Tuesday, March 29, 2022

good boy Shane

Shane's first foray into the lupine
The horse world lost another good one the other day. Friend C’s lovely horse Shane coliced, with a very bad twist. When even the doctors say there is nothing you can do the decision is still heart-breaking.

Shane learning the ropes with his best pal Friday

out on a beautiful ride
I'd been so looking forward to riding out with her on Shane and me on Miles, our new chapters. I know C had so many plans ahead of camping trips and other adventures. But sadly not to be. I was glad to be with her as she said goodbye. But please, no more right now.
he was so very handsome
You were a good boy Shane and tried so hard. Thanks for the rides we shared. Wish there had been more.
Shane and Friday watching some arena shenanigans

Thursday, March 17, 2022

new beginnings

Miles has some pretty big shoes to fill. First order: the actual shoes! He was due for a shoeing and I wanted to see how he’d do barefoot. My trimmer did a great job and said his feet were pretty good but needed some help before he could manage barefoot entirely. So he tried on big brothers boots. A bit loose, the next size down is too tight, so for now they will work. Bittersweet, all of it. 

Miles likes the eating hikes best

all dressed up and ready to go

he likes to be a bit close
We’ve been slowly adventuring. Needing to learn about each other and trust, so started off hiking. Worked on not grabbing for grass, but he follows very nicely, and is even learning the "stand on the manhole" trick that Major did. It helps that Miles is VERY food motivated and I have not found a treat he doesn't like!

his expressions crack me up

wondering what's over there

Then part hiking and riding. Been pretty steady so far, though he is not a fan of mud and water! We hike a bit, then I ride. No photos of the ride part yet. Not because he has been naughty, but because I don't quite trust myself or him with one hand on the reins!

a good trail to learn on: single track, bridges and water
Then I broke my new pony. Actually, just a scrape, and he did it to himself when the leaped after my stirrup scraped a rock and he landed next to another rock. Sigh. More desensitizing ahead! And I had the saddle fitter out and the best news: she was able to adjust the saddle flocking so my favorite saddle fits Miles quite well, yeah!

He is well settled in and pretty happy in pasture. I bought him a new hay ball that is a bit annoying to fill but he certainly likes it! I think my favorite part so far is that he whinnys as I walk up the hill and greets me at the gate. We're just spending time together, hopefully we have lots ahead, no need to rush.