My Weekly Smile; Sept. 30, 2020

I am smiling at the weather! YES, we got some foggy mornings and I usually stay inside when its really foggy but this last week I decided to get my walking in and headed out into the fog. I thought it spooky and creepy, like maybe there is a fog monster hiding out there somewhere? Haha, it was cool to be out but I kept thinking lets keep this walk short. I had to talk to myself and say “keep walking Diana, it’s not that creepy, just go another block!” I have lots of blocks to walk where I live. There is this really short block, its ridiculously short so I rarely walk it and the next block is a good block. It’s almost a mile around, but I should have taken the third block which is longer and more hills. I am happy I got myself outside and moving, despite the fog! 😀

I know this doesn’t really matter, but I had to turn this post that I started this last weekend into my smile post because I just could not find the time during the weekend to get my weekend coffee share completed. Holy smokes! I get so busy it is sometimes hard to fit in time to write. I have trouble keeping up with my blog and all the blogs I follow, so I am doing my best. I know I should never feel any pressure as then it would not be fun. I so enjoy my blog!

Speaking of fun, I thought I would share some fun photos of the stables where I keep my horses. It is a big stables at least a couple of acres if not more. It has many turn outs and there are 2 turn outs that are in the front of the property when you drive in the gate. I decided to take the horses and turn them out up front, which is just far enough away from where they live in their paddocks that it was like going on a little adventure!

These are nice big turn outs and they can run around if they want to but they mostly moseyed around checking out their surroundings. They are looking towards the street where the neighbors across the street where outside doing some things in and around their car. It is a through street so there is always cars driving by as well. I decided to turn Gracie, my girlfriends horse out in the paddock next to Chloe and Zack. Since I did not know how they would react, I thought this to be safer for Gracie. She is at the bottom of the pecking order in this tiny herd.

I always have so much fun at the barn. They did really good in the up front turn outs until it was ready to go back to their paddocks. I took Gracie out first and as soon as Chloe lost sight of Gracie, they both started yelling for each other! Here I am leading Gracie and she is neighing SO LOUD! I told her it’s okay and I will get your friend in a minute. Then I went to get Chloe and Zack. Chloe was trotting back and forth along the fence line screaming for her friend! Well, it was very loud neighing. As soon as I reached the gate she stood quiet as she knew I was going to put on her halter and lead her back to her friend. And Zack, what a trooper. He just stood calmly watching these crazy women, running around like they lost their best friend!

I put on Zack’s halter as he stood there so quietly and I always lead the two together. It can be tricky walking two horses as I have one lead in each hand. I have been practicing doing this for over a year, so they are very mindful and respect my space as I am in between them as we walk along. As I opened the gate, I let Chloe walk out and held on to the rope as I let Zack come out and off we walked back to Gracie. Chloe did not neigh any more and am thankful for her respect to me and Zack. A fun day, and my training and consistency with these huge animals paid off. Good Ponies! ❤

As I walked them back to the paddocks I decided to wash them off as Chloe actually was very sweaty after running back and forth along the fence line. I also think it is good to get them cleaned up and make sure they didn’t accidentally injure themselves while turned out. They are pretty good about these things, but it is a part of grooming making sure all is okay.

Thank you for visiting my smile post today. I had a wonderful weekend and week so far and I am really looking forward to some cooler Fall weather. We are having a bit of a heat wave this week, and as I write this it is 106F (41C) outside right now at 4pm. YIKES! I think I am ready for winter, any day now!

Smiling, horse loving cowgirl!

~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