Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Playing catch up already

I am still trying to get a good photo of Berry since I clipped her a couple weeks ago. She did really good, even let me clip her ears without so much as a twitch or anyone else to hold her.  She did however sit back on the rope about 5 times before breaking the snap, flipping over and heading out the driveway gates, half done.  I had reached up to finish clipping her head.  For whatever reason- she sat back on the rope. Lather, rinse, repeat until something breaks.

JR had been out back with me and had left to run up to the store.  As he left, he had not closed the gates or chained them.  As she trotted out the gates and up to the street, I called him on my cell phone. I thanked him for leaving the gates open, told him she was out in the street and then it happened. My voice dropped about 10 octaves and I blurted out, "I'm not real happy with you right now!" and hung up on him. I had a horse to catch.

I was able to get around her, get her headed back into the yard and finally walked up and grabbed her halter. I had her out back, a new rope on her and was clipping away at the rest of the hair on her head when hubby pulled into the yard. He had to stop because the driveway gates were closed.  I finished clipping her and hosed her off. She managed to skin herself up a little in a few spots, nothing big and of course once she was loose, she rolled.

That weekend we also went to the open house at the Williams Gateway airport and seen the ai'planes. The girls had a blast and there was plenty to see. They also got to ride on a bus for the first time. Lots of excitement there for them. 

Then we went to the CDE in Coolidge on Sunday.  Lots of horses to be seen there. The hay cart pulled double duty as a stroller and the girls thought that was just great. We found a good spot with shade where we could watch 3-4 obstacles and watched the horses go through. There were a few Freisians, some Haflingers, a few Arabs & Arab crosses, a couple of Fjords, plenty of minis and just about everything in between. There were singles, pairs and a four up hitch.

So I went online to Engles Coach Shop in Montana and ordered new shafts for the meadowbrook. I had them on Wednesday and  brought them home. I had hoped to have them on it and be able to put Kat to the cart last weekend. Yeah, it didn't happen. 

What looked like a reasonably easy job, 5 bolts and a few screws on each shaft-----> turned into a major project. One which has my cart in several pieces. The axle and wheels over there, seats and spares box stacked over here, basket and undercarriage sitting on a pallet...  A trip to the local hardware store for new nuts, bolts and screws and hopefully, (hopefully!) I can get it all put back together and hitch the little man this weekend.  There are a few ADT's coming up and I would like to be competing in them...  but I'm not going to rush things along either.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Catching up

The weekend before last was a long one for us. All day Saturday was spent at the Arabian horse show. We were working the jump crew and for anyone who seen the Gamblers Choice, yep, that was me that caught the horse when it got up after the crash. I have been trying to find video on YouTube for those who didn't see it.  Everyone was ok, although it was a little hairy for a few tense moments while the horse was stuck up against the wall. The video below shows a few of the riders, but not the crash itself.

Sunday was another long day. We headed out early to pick up a friend of ours Ahna, who had come down for the show and take her to the airport.  We had lunch, she left for her flight and then we had a few hours to kill...  So we headed out to Bass Pro Shops to wander around. That was good for two hours. Now what? 

We headed to the park and let the girls run around a bit. They played on the swings, went down the slides and wore themselves out a bit. It was good for them to stretch their legs and ours too trying to keep up.  Then it was back to the airport again.  This time for coffee and to meet a fellow blogger a few of you may know- Fern Valley and family.

Hey, look who I found!  They had a couple hours layover in Phoenix and she had sent their flight info so we could meet them on their way back from a well deserved vacation.  It was great getting to meet you guys and I'm glad we could finally hook up!

This past weekend I was able to get a bit more caught up and actually get a couple pics of our old mare Berry.

She has been shedding and the hair is falling out, but not all the way off. So she has acquired a rather matted look to her coat.  Here I had already hosed off her left side and the hair literally flew off of her at times.

She is so not amused!  

It took about a half hour to hose off both sides and help her shed out what was coming off. Then I turned her loose and of course-

she rolls...

all the way over, getting good and dirty again!

Then she took off running around like crazy.  Not bad for being close to 30 years old!  She still gets around like nobodies business.

When it warms up enough, I like to hose them off instead of using a shedding blade. If there is any mud matting the hair together- it is softened by the water and more likely to come off that way. Using a shedding blade- the hair is pulled out, mud or not. The dead hair has already lost it's luster, but if it is still clumped to the hair that hasn't come loose yet, pulling on it can hurt. Especially in the areas which may be more sensitive, like the flanks, girth area, etc. I will most likely give her another week or two. If she still is a hairy mess- I'm getting out the clippers!  Of course I will try to get pictures and maybe video of the process.