So today, I woke up to snow flurries (the 2-5 never transpired thankfully) and temps in the 30's. I kept thinking of all the young riders who would be getting their horses prepped for the first show for Stepping Stone Horse Shows. What a miserable day for them! Of course I had to go take photos...
I have a soft spot for little girls with their ponies. Maybe it's because I never had that opportunity, my family felt that horse camp for 2 weeks in the summer was enough.
So off I went -
and this young rider was very serious about her ride and her looks. She had to match and it had to be pink/purple...
She was not necessarily happy but her horse seemed fine!
but she won a blue ribbon and her outlook changed
and this young rider had her hands full and did a wonderful job. Seems her Clydesdale has the heart of a race horse and wanted to GO!
and I thought this was the coolest coloring on a horse!
Once I was sufficiently cold, I headed over to see my own guys who had to be cooped up in their stalls due to the inclement weather. They were happy to get out:
And Ollie was a piece of work!
But Toby will always be my regal man
Sadly, I was a bad mom to Toby today. I took Ollie out for a ride. I had opened up the barn doors to let some fresh air in. Toby has the end stall, next to that door. I rode Ollie for quite awhile and he was a rock star once I got on him. It took me a 1/2 hour to get on his back because of him moving backwards at the mounting block. I told him I had all day and eventually he became bored with the game. Ollie was a joy to ride once we got to it. In the meantime, the wind was howling into Toby's stall. By the time I got to Toby, he was shaking like a leaf! Literally shaking! I put a blanket on him, put him under our heat lamp and made him a hot bran mash. It did the trick. But wow! It was something to see my big guy shaking like that! I was moving all the time and didn't realize how chilling the wind was and it was a strong cold north wind. Poor guy!
When I left he was snug as a bug in a rug while munching on a flake of hay. Poor guy! I need to be more aware of the needs of my senior citizen!!
So while I messed up, I think I made up and am back on his list as a good mom. Which is a good thing for this weekend. Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom's who read this blog. Even if you're only a Mom to 4-leggeds like me!!