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Redeemed and the Rattlesnake

It has been a pretty exciting week, friends – starting with last weekend!

So, do you remember in my last blog post, when I confessed that I had behaved rather poorly in my workout? And I said that I would just behave if I were to do my workout over again (so that I wouldn’t have to work on a circle forever and ever and ever)?

Well, because my Mommy is so loving and forgiving and redeeming, (are you reading this, Mommy?) in her infinite wisdom (don’t forget to bring the carrots!) she decided to give me another chance to prove that my mind was in the game the very next day, just like I had hoped for! We went down to the lower arena where my new friends were waiting in their field, just on the other side of the arena wall – egging me on and calling me over to hang out with them – and I was able to prove to Mommy that I was going to pay attention only to her and not to anything else! I gave my friends a brief hello and a quick apology for not being able to go out and play… and then I got right down to work.

It turns out that Mommy had a wonderful, fun-filled workout planned for us – as long as I behaved better than I had the day before.

And what was that “surprise” workout plan, you ask?

JUMPING! What else?! Of course, I did behave better than I had the day before because in my own infinite wisdom, I knew that Mommy had been wanting to jump again… and, knowing exactly how my Mommy thinks, I knew that she would use this learning experience as a chance to “reward” me with my favorite thing in the world! (Well, next to marshmallows, that is…) Anyway, her plan worked. Good plan, Mommy.

Okay, lets get to the even more exciting part: Mommy and I saw a rattlesnake!

After Mommy had hopped down off my back and we were leaving the arena, I heard a sound that I’d never heard before in my entire life – but one that was completely unmistakeable. The eerie, hissing, rattling sound of a rattlesnake!  Before Mommy had even realized what the sound was, I turned on my heels and I was OUTTA THERE! I did not need to stop and look at it. I already knew what it would look like – even though I’d never seen one – and I was pretty sure it looked like this:

Raaawwwwrrr! Hiiiissssss! I will eat you in one big bite!!!

Raaawwwwrrr! Hiiiissssss! I will eat you in one big bite!!!

After I broke free from Mommy’s grasp, I ran around to the other side of the arena before getting tangled up in my reins (don’t worry; I didn’t step on them and they didn’t break – they only hindered my escape!) and then Mommy came and got me. She made me walk back over to where the snake was (again, don’t worry; we didn’t get very close that time) and we both got a brief glimpse of what it looked like. I was right! It looked just like that photo, but a hundred times bigger and scarier and meaner and angrier! But the scariest part was that Princess, my kitty friend who likes to take naps in Mommy’s lap while she’s on my back, was sitting in the grass stalking the rattlesnake! I couldn’t take it. I bolted again – and that time, I almost took Mommy’s arm with me!

Mommy caught up to me just as I stepped through my reins again, and at that moment a woman came running out from the barn asking if Mommy and I were okay. Aside from me having almost ripped Mommy’s arm completely off of her body (sorry, Mommy… I didn’t mean to!), we were fine. Mommy told the lady that there was “a rattler over there” and that Princess was staring at it, about to get eaten in one single gulp. (Okay, maybe I added that last part in myself. But that was the gist of it.) The lady grabbed a couple rocks and threw them toward Princess to scare her away before running to alert the media that the biggest, scariest rattlesnake in existence was currently hissing and rattling right next to the arena!

The end result?

The rattlesnake was beheaded with a machete.

Boy, it sure was exciting! Not that I saw the beheading or anything. I’m not sure I could have handled that, to be honest with y’all.

Anyway, after we’d gone through our routine of cooling out, taking a shower, getting liniment on my legs, eating grass while drying off, getting groomed and then eating my grain mash, Mommy headed home… and I decided to have a nice, long roll in my shavings. There’s really nothing like a good roll to relax a horse after a hard workout and an exciting, near-death experience with a rattlesnake.

To my great embarrassment, however – and I was only embarrassed because my Aunt Bonnie and our friend, Shelley, were there watching me – I rolled a little too close to the side of my stall and got my right hind shoe stuck on the wire mesh. Trying my best to act nonchalant as I attempted to get up, I pulled as hard as I could and yanked the shoe right off! I didn’t hurt myself, though, and I only broke off a little piece of my hoof. I buried the shoe deep in the shavings so that Mommy wouldn’t see it, because I did not want to tell her what I had done. If Mommy asked me where my shoe was (because I knew she would see right away that I had lost one when she came back in the evening), I planned on playing dumb and telling her that I had no idea what happened or where it could have “fallen” off.

Well, as it turns out, I didn’t get off the hook that easily because my Aunt Bonnie told Mommy all about the incident!  But Mommy wasn’t mad; she just wanted to find my shoe so that I didn’t step on it and get a nail through my hoof. (And, Aunt Bonnie, if you’re reading this – don’t worry. I’m not mad at you for telling on me! I still love you very much. Just keep those treats coming and you can tell on me all you want!)

In the end, though, I guess it was actually a good thing that Aunt Bonnie told Mommy what happened, because Mommy new exactly where to look for my shoe and quickly found it where I’d hidden it.

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Mommy called my new friend, Tim the Horseshoer, and he came out in an incredibly timely manner to put my shoe back on. (Mommy called him on Sunday and he was there on Monday evening!) He even put some acrylic filler in the spot where I broke a little of my hoof wall off, which was pretty cool. He filled in the spot with wet acrylic stuff, let the acrylic dry and then sanded it down so that it looks and acts just like my actual hoof! If you don’t know it’s there, you can’t even tell.

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He’s a nice guy and he really treats me very well. I tried to be on my best behavior, and I wasn’t nervous with him at all because I can tell that he really loves me and cares about my well-being. He works with lots of Thoroughbreds and some really famous horses, too, so I know that he’s the perfect farrier for me! He told Mommy that he wanted to see me out there competing in the jumpers arena, and I seconded that wholeheartedly!

I only had my shoe off for about two days, but I was very happy to get it back on again because I wasn’t allowed to work while I was missing a shoe! And having two days off in a row is like torture when you have as much energy as I do! Although I have to give Mommy a lot of credit; even though she wouldn’t let me run around in the arena or anything like that, she made sure that I got out to graze for multiple hours each day. One morning, she was there for almost 5 hours! She and I got to watch the sunrise while I grazed, which was really beautiful.

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And, of course, my friend Olive hung out with us for a long time.

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Princess even came to hang out with us for a while, too!

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I really love having so many friends here in California.

Anyway, the morning after I got my shoe back on, Mommy came to the barn and turned me out in the arena. She said that I had been very well behaved the past two days, but that she knew how much energy I had – so she was going to give me to opportunity to get it all out in any way that I wanted to, instead of riding me and making me get right back to work.

I thought that was very nice of her.

So, how did I choose to expel my energy, you might ask?

I danced! I jumped and I spun and I kicked up my heels!

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I imagined that I was at one of Daddy’s rock-and-roll concerts and I jumped right into the “mosh pit!”

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I showed off how fancy I can be, just to hear Mommy tell me that I’m gorgeous!

Trotting

I ran and galloped and pretended that I was a racehorse again!

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And, of course, I paid homage to the mountains and the clouds, because they were watching my every dance move (and cheering me on)!

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Well, since then, it’s been work as usual… But that’s not so bad – I love working! I feel like I’m getting into better and better shape every day, which is a really good thing because Mommy and I need to get back to jumping five feet as soon as we can! I miss it, so I know she must miss it, too.

Anyway, friends, I think that’s about all I have to report today. I’ll have Mommy take some more photos of Robin and her baby soon so that you can see how much the little filly is growing. She sure is a cutie – and so is her Mama!

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And on that note, I’ll catch y’all later…

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Circles (and so on)

Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to concentrate on the things that Mommy asks me to do. It’s not always my fault, though; there are lots of distractions out there in the big ol’ world – and I’m a very curious character!

Today when Mommy and I went down to the lower arena for our workout, there were two horses in the big paddock that’s next to that arena. Immediately I assumed that they were not horses, but aliens or monsters of some sort disguised as horses, because I’ve been here for a month now and I’ve never seen horses out in that big field. So, it was only natural that I was a little bit terrified of them at first.

Being the good, patient Mommy that she is, she allowed me to walk over to the wall to say hello to the  so-called “horses” and confirm that they were, in fact, only horses (and not aliens/monsters/shape-shifters).

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“Alright, as long as you’re SURE that you’re both JUST horses…”

Well, once I knew for certain that they were of my own species, I wanted very badly to go and hang out with them. How much fun they must be having in that big, open field with all that space to run around! They obviously wanted me to come out and play with them, too, because they kept running back and forth along the wall of the arena on that side. It was very exciting! I love making new friends – and here were two horses that wanted to be friends with me, too!

I have to be honest and admit that, in all of the excitement, I wasn’t paying any attention to Mommy at all. No matter where in the arena I was, I kept trying to turn and run back over to the horses in the field. I was being very fancy and enthusiastic about it, though; trotting sideways, cantering in place, spinning and trying to bolt back over to them…

When I finally realized that Mommy was getting frustrated with me for ignoring her and pretending she wasn’t there, it was already too late. I heard her say the dreaded words, “Well, I guess this is nothing that a million 20-meter circles can’t fix…” and I knew that I was in for it.

Any horse who has ever been “banished to a 20-meter circle” will probably be able to relate to what I’m about to say:

Circles. Are. BORING.

Now, any horse who has never been punished in such a way… well, you’re clearly just a goody-four-shoes and you need to get out and live a little. (Then again, I guess I’m not making a very good argument by telling you how boring it is to have to work on a 20-meter circle for an entire half-hour, right? In fact, if I had to do today’s workout over again, I would have paid more attention in the beginning so that I wouldn’t have to end up on a circle forever. But I promise you, that does not make me a goody-four-shoes!)

Yep, that’s right: I had to work on a 20-meter circle for the rest of my workout, which was a solid half-hour. Mommy doesn’t usually like to make me work on a circle for such a long time, because she knows that it can be hard on a horse’s joints to do such repetitive patterns for so long, but I have to hand it to her:  her (diabolical) plan worked. I started paying attention to her instead of the other horses, because I probably would have tripped and fallen on my face if I tried to trot or canter a circle without looking where I was going. And it’s pretty tough not to keep your head down and your eyes looking where you’re going when you’re constantly being asked to bend to the inside.

So, all’s well that ends well, and Mommy gave me lots of praise (and carrots) for finally being able to focus and put in some good quality work. Once I was all cooled down and Mommy had taken off my tack, I got to roll in my stall and take a long, cool drink of water from my automatic waterer.

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Then, I got a long shower and Mommy let me eat grass with my friends, Becky and Olive, until I was dry. A little more than an hour after I was done cooling out, Mommy gave me my grain mash. She likes to make my grain into a cold mash these days because she wants to make sure that I get enough water when it’s this hot out (even though I drink a lot and I have two mineral salt licks in my stall), but she also knows how much I love to be messy!

Mmmm, I love getting mash-face when I eat my breakfast!

Mmmm, I love getting mash-face when I eat my breakfast!

Oh, and I started my monthly ration of Psyllium yesterday. I have to report that I love Psyllium! The kind Mommy got me tastes like apples and molasses, and it makes my breakfast that much more delicious. I’m almost sad that I’ll only get it for one week out of each month!

Anyway, in other news… the new baby is still absolutely adorable and Robin is still a wonderful Mama.

Shhh... The baby is sleeeeeeping!

Ssshhhhh… The baby is sleeeeeeping!

I still haven’t met either of them, but Mommy has been taking pictures for me and she confessed to me that she’s been sharing my carrots with Robin. I don’t mind, though. Mommies need lots of vegetables to stay strong so they can protect their beautiful babies, and I’m more than happy to share my carrots with Robin! Maybe that means that she and I can be friends someday… I just hope Mommy made sure to tell Robin that the carrots were from me!

Alright, that’s about all I have to say. I think I’m going to go take a nap; this morning’s workout really took a lot out of me! Stay cool, friends. I’ll catch y’all later…

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A New Life on the Farm

I know you might think that I’m referring to my own new life on the farm… but I’m not! I’m referring to an actual new life on the farm: a foal – a new baby horse!

That’s right, friends: late Sunday night (or really early Monday morning), a foal was born right here on the farm! The farm where I live! It might be the most exciting thing that I’ve ever seen happen. Not that I was able to actually see the baby being born or anything… But you know what I mean, right?

Now, I haven’t actually met the new baby girl yet, because her Mama, Robin, is very protective of her (…just like a good Mama should be). If another horse were to get too close to her baby, Robin would definitely try to chase them away. That’s good maternal instinct on Robin’s part – but her baby doesn’t necessarily know how to get out of the way yet. In fact, all Baby Girl knows how to do right now is stay close to her Mama (and nurse, of course) – so Robin could accidentally hurt her baby while trying to protect her. That’s why I’m not allowed to meet Baby Girl yet. But yesterday morning, after my workout, Mommy let me watch from the arena as she went to introduce herself to Robin and the new baby. She knew that I wanted very badly to introduce myself, too!

Hurry back, Mommy! I want to hear all about the new baby!

Hurry back, Mommy! I want to hear all about the new baby!

Mommy even took pictures for me through the bars of their pipe corral so that I could see the baby better!

Wow, isn't she precious?

Wow, isn’t she precious?

While I watched from the arena, the little filly was playing and being incredibly sassy! She even cantered alongside her Mama (who was only walking), and she seemed very graceful. She has such long legs! It was amazing to see how graceful she is with those long legs, especially since it was only her first day using them! It’s taken me seven years to figure out my own long legs… and I still trip over myself sometimes! I can’t wait to see what this baby does when she gets older. I just know she’s going to be a superstar!

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After I had a good roll in the arena, Mommy gave me a shower and then let me graze while I dried. I love grazing in the sunshine and hanging out with my Mommy. It’s even better when some of my kitty friends come to hang out with me, too!

Hi, Olive!

Hi, Olive!

Olive came over to enjoy the sunshine with us. She’s a very sweet cat. She talks a lot! She always has something to say or a special song to sing. I want to sing along with her, but I always try to be extra calm and gentle when she’s near me so that I don’t scare her or make her think that I don’t want her around. I love having her around! I really think she likes me, too; she gives me lots of “kitty hugs” by bumping me with her head and rubbing her body or her tail against me.

I love it when you give me hugs, Olive!

I love it when you give me hugs, Olive!

After hanging out with Olive for a little while, Becky came over, too! I think she might have been jealous that Olive was getting all of the attention. She was talking up a storm!

Don't worry, Becky! There's plenty of love and sunshine to go around!

Don’t worry, Becky! There’s plenty of love and sunshine to go around!

It’s nice to have so many friends around me all the time. Friends make life so much better than it already is!

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Honestly, the only thing that would make my life absolutely perfect is if Daddy were in California with us, too. Oh, and if I could start jumping five feet again. I know, I know; both of those things will happen in time. I just have to be patient.

Anyway, I guess that’s all that I have to report for tonight. I’ll keep y’all updated on the baby horse and I’ll have Mommy take lots of pictures of her every day! It’ll be fun to see Baby Girl grow up… and it’ll be cool to know what her name is going to be!

I’ll catch y’all later…

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