Monday, January 24, 2011

So true... so funny

Since the last two weeks have been snowy, yucky, frozen, muddy, and wet there has been a lot of sit around the house and mope evenings. We actually got on Ria and JB the other night, for about 15 min and just walked around, nothing exciting but boy did it feel great to get in the saddle!!! Afterwards we went inside and roomie's sister came over and we enjoyed a Black Stallion marathon:-) watched the first and second back to back. So much fun!! None of us had seen them in quite awhile. Brought back so many good childhood memories!!!

Roomie found this and I just had to share.....

News Flash

Urgent Notice:
Potential Danger of Horse Hair
This is a public service announcement....
In a press release today, the National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of potentially dangerous substance in the hair of horses. This substance, called "amobacter equui" has been linked to the following symptoms in females:
Reluctance to cook, clean or do housework.
Reluctance to wear make-up, good clothes, or heels.
Reluctance to spend money on home or car repairs until after "baby has new boots, pad, blanket, tack, grain, hay & supplements".

"Amobacter equui" usually results in long hours away from home and exhaustion which may lead to loss of physical contact with people (especially husbands). 
"Amobacter equui" is thought to be addictive, driving the need for additional sources- this may lead to a "herd mentality" or like the potato chip commercial , "you can't have just one".
Beware! If you come in contact with a female human infected by this substances, be prepared to talk about horses for hours.

Surgeon General Warning: Horses can be expensive, addictive, and may impair the ability to use common sense.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Is it summer yet???

Ok so I am really not a summer time person, maybe I would be if I lived somewhere where the temp stayed below 90 and had zero humidity. However, for the first time I am experiencing some serious winter-time blues.

I can think of a few reasons as to why I am having the blues.

First off, having your babies in your backyard makes a HUGE difference. You can't forget about them when your the one in charge of feeding twice a day, There is something about those big eyes, floppy ears and soft noses that just make your heart melt every time :) Oh and that sweet nicker I get every time my bestie see's me headed her way with a steamy bucket of beat pulp.... simply irresistible!!!

Second is that at the present time, which could change any day, I actually have most evenings free, and it is downright depressing that the ground is far too wet to even think about riding.

Third, the view from the kitchen sink is the arena, (insert happy sigh and pause just to relish in the moment). I am seriously about to go and get blinds for the window because every time I look out it I get so sad because all it is right now is a muddy mess.

Fourth reason for the blues is that I have a horsey roommate, and she has been torturing me with all these riding videos. I think the videos would be great if I could actually get out there and put them to practice!!! But right now all I'm doing is saying, hey I need to try that, and oh that is a great exercise for my young horse, seriously..... it's quite depressing.

So as of today I am ready for daylight savings to get here so that when I get home from work it is still light outside. I am also tired of feeding enormous amounts of beat pulp just to keep the weight on, and spending money on hay, so I think it's time for the grass to grow. And as you can tell I am so over the wet ground, I mean the snow has been pretty and all but this is Arkansas and we've already had 2 snowfalls.... what???? Snow doesn't usually come, if at all, in February. I really hope this doesn't mean that riding is out of the question for anther month.......ugh :-|

Friday, January 7, 2011

The horses of the Flying Solo

So I was reading a blog and found one way to keep the arena rid-able this winter.

I showed it to my roomie and she laughed, "It looks like a giant mid-night slip and slid."

Hahahaha..... it so does!!!

I now think it is time, actually overdue for me to introduce you to the horses of the Flying Solo.

So let's begin.... First off is JB. He is the resident schoolmaster. This guy actually broke his hip and is on his way to complete recovery. When I first came to live here, JB had a pretty noticeable limp in that left hip, (understandable) , but was cleared for riding. Since I needed some serious help with my riding position this guy stepped up to the plate and now with consistent riding the guy is moving great!! His 2011 goal is to continue to improve his gaits and since he has been doing so well we think he might actually get back to some light jumping again!!!

Next up is Gator.... and boy do these pics fit him perfectly!!! He is the official barn clown, dramatic, into everything, mischievous as they come, and the youngest on the place. He is definitely the odd ball out here. AQHA and built like a tank, not all dressage horse material, and I can't see him getting his big butt off the ground to jump. Roomie bought him for reining??? Isn't that some sport the requires that weird saddle with a horn on it?? Hmmmm..... good luck with that roomie!!

Now for the Flying Solo future star... meet Jo. He is the roomie's prize possession ... and pics do not do this guy justice. He is half Andy (both of us adore the amazing breed and dream of owning riding a PRE someday). He is will be showing training level but is training level one. A complete ham and loves people, but watch out cuz this guy has a mind of his own and knows he is the fav (of roomie that is).

(pause for trumpets blaring royal music) This is Ria, and she is a princess, well she actually thinks she is a queen and has Jo and Gator convinced that she is. This is really not a great pic of her but it was the only one I could fine (working on getting some pics of these guys that might do them justice). She is 3/4 Andy and the cutest thing you will ever meet. She is still a youngin' but doing wonderfully in her schooling. 

The last one that belongs to my roomie has no pics... :-/ but he was the oldest resident until my lovely mare came along. He has lots of aches and pains so he is officially retired and lives in the big pasture teaching my young one a thing or two about respecting his elders, lol.

Of course you already know my two but what mom skips a perfect opportunity to brag on her children?? So here is my bestie. And for the record... she doesn't think she is a queen.... she knows she is a queen. Hence the reason for keeping her and Ria in separate pastures, no need to bust the young girls heart ;-)

And last, but certainly not the least.... my Romeo. Love these ridiculous pictures of him, lol. He actually likes the braids and is great at keeping them in. I know come show season that... sigh... the long blond locks will need (may not happen) shorten :-( And the last one just makes me laugh, the darn animal is almost impossible to get decent pictures of because he is such a nosy guy, loves to be right next to me all the time, not that I'm complaining, plus it shows off his muddy coat that he is soooo proud of!!

So there you have it, the horses of the Flying Solo!!