Where have you been? What have you been up to? Is Smokey still even alive?

 

Oh yes, friends. I am back!

 

Since I last posted, Smokey and I have both done a whole lot of nothing and whole lot of growing up, getting in shape, getting out of shape, and learning how to be horse and rider. I went back and read some of my previous posts and was shocked at how far we’ve come, both from my point of view as a rider and his overall skill level.

I think it was late last summer when I was chatting with my barn owner about how all of a sudden Smokey looked like he had an adult face. Just like BAM….adulthood. He’s physically matured and has really mentally come around to kind of enjoying working. I was sick for a week recently and didn’t get out to see him, but when I did….wow. He followed me around like he missed me. Well, that’s a first.

Also, it’s very near comical to read some of the later posts where we were struggling to canter, much less function as a complete riding pair. Nowadays, you guys, The Smokes and I are a team. A real, honest to God team while we’re riding. We canter, we trot, we sidepass, we do poles, and sometimes we even jump! The jumps are about 50/50 good/bad at this point, but hey. For someone who hasn’t ridden a trained jumper in….years…on a green horse, we’re doing a-ok.

So here’s what we’ve been up to since I last posted, in picture form:

In the summertime, Smokey is Fabio.

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Summer turned to fall, which means mud. And a transformation into a chestnut mudstang.

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The dogs are learning how to trail ride with us.

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I discovered Smokey has a baby tooth that just won’t quit. The vet is keeping an eye on this, but doesn’t think it’s a concern.

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I got to watch some very talent mustang trainers compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Gainesville, GA. The winner is actually the guy who got Smokey on the trailer at a clinic for me.

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We trail rode. A LOT. Smokes was a champ every time.

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Smokey and I watched a pair of deer duking it out in the woods behind the arena.

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We jumped all the things. Even when we didn’t want to.

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I went to Texas to visit my BBF

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While I was in Texas, this idiot got an abscess.

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I came to the barn to ride at nap time almost every weekend, much to this one’s chagrin.

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Fall happened.

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This one got fluffy, then got clipped. Behold my clipping non-talents!

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Um…. shenanigans.

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There were a few mustang moments. But only a few.

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Mostly, they were goofy moments.

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We did a lesson with Elisa. The two of them jumped an oxer! This part of the team did not.

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Smokey tried to commit suicide.

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The dogs ate the Thanksgiving ham bone.

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It finally got real cold and the spacesuit came out again.

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About smokeythemustang

I'm just a girl who loves horses, who's asking horses to love her back. Right now I'm training a wild mustang. Or he's training me. You decide.
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  1. Barbara Stengard says:

    Loved the pictures and the update

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 11:32 AM, The Horse Mutterer wrote:

    > smokeythemustang posted: “Where have you been? What have you been up to? > Is Smokey still even alive? Oh yes, friends. I am back! Since I last > posted, Smokey and I have both done a whole lot of nothing and whole lot of > growing up, getting in shape, getting out of ” >

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