Sunday, January 20, 2013
Yesterday, Tim and I went to the horse expo. it was pretty disappointing. A lot of venders aren't coming anymore. It's really sad.
I did see that a lot of my favorite venders will be in PA next month...so, we're pretty set on going to PA next month. May take a load of people. I wanted to find Poppy and Frank a new halter...but I like the padded head stall...no one had one. I wanted a girth for Tim and Poppy. The ones they had there didn't have giving elastic. The ran the shows on days we couldn't be there.
We love looking at the trailers...the ones with the fancy living quarters. I have a bumper pull now. It's 10 years old...but still in perfect condition. It's going to be around a long while. I just had it looked over last year and it was PERFECT...other than the battery. Got a new one and all is like new again. And it's a hawk and it's holding it's value nicely.
But, we love to look at the fancy trailers and dream. Our retirement trailer. We want to be able to take our horses (whoever they may be) and travel....There were only a handful of those types of trailers....and some were just cheap looking. blah.
And there were no trucks. I love looking at the trucks. Especially the big ones...the club ranch...Oh, a girl needs to dream. I have a Ford F150. He's a big 150....4X4....and I want to girl him up a little but there weren't any good decals at the show either.
I did find one that said, this ain't my husbands truck. but, it didn't come in pink. Not that Pink is important...but it needed to make a statement....
So, the show was ho hum.
Today made up for it tho. I met Anette at the farm and we got everyone tacked up...she was going to take her little mare...but she took Astero again. I was kind of glad because I wanted a GREAT ride. She asked what I wanted to do. I said, no jumping today...my fingers are still healing...but I wanted to open Poppy up a little...she said fabulous. I have just the trail. I wasn't sure if I should be scared or excited....or both.
We headed on our regular trail and headed down by the mansion (it's all apart of the park) Then headed down the path that lead to the bottom of the power lines and then.......she said, wanna jog. I said sure. Then she slowed and looked at me and said, how do you feel about that hill up there?
OK...I look at the hill and WOW. That was a small mountain.
I said, fine. Lets go!
She said, Aztero is probably going to gallop up...I'll wait of you at the top. I said ok. Poppy wasn't sure what to do. I could feel him want to gallop....but returned to a trot...I said..you wanna...and I felt the lead change and and I did the kiss...Jockey's do it all the time to get their horses to go on the track. and he made a neat little squeal, I shortened my rains and lowered my body into his neck, balancing in my stirrups standing, leaning forward...and up the hill we went... galloping....and going for it up the hill. We made it to the top and Anette and Astero were waiting for us....and Anette was smiling. She said, was that fun. I said "H__ll yeah!"
So, we came up to the straight and she asked if we could gallop some more...I said sure. And we opened up to Poppy's racing speed. It was heaven. It was spectacular.
I don't know if Anette was surprised I could ride that well or if she was surprised that Poppy would come back to me...or what. But it was the best ride I've had since pulling Frank off the race track 7 years ago.
We made our way back to the farm...It was almost like it ended too soon...but we were gone for two and a half hours and our horses were hot...so, it was enough. But wow!
We made it back to the barn. I got poppy in his stall. And tried to dry him some...but left him in...to drink and eat some hay because feeding time would be soon.
Anette rode her other horse and I pulled my truck in the dry lot. I bought our feed for the next couple weeks and had to offload all that.
Then, I spent some time with Frank. We walked up to the riding ring after Anette was done and I let Frank graze. There's some nice grass in there on the edges and we walked around for a bit....and Frank got treats.
Finally got Poppy all cleaned up and beautiful again....he hates to be brushed...but Frank used to be like that, too!
It was a fantastic day! I'm still smiling.