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.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Solly update!

Hey there, sorry it has been a while- it's time for a Solomon update!

So Solly is having a few discipline problems because he is feeling so much better and is so sick of being cooped up, plus the weather is really turning these days, which is making a lot of the horses a little bit nuts.
Solomon rolled in the mud when I turned him out the other day. The mud around here is clay, major clay, and he GROUND that stuff into his mane. I'm working it out bit by bit, but it's hard to remove it without removing the mane. So that's why his hair is so messy at the moment.

Oh I wish I had gotten pictures when he was almost a solid dark brown. But he was not being a good boy that day, not at all, and I did not have time for photographs. Grr. But he's better now. I made two mistakes-
1. I turned him out right after a storm.
2. I turned him out at what he thought was dinner time, because horses don't understand daylight savings.
A boarder told me to let it dry and then try to remove it, so that is what I did, and it worked pretty well. I got most of it out. Only took a few hours.
Another boarder had a lot of extra blankets. She found a very light one that she thought would look very pretty on my Solly, so she gave it to him. The boarders here are so kind. He hasn't gotten wooly, and the blanket is very light, so for this past cold snap I put it on him. It's off again now. I wouldn't have used one if he had gotten shaggy. But it's pretty on him, eh?

Solomon doesn't charge around along the fenceline as much if I'm in there with him, at least at first, so I sat in his turn out for a few minutes.

"Hi mom!"

"What's up? Besides me. HUR HUR HUR."

My pretty boy. The really crooked fence posts in the far back are on the property next door. The t-posts here are capped. Not that it makes them 100% horse proof. I don't think ANYTHING can be 100% horse proof. :/

Solly really wants to be friends with Joline, the grey mare with Cushings. Joline wants to beat the crap out of Solly.


In another part of the barn, in the stall areas, Bubba is taking a nap! He snores...

And so does his girlfriend Spring Loaded!

In other news, Solomon has now fully (I think) learned the trick "kiss me." So tomorrow we'll start on "put your head on my shoulder." That's a lot of words for a horse to learn for a trick! Of course he will learn to simply recognize the phrase and gesture as a cue, and he won't really understand what each word means. But he's a smart boy, and his pushiness and food fixation both make him a good trick horse prospect.

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