Have a photo dump of what we've been up to lately. :)
Some of these are from before Foxcatcher; everything is green green green right now!
Warning: there are a lot of photos of Charles riding. I really want to clarify this: the main reason why Gracie came into our lives was so Charles could come along for our adventures. It was a deliberate decision and we made sacrifices to make this happen. He used to ride on the trails with me in FL thanks to having access to Mark's bombproof QH gelding Beau, and he rode with me in PR more than once when we visited family while Lucero was still alive. He has been a HUGE supporter of me continuing to participate in the equestrian sports. He is a vital component of my life in every way: he is not just my husband, he is also my best friend and my most favoritest person in the world. We like doing everything together! I really don't want readers to think I'm rubbing it in that he rides. The fact that he is even more front and center in the equine aspect of my life right now merits celebration on my part. You would celebrate it too if it was your SO riding with you. And I would be positively thrilled for you! :)
Dear sweet Lily has gotten really good at the mare glare, which is one thing I never saw coming! All she does is pin her ears and the other horses scoot.
|Ignore his hands. It's an ongoing argument. :) Everything else is pretty good!|
Hill sets. This will give you an idea of exactly how long the hill is.
I thought it was 1/4 mile long, but it's almost 1/2 mile in one direction.
|Riding with Robin, our other barn trainer, on her mare Saphira.|
|Road riding after the rain.|
|Pretty girl. All of the horses on the farm are shedding like crazy; the babies in training get tied at this spot for grooming/tacking up, and that's all of their fluff on the ground!|
All the wide open spaces...
I just love it here.
|After her first bath of spring. "I licked all the bowls! I did a good job! MOAR please!"|
(She had her own mash in one, hay in another, and then she got to lick Lily's too...)
|"You must stay right here next to me while I eat. I must be able to touch you."|
|"Leaving so soon?"|
|On top of the world|
|Gomez, one of BO's bottle baby goats, is officially weaned. He follows people all over the farm and is kind of the general mascot. Charles loves him.|
|The goats are rubbing off on them. Embiggen this photo so you can appreciate the angle of the slope they were on. I was looking down at them. Lily and Gracie GALLOPED up to that spot like it was NBD.|
The orange trail up to the summit of the mountain
The views were spectacular
Like this one. That's the Potomac River in the distance.
Back down the orange trail.
Hmmm...I think the goats might be rubbing off on all of us...
Charles's second solo ride on Gracie. They are that speck going up the road. I've been at the barn for this so I can keep an eye out for him while doing other stuff like setting up feed or groundwork with Lily. It's been a great lesson in him putting everything I've taught him together to get Gracie to respond to him and him alone. Both times he's come back bursting with things to tell me: details of the rides, stuff he did and how Gracie responded. It's been a really fun role reversal (him telling the riding stories while I listen instead of the other way around!) that I never saw coming.
Lily and Gracie with two of the geldings. The gray decided that they were "his" mares and would follow them around like an obedient minion while they completely ignored him. It was really cute. I love BO's horses: all of the geldings were gelded early so none of them are studdy whatsoever. Lily has had none of the cray-cray behavior she used to exhibit around geldings. *Huge relief*
Of course he blinked for the photo, but this is Forrest, one of BO's Arabs. He is a yearling out of the gorgeous blood bay mare that rules the mare field. Forrest is the friendliest of ALL the horses: whenever he sees people at gates, he comes galloping up to say hi. He doesn't care who you are: you are people so you must be awesome. It's hard to not grin when you have a horse greet you so happily. So that is why he gets featured on the blog: he does what I wish my two would!
That is Lily and Gracie among the trees and I was at the bottom of the hill looking up at them.
Charles and Gracie on one of our rides.
It was one of the first white-hot days we had.
It's back to being chilly now. Grrrrrr...
Heels down and errrythang!!
Another of BO's Arabs.
The new grain we're trying. Kalm Ultra by Tribute. 12% fat, 12% protein, and has added probiotics.
By Monday I should be done fully transitioning Lily onto this feed alone.
This is what she thinks so far.
Working on Lily's separation anxiety from Gracie...
It might be official that he's converted to the dark side... ;)
Plus it protects his ears and the back of his neck, which would always get sunburned with the caps he used to wear.
Zombie turned a year old on April 24!
I love this song. Heard it for the first time at a Spinning class and sent the link to it to Gail because it made me think of Nimo! (His full name is Geronimo.) And now it's played all over the radio. I love the imagery. The actual song video was kind of a letdown compared to what I imagine, so I'm leaving you with the lyrics video. :)