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The good, the bad and the jumping!

Today was an amazing day; I had so much fun! I was on my absolute best behavior… especially because I was a little bit naughty yesterday.

You see, when my Mommy got to the barn in the early afternoon yesterday, I’d been in the middle of the nap – and the last thing I felt like doing was working. My Mommy even said that she could tell I didn’t want to work, and she would do her best to let me have an easy workout… as long as I did the same.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Just be on your best behavior, and you’ll get to be done quickly!” Right? And normally I know that, but I took the complete wrong approach; I tried to rush through my workout – and I got a little carried away.

I mean, don’t get me wrong; I tried to be good, in the beginning.

Trying so hard...

Trying so hard…

But after ten minutes or so, I wanted to be finished… and that’s when I began trying to rush through the rest of it. So, instead of being done quickly, I had to work longer and harder than either of us had wanted to. But, believe me, I protested. I bucked. I spun. I even reared up once, but the tone of Mommy’s voice told me that I’d better not try that one again…

Finally, I unclenched my teeth from around the bit, took a deep breath (and so did Mommy), and I decided to stop rebelling against the idea of working. What’s done was done, and I knew that all I could do at that point was behave, and get through the rest of the workout. Mommy was frustrated, I was frustrated… It was a moot workout by that point, because all we ended up working on was staying slow and collected; the entire plan had gone out the window, the minute I decided to be ornery.

Anyway, we worked through it and ended up finishing well. By that time, we were both tired, frustrated and disappointed – so Mommy gave me a shower and let me graze a little, and then she put me back into my stall for the rest of the day.

The weather called for intermittent rain and thunder storms all night, so Mommy said I had to stay in my stall for the night, too. I was a little upset about it, especially after being in all day, but I knew she was only trying to keep me safe. I do hate the rain, and the thought of staying outside all night in the rain was not appealing!

To my surprise, Mommy and Daddy came back again later in the night, a little before the sun went down. They took me out of my stall, groomed on me, and let me walk around and graze for a while. Mommy said she knew that I would be feeling restless and stiff – and she was right. I love how well she knows me, and I love that my humans always makes sure to do the right thing for me.

Hanging out and walking with my Daddy.

Hanging out and walking with my Daddy.

It had been raining for a while before Mommy and Daddy got there, and it stopped long enough for us to have a little time outside. When the rain stopped, though, we saw the most beautiful rainbow. It was glorious… even though I don’t see colors in the same way that humans do. It was still an incredible sight to see!

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Wow… Look at that! Nature sure is amazing…

I felt a lot better after getting to walk around and eat grass for a while. So, when Mommy and Daddy picked my feet and put me in my stall for the night, I was no longer upset about staying in… especially because it began to rain again, just as they were leaving!

Today, I made sure to get my nap in early this morning, so I would be fresh and ready to work when they arrived. Sure enough, I was well rested and we had a fantastic workout!

Mommy let me walk for a long time once we got down the hill to the jumping arena; we warmed up slow and stretched out for a while, because she knew that I was somewhat stiff from standing in my stall for so long. We had a long, stretchy flat workout with lots of walking breaks and a few flying lead changes in each direction. As we warmed up, Daddy was setting up the course; by the time he was finished, I was completely warmed up and my muscles felt nice and loose. So, Mommy and I warmed up over a few jumps, and then we jumped a course that was about 2’9 high. Mommy told me I did perfectly, and she asked Daddy to raise the jumps for us again.

Our next workout was a lot of fun; we changed the course a little and worked on doing rollbacks. It was fun and challenging, since the jumps ranged from 3’3 to 3’9, and the turns we took were pretty sharp! I knocked one or two of the poles down a couple times in a row, so Daddy gave Mommy and me some wise advice, and told us to try it again. We took his advice, and sure enough, we got it perfect that time! We make such a great team, the three of us! 

Flying with Mommy!

Flying with Mommy!

When we were finished with our workout, Mommy gave me a shower and let me graze for another half hour while I dried. By the time she put me back into my stall for the afternoon, I was already ready for another nap!

I was happy to find out that it isn’t supposed to rain tonight, so I’m spending another night under the stars with my friends.

Yep… I really love my life.

Catch y’all later!

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The Great Rising River Adventure

Friends, I’m sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve written; things have been a little bit insane around here lately.

I guess I’ll start at the beginning.

The night after I got my new shoes, it started raining really hard. It poured rain all through the night, all through the next day and that night, as well; the last night of the storm was probably the worst. We were all very nervous in our stalls, because the thunder was louder than we’ve ever heard it, and the lightning lit up the entire sky.

The next morning – oh, wait, that was yesterday morning (but it seems like it was forever ago) – the sun was out and the air was warm; we were all glad that the rain had finally stopped. The arena dried up very quickly… but that was the least of our worries. Because the rain didn’t just leave puddles this time; it left much more water than I’ve ever seen at this farm.

Remember when I thought that my favorite paddock had turned into a lake?

Yeah, well, this time it turned into a rushing river… and the river was steadily rising.

Behind the paddocks, there is a river; it’s deep enough that kids swing into it from ropes tied to the trees. Yesterday morning, the river was so high and had so much more water than it could handle, that it began to overflow. And it overflowed right into our paddocks!

At first, it was only the small paddocks, half of the back field and most of my favorite side field that were submerged… as well as the entire pathway that stretched out in front of the entrances to the paddocks. We could see logs and debris floating by on the strong current of the river… in our paddocks. It was unsettling, to say the least; all of us, horses and humans alike, were afraid that the river was going to keep rising until it filled up the entire barn and washed us all away.

The water is still rising...

The water is still rising…

Assuming that most of the property – and possibly also the arena – would be flooded before the nighttime, my Mommy decided that I needed to have a long, solid workout that morning. We knew that it might be my last chance to work before moving to my new home.

Mommy was going to work me bareback, but then she thought better of it. I’d had two days off – one because of my new shoes, and one more because of the rain – so I was already pretty wound up; seeing the rushing water coming closer and closer was no great help, either.

Needless to say… I couldn’t contain myself. I was naughty. I tried hard to be good, but after I was warmed up and my muscles were loose, I couldn’t hold in my nervous energy. I took hold of the bit and tossed my head every chance I got; I bucked, I spun, I bolted… and I even reared up once, though I’m very ashamed of myself for that.

Mommy was trying hard to keep her patience with me, but when I took off for the seventeen-thousandth time in a row during a very simple serpentine exercise at the canter, she told me that it was the “last straw.” She got off, grabbed the lunge line, and made me gallop in a circle in each direction until I was so tired that I felt like the entire world was spinning.

And then she got back on.

Again, it’s probably unnecessary for me to say this, but I behaved perfectly after that. I mean, honestly, I was too tired to do anything wrong. I just wanted to behave so I could cool myself out and be done.

I actually felt a bit silly when I realized that my Mommy only wanted me to do the serpentine pattern (with lead changes) one time through, and then I could have been finished. So I worked for a little over an hour, when I could have been done in less than forty minutes! I probably won’t make that mistake again… at least, not at this barn!

Mommy wasn’t mad at me for being so naughty, though. She said that she understood. She even gave me a soapy bath with liniment, because she knew that I would be sore after such a hard workout – especially since I’d had two days off before that. After my bath, she walked me around and let me graze in the sunshine until I was dry.

While I was riding, Daddy helped Auntie Paulette clean the entire barn, since no one was able to be turned out. The horses all got to take turns grazing with one of our humans, but we knew that we would be cooped up for quite a while.

Around midday, Mommy and Daddy left, and said that they would be back in a few hours.

Sure enough, they came back a few hours later with a backpack full of their clothes. Apparently, they were prepared to spend the night if they needed to! Mommy got me out again and groomed me and walked me so I could stretch my legs, and then she, Daddy and Auntie Paulette got to work moving the jumps out of the arena.

You see, in the few hours that my humans had been gone, the water had risen quite a bit, and it had also come considerably closer toward the barn.

Wow... I can't believe how fast the water is rising!

Wow… I can’t believe how fast the water is rising!

Mommy and Daddy had to arrange an emergency evacuation plan with the neighbors across the road, just in case it started to look like we would have to leave the barn. Luckily, the nice neighbors said that we could all camp out in their paddocks, if need be.

By the time it got dark out, the water had come all the way up to the corners of the arena nearest the barn… and a few hours later, it was starting to flood into the arena, as well!

To my surprise, Mommy and Daddy grabbed all of my blankets… I thought they were going to bundle me up and get me ready to evacuate to the neighbor’s paddocks, but instead, they wrapped the blankets around themselves and bunkered down in front of my stall! Daddy laid on the barn floor and Mommy slept in a chair. I just knew that they were there to protect me from the water, should it sneak its way up to my stall. I was so happy and excited that we were having a sleepover, that I kept licking Daddy’s face while he tried to sleep. He laughed and thought it was cute. I would have licked Mommy’s face, too, but she kept her chair just out of reach of my tongue.

I can’t even explain to you how cool it was to wake up in the middle of the night and see my Mommy and Daddy there. And even cooler when my Mommy came into my stall at 3am just to give me a big hug and tell me she loved me!

We didn’t end up having to evacuate, although it seemed for a while like it could have gone either way. At about 4:15am, Daddy got up and looked at the water… and it had stopped rising. It wasn’t yet receding, but it wasn’t getting closer anymore, so we knew we were all in the clear.

At that point, Mommy and Daddy both gave me a hug and a kiss and left… to move their blankets into the tack room, where the heater was on! I didn’t feel cold, but I understood that my humans aren’t used to sleeping outside, like I am. They must have been freezing! It’s a good thing they had my blankets; my blankets always keep me warm when I’m cold.

In the morning, as the sun started coming up, Mommy and Daddy emerged from the tack room to feed us our breakfast grain and make sure we were all alright. After I finished eating, Mommy groomed on me for a while and walked me around to let me stretch my legs. We went to look at the water, and it had actually gone down quite a bit!

But the water was still very high.

Well, at least I won't have to go into the little paddocks anymore!

Well, at least I won’t have to go into the little paddocks anymore!

I was sad to see that my favorite side field was a deep lake. Or, rather, a river – because the current was still moving pretty strong.

My poor field... I'll never get to eat grass in that field again!!

My poor field… I’ll never get to eat grass in that field again!!

Mommy left to go do her human-work, and Daddy stayed to take care of things at the barn. But when Mommy came back later in the day, she got me out again to graze. I was so happy to eat some grass, I pulled her all over the place, until she finally decided to get on my back and just let me graze wherever I wanted to.

…Little did I know that I was going to get to swim in the flood waters!

At first, I really didn’t want to. I didn’t know how deep it was, and I was a little nervous. Plus, the water was cold!

No! I don't want to go swimming! I just want to eat grass!

No! I don’t want to go swimming! I just want to eat grass!

But then Mommy told me that all I had to do was walk into the water and then walk back out toward Daddy. And you know how I love my Daddy, so I told her it was a deal. And as it turned out, I had a lot of fun! I even stopped a couple times just to splash around in the water! It really wasn’t that cold, once I got used to it.

Wow, Mommy! This is fun!

Wow, Mommy! This is fun!

We walked over to the other side of the property and down the path to the big field in the back, which backs up to the river, to see how it looked. The field itself wasn’t nearly as bad as it had been, but the pathway was still under water. And there was a lot of debris from the river, which Mommy and Daddy said isn’t going to be fun to clean up!

Yuck, look at all that stuff!

Yuck, look at all that stuff!

After that, Mommy got off and walked with me into the front paddock – the only paddock that didn’t go under water during the great flood of last night – and she led me around so I could eat some tall grass. Leo was turned out in there, and we said hello to each other before going about our own business of eating grass as fast as we could!

Hi, Leo! I miss you! Have a nice time eating grass, pal!

Hi, Leo! I miss you! Have a nice time eating grass, pal!

When it was time for Leo to come in, Mommy turned me loose and let me wander around in the paddock on my own so I could keep eating grass. She put my splint boots on, just in case, but told me that I would have to come in immediately if I tried anything silly, like galloping. I told her not to worry, though; I was more concerned with taking full advantage of my limited amount of grass-eating time than I was with getting out my energy!

Mmm... How I've missed you, Tall Green Grass!

Mmm… How I’ve missed you, Tall Green Grass!

Finally, it was time for me to come inside again. (Although, I did get in a good roll in the mud before Mommy got to me with my lead rope! I was happy about that… it felt good to roll in the squishy mud!) Mommy groomed on me one more time, then gave me a carrot and a kiss on the nose and told me goodnight. I know I’ll see her in the morning… but I feel sad that I won’t get to have another slumber party tonight.

Anyway, I hope y’all enjoyed my story of The Great Rising River Adventure. I’m excited for my next adventure, which is coming up very soon: moving to another new barn! I promise that I’ll tell you all about it! But for now, I need to get some sleep… It’s been a long couple days, and I’m exhausted! So I think I’ll go hit the shavings. Catch y’all later!

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Please, enough with the rain and mud!

Seriously. I’m getting really tired of the rain! I never liked the rain much to begin with, but now it’s just ruining everything.

As you can probably guess, it rained all last night – which means that even the last usable paddock is muddy and mucky and filled with water. My Mommy came by this morning to say goodbye to me. She groomed on me for a little while and put me outside in the paddock with Leo. But Leo and I started playing and running around, and my Mommy saw me almost slip in the mud… so she brought me in, cleaned me up and put me back into my stall. I was upset, but I know she was only trying to keep me safe. I just get carried away sometimes when I’m with my best friend! Of course, Leo didn’t slip because he didn’t run as fast as I did, so he got to stay outside in the paddock.

Anyway, the paddocks are WAY muddier and more slippery today than they were yesterday or the day before, and of course the little paddocks and my favorite big field are all still underwater. The ducks and geese were back again too, swimming around in the “lake.”

It rained a little bit during the day, which made me glad that I was in my stall. It didn’t last long though, and then I began to worry that I wasn’t going to come out of my stall all day! But of course, my Daddy would never let that happen to me. He took me out, groomed me, put on my bridle and took me out for a bareback walk. We didn’t do much because everything was so muddy and slippery, but it felt good to stretch my legs and get out a little of my energy!

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Well, that’s about all I have to report today. I really hope tomorrow is sunny, because I need to do some work! I’m going crazy here!

Stay dry, friends. Catch y’all later.

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And I thought YESTERDAY was wet…

The paddocks may have been wet yesterday, but that was NOTHING compared to how they were today! It rained all night and all morning; I’ve never seen so much water in one place before! I was actually very glad to stay in my stall today, even though I still have a ton of energy. The humans were all talking about the possibility of a flood. I don’t know exactly what that means, but it sure doesn’t sound good!

My Mommy and Daddy showed up early in the morning while it was still drizzling. Daddy cleaned my stall while my Mommy groomed me and put on my bridle, and then she and I went for another bareback walk in the rain. I was a little jumpy because of how much energy I had and, at one point, Daddy had to walk next to me to keep me calm so I didn’t slip or anything while Mommy was on my back.

We stopped along the way and looked at my favorite paddock, and I realized that the puddle from yesterday was triple the size!

There's no way I'm going swimming in that!

There’s no way I’m going swimming in that!

Even the smaller paddocks with the shelters were completely underwater.

It looks like a lake!

It looks like a lake!

There is no way my friends will be going into those paddocks today! I bet they’ll be happy to stay inside, though. And I’ll definitely be happy to have some company!

We walked along the pathway that led to the big paddock in the back – the one Leo went into after he escaped yesterday – and there was another huge lake! I really wanted to go out and splash around in it, but my Mommy held me back and told me it wasn’t a good idea.

Yep... it's another lake.

Yep… it’s another lake.

Actually, my Mommy reminded me about a time last summer when there was a big puddle in that back paddock. The puddle wasn’t nearly as big as this one, but it was knee-deep. Since it was very warm out, and the rest of that field wasn’t too wet or muddy, my Mommy and Aunt Nikki said that Leo and I could go splash around in the puddle.

Splashing around in the puddle last summer...

Splashing around in the puddle last summer…

Leo dared me to roll in the water, so I did… but I realized pretty quickly that the water was much colder than the air!

Oops... that was a BAD idea! That water was COLD!

Oops… that was a BAD idea! That water was COLD!

Yeah, we laughed about that for days afterward.

Anyway, my Mommy said that she is going to come back later tonight to check on me, and if it isn’t raining, we can probably go for another bareback walk. We’ll see, though… I have a feeling that it’s not going to happen. It’s supposed to be much colder tonight than it’s been – something like 30 degrees – so if it’s raining and it’s that cold, there’s no way my Mommy is going to let me go for a walk. I know her too well.

She may have a million rules, but I sure do love her.

She may have a million rules, but I sure do love her.

I hope you have a great day, friends. Try to stay dry, if at all possible! Catch y’all tomorrow!

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The excitement continues…

Well, the excitement for everyone else continues, that is. Because my day wasn’t very exciting at all. Not that it was a bad day. Just… boring. Since it was raining all day again today, and the paddocks were completely soaked with giant puddles and a lot of mud everywhere, my Mommy decided that I should stay in my stall all day.

Another rainy day... Bummer!

Another rainy day… Bummer!

I know; it’s completely unfair, right? And after she didn’t even ride me yesterday!

But, to be honest, I actually didn’t mind staying in all day because of how awful the weather was. Especially when I looked out at my friends in the little paddocks, and they all looked kind of miserable. My Mommy explained to me that standing in water or mud for long periods of time wasn’t good for my feet; it can cause my feet to rot or get something called “thrush.” When she told me that, I realized that she was right – my feet were already a little sore from being out in the muddy paddock for the past few days. (It’s kind of like how human skin gets all wrinkly when they take too long of a bath… except my feet don’t get wrinkly, they really do start to rot.)

Anyway, let me start at the beginning.

This morning, my Mommy told me that I was going to stay in my stall today because of the weather… and yada yada. She said that we could go for a bareback walk in the rain, though. It sounded nice, especially because it wasn’t raining that much at the time and it was really warm outside. So, she hooked me up in the cross-ties and started grooming me. As she was brushing me off, we heard a loud CRACK! and saw Leo come prancing out of his stall! He had broken through his stall guard (which isn’t actually that difficult to do… I’ve even broken mine before, too) and decided to go for a little joy gallop around the property!

Run, Leo! Run!

Run, Leo! Run!

Well, my Daddy ran after him, but Leo refused to be caught. Luckily, after a while, Leo began to head toward the big, long field in the back… and there’s only one pathway to the entrance of that field, so when Leo tried to turn back around, my Daddy shooed him into the paddock and latched the gate! I was hootin’ and hollerin’ and cheerin’ Leo on! I wished I could have joined him! Imagine how much trouble we could have gotten into together…

Anyway, after we all calmed down, my Mommy and I went for that bareback walk around the property. We stopped along the way and looked into my favorite paddock. It was really muddy; there were huge puddles the size of lakes everywhere!

Look at my poor paddock... it's so muddy!

Look at my poor paddock… it’s so muddy!

We walked around for about twenty-five minutes before it started raining harder and my Mommy decided that we should be done. After she finished grooming me again, I got to stand in the cross-ties and eat hay while my stall was clean!

I love being waited on... And I love eating hay!

I love being waited on… And I love eating hay!

It actually wasn’t so bad being in my stall all day, especially because my Daddy was there all day to keep me company. And, like I said before, my friends all looked kind of miserable out there in the paddocks. When my Mommy came back later in the day, we went for another long bareback walk around the property. After that, I got to eat more hay in my stall and watch the rain out my window.

Watching the rain out my back window.

Watching the rain out my back window.

It actually turned out to be a pretty nice day, come to think of it. Unfortunately, it’s still raining… and tomorrow is supposed to be just as rainy. So it looks like I’ll be stall-bound again tomorrow. And, at this rate, probably the next day as well. But that’s okay, as long as I get to eat a lot of hay and go on a couple bareback walks with my Mommy! Or my Daddy. Either one. I mean, obviously I’d much rather work, but I really love that my Mommy cares enough to do the right thing for me, even when I’m not that excited about it at first.

On that note, I think I’ll go eat my night hay and then catch some sleep. You know, because I didn’t rest enough today. Ha! Catch y’all tomorrow… and try to keep those feet dry!

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Timing is everything!

That’s right, friends; it’s all about timing. So remember – when you see an opportunity, you have to seize it. You never know when the time will come again!

I know, this is all a bit philosophical for a little horse, isn’t it? I guess I’m feeling silly because I still have a lot of energy.

As you know, it rained all day yesterday, so I didn’t get to do my usual workout. Today was supposed to be rainy, too, but my Mommy got to the barn just in time for us to get in a quick ride before the downpour began! As she got out to the paddock, where I was eating my hay inside my shelter, she said that she felt a few drops of rain – so we had to hurry!

What? We're working now?

What? We’re working now? But it’s about to rain! 

As we walked from the paddock to the barn, a couple more drops of rain fell. And while my Mommy brushed me and got me ready to ride, we saw a few more drops again.

“Okay, Icchy,” she said to me, “I think we’re running out of time. Let’s forget the saddle and just get out there!”

So, instead of tacking me up with my usual gear, my Mommy put her helmet on, put my splint boots and my bridle on, and hopped on me bareback! As we rushed to get into the arena before the rain came, Daddy asked us to stop and smile for a couple pictures. We both smiled, but we didn’t stop… we just kept on walking until we got to the arena! There was simply no time to spare.

Smiling for the camera!

Smiling for the camera!

We ended up getting about twenty minutes to work, which was nice, but not nearly enough for me. Since I had the day off yesterday, my Mommy let me stretch out and loosen up, without asking me to work too hard or come into a frame or anything. We did our usual walk, trot and canter warm up, and then we did a couple flying lead changes (which, might I add, I executed perfectly). By that time, the sky had grown darker and the wind began to blow… so we knew it was only a matter of minutes before the rain came.

Sure enough, after we had cooled down, my Mommy was grooming me in the barn and the sky opened up and let out all the rain. I was glad that we had the chance to work out, but I still have a lot of energy! I’m in the best shape of my life, so twenty minute workouts don’t even begin to tire me.

It’s still raining now, and it’s supposed to rain all night… but with a little bit of luck, the sun will come out tomorrow to dry up the arena so we can ride again! Cross those hooves for me, friends.

Catch y’all later!

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Memories of rainy days

On days such as today, when the sky is gray and the rain falls steadily from the clouds, I always feel a bit nostalgic.

Watching the rain and feeling nostalgic...

Watching the rain and feeling nostalgic…

When my Mommy brought me out to the paddock this morning, she stayed with me in the shelter for an hour or so – just talking to me, giving me face scratchies, and reminiscing about the old times. I was happy to stand with her and watch the rain as it turned the paddock into one big puddle.

Watching the rain turn the paddock into a puddle...

Watching the rain turn the paddock into a puddle…

While we hung out, my Mommy reminded me that I wanted to tell you about the day I moved to Cooper’s barn, which would be my second home in New York.

It’s a great day to reminisce.

Well, after living at my first barn in New York for a couple months, my Mommy began to realize that the woman who owned the place wasn’t exactly… a horsewoman. She ran everything on her own, changing schedule; as an example, we hardly ever ate dinner at the same time from one night to the next. Now, this might not sound like a big deal to some humans, but horses are very much creatures of habit. And although my Mommy goes through a lot of trouble to prepare me for anything – riding at different times of the day, moving to different barns, loud noises, scary tarps and bags, etc. – she also knows that horses can colic (or get a tummy ache) if their eating habits vary too much from one day to the next. Because of how horses are built, it’s best for us to keep eating all day long… and no, I’m not just saying that because I love to eat. It’s actually true! You see, in the wild, horses graze all day and most of the night; also, wild horses don’t have a safe, cozy stall to sleep in, so they only sleep very lightly, and only for about 20 minutes at a time. And they never lay down to sleep, because they have to be ready to run from a predator at any moment.

Now, although we are not wild horses, some things haven’t changed that much with evolution. Like, for instance, our digestive systems. We’re still supposed to eat mostly hay and forage (plants and grass), even though we also get grain twice a day (and some of us get supplements, too). And we’re supposed to have something to eat all day, even if it’s only a little bit of grass in the paddock to graze on.

Anyway, aside from the changing feed times, my Mommy began to notice that my stall would sometimes look very dirty when she and my Daddy arrived after work. Since they were paying the lady who owned the barn to clean my stall daily, this made my Mommy angry – more for the fact that she didn’t want me to be in a dirty stall, though. Of course, my Mommy or my Daddy would always clean my stall when they got there, even if the lady had already cleaned it earlier in the day, but they weren’t supposed to be the only ones cleaning it. Even I knew that.

More and more things like this kept happening until, one day, my Mommy decided to speak with the lady about it. My Mommy is a very nice person, and probably her best attribute is that she will do anything for me. So, when the lady answered my Mommy’s concerns by saying, “If you don’t like the way I run my barn, then you can just go and find a better one,” my Mommy did just that. She spoke to Cooper’s Mommy, who I came to know as my Auntie Joyce, and my Auntie Joyce did something amazing for us. Since her barn was full, she actually built another stall so I would have a place to live, where my Mommy could look after me and trust the people who took care of me when she wasn’t there.

I had to live in the mean lady’s barn for another few weeks, but as soon as Auntie Joyce said that the new stall was finished, my Mommy made arrangements for me to move to Cooper’s barn.

Well, when I say she “made arrangements,” that actually doesn’t mean what you probably think it means.

As it turned out, Cooper’s barn was only a couple streets away from the mean lady’s barn. Since the entire neighborhood was filled with people who had horses, it wasn’t uncommon to see horses being walked or ridden down the streets. So, my Mommy asked Auntie Joyce if any of her horses would mind accompanying me on a walk to her barn! When “moving day” came, it was raining – just like it is today – so my Mommy decided it would be safer for her to hand-walk me, instead of riding me. She and my Daddy came to the mean lady’s barn to pick up my tack trunk and all of my things, and then dropped them off at Cooper’s barn. When they came back to the mean lady’s barn, I saw that my Mommy was walking a horse named Cody – a sweet, somewhat older Quarter Horse who was very steady and trustworthy. My Daddy put my splint boots on my legs and my halter on my head, and off we went to walk through the neighborhood on our way to my new home!

We met a few different people along the way, all of whom wanted to stop and pet Cody and me. It was so cool to make so many new friends on such a short walk!

It only took us about twenty minutes to walk to my new barn. When I got there, I found out that my new stall was in between Cody and Cooper, my two newest friends! Auntie Joyce made everyone a special bran mash for dinner as a treat. My stall was big, and I had an “in-and-out” attached to it like I did at the mean lady’s barn. (For those of you who don’t know, an in-and-out is an individual paddock that’s attached to your stall, that you have free access to… unless your human decides to close the back door for any reason.) Here’s a photo that my Mommy took that very same day, after I had finished eating my warm, sloppy bran mash:

Looking into Cooper's paddock after eating my bran mash.

Looking into Cooper’s paddock after eating my bran mash.

Yeah, it was a fun and exciting day – that’s for sure. I loved living at Cooper’s barn, especially because he and I became best friends. I really do miss him; I hope he found a new best friend, maybe a horse who is big and sweet, just like my newest best friend, Leo.

Speaking of Leo, I think I’ll head out into the rain and see what he’s up to; he’s in the little paddock right next to mine, and Isis is in the one on the other side of me.

Heading out to see what my friends are up to!

Heading out to see what my friends are up to!

I hope that y’all have a good day! Stay dry out there, and don’t let the mud suck off your shoes!

Heading out to see what my friends are up to...

Catch y’all later!

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Rainy days are for friends

Last winter, I lived in the warm and sunny Miami, Florida. Even though I lived in New York before that, and Virginia before that, spending last winter in Miami is probably the reason why I don’t feel like I’m used to all of the rain we’ve been getting lately. I think I can actually count the number of days that it rained in Miami last winter on all four hooves.

It’s not that it was pouring today or anything, but the skies were gray and cloudy and the air was damp. It would drizzle now and then – enough so that we had to stay in the little paddocks with the shelters – and once or twice it rained a little harder for a while. Needless to say, I didn’t get to work today. My Mommy said that was okay, though, because she was planning to give me today off either way.

For the most part, today was uneventful. Leo and I got to share the big field that’s connected to a little paddock with a shelter, but neither of us really felt like going into the shelter. Leo actually likes to stand in the rain, and I just like to hang out with Leo. Our friends Isis, Moekie, and Jelly Bean and Jube Jube each had their own little paddock and their own shelters, too. My Daddy came out a couple different times during the day to bring us all hay, which he put into the shelters for us. Since it wasn’t raining at that time, my Daddy put some hay outside for me to eat while Leo ate his inside the shelter.

I think Leo got lonely, because he came outside and walked over to where I was eating my hay. Now, Leo doesn’t like to share his hay, so when he eats in the shelter, I stay away because I don’t want him to try to bite me or kick me. But Leo asked me if I’d mind sharing my hay with him. I thought about it for a minute, and then I decided that it was fine. I mean, he is my best friend, after all. So I told him it was fine, and we shared a pile of steamed hay outside on the grass.

Sharing some hay with my best friend, Leo

Sharing some hay with my best friend, Leo

I love having a best friend to share hay with on rainy days. I’ve had a lot of best friends in my life (remind me to tell you sometime about my best friend in New York, a Palomino named Cooper), but I’ve never had a best friend like Leo. He’s the best best friend I’ve ever had.

Oh, did you guys hear a lot of fireworks last night? We heard a bunch of them, but they didn’t really scare us. I mean, if my friends had been scared, I’d probably have been scared, too. But we weren’t, we just kept eating our hay and ignored all the loud noises.

Anyway, the humans always say that they have “New Year’s Resolutions,” and I figured that I might as well have some, too. Here they are:

1. I resolve to jump higher than I’ve ever jumped before…
2. I resolve to gallop faster than I’ve ever galloped before…
3. I resolve not to get so carried away while jumping courses…
4. I resolve to compete and WIN the competitions I enter…
5. I resolve not to buck as often anymore… at least, not with a human on my back…
6. I resolve to come up with new cute and silly faces that will convince my humans to give me more treats.

Oh, and my Mommy said that I should also resolve to stop untying shoes and stealing hats… but I’m not too sure about those ones yet. Untying people’s shoes is really fun! I’d love to hear what your “New Year’s Resolutions” are, too! Whatever they are, work hard at them and I’m sure they’ll come true. Happy New Year, friends.

Cross your hooves for me that tomorrow is sunny, because I really want to work! Catch y’all later…

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A stylish new year

It sure is nice to have both of my humans here with me. As planned, my Mommy got back to Tennessee late last night and came straight down to the barn to see me. She gave me lots of hugs, and of course I gave her slobbery, wet kisses on the face. I know how much she loves it when I kiss her. She said that it was good to see me, that she’d missed me while she was in California, and that she couldn’t wait to ride me. She had planned on riding me today, but unfortunately, it ended up raining all day. It was very cold, too – it barely reached 40 degrees – but my Mommy said that she would have ridden me in the cold, if it hadn’t been for the rain. I wondered if that west-coast air had somehow made her forget about her rules, but then she pulled out my brand new quarter-sheets, and I remembered what she had told me – that the quarter sheets were so I could work in the cold! For those of you who have never worn a quarter sheet, it’s a nice, warm, fleece blanket that attaches to the saddle and covers your bum so your muscles and important organs don’t get too cold when you work out in the winter. Some of you may be neighing in dismay at this, but remember – I LOVE to work, so anything that eliminates more unnecessary days off is fantastic! She showed me the other presents I got from her human family for the holidays, and I even got to try on my brand new, purple cooler! I look good in it… if I do say so, myself!

My handsome new cooler!

Yep, it’s going to be a very stylish new year.

So, even though we didn’t get to ride today, my Mommy did hop on my back to ride me out to the paddock.

I love hanging out with my Mommy!

She sat on my blanket because it was too cold for her to take it off of me, and she wanted me to wear it to protect me from the rain. Not that I’m afraid of rain or anything. It’s just that, when it’s cold and rainy, it’s harder for us horses to stay warm. If it’s just cold – especially if the sun is shining – then we don’t actually need our blankets at all. Well, until it gets really, really cold, that is. But I have a feeling it’s not going to get that cold here in Tennessee. Not like it did when we lived in New York, anyway.

I spent the day hanging out in the paddock with my best friend, Leo. We didn’t roll in the mud today because it was much too cold. We did, however, get to eat some hay in the paddock. Well, Leo got to eat his hay in the shelter, but he’s so big that there’s not room for both of us in there. So I told him that I didn’t mind eating my hay in the paddock, especially since my Daddy brought it out when there was a break in the rain long enough for me to eat it all!

There’s nothing like some steamed hay when it’s cold outside!

After a while, we all got tired of being out in the rain, so my Daddy and Mommy brought all of us in a little earlier than normal. We were so happy that they understood what we wanted – though I never doubted that they would. They cleaned the mud and rocks out of our hooves and tucked us into our warm stalls for the evening with some nice, freshly steamed hay.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to work tomorrow. But for now, I hear those grain buckets rustling… and you know what that means! Dinner time! Catch y’all tomorrow – stay warm and dry.

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A white day-after-Christmas

Friends, I’m sorry I didn’t write yesterday. The truth is, I was just too cold to write! Do you want to know why? Because yesterday, for the first time since I’ve been living in Tennessee, it actually snowed! I think it was a day late, because my Daddy came down to the barn singing a song that went, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…” But, of course, Christmas had already passed, so really it was a white day-after-Christmas. Maybe they can make that into a new human holiday!?

Since it was snowing, I didn’t get to do any work. But that was okay with me, because the air was so cold that it hurt my lungs to take in a deep breath. Daddy even said that it was “literally freezing out,” and knowing Mommy with all of her rules, I’m sure she told Daddy that “freezing” is too cold for me to work. Or maybe Daddy came up with that rule on his own. Either way, I’m glad that he did, because it was too cold to work. Leo and I enjoyed opening our mouths and trying to catch some snow on our tongues, but it didn’t work. The snow ended up on our noses, instead. We had our warm blankets on, and Daddy brought us some hay to the shelters – probably so it wouldn’t get covered in snow.

The funny thing is, the snow didn’t really make everything white. It just made everything cold and wet.

Well, I don’t know if I will get to work today, but my Daddy said that Mommy will be home late tonight. I’m excited to see her. I think Daddy is, too.

So, Mommy, if you’re reading this, get home safe! And here’s a picture that Daddy and I took for you this morning! Be sure to come down to the barn and say hi to me when you get here, or else I’ll be very sad. See you soon!

Kisses for Mommy!

Kisses for Mommy!

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