Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Schooling Horse

Just a quick post to show Emma's new mount for her lessons: here's Cricket. This mare has some attitude idiocyncracies that make her more of a challenge for Emma, but that's how you get to be a good rider, right? Emma is scheduled to ride her in an in-house show on December 3rd. More info then...

Friday, October 27, 2006

First Horse Show

I'd be a really bad mom if I didn't post this photo of Emma on the day of her first horse show on October 1st. She actually won 2 ribbons but I took this before we got the second ribbon. She really rode well, and I thought she should have taken a ribbon in every class, but then, I'm her mom. Her instructor was really proud of her in her very first competition. One sad note, her pony, Mighty Mouse, was sold last week. The good news is that Emma loves the new horse she's riding--a brown and white paint mare named Cricket. We hope her riding progresses as fast on this new mount as it did on The Mouse. I hope to get a picture of Cricket and Emma in action at her next lesson.

OK. It's Officially a Farm...

I've been calling this property "the farm" since we bought it over two years ago. But as of this week, I can officially embrace the moniker and not feel like a wishful-thinker. Check out this collection of livestock! Because of his long work hours, Ted actually laid eyes on the alpacas in daylight for the first time today. He said, "those are weird looking critters." And they are. Members of the camelid family with two soft toes on each foot. They roll in the dirt, poop in a communal dung pile (for easy clean up, nach!), spit if provoked, and grow lovely fiber for spinning! The smaller fawn-colored one is ours--his registered name is Moonstruck, and the larger dark brown one is Gizmo. Gizmo is owned by my friend Barbara and she pays me to board him for her. I wrote about the prospect of getting them, in an earlier post, but now it's official. We will start working with them to regain their halter training soon. It seems to have slipped their minds, and they are averse to attempts at haltering. But we will win them over.

Also notice the long-suffering sheep in the back pen. The sheep bolted to the far side of their pen when the alpacas showed up, but now they seem to have adjusted to the sight of these tall, long necked "sheep" with no horns.

Three days this week my friend Glen (of house-building fame) came over to help me work on our big pasture fences. Once those fences are up and secure, we can let all "the boys" out for some green grass that has started to sprout after some much needed rain. Fencing is HARD work, but satisfying, and will be so wonderful once it's done. There should be a big party once that job is finished!