Monday, February 6, 2012

just what the doctor ordered

Yes, Lucy occasionally lets her freak flag fly, but then there are days like today when I arrive at the barn, pull her out of her paddock, tack up and head out on an hour long trail ride after she had a couple days off, and without lunging first.

Recipe for disaster? Or opportunity for an amazing ride?

We weaved through the trees, trotted along the trails, and cantered through the fields. It was an hour of wandering around, forgetting about drama and remembering how to enjoy myself. Lucy was forward but not bonkers, and she was alert but not scary. She did have one good-sized spook when some dogs came around a sharp turn in the trail and were running around her, but I can't blame her because they scared me too! They weren't doing anything bad but I will be more cautious about sharp turns in the trail in the future.

When we returned to the barn, I spent some extra time grooming her to perfection, and I clipped her legs and bridle path. She was looking quite lovely by the time I put her in her stall for the night.


  1. Your blog is KILLING me!! I cannot wait to have my own horse :-)

    But really, I just adore this blog. I admire your maturity and humor (I am up to Feb 2010). I really hope to find either a rescue or an OTTB when I am ready to own, and this blog has been an excellent source of insight!

    Anyway, keep up the great work and sharing! Oh, and your art is fantastic- sometime soon I may have to order one of those painted saddlepads.

  2. Sounds like an amazing end to any day. That's when you know they're growing up and really starting to *get* it.

  3. Those moments are what make it all worthwhile! And besides, wouldn't it be boring if the mares always behaved :)

  4. I have to agree with the first comment! I am living through you and Lucy until I am done with nursing school. LOL I had a great OTTB mare before I started, but unfortunately due to time constraints and finances I had to re-home her. I will get another one when I am done and find a job, but for now your blog gets me through! Keep up the great work.

  5. SO great. Pony Rx is the cure all, so glad you both enjoyed that nice trail ride. :)

  6. Yay! The perfect remedy.

    Yes, I'm loving my camera.
    No, we haven't had a torn blanket yet. The play looks rougher than it is. They really get along, and have never left a mark on each other. Slobber, yes.


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