Does anyone else feel like we went directly from summer to winter with barely any middle ground? I know I posted some pictures of leaves changing color but temps were still warm and now I’m freezing and there was sleet yesterday. Blargh.
The chestnut boys have been taking the changing of seasons in stride besides that one afternoon they were complete nuts and ran around ripping up the pasture since it was windy with on and off rain. I guess at least they feel good?
For me the worst part of the change in seasons is doing everything in the dark or almost dark. I like to see my ponies and watch them do cute things in the evening while I do chores.
Both ponies have been relatively low maintenance (knock on wood) aside from some extra hoof picking and thrush treatment to go with the wet weather lately and a recent hind leg crust flare up on Stampede’s part. They are pretty good at eating, drinking, pooping, and peeing. Stampede recently showed off his prowess at rolling in my aisle after I had worked hard leveling it, raking it, and hosing it down to reduce dust. Of course he needed his sheet back on so I had a good time cleaning him that evening!
Maestro and I keep trucking along getting to know each other. On the flat I’ve been adding more exercises to improve bend and teach him to move off my leg laterally. When it comes to jumping I am seriously having a blast. The lead changes are not quite there because he wants to anticipate and duck in but he’s already so much straighter down the lines and obviously loves jumping. I really need to get video so I can have some comparisons for later on.
I had the CWD rep out last week to check out my two saddles. I know P’s was okay but required a thicker pad to get it up off his wither and I had never tried Stampede’s on him figuring it would be too narrow. Jokes on me because the fit of Stampede’s saddle wasn’t half bad. The fitter said ideally she would probably remove 5mm all around but said for now to ride in it with no half pad or a thin half pad and see how it goes. Since I prefer Stampede’s saddle for myself (it’s 1/2″ smaller seat) this makes me quite pleased. Even if later I end up spending $550 to get the panels adjusted that’s still better than replacing it. Once I make sure Maestro has no objections to my plan I will list P’s saddle for sale so if anyone is interested in an 18″ CWD deep seat with 4C flap let me know (picture of it in below photo).
In other saddle related news, I finally broke out one of the Ogilvy profile pads I ordered on Black Friday last year. By the time I got them (custom order) Stamp was mostly retired and I decided to hold onto them until I had a new horse. So the pads sat around for quite a while waiting for Maestro to come along. Thankfully the colors I picked seem bay friendly and the one I have used so far I think looks great on him.
I probably sound like a broken record but I am just loving having my own horse to ride again. Working with Stampede’s issues really gave me a love of flatwork that I never had before so coming up with exercises and trying different methods to teach Maestro is so fun. Too bad I’m not brave enough for eventing and love jumping too much to do dressage, lol.
I’ll close out this post with a Stampede mystery. My stalls are from a kit and the front bars are put in such that you lower the top onto them making the bars permanently trapped. Somehow Stampede does this…
He also is bowing out his end wall so maybe he just sits on all the things all night between chowing down on his large amount of grain and half a bale of hay? #specialneedshorse forever