I love working with many different horses, but I also really enjoy seeing them find their person and move on in life–and hopefully blossom. Of course any time a horse leaves your possession it’s a giant risk, but as I don’t have the resources to keep every horse ever, it seems most useful to try to improve the creature in some way and set it sail on the very best tides you could pick for it. That surety in my mind has led me on a winding path of ponies that has been vastly informative, inspiring, depressing, and never, ever regretted.
My latest foray into other people’s ponies was Sparky, who came home in early May to get ridden/potentially sold. A big 10 year old coming off 17 acres with prior endurance experience, we trained about 80 trail miles together all told, and completed 3/3 rides in our few months together (WW35/30, GC50). His new match came along quite quickly when he was listed, and it was my very great pleasure to send him on his way with a caring local endurance rider this past Sunday. She brought me a 20 lb bag of carrots as a thank you–soo thoughtful!!
Meanwhile, on the rest of the ranch…
Sparky’s departure meant Apache was alone on the east side of the property..so I gave him a mini!
a quick reminder from Napoleon just what sort HE is
meanwhile, Desire’s seroma is diminishing nicely
and Melinda’s Farley has been moving some fillies and water and stretching her sassy wings
2 bantam roosters having dinner 😉
Rory was fabulously lame on Monday, she led herself on her lameness exam of course
…and 90% better the next day..and fine today. #FillyFirstLamenessDrama
love my big silly fillies!
and 4 month Jazzy keeps on growing!
And now–the heat is very much back (105 anyone?) and a fire started a mile away from us as I was in Auburn with my Tevis rider. It was a rather stressful drive home and these were views from our driveway as the amazing firefighters and air teams hit it with everything they had. They were dipping out of ponds at the bottom of our pasture with incredible speed for hours as ash rained and we huddled around the fire scanner. The fire headed away from us as of this morning and is currently 45% contained. Such a scary season. Many many thanks yous and prayers for the firefighters!
If things calm down…off to Tevis to crew tomorrow morning!