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.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Heat and horseplay

Today was hot, and it's going to get a lot hotter!
How did I manage to survive growing up in the desert where the asphalt melted in the summer? I'm such a wimp!

Today Solomon just got a bit of fly spray rubbed on his face, a brushdown, a hoof picking, and then he got to graze and graze. He got to say hello to Magic and her foal too! Magic established a clear boundary, and Sol pretty much respected it, though he DID have to run around the two of them in one circle, just to make some sort of "I'm a stallion and a big time stud no really check me out" point. Sssh, don't tell him he's gelded, I don't think he really knows!

When I pulled Solomon out, I had to chase Remmy off the gate, and stop him from trying to chase Solomon away from me- Remmy wanted to come out. It was difficult but I managed. Bo taught me more about moving a horse away from me. Swinging the rope (you don't have to hit them with it) and making that whoosh sound is a good tactic.

So yeah, Solomon had a really easy day today. I got to watch the fun that is horses who enjoy water!

Bo went on a 3 hour train ride with Reiny Day today. Reiny Day is only 4, and this was his first trail. He did well! Someday Sol and I will get to do something like that. Someday...

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