Horsing Around Fun!

Welcome to my virtual barn where I will share photos of my barn friends Chloe, Zack and my girlfriends horse Gracie. These three ponies are the apple of our eyes. Yes, we dote on them and I have to admit I am rather obsessed with their care. I don’t often miss a day, even if it is just to check on them and make sure they have enough food and water. Even though we pay for their care at the barn we board at, we as horse owners like to check them daily if possible. I use to not go every single day, and when I was baby sitting my granddaughter I would take days off until she got big enough to go with me. I miss those days, since she now lives in Arizona. We fondly call our horses, our ponies. They are not ponies, its just a term of endearment. ❤

The last few weeks had some very hot days, although the horses didn’t seem to mind too much. We just turn them out on really hot days because it is still good to get them to stretch their legs and walking helps move their gut and keep the blood flowing. Just like for us, walking and exercise is essential for well being but when it’s over 100 degrees (38C) we do not need to over do it so we can avoid heat exhaustion. In the last couple of weeks I was able to take some videos I would like to share, along with more photos of the ponies turned out. I’m just a horse crazy gal! 😀

Zack, Chloe and I in the round pen. This is a small arena usually 24×24 round – this one I think is bigger, I’ll have to measure some day. It’s a great place to exercise them!

You might be wondering, two horses in a small arena? I wouldn’t try and do this with just any horses. It is a small enclosure to where if the two horses did not get along, there could be kicking or fighting or? but my two horses are a herd. Actually, all three horses are a herd with us humans being in the mix as well. They have been acclimated and turned out together for many years.

The funniest thing Chloe does is she will chase the other two when out in the bigger arena when these big horse fly’s are around (they are akin to deer fly’s in the East only bigger. I looked them up and horse fly’s are bigger than the common house fly, deer fly’s are in between these two for size. Both land on animals to suck their blood and only the female horse fly bite for blood to feed eggs. They are huge ranging in size from 3/4 – 1 1/4 inches long. They are not numerous thankfully!)

Anyways, Chloe will canter around (run around) the arena to escape these dreaded fly’s and when she does this she inevitably runs near Zack and Gracie which in turn run too. Some days they exercise themselves just getting away from the horse fly’s! (They are easy to kill, they are so huge you can hit them easy with your hand and they fall to the ground and then I step on them. Sorry, not sorry horse fly!)

A nice ride in the arena. It is a bit hot so we are just walking to get in our steps!

It was pretty easy to video in the arena. It is nice and safe except watch out for the tree!! Haha, I am happy they walk close to the rail (which is the fence line) and of course the tree isn’t as low as Chloe’s head as she heads near it and the branches are right at my height sitting on her back. You can see Gracie getting exercised by her Mom and Zack is next to me as I pony him to get him exercised as well. I call it killing two birds with one stone, since it’s so hot I did not want to take the time to ride them each individually. If I do ride Zack, I usually ride him in the arena unless someone wants to ride with me that needs a horse on the trail.

I am so happy I have been riding on the trails for many years. Zack is 25 years old and Chloe is 16 years old this year. I have owned her since she was 2 so we have been together many, many years. I have had Zack for about 6 years now. He is part of the team, as they all fall in line with very FUN rides! Consistency and time in the saddle is key to calm trail rides!

I just LOVE to groom them. When I graduated from high school and before I decided to go to college I worked full-time for a horse trainer. He trained Hunter/Jumpers and I showed my horse with him all up and down Southern California. I worked for him for about 4 years, and what I learned was grooming is key to keep all the show horses coats glistening. I bring these years of grooming with me every day I’m at the barn.

Love you Chloe and Zack!

~Diana ❤

Horses and a Foal, Grandaughter’s delight!

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HAHA! The photo has character I’d say, a little sideways but FUN! A friend took this photo as I stood at the gate as my granddaughter gets to visit the new foal at our barn. My granddaughter just turned 3 years old and she just loves horses like I did at that age, I was completely obsessed. I think its safe to say that Alice is completely obsessed with horses too! We have such a great time when we are at the barn her and I, as we go and visit almost every horse in their stalls. We see all the different breeds and colors. I just had to share a few photos of these two little ones!!

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So precious these little ones, and I am thinking I am glad I get to see this little filly here at our barn as it is such a responsibility to have a foal. I bought my horse Chloe when she was just turning 2 years old, the youngest horse I’ve ever owned. And she was not trained or broke to ride so I had the enjoyment of being able to do that with her, a dream I always had that is now fulfilled. Breeding and having a foal? I’m not so sure as it would be my luck to not be lucky enough to have everything go smoothly. It can be a costly adventure, I rather enjoy others and someday if I have the chance I can just start another 2 or 3-year-old. I’m thankful Alice can see a young horse up close, I don’t think you can get any closer!  😀

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This is a very hot summer, hotter than we have had in a few years. I’m finding I have to rinse my horses off just about every day to make them comfortable. Even if they are not worked or ridden on the trail I am hosing off the dried sweat of the previous afternoons the next morning. They itch and scratch along the fence line with the dried sweat so I try to get that off as often as I can. I need to go buy some lanolin which I usually keep on hand. They sell in concentrate and you dilute in a spray bottle and it is so helpful to moisturize their skin especially if you hose them off a lot as I know you are also hosing off the natural oils in their coat. It’s like a double edge sword, you want to get off the itchy dry salty sweat but you also remove the oils too. I’m heading to the feed store tomorrow for sure! This pretty girl got a bath today and she so enjoyed standing in the shade in the cross ties getting a nice bath. It was a gorgeous day at the barn, enjoying a ride on my other horse Zack and gave Chloe a bath! I hope you all had a great weekend!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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Horse lover forever,

-Diana