Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Limpy Gimpy Barn

I managed to get up early this morning again and finish the barn chores lickity-split.  Then I tacked up Flash and headed for the arena.  My thighs were screaming at me but I felt stronger (if that makes sense - sore but strong).  I rode Flash for about 30 minutes and he was so much better than yesterday.  He was forward sooner and more sensitive to my aids.  I was very pleased with the work.  I even tried some sitting trot and he had his back lifted so nicely that it was easy to ride him in a forward trot, sitting.  And, it didn't hurt!  Then or now, hours later.  I noticed that this saddle makes it much easier for me to keep my thigh rolled on - which is why they ached today I'm sure.  The rep wants me to ride in the saddle 5-6 times before deciding on whether I want to keep it -- but after 3 rides, I know the answer. 

Jackson was walking well this morning.  I did 10 minutes of handwalking in the arena and then let him graze in the orchard for another 15.

Kalvin looked like he was a tad off this morning so I alerted his owner.  She came up and confirmed that he is off and moved him into the barn.  He is off on the injured/fractured front which is not encouraging.  We're hoping he just tweaked it running around in the wind.  The barn is turning into a rehab unit with Kalvin and Jackson in there full time.  

When I got home from work, Brett and I headed to the barn for evening chores.  My friendship rhubarb is doing great.  It lost the leaves it arrived with but has replaced them with big healthy specimens.  I can't wait until next spring when I can eat friendship rhubarb pie!


I checked the flower beds on my way down.  The blanket flower is starting to bloom as is the tall iris.

 
I turned Jackson out in the arena so he could roll.  When I came to collect him to take him back to his stall (and dinner) he came running and bucking to meet me at the gate.  He dove into his bute/sweet feed.


After chores, the dogs and I headed back to the house for dinner.  Kersey had to take a lap in the pool first.


Dinner for us: salad (apples, blue cheese and radishes) and pasta with pesto.   Simple and quick.

Tomorrow the goat shed goes up.  Stay tuned!!

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like the saddle is a keeper. Sorry about the 2nd horse being gimpy...poor boy. Your dinner looks just like something we would have. Glad to see the rhubarb doing well.

    About the cabbage soup...Bone in a pot of water with onions (let the flavors blend for awhile). Then, add the carrots and cabbage...finally the potatoes. I put in cider vinegar and brown sugar (believe it or not, a couple of tablespoons of ketchup). Let me know how it turns out.

    Right now it is 38 degrees with more rain on the way. What a mess.

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  2. Apples, blue cheese, and radishes...interesting combination. I'll have to try it.

    Enjoy your blog!

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  3. The photo of Kersey swimming made me super happy.

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  4. One of my favorite "quick meals"...pasta with pesto! and what a beautiful animal Kalvin is!
    ronelle

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