Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Photos from the benefit exhibition today. Picture heavy.

I'm not going to comment on these too much, letting y'all do that since you know more than I do, but here are pictures from the benefit exhibition today. I blurred most of the faces. Fancy reining guy doesn't mind (I think it's reining) I'm pretty sure, but I don't know about the rest of the folks.

Water balloon.



Yes, it's silly string.


No comment on this guy since I know nothing about reining. Actually, is it reining? He did the spinning around really fast thing. What I wanted to say was that his saddle was freakin' GORGEOUS and I wanted to steal it.

I would get so dizzy.

This is Nugget. He made about 750k on the track at one point. He's 16 now. His owner is my favorite person at the barn- refreshingly blunt and no-nonsense, she has also been helping me with Solomon. I adore her. I am also in love with Nugget. He is a Mr. Prospector son.

I don't know a ton about judging horseflesh, but the first time I went to the barn I saw him and thought "wow, that is a really fine horse."

And now, Sol-Sol stuff!

This is Solomon's chicken. Yes, he has a chicken. She nests in one of the plastic built-in buckets in his stall. He was agitated enough today that she left, but she'll be back. She always comes back. I don't know if Solomon LIKES chickens, but the chickens like him and I find them in his stall more than any other. Once a young chicken flew up and landed on his head. He didn't twitch. He also got a bag of fresh shavings. I hauled out as much of the dirty old stuff as I could, though his stall is supposed to be cleaned every day. There's some sort of drama with the shavings delivery guy.

Solomon weighs in.

I know I'm really biased, but I think he's a beautiful boy. Apparently a lot of other people did, because I swear everyone with a baby or toddler decided to walk right on over to him and hold up their kid to pet his nose. Nobody asked me if he was safe. Luckily for them Solomon is incredibly gentle with kids. He'll sit there and not even move while a baby grabs at his nose. He isn't as tolerant with adults.

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