By Patty Wilber
Last Saturday was the first Back Country Horsemen, Pecos Chapter, training ride for 2012. I have been really busy teaching and riding my client horses. I haven’t had too much time for T and Penny. JD could really use a group ride, but I resisted and decided to take the two I actually plan to use on BCH projects this summer. (I get to take JD to Elephant Butte Lake 2/17 anyhow, weather permitting.)
Jim took Cometa, and I took T and Penny. We drove down to Town and Country Feed, right at the eastern edge of Albuquerque, 10 miles from us. They have a big parking lot and access to open space that reaches into the hills you just can see in the back ground of the picture below.
There were 11 of us, and I ended up leading with Penny–down the scary narrow chute by the rental horses, to the muddy creek crossing. Penny has been over more than a few creeks, but the first water of the season some times can be interesting…but nope. She’s five now and we have logged a lot of miles. It’s starting to show! Yeah!
T, in his starring role as Pack Horse, at first had somewhat of an issue because a Big Black Long Ears was Right Behind him, but he settled very well–except for that one glitch where he wrapped the rope under Penny’s tail. She didn’t buck or pitch a fit. She just aimed, and kicked him.
I appreciated that she took it out on T instead of me!
We rode up and up and got a nice view.
It was getting windy, so we dropped off the ridge, found some nice trees to tie the horses to, and rocks for our picnic lunch. Then we headed on down, as the weather turned colder and windier.
We got home, just in time to show Curly Moe to a potential buyer. Julie had seen Curly Moe’s Blog, and already was a little smitten by his Very Cuteness.
But, she went to see another Fjord first. One that has been ridden quite a bit, and whom we thought might be a better match (even though Kathleen and I had our fingers crossed for Curly!). That other Fjord was having a bad day apparently, and did not make the cut.
Curly showed off his ground manners, rode really well (walked, trotted, turned, backed, sideways, bridge, gate, bent to a stop, halted on voice–he is a Very Smart Boy to have learned all that in 20 rides. The show day was ride 21.)
Then Julie rode him, and he was almost perfect! I was SO PROUD! Of course she had to buy him!
He will go to his new home about 5 hours south, in another week!
And lastly, some just for fun pics of Wednesday in Tijeras. I woke up, looked out the window and saw no snow on the deck railing. Dozed off of a bit and finally dragged myself out of bed, planning to feed real quick and head to work.
Opened up the basement door to….WOW. The snow was up to the tops of my rubber boots!
It had been windy, so had blown off my porch rail, completely fooling me! I got a few photos in the afternoon.
Next week, I may have a little discussion on hernia repair, or maybe JD will have a feature on our trip to Elephant Butte!