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, January 17, 2009

Tomorrow is a big get-together (okay maybe 6 people isn't big but anyway) up at the paint and quarterhorse ranch I visited the other week. I have directions mapped out. I have three freakin' saddles in my car (Western, Endurance, and Dressage) one of which I did a temporary trade of my all-purpose to try out. Hah, you'd almost think I have money! But the all-purpose was a generous gift (that person got a way better saddle and gave it to me to try) the endurance cost me $41 on e-bay ($63 with shipping) and the Western is my actually expensive saddle. It does not fit my horse of course, nor does the Endurance. Maybe by some freaky miracle of nature the dressage saddle will fit him. We'll see.
There is meat that is about to be marinated for the BBQ. There are cookies waiting to bake. And I need to be in bed by 10pm at the latest. Probably I will go to bed earlier. Need to be sure to get a full night of sleep. I'm getting up at 6am tomorrow.
There will be cooking. There will be riding. There will be a lot of gossip about barns and horses and people because that's what horse people do. Well most of 'em at least. I am hoping for a smooth trip, a smooth gathering, a lot of laughter, a lot of fun, and a lot of learning. Tomorrow we will stop at the barn of the frined I'm giving a ride up there to, just for a few minutes. Then we are stopping at MY barn. Just for a few minutes. Of course this will be a few minutes in barn time. Arrival time up north is 10am. I told the person whose ranch it is that we'd aim for that but people would probably arrive later. Any time there is travel to an event this tends to be the case! 10am will probably be 11am, which will be fine.
I think that this is going to be big fun! I hope that at least one of my saddles fits one of the horses there. Have to get my helmet, girl, and stirrup irons from the barn because I was stupid and forgot to pack them in my car every freakin' day. I have to run up to the pasture to do Solly's stretches with him anyway. That's fine, he knows exactly what to do now and does it just right. Good boy!

Chow fun for dinner. I am getting good at making it. Way too oily, but otherwise I think it turned out well. Chicken and tofu and veggie bits. Bliss. After this I'll take a bath. Double bliss.


Puh-leeze said...

"Barn time". That, my friend, is the truth.
Have a great time. Again, I wish I lived there. Best to all the people, fur and fur-challenged.

Evergrey said...

Thank you, we had a blast! :D