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“…And in the foreground the fields were fixed in fire…” – N. Scott Momaday

   For those aware of the above quote’s origin, please disregard its context. Instead, appreciate that it was the most appropriate burning imagery I could remember. 

   The little dog was an excellent manager today. Morale was high and work continued from dawn until dusk. Technically, she only managed the husband. I was watching over the burning leaf piles. Piles, not pile. We burned leaves in the triangular pasture as well as the new pasture today. The new pasture behind the barn had an enormous pile of brush, and we burned 2/3 of the massive heap. Afterward, the best friend came over and we went to Family Farm and Home. She helped me haul grain and shavings from the store to the car to the barn.

   I had an excellent day. It was spent almost entirely outside, which makes me happy. The husband is always in a good mood during these days. It seems he doesn’t mind stepping out of his comfort zone to help out. He raked leaves and hauled food and moved burnables around like a champ.

    A volunteer came this afternoon and helped out with stall picking and chores this evening. In the middle of all that, she had a lesson, too. She and the best friend rode in the arena together and did a great job communicating and cooperating. (Suddenly I feel like a Kindergarten teacher creating report cards.) In any case, I love how my boarders here are so compassionate for other riders in the arena. They’re caring and kind. I haven’t had a single problem with anyone. Even after Senorita’s owner left manure in the arena yesterday and I teased her today, she razzed me right back–then helped out with chores around the barn. I love my boarders.

   And I love knowing that we’re almost done burning all those darned leaves.

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Bear Back

Tonight, I had the best ride on Honey. I’d like to say she’s a pony, but that’s only the case for so long. Tonight I measured her at 14.1 hands high, almost 14.2–the cutoff for becoming a horse. Aww. The other questionable aspect of Honey is her hair. She is incredibly wooly, round and furry, adorable and cuddly–she reminds me of a Winnie the Pooh bear, so I call her “Honey Bear.” She’s become even more furry of late. I’ve kept her blankets off for the most part, so her hair has increased exponentially.

As I was finishing my ride, my lesson student arrived. She was shocked about the way I was riding. Not because I was doing something crazy, but because I was bareback. Bareback. Apparently at previous barns this was not a usual occurance. I was surprised at her surprise. It’s second nature to me to ride bareback, so I just climb aboard whenever I feel like it. Melody, and (when I owned her) Savannah were used to me climbing aboard with or without a saddle. Sometimes we’d go bareback, sometimes sidesaddle, sometimes western, dressage, or close-contact jumping. My horses never knew what to expect, and I prefer it that way. I think versatility is the ultimate gift you can give your horse. There are so many times that dressage moves can be useful in regular life. Other times western skills are important. I can ride Melody with a single rein, since she knows how to western and direct rein both.

In any case, I had a fantastic ride on Honey, and I’m thrilled with how far we’ve come. She’s easily giving in to the bit with the slightest of movements, and she’s chewing and licking constantly throughout our ride. She’s half-passing and side passing like a champ, and now we’ve gotten to the point that it’s not hard to get her to reverse on the haunches and stop on a dime. She’s so much fun. I’m thrilled with her.

 

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Pony Party #2: Huberts Family

 We had a great time last night! The Huberts Family had a birthday party for their 4 year-old daughter, and we all had a blast.

 I dressed Melody up as a unicorn, and everyone was excited to see her ready for Halloween!

Then came the fun part. Melody performed a riding demo, tricks, mini-lessons, and then…  Painting!

                                  

We had a fantastic time! Then, we got a new boarder: Dusty! He’s such a stud muffin in his baby-blue Amigo turnout.

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