Whenever I go over to the grooming room (in another barn) Abbe comes over to see if we are going to do some work. Starting in February, I have to begin free lounging and line driving to get her in shape for April 1st when she goes out for some training. I so hope I will be driving her this summer. All the horses have been on an extended vacation.
Several of the blogging horse owners out there have written about the experiences they have had taking care of their own animals. I have to fess up...I spend a lot more time taking care of them than I do riding....And ya know what? I still love it. There is something so special about having the lights on in the barn for evening chores...all the stalls are clean and fluffy, the hay and water are set...all I have to do is get the grain ready and I can let the horses in. Here, the barn is in the middle of my paddocks and pastures. When everything is all set up, I whistle (if they are not in the front paddock) or just open the front door and they all walk into their own stalls. I have never had to touch them. They don't wear halters and know right where to go.
This is my boy, PC. Can you see how his front right knee is blown up? He will be 30 in the spring and still gets around very well. The farrier is careful when he does that foot, so he is not too uncomfortable.
Hot tip number 2. If you have a hot water heater in your trough, (I turn mine off at night) cover it with a piece of plywood at night and keep it half open during the day when the heater is on, so it doesn't have to work so hard. I run my cord through a piece of plastic piping that goes into the barn.
... very good about waiting for me in the car...curls up on her little sheepskin blanket in the front seat and takes a nap.
This afternoon Jenny, Coop, Finn and Ice came up to the farm. Jen wanted to use my computer to put some music on CDs for herself, moi, and some friends. Dancin' music. When our girls were little, every night after dinner Gary would do the dishes and Steph, Jen and I would dance.
All of our grandkids are great dancers too. There's no standing still when the music is playing.
I will have to put some examples on my Playlist.
Seeing that my butt was next to the fire, it took all I had to get up and go outside. Fortunately it was still 30 degrees and chores went smoothly.
We ALL went outside...to the barn, the outdoor arena, and anywhere the kids could find the deepest snow. Jen helped me with the horses while Gary, the kids and both dogs ran around.
A great time was had...and tomorrow they will be back so we can have dinner together (Finn and Grampa are going to watch a football game at 4:30). Toodles........