Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Uncanny Resemblence

I have some better photos of these two to really show how much they look alike, but I will have to find them on my external hard drive.
 
This is Filly pony:
 

and this is Jack pony:

 
Jack is a couple of inches taller than Filly, but boy, wouldn't they make a cute driving pair?
 
Yes, in my dreams, but someone may be able to train them and borrow them for a matched pair. It would take a lot of work, but maybe since Filly doesn't like to be ridden, she would like pulling? It's a thought!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Settling In

So far, so good with Filly. She has literally settled right in. Here are some photos from today.

Grazing with little Tonto, her buddy from when I previously owned her:


That's Scout way in the background to the left:


The happy trio:
 



Scout likes her A LOT...
 




And back to the way it used to be - Filly bossing little ole Tonto around:
 



Hoping to begin messing with Filly soon. She has certainly mellowed a lot since we owned her last (5 years ago). I'm curious to see how she would do as a trail horse as apposed to trying to work her in an arena. Time will tell. For now, she is just chilling with her buddies.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Ties that Bind

Remember this Post from October 2009? http://pikeroadgirl.blogspot.com/2009/10/filly-has-new-home.html

Well, guess who is back at our home now?

 
The lovely young lady who bought Filly in Oct. 2009, is now breeding warmbloods and training horses full time, so she needed room for another horse. So, she very kindly contacted me last December, and over time, we were able to make it possible to bring her to our place.
 
For now, she's going to "hang out" with the pony boys, Tonto and Scout. She arrived yesterday and all has gone well so far.
 
Things come full circle for a reason, too, so I am curious as to what this journey will bring. Filly and Tonto seemed to remember each other. Scout has fallen head over heels in love with the beautiful new mare....his more studly side is coming out....
 
It will be an interesting ride. I'll try to keep you posted.... :)
 
Until next time - Happy Riding!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Time Marches On

So hard to believe This is the first week of September and that we have started another school year.
 
This year we have a
SENIOR:
 

 
An 8th Grader:


And a 4th Grader!
 


All three of these precious blessings are growing up way too fast. Our oldest is shadowing at a local small animal vet clinic and is aspiring to become a veterinarian. I truly hope he will continue to pursue his passion and love of caring for animals. All 3 started soccer practice this week, so we will be busy with soccer until the end of October, then more than likely be going to All Stars in November.

It is going to be a full-blast, ton-of-fun fall! And I am soooooo ready to get back in the saddle a bit more often when the weather cools off. Maybe the kiddos will want to ride some as well. We'll see!

This is what Scout thinks of more time under saddle:


But, nay, I say! Y'all have beautiful padded bridles to be ridden in now!



Jack has spent some time under saddle since he came back to my parents' place the end of April. A wonderfully skilled young lady has put several rides on him and he has behaved well! He is going to be a really nice fellow with some time and patience. I need to get my Mom to start riding him.....



And one of my favorite photos of me on Scout pony. My oldest son took this photo for me this past March. Scout is a bit scruffy in his winter coat, but he is so soft and relaxed...it is a rarity for him!


On a sad note, our beloved Annie kitty has been missing since Labor Day. I hope she is out gallivanting and will return soon. She did disappear for 6 days last year and showed back up. Not having her home is very worrisome though. She is such a love and we are so very worried about her.




Hopefully the next time I get around to posting, Annie will be home....and I'll be able to report more time in the saddle! In the meantime - Happy Riding!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is it Really August 1, 2014??

I say it way too much, but holy cow, time flies! So much going on these days!! Not riding tons, but on occasion, when time allows. Scout pony had a bought of colic about 2 weeks ago, so that was a bit scary. He seems to be all better now and enjoying the alfalfa we put him on...

Some photos from this morning's "Pony therapy session." best way to get a day started! :)

Scout after his grooming session:




 
I finally got around to brushing out Tonto's tail. Don't brush it often because I'm so paranoid I'm going to mess it up!
 


Nothing like a FULL Welsh pony tail!


 
A couple of side shots of little Tonto (I always love his expressions):
 


 
So, as you can see, the ponies are fat, sleek and happy (well, don't look happy in the photos, but they are when they get turned out after our pony therapy sessions...)....they probably don't miss the "being ridden" part too much. :)
 
Here are some photos of Jack, the rescue horse my Mom has. He is beginning to go well under saddle and our oldest is getting excited about finally having a pony large enough for him to ride!
 


 
Jack eating dinner in the great flood:
 
 
 
 

 
Hopefully we'll get some photos of Drew riding Jack soon. Working to find him a western saddle that fits them both. Sounds much easier than it is!
 
Until next time...thanks for visiting and Happy Riding!
 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Beautiful Weekend

The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend, so we dragged the ponies out again. Ash rode Tonto all by herself again! Her legs are getting so long!!
 
 
I rode Scout in the Michael Stokes Centaur Dressage saddle, which I love, love, love...
 


 
A closer view:
 
 

 
And of course a photo outside in the sunlight:


My oldest child was sweet enough to snap some photos of me on my Scout pony:







Scout was fantastic - this is the 4th time I've ridden him in a year!!
 
 
Not a spectacular ride, but okay after so many months off. We are both stiff and out of shape. I did notice he seemed a lot happier in this video than he did in previous videos that were taken over a year ago. He seems to go well in the dressage saddle and I put him in a hollow mouth loose ring snaffle he seems to like.
 
Tonto behaved very well for Ash:



Ash had a friend over who had never ridden before, so we put her up on Scout (aren't they cute???):


I think I could have lengthened her stirrups a few holes, poor kid! This is almost jockey style! She did great though. We worked on turning and stopping on the lunge.


After riding, we played beauty shop and I butchered Tonto's mane:



Scout loves to stand with his feet on the concrete. I guess it makes him feel taller. :) My beloved pony of the past, Buck, used to stand like this on the end of a bridge at my childhood home.


 





 
These photos are funny - they make Scout look thinner than he actually is:



 The flash on the camera makes Tonto's eyes bug out:
 


This is one of my favorite views:


....and a little inspiration from the past:


Another wonderful weekend spending time with the ponies, watching my daughter and her friend ride, and doing some spring cleaning around the barn. I am loving this spring-like weather!