How often do we read horse sale ads where an 8 year old horse is for sale and has not been started or is only green due to "no fault of his own?" How many people who ride regularly have that younger horse that lives, eats and racks up vet bills with all the others, yet serves no real purpose except that "he'll be my next horse?"
Even after several months of watching it, I'm still amazed at the changes that happen on the property and how fast they do! Little paths that I had been cutting in by hand to pass through with 1 horse are now wide open roads for vehicles. Small clearings that looked quaint are wide open arenas, parking lots and future home sites. I'm working hard to keep the "forested woods" feel, but it's hard when you have utilitarian uses that need to be taken care of.
I just love when I can get friends to join me on horseback! It motivates you to actually get out there and do it. And to be sure your horse is truly groomed, not just saddle brushed. You know, where you actually comb through their mane and tail, no dirt in the middle of the forehead. You do more than just clean where the saddle goes.
Horse people tend to fall into 2 categories. Gelding people and mare people. I’ve never really understood it, as I don’t see what’s wrong with mares. I hear about attitudes and moods, but don’t geldings have those too? I suppose that I must fall into the mare category if I have to choose.
This week I corralled my brother into watching the kids while we rode on Wednesday night because I had company coming to ride! Besides Jenn and I, Kim and Patty joined us.
Greenies. They can be a dental chew bone for a dog or a horse who isn't finished or solid under saddle. My Joey (the best dog ever) loved himself a Greenie treat. If I took him with me into the feed store to pick out his own treats, he always chose a Greenie. He was the coolest dog.
In my quest to find new places to ride, I came across Malabar Scrub a few years back. It's in South Palm Bay, FL, so not a terrible long drive. As usual I had done what research I could online, so I knew it was only 400 acres and a multi use park, but that was ok because Baleigh and I were only going for the day.
It's raining. It's always raining in Florida this time of year. Kind of like winter in Northern California. You have to resign yourself to the fact that if you want to ride, it will rain. We were all lined up to ride again last night. Kid care? Check. Horses? Check. Friends to join us? Check. Thunder, lightning, wind? Check. Ug!
As usual, it takes a little time to recuperate after hosting any event. Our ACTHA ride at the beginning of December went off without a hitch. The weather was a perfect 70 and sunny (discounting the 5 minute shower in the beginning) and the riders were a happy group of people.
Life is strolling along on the new property. The house is FINALLY coming together and there is an end in sight. Some day I'll actually be able to live with my horses again! The days of complaining about hauling water to the horses are gone, we have water, wash rack, tie rack, arena, trails... all the things a horse lover could ask for. Well, I could ask for a barn, but I promised my husband I won't for a couple of years. Land clearing and house...