May 18, 2015

May 15, 2015

I'm still here!

I'm still here.  Just been busy and rainy.  For work I was gone for about 3 days in Durango, CO.  I'm hoping to get out sometime this weekend to work with my mare and hoping that we get more dry weather.

It worries me when Colorado gets a ton of rain at once.  Our soils can't hold the moisture and then the plant growth increases.  If this is followed by a long dry spell it could mean bad news for fires.  Wish we could send the rain to California!  Talk with you all very soon!

May 06, 2015

Arena Footing Break up

The barn got a tractor guy to come break up the soil in the arena and round pen.  Nice and cushy now for arena work.  It was nice to try it out!  I'm happy to have a great place to ride at my barn, a round pen and then two pseudo trail riding type areas.  

My dream is an indoor arena but those come with a boarding cost or there isn't much pasture available at the local facilities.  We'll see what I can do on my own property someday but it's a pipe dream.

First world problems hey?  "I wish I could ride my pony inside!"  LOL

May 05, 2015

Trailer Training a Fiery Mare

The next week or more is full of rainy days and afternoon.  AKA, don't get to do anything with pony.  At least I've had some good training sessions with her but I haven't been able to have several in a row which I really need.

One day when I was working by myself Dani was very willing to step up and into the trailer.  She turned around and would just stand.  I kept it really relaxed with her and she complied very calmly.  The next step will be to work on her with the divider so she stays facing forward.  I will have to most likely get into the trailer to keep her straight or have someone outside on the side of the trailer with another lead attached while I close the divider.  I'll have to work out the logistics but I want to stay safe while teaching her the next step of facing forward.

At least we are getting there.  If the weather cooperates we can get some sessions in and the finally do a small local trail ride.  Spring in Colorado.  If it's not really wet with flooding potential it's dry with the threat of fires...

April 28, 2015

Springtime Woes

The grass is green, the sky is blue, spring showers are creating a world of gorgeous blooms.....everything is perfect!  Well, not so much for the poor chestnut mare.  Springtime means grazing muzzle.

I made some bright pink fleece covers to prevent rubs.  N wanted to make sure if the muzzle came off or the pieces fell off she could find them.  Last year my dark green ones....those blended well with the ground so several have been lost to be never found again.  The fabric store had a perfect fleece scrap for me to buy, pink with flowers on it.

No matter the color, Dani hates it but she has to wear it during the day when the grass has the highest sugar content.  Here's hoping she loses some weight and then maintains a good body weight or we may have to have her wear the thing for a longer period!

April 25, 2015

Trailer Loading

M and I took Tuesday afternoon, after our stable shot clinic, to conduct some trailer training with our horses.  What is it about trailering loading that is so darn scary?

1) Confined space
2) It moves
3) It makes noises
4) Separation from the herd, including the owner
5) Trailers used to be aliens that ate horses until humans domesticated them?

Dani has always had an issue with trailer loading but I didn't have a trailer when I got her and figured I could work on it when the time came.  Now that I finally have a trailer in good working order I can!!  She willingly stepped up several times but didn't want to go in.  I worked her outside and away from the trailer then would ask her again.

It went like this for a while with her stepping in and me having to ask again.  A couple times there were some attitude adjustments that I needed to conduct with the mare and she got spanked a couple times but nothing too bad.  Eventually she did go in all the way, turned around and stood.  We ended the training for her there.  I'll pick up next time where we left off and just keep going forward.

With Scotty it was just a matter of getting him used to a new trailer and then the dividers.  M and I worked with him to get the front divider closed.  He was a very good boy.

I was very happy to have M there so we could work together and encourage each other!

The above picture is a reference picture since we will be having the grazing muzzle on Dani everyday.  She'll have it off in the evening and into the night so here's hoping that she will lose a little weight and that this will prevent any founder issues.  So far she's done well but her weight is always a fight, she's such an easy keeper to the point of danger!

April 24, 2015

Finishing up the Trailer Mats

The mats fit well in the trailer with a little additional cutting.  Steve came out to get them perfectly fitting in the back of the trailer.

Love that the man is willing to come out and help when I need it.  It's easier with two people, you hold the two edges apart as you cut to get the mats sliced.

Around the poles that hold the dividers is the hardest area to cut.  Steve ended up slicing pieces away with an exacto knife to get the mats sitting perfectly around the poles.  Now it's done and complete.  I still want to get rubberized paint up the sides of the trailer to help protect from pawing hooves.  That will happen on a warmer and dryer day.

April 18, 2015

Tired and Matted

Last weekend I purchased 5 new tires for the trailer.  They are Range Load E, Special Trailer tires.  So glad to have shoes that are secure on my trailer.  The other ones were already older when I bought the trailer and you could see a little bit of dry rot as in tiny cracks.

I also got some RV tire covers to keep on the tires when the trailer is not in use.

Today I also picked up three new matts.  These matts will need to be cut for the interior of the trailer of course.  What's neat is they have little nubbies on them to help horses keep traction while being hauled. 


Now if only the windy and rainy weather would cooperate so I can get working with my mare on loading!

April 16, 2015

Missing Lytha

Suddenly I can't access Lytha's blog.  Anyone else having this issue?  I don't think I've ever said anything on her blog comments that would offend.  If so it was not intentional.  I miss hearing about your progress with your mare Lytha!