The ponies and I have been busy getting all the rides in the last few months and it’s felt great to have them both in action (knocking on wood currently, please join along).
P and I continue to do flat work 4 to 5 days a week. He can get a bit of school pony-itis about working in the sand rings and tries all the usual antics of rushing coming home and going slow away from the gate. During the years in the middle when he wasn’t mine he was almost exclusively ridden in a ring so I understand his distaste especially after a winter indoors. What’s funny is that if he’s ridden in a lesson (in one of those same rings) he forgets all about that and gets so excited. The pony knows what’s up!
Yesterday I finally had to give in and pull out the fly wraps and hang up the fly misters for the boys. I hang a mister in each stall and it really keeps the boys comfortable. I’ve been using fly spray and P had been wearing his ear bonnet already but I was trying to hold out! Next up, fly masks. I also want to get a scrim to help keep the mosquitoes off the boys when we graze after night-time rides.
I don’t want to say too much about Stampede and jinx myself (seriously if you didn’t knock on wood last time for me do it now!), but I really can’t complain! There is a gathering of equines (no I’m not saying the word) next weekend and as long as he can keep it together we will be joining in. So let’s all cross our crossables because we know how good he is at timely issues.
Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but Stampede is a bit of a bird keeper. I think because he is not a piggy eater and leaves bits of grain and hay around there are always birds hanging out in his stall. The other night I’m trying to give him carrots and say goodbye and this little bird is just chilling in the front grate of his stall right by me so I took a picture.
I still have a bunch of awesome reviews I want to share with you guys, hopefully I find the time soon!