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Riding as a Youth

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I Want a Do-Over.

The link above is a post by a fellow equine blogger.  I enjoyed reading it and it got me thinking of riding in my youth.

After a couple years of lessons I got my own horse (Lilly of the fields). She was a beautiful chestnut mare. I had friends in the area and we would go trail riding.  During the summer it would be all day trail rides to the park or convenience store.  We didn’t wear helmets and we had 100% trust in our horses.  We never fell off even when we race around the avocado groves.  We were young and free but not careless or risk takers.

Chex’s first trail ride

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This week during our regularly scheduled Saturday morning trail ride Rachael decided to take Chex on his first trail ride since joining the farm.

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He was joined by Apple, Cuervo and Nash.

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Chex’s mom joined us on Nash.  Her first time on him.
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The weather was good to us.  It wasn’t too hot and we stuck the the cut part of our neighboring fields.  The horse flys and bugs were out and bothering the horses despite being doused in fly spray2013-07-13_10-43-47_150

Sweet Summer Time

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Summer is in full swing here at the farm.  It is keeping me busy so this update is going to be full and all over the the place.

It is not all about work though, a couple of weeks ago the extended farm family went to a country concert. It was a great break from the farm work and a good time was had by all!

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Lessons are continuing I am now scheduling them for early morning or late evening to beat the heat.   This is my youngest rider, she is coming along by leaps and bounds.  Last week we were trotting with out a saddle!

2013-07-02_17-05-32_78We are also taking on new riders and beginners. I got Nash out for this lesson, he was great and is such a sweet horse for first timers.  The other day, I was telling folks about how much of a lover he is and then I recieved a big lick up the middle of my face!

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July 4th was a fun filled day OFF too.  We went for another trail ride around green lane.  I got Casey to jump a log for me.  I think he liked that.

Lastly some shots of when the ferrier was here.  Nash didn’t think it was fair to bring apples to the barn and not share.

2013-07-06_17-07-52_487The donkeys were brought up to have their hooves trimmed too.  Frodo said hello to Izzy.  It was funny after they were done and brought back to their pasture with the goats Cuervo kept whinnying and calling for them to come back.  It is amazing the bonds they share.

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Apple and Casey’s Big Adventure

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On Sunday we decided not to take care of the long list of things to do and instead go for a trail ride.  Green Lane Park  is about a 20 min drive from the farm. It has many trails for 2 legs, 4 legs and wheels.  We opted to go around the lake, which was a 15 mile adventure that took us a little less than 5 hours.  Before we left we brushed them and applied fly spray.  My 2 seasoned  geldings loaded the trailer like champs.  I rarely take them off the property so it is great to see that they remember and are ok with being trailered.

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Getting tacked up at the trailer.

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Are ya coming?  Casey is a much slower walker than Apple so we were often trotting to catch up.

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I was told that there are not enough pics of me in the blog (because i am always the one taking them).  So here ya go.

2013-06-16_11-39-50_299Put your ears forward Casey – Pretend like you like it.

2013-06-16_11-45-25_722Through the open areas

2013-06-16_12-26-40_20Across the bridge, past the fishermen, to the other side of the lake.

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Through the forest.  This part was only for advanced riders.  As we had to go down and up many steep embankments with a stream at the bottom.  A fun adrenalin rush as you are putting all your trust in to the horse.  They did great!

2013-06-16_14-19-36_662 2013-06-16_14-19-26_107Around the lake.  It was such a pretty day, not too hot with a cool breeze.

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Smile for the Camera.  I love that Apple and Casey’s ears are pricked forward for this pic.  They were checking out the other horses approaching us.

2013-06-16_15-16-17_942 2013-06-16_15-16-22_362Stopped at the bridge by the gas station for a break.  We needed to re-hydrate.   The nice man at the shop behind Casey, offered the horses some water.

2013-06-16_15-51-02_701 2013-06-16_15.50.53Almost there.  The last hour of the ride my bum started to hurt so I decided to ride side saddle.  Look ma no hands.  Casey was such a good boy that for the most part I didn’t have to do much, no steering and no stirrups.   The only thing I had to watch for was when he walked to close to the tree and tried to constantly take out my left leg.

It was a great day out!  So much better than working.

Just another Saturday on the Farm

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This weekend was perfect for doing farm stuff.  We went on a trail ride

Gave a few of the horses baths. After which Apple promptly rolled of course

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Then there was the usual silliness and mayhem.

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Has spring finally sprung?

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Yesterday was a great day at the farm with all sorts of activities.   Starting with Izzy arriving, then a trail ride followed by beginner lessons.

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Two sisters and their first lesson while there was some expected nervousness they were also naturals!  I have a feeling they loved the lesson as much as I loved giving it.  I am so looking forward to the spring and summer and many more lessons this season.2013-03-30_13-47-56_915 2013-03-30_13-33-32_915 2013-03-30_13-33-29_121

My day ended with a bonfire with friends over looking the donkeys in their new home with the goats.

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