Huge Thank you!

So the boys decided to go on a nice walk about last night after I went to bed.  Apparently one of the boys decided they no longer liked their new pen and ran through all my nice newly strung electric fence (good thing it’s easy to put up) I want to thank my awesome friend who messaged me to ask if my boys were out and a HUGE thank you to the people  who caught them and the lady who kindly held them in her round pen until the daylight hours got light enough to go get them!

Last night before I went to bed I thought about putting the boys in their main pen but since the other one was dryer I was like “One night in here without the electricity hooked up…they’ll be fine!” I should have known better! Just like in my post Taken Out By A Tree  It was Karma and/or Murphy’s law and having had horses as long as I have I should have known better. Some days I swear they make it a point to ensure I know exactly what I did wrong!

So the boys peacefully waited for me to go to sleep before charging through the not quite electric fence and headed off down the road. Thankfully there are plenty of horse people around me and a few of them were kind enough to heard my boys into round pen until I was able to go and pick them up. They are now back in their nice cozy and very secure pen. Needless to say I am so thankful that they didn’t run through the neighbors barbed wire or down the pasture through the old barbed wire I have yet to replace and for the awesome people helped me and my boys.

I do believe it was my trouble maker Cash who decided to charge through the fence, judging by the scrape on his leg and the lack of scrapes on Jack. Since Jack is usually the calm one I think he just followed Cash so he wouldn’t be left alone. It’s just a guess though since I was dreaming sweet dreams.

Theres nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and realizing your horses are not in their pen and you have no idea where they are. I got lucky because we have an amazing Facebook network here and the lady who allowed them the use of her round pen posted it online so my friends saw it and told me!  Even though I knew my horses were safely corralled in a paneled round pen panic still set in.  Where they hurt? How could I have not heard them leave? Why did I leave them in the stupid unfinished pen? Should I get them now or wait until daylight? Where exactly are they at?…and the list goes on….

It took about an hour to calm myself (it being 2am as it were)to realize that they were safe in a pen, that it would be best to move them in the daylight hours since they would probably be riled up and seriously a few more hours wouldn’t kill the boys away from home. (as much as it rankled not to have them here )so I waited…I got called into work so I hooked up my trailer and took it to work with me. As soon as I could I jumped in my truck and headed to get the boys and about 9:30 am I was finally reunited with them! The cookie monsters that they are knew I had one in my pocket for each of them even though I was rotating between frustrated, relived to see them whole and healthy, and just wanting to get them home so I could forget this happened.

I dunno what I would have done had they gotten injured. BUT I can say having horses loose in the middle of the night is one way to meet all the horse neighbors in the area! I’ve met some fantastic people here lately so while it was a true scare it was also nice to meet all the amazing people who took the time to do what was right by my boys and give them a safe place to stay until I could pick them up. I have such an amazing community around me! I don’t know how to say thank you enough…..So for those who don’t live in this area or this country, try to see if you have any local equine groups on Facebook. Ours here on the island is a fantastic way to meet people, sell tack, talk horse and well just gave a jolly time!

Well I’m off to double-check the boys gates and make sure they are still tucked in for the night in their pens then I’m gonna dig into some cookie dough ice cream and quite possibly a glass of wine before going to sleep tonight. A final THANK YOU to all the people who helped my boys last night!

 

The boys happily back in their pen with a late breakfast!
The boys back in their pen safe, sound and happily munching a late breakfast!

 

 

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

Selling an older horse

 Martin Rose / Eastnews.co.uk
Martin Rose / Eastnews.co.uk

As winter time sets in I always see posts for older horses for sale. Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate when people put old horses free to good home, as soon as their prime years are up and the weathers getting cold. It rips at my heart every time I see an older horse that will probably end up in a bad situation because someone decided they weren’t good enough anymore. Now I know that this isn’t always the case. Some people are really trying to do the best for their horse but this is a topic that I always want to tell people about. Selling or re-homing an older horse is a lot harder than selling a young horse in their prime. This is one of those topics I am very passionate about.

When buying a horse I believe you should always expect to keep them until it’s time for them to cross the rainbow bridge. It’s more realistic budget wise because a horse can be a 25+ year investment. When getting into horses, there is always a chance you will buy and sell a few as your abilities or priorities change. But for most of us working equestrians we can’t afford those nice fully trained horses. So many of us keep our horses for many, many years.

I kept Cash’s mom, Shay, until she passed at 20. It’s actually the reason I kept him because he was her last foal when we decided her breeding years were over. I’ll never forget the day I retired her completely at age 19 and sent her home. I’m lucky in the fact that when I was having to board my horses I never had to worry because I could always take them back home to my parents house. Shay got to live out her final days hanging out with her buddies and eating green grass in the pastures.

For a family the old horse is an amazing animal to bring up little kids with. I will always remember riding my dad’s old horse Miles. He was in his 20’s but he was patient and still loved all the attention of being ridden. He was calm and quiet and very rarely put a hoof wrong. The old horses have seen many more scary things and are more “bomb proof” then a typical five-year old. They are confidence boosters and are great “steady eddies,” to get someone going. Miles even took me on my first cross-country course. We didn’t jump higher than a straw bale but I’ll never forget that ride…and the terrifying hill we had to ride down! (Really it was tiny but oh man did it look huge then)

But what about the average person? The person who has to board a horse? I believe the majority of people I see giving old horses away is because they can’t afford the board due to buying another horse or the medical/extra feed  expenses are becoming too much for them to handle financially.

1.) If this is the case one of the best scenarios I have found is to look into some of the equine-therapy places. A lot of these facilities take great care of senior horses (make sure to vet them first to ensure they are a great facility). They appreciate the donation of the horse and truly do whats right for the aging horse and those clients excel with equine therapy so you’re doing a great service to the community this way. And the horse still gets a lot of attention and love by many people every day! (At least the few I’ve worked with before)

2.) Try to find that family that is looking for that kids horse (if the horse can still be ridden). We’ve had horses before we swore we would never sell, and then that kid comes by to start taking lessons and just falls in love with the old horse. The horse loves the attention, the kid loves the horse, the parents are happy with a safe horse and its a happy day. That family will be better suited to him then just sitting in the pasture occasionally getting some scratches.

3.) Consider a reputable person who is looking for a companion horse. Before you let that horse go to them please, please, please ask around about the person, check out their facilities and their other horses if possible. Make sure the horses all look to be in good health, feet trimmed and all fat and sassy. Our family has had great success with older or injured horses that can’t be ridden any longer by finding great homes for the horse to just be a horse.

4.) Please for the love of horses, DO NOT send that horse through an auction. The chances here in the US is that he will be sent to slaughter and die a horrific death in Mexico or Canada. That horse does not deserve that! That horse has probably given you his best years and many moments of happiness. Please do not let his life end like that! If you’re in a pinch and need him gone now reach out the local horse community! You’ll be amazed at how generous we usually are and we can probably find a solution, even temporarily, until that horse can find a better place to live.

5.) I know people will probably get angry at this one, but consider peacefully euthanizing the horse. It sounds harsh but I have seen older horses that have been given away free to good home and been put in some horrible situations. If you have tried and failed to find a good home for the horse do not discount this. I’d rather have the horse’s life end peacefully at home then be sent somewhere unknown where they end up suffering for years before their time comes.  Sometimes peacefully euthanizing a horse is the best possible thing for them.

IF you are bound and determined to sell him/her, reach out to the local trainers, or influential horse people and see if anyones looking for an older horse and knows how to care for them. This is one of the best ways to ensure the horse gets a good home.

Always know that in selling horses there is always a chance that horse will end up in a bad situation. I’ve seen some of the most heartbreaking situations of horses we have sold coming back nearly starved to death due to people refusing to swallow their pride and ask for help when times got tough.  I’m not saying this to depress you it’s just a sad fact about selling horses.

However I have seen way more happy homes and happy horse owners then I have bad ones  but I just want everyone to know the very real possibilities when selling horses , especially an older horse. If you are in this predicament I hope this article has helped.

Now I’m off to drink a glass of wine and relive some wonderful memories of the older horse I’ve been blessed with through out my life.
Until Next time!

 

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

4 tips for keeping horses at home

Yes I'm in my PJ's!
Yes I’m in my PJ’s!

I love having horses at home. It’s amazing to sit and see the noble beasties grazing or playing in their pens and pastures BUT there are 4 little things I learned about having horses at home when there is just little ol’ me to do all the work.

1.) Clean stalls daily. Yes do it! Do not slack off! You’d be amazed at the amount of manure a horse can produce in one day and if you let it go over two days or (heaven forbid) three days…get ready to make some trips back and fourth to the manure pile especially if you own two or more horses. You’ll be cursing yourself the entire time for ignoring this little chore. If you are living in a place that rains a lot ….have you ever tried to push/pull/drag (plus some begging and pleading and more cursing)  a wheel barrow through the mud fully loaded?!

2.) Get your chores done first. It’s so easy to get started having fun with the beasties before you do any of your chores and in the blink of an eye you’re suddenly racing the sun to get all the necessary chores done before you’re forced to do them in the dark.  Rushing around is a great way to forget something (like leave a gate open) or miss something that isn’t normally there so do them first so you do them right. It might just save your horses life.

3.) There is ALWAYS something else to fix. I swear every time I finish one project I look around and notice three others that I should be doing. When you have horses at home it never, ever ends. Fence breaks, muddy areas need fixing, the horses kicked a hole in the barn…As my dad says You’ll be on your death bed and say “but I had 2 more things left to do”.  Get ready to always have an empty pocket book but at least you will have a happy and content heart 😀

4.) Just relax with your horses. Riding isn’t everything. The longer I have my horses at home the more I have realized that I don’t always have to ride them to feel content. There is something about building a bond with them by just hanging out with them that means even more then the bond I have when I ride them. There’s nothing like sitting and listening to a horse munch his hay or nibble his grain. When you go in to clean their stalls and they try to “help” you by begging for treats or playing with your manure rake.  Or the lovable nuzzles you get when they are coming over to say hi just because you walked up. Its a whole new level of bonding I think everyone should have!

 

Until next time!

 

cropped-cash-jack-apple-tree-2.jpg

Taken Out By A Tree

Yup you read the title right. A tree and I had a fight and I lost with poor Jack caught in the middle. I want to say first that Jack is one heck of a trooper for being only three years old!

So how did I come to battle a tree you ask…. Well it all started with me getting home and deciding, come hell or high water, I was gonna ride my horses.  So I took Cash out for a small jaunt up the road. He did amazingly well considering he hadn’t been turned out and it was a cool windy day. He only had one tiny meltdown but we rode it out and happily ended up back home. Nothing crazy to write home about. So of course I decide I’m gonna ride Jack now that he is finally over the weird skin thing he had going on, and plus he was giving me the ” Please love me,” look that I just couldn’t ignore.

So I grabbed his halter and a lunge line and I took him out to the driest part of my pasture and made him walk, trot and canter. When he was minding his manners he quickly got a saddle and bridle put on and with a few more laps to make sure he wasn’t gonna go bronc riding I got on!

Everything was going great. Horses in the field a crossed the way were snorting and racing around the pasture and Jack kept calm with just an occasional glance in their direction or to Cash’s frantic whinny’s (He has decided he hates being alone and the cows next to him are not the same as horses). Sine he was being so good I decided maybe we would walk down the road a bit.

In order to get to the road, however, we had to pass by my truck with some scary boxes in the back.  All was going well.  Only a snort or two and we were carefully easing our way past the big scary truck with the terrifying boxes.

It was at this moment the neighbors decided to start up their logging equipment. We were half way through when BOOM a loud and terrifying noise that must be signaling a horse eating monster sounded and must have meant that Jack was in the perfect spot to be eaten! Jack, being the awesome horse he is, just hunkered down with his legs splayed as wide as he could get them. His muscles twitched as he debated running but knew it’s not what he should do with a human on board so he froze.

And that’s when the terrifying boxes decided to move! A flap opened up and waved. That was it. Jack couldn’t just sit still and let what ever monster the boom had signified eat him. He was gonna move out and live to fight another day. So sideways we went fearing to turn out backs to the deadly boxes. It was then that the monster struck.

His spindly arms reached out and grabbed on to Jacks butt and smashed a crossed my back and head (Thank goodness for my helmet). He had found us! Jack wasn’t going to freeze again. He ran even faster sideways escaping the mighty claws of the monster named TREE.

But Alas I had not been so lucky. The mighty swipe a crossed my back was enough to throw me to the side. Jack valiantly tried to keep me in the saddle but there was it was no use. I was to far gone. I hit the dirt and it was thus that the battle with the might monster Tree was lost.

On a more real note. Jack wasn’t sure what to do. He kept bunching up and leaping forward and then freezing like he was having an argument with himself of “We run. Run. Running will save us. But the human is over there so I should wait. Run. Stand. Run. Stand.” Until I managed to get back on my feet after a quick check to make sure everything was in working order. He calmed right down when I started talking to him and stood quietly while I grabbed the reins and lead him towards the once terrifying monster.  It didn’t take long before I could walk him through on foot.  Then in true horsewoman fashion I re-mounted and we tried it all over again.

Of course while mounted it’s scarier for Jack. He said that it’s just evil to have to walk through there without anyone to get eaten first in front of him. But with some coaxing and a lot of soothing words Jack finally conquered his fears and walked through. We did it a few more times each direction to ensure that he wasn’t going to die, before we called it a day.

I am going to have some pretty awesome bruises in the morning, I think, but considering all things the ride was actually extremely successful! The fact that Jack tried to keep me in the saddle just shows how awesome of a horse he really is, and that he didn’t run away after I hit the ground. I’m blessed to have such a good baby!

So after painfully completing the barn chores I am now on my way to a nice hot bath to ease the pains of my fall. Lord knows the ground keeps getting harder the older I get!  I think I also jinxed myself this morning while talking to friend  saying “It has been quite a while since I have fallen off”. FAMOUS. LAST. WORDS.

 

Until next time!

Oh and as proof, I captured a photo of the man/horse eating tree and the skid marks from the fall…enjoy!

Tree