It’s been a while since I caught up with all my horse adventures!
Elisa and my’s trip had a little hiccup at the last minute and we weren’t able to go to Canon City to see the horses there. The Wyoming Checkerboard horses had just been rounded up and shipped there, so they were under quarantine during our scheduled visit. Nuts.
We did, however have a great time at Ridgecrest and saw some really cool horses, learned a lot and had a downright adventure.
While Elisa didn’t find the horse of her dreams in those pens, we were able to document over 70 horses with tag numbers and post photos for others to pick them out of the pens. Basically doing anything we could to get some adopted – which I think we at the very least helped to do!
Below are some pictures I took with my phone (which are only a paltry few compared with the hundreds we ACTUALLY took on real cameras).
What else has the gray pony been up to? Well, lately I’ve turned my attention to getting myself in shape to ride English and getting Smokey to, well, move.
Some folks were out to test ride one of the horses at the barn a few weeks ago and I was riding Smokes in the arena with them. He wasn’t going basically anywhere when asked, so I gave him a sturdy whack with the crop on the rump and got hardly an ear flicked my direction for my efforts. After our ride, one of the other boarders said the people trying the horse out asked about Smokes and when she told them he was a mustang, they were baffled that he would be so lackadaisical towards the crop. And moving in general.
How did I get the only putter-er of a mustang?
I still love him.
We went on another trail ride, as well! We went back to Roosevelt State Park and rode with the folks at Roosevelt Riding Stables on a trail ride with my coworkers (gee, I wonder who pushed for that as our teambuilding for the quarter….). We had a great time, and Smokes was only slightly hesitant to hop back on the trailer to go home. He was EXHAUSTED after that ride since it was more up and down hills. I felt bad because his feet were sore from the terrain, but he did fine. Just a sleepy boy afterwards.
We only hit one snag on the way home. Someone kindly left a 4×6 in the middle of the highway for me to avoid with my truck, but hit with my trailer wheel. When I pulled over to check on everything, I found the divider had been loose (with by Smokey’s magical butt or hitting the wood). Smokey was none too happy to be stuck in the trailer and gave his best heave ho to push the door open when I snuck in to put the divider back. Thankfully, his butt was near the hinge and I held it closed. The divider, however was too far back and bent so that it wouldn’t latch again. Smokey spent the rest of the ride tied to the front, but with the divider pulled back. Not my favorite, but sufficed for the trip home. This is why I need someone to ride with me to these events…
Other horsey news: I ran into Elisa at a show at Will’s Park with her Mustang Magic mare, Hwin. Hwin is an adorable little gray mare from Adobe Town, WY – so you know I’m secretly in love with her. Smokey needs a girlfriend, right? Well, they were riding in both the English and western classes that day. I got to hang around for some of the English classes and videoed one of them (below). Keep in mind this mare is 6 weeks form the wild. Elisa is just that good, y’all.