Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Riding up at Ebenezer

Sara M.  had said she wanted to trail ride with me up at Ebenezer so we planned to go Saturday.  She offered to pick us up at PNR so I got everything ready and Biscuit in the Stallion Pen Friday evening.
I got up early, ran to Starbucks, got us a latte and me a bagel.  Got out to the barn and fed Biscuit and hosed him off.  Sara arrived and we put my stuff in the trailer and loaded Biscuit.  He refused until I got the lunge whip and up he went.  We shut up the trailer and off we went to Ebenezer.

Biscuit on the left, Lena on the right.

We got there and decided to stay in a campsite so I had to order/pay on line so that took a little bit while the horses chilled and had a drink in the pens.

We got it done and said hi to Stephanie and Aaron Scott that I had met previously up there.  Good to see them again!!!

We saddled up and off we went.  I decided to go down to the 3rd trail and down to the 4 Way.  I was walking Biscuit and he was going slower than molasses in January.  I kicked him with both heels and he kinda spooked up.  I think he was half asleep because he kept stumbling along.  LOL after that he was awake and moving at a nice pace.

We got to the 4 way and I made a way point.  I turned left and we went down the double wide path.  Sara was doing great with Lena.  She said it was more her than Lena and she had been a little apprehensive at Tyrrell.  Lena had been a little nervous there - high headed at times and whinnying.  She wasn't unmanageable at any time though.  But on this day, Lena was just darling.

She followed Biscuit like a champ.

I got to the first branch off and went left and made a mark of Left Turn.  Followed till the next split and went right.  Woot  Marked as Turn Right.  Got to the two little water crossing and Biscuit refused and backed up.  A few swats with my crop and off he went.  The other side had dried up so no water there.  We came out right where I wanted to come out by that log - I made a mark and called it Culvert Road.  Went across and came to Letney Road and marked that.  We kept going and marked the turn to go to Beaver Pond.  Got to the intersection and we went down to the Black Hole instead of going straight to the Beaver Pond.  It wasn't as high as last time and was pretty dang low.  About mid way up Biscuit's leg between his knee and the stirrups.  Lena followed right behind him quiet nicely!

We went down the road and stopped at the turn for me to mark.  We headed for the big tree and #10 and I marked that too.  We went down the track blessedly in the SHADE.  The first two creeks were freaking dry!!!  OMG I have never seen them dry.  When we got to the big sandy creek, thank Goodness it had water but a huge pine tree from the other side had fallen across the creek to where we used to go down to the creek.  Had to go to the left of it and there was a slight boggy place but not bad.  I got covered in pine needles but got across to the other side.  We stopped and rested. 
Sara dismounted and tried to get Lena to drink.  I ate my yogurt and put it back in the neoprene bags Kellie had given me.  I had stuffed one of my frozen gel packs in each side!  

We headed back and stopped by the big tree.  Lena actually was good with Biscuit but did tell him with some mean mugging that he was in her space.  Not ugly - just you're in my space dude, kinda way.  Lena did finally drink at the Black Hole.  Biscuit got some of the good vitamin B foliage at the edge!  He drank and off we went through the hole with no problem.  Lena just kept going and was doing such a great job.  Sara was thrilled with her.  Lena led for quit a bit of the way, crossed creeks first and was just a doll. 

I told Sara I was so impressed with how they both are calm, gentle, non-spooky.  I highly recommend Skipper D as a sire - he sure threw great genes on these two horses!

It was getting a little hot by then...Biscuit didn't start sweating until we had been riding for 30 minutes or so.  It was warm but not crazy hot at first.  We got back to the park after a terrific 3 hour ride.  Stephanie came over and held Biscuit while we took their tack off.  I hosed Biscuit off and was rubbing his face.  He loves his face to be rubbed.  He was licking my jeans for some reason - what a funny boy he is.

I put him in the pen and we rested for awhile and visited with Stephanie for a few minutes.  We rested for almost 2 hours and then picked up our stuff and loaded up the horses.  Biscuit loaded nicely when I got the whip.  Don't know what this loading issue suddenly is but it has got to go.

I love Sara's truck and trailer!!!  I so would by a Dodge Ram.  The back seat folds up and a flat area folds out...perfect for my cakes or even sleeping!!!

We stopped at the little store by The Stump and we each got a hamburger to eat and I also got a Starbucks Frappachino that was cold!!!

At the barn I unloaded Biscuit and my stuff and put it in my car to take down to the trailer.  We are going to have to do this again!  So I hugged Sara and off they went.  We just had a fabulous time...can't wait to go again.

I fed Biscuit and put him in the Stallion Pen again.  I took the stuff down to put in the trailer and woot!  My trailer and Sargent were gone!!! I called Barry and he said he was hauling down West Port Arthur Road.  He had been to Tyrrell.  He had Sister with him.  I could see Biscuit when he pulled past the stallion pen.  He went bananas running all over the place.

Sarge and Barry rode across the big bridge but not down the bog.  Barry was worried about hogs with Sister.  Sarge stepped on her again - Sister is going to have to learn to get out of their way.  She hopped out of the truck and came running to me.  Such a sweetheart!!!   I got the stuff put back in the trailer for my ride the next morning.

Kellie and I were supposed to ride Sunday morning.  I got up Sunday at 6:15 and got dressed and ready to go when Kellie texted she didn't feel well.  So no riding.  I am sure Biscuit wasn't hurt!!!  Later we went to put him back in his pasture and he was trotting beside the truck and ready to get back with Sarge.  Such a pretty boy he is. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rasping Biscuit's hooves

I took Sister out to the barn with me  on Thursday and introduced her to Ilean.  They were friendly - Ilean wasn't agressive and Sister was very submissive.  She peed on the floor so I had to clean that up but I was glad I took her.

I went down and got Biscuit and brought him up to the washrack and worked on his front hooves.  Sister was very good - I told her to sit and stay.  She did for the most part but would get up when I was talking to Biscuit.  I think she thought I was talking to her as I use the same tone of voice.

I think I did a good job on Biscuit's hooves!  I worked on pulling those toes back.  I will have to do his back feet next week.  I was sweating so hard my face was dripping wet!

That evening I took her to Starbucks and she got a cup of cream - she loved it!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Riding with Biscuit's sister, Lena

I am Face Book friends with a lady that owns Biscuit's half sister, Lena.  I have rode with Lena before when she was being trained by DeAnn.  We rode out at Tyrrell Park about a year and a half ago.

Her owner, Sara, told me she would love to ride at Tyrrell with me so we arranged to ride today at 5:00 PM.  I got out to the barn at 4:00 and I fed Biscuit and Sarge myself.  I loaded Biscuit with no problem but I took the lounge whip anyway!

I got there a little early and got Biscuit's hoof boot's on.  Sara arrived and I really liked her trailer.  She pulled Lena out of the trailer and she is every bit as large as Biscuit - I think her bum may actually be bigger than his!

We got tacked up and took off.  We went around the park and out Cattail Marsh.  Sara got off and opened the gate.  We went down the side of the marsh and she said Lena doesn't like to be close to other horses.  We went down Willow Bayou - we saw a huge gar floating near the top of the water.  Lots of little rust faced birds flying all over the place.

We went around to the right after crossing the big bridge to look at the big bog.  Lena was a little snorty coming around the corner but she calmed down.  Sara got off of her to walk her near the water shooting out of the big pipe.

We got back to the stables and Lena stood right next to Biscuit and was munching some alfalfa.  Sara said that was so unlike her to be that close to other horses.  I took pictures of them but they didn't come out BOOOOOOOO......I washed him off so he would be clean and cool on the way home.

Biscuit didn't load up first time so I got out the lounge whip...didn't even have to tap tap tap - he went in immediately.   :-)  Good Biscuit!!!  We rode 5.3 miles.

Sunday Ride

I made plans to ride with Jazzy and Barry for Sunday afternoon. We took Sister!  She ran under Biscuit in the small corral and he stepped on her.  Poor girl but she will learn.   We got out to the park at 5:00 PM.  Jazzy was held up so Barry and I saddled up and headed for the woods hoping they would be somewhat dried up...no such luck.  OMG they are still full of water and mud.

So, we just waited for her to get there and Sister got to explore.  Jazzy finally arrived and since her horse was saddled we were on our way.  We rode around the road with Barry in the lead with Sister.  He had to herd her off of the street once but other than that she followed closely with Sarge.  She came back to me a few times then hurried to catch up with Barry.

We crossed into Cattail Marsh and started down the side of the woods.  Sister dropped back to me a few times and then ran to catch up with Sarge.  We went all the way down to the bridge but didn't cross it as Barry said the hogs could come out in the evening and we didn't want to chance Sister going after them. 

We went back up the bayou and Barry headed back down to the gate while Jazzy and I headed up the bayou to the entrance to the woods.  We turned around and came back and we entered the woods at the first trail entrance and went a little ways til it turned muddy.  We went back and rode towards the pavilions.  I made Biscuit pass between the trash can and the pavilion which was only wide enough for him.  He did it after a little urging.  Jazzy rode her mare onto the pavilion for training.

We got back and I washed Biscuit off.  It was getting late but Jazzy was trying to get her mare to load in the Brenderup with no luck.  I told her I would go over to her house and we could work on that.  I went to load up Biscuit and he refused to load.  I tried and tried with no luck.

Barry loaded Sarge thinking he would load up but he still refused.  I tried again - no luck.  I told Barry to move the trailer to where there was more light.  He still refused.  I popped him with the lead rope...nope.  Tried alfalfa.  Nope.  Tried to load him in Jazzy's step up - NOPE.

I was going to have to leave him there...so I called Kenny to ask which place would be safest.  I was so upset at the thought of something happening to my boy.  Kenny offered to come help and I said "bring a buggy whip".  Kenny got there and shined his lights into the trailer.  I took the buggy whip and tap tap tapped his butt until he went into the trailer like he normally does. 

Ugh..what goes through a horses mind?  Was it because Jazzy's horse wouldn't load?  Was it because it was dark?

We didn't get to the barn until just before 10:00 PM!  OMG it took an hour and half to load him.

Who know?  He has never given me that kind of trouble before.  I went to the barn Monday evening and he came up to me for his carrots and for me to put the benadine cotton in his hooves like nothing had happened.  :-)

Louisiana Trip to Lotus HIll

On Friday July 11 I went back to Lotus Hill with LeeAnn P and LeeAnn B.  We left around 11:30 AM.  I had put Biscuit in the stallion pen so I wouldn't have problems catching him.  We loaded up the trailer with tack, supplies for us and the horses.  Biscuit went into the trailer first and then Rogue and then Legato.  We were off and gone.

LeeAnn B had brought fried chicken for lunch!  Woot!  I rarely eat fried chicken and I love that stuff!!  We got to Lotus Hill and unloaded the horses and greeted Billie.  It was so good to see her!  We got everything set up and rested a little and later saddled up and made about a 6 mile ride that I had made before with Barry.  Biscuit was a little fresh - I hadn't rode him in 3 weeks but as always pretty easy to handle!

We ate with Billie and Lloyd later.  Lee Ann P had made roast and we really enjoyed it.  We visited and then turned in.  I was pretty tired from making cakes!

Saturday started off with a bang.  One of Billie's horses kicked at Rogue and got hung up in the pipe fence.  Both legs off the ground.  He started leaning over but was calm.   He started urinating on himself and I was scared he was a gonner.  He was finally freed and just a little bit skinned up. Billie rode him and he seemed fine.

We rode for 11 miles and was joined by a guy from the Shreveport area.  We had a wonderful time.   Legato has been a little reluctant to cross steep boggy places and we came to one and it took a bit for her to cross but she finally did.  Horses can be so persnickety at times!   After our ride we went to a river to get in the whirlpool and rapids.  OMG we were laughing like crazy and we went down the rapids and got beat up on the rocks.  So much fun! 

I made chicken jambalaya and we ate up at Billie and Lloyd's again.  We didn't make a second ride that day which was ok.  I was pretty tired after getting beat up on the rocks!

Sunday we all took off on a ride including Lloyd.  We rode on the Sandstone trail which is so nice.  Crossing creeks and bridges.  Biscuit was a sweetie.  We got to the last bridge and there was a huge puddle on the other side.  Lloyd crossed with no problems but Billie's mare slipped on the slanted board and her horse went down.  OMG it was scary.  Legato went and she slipped too; her butt going down in a deep hole but she managed to get out with no problems.  She had mud half way up her backside but she was ok.  Billie and her mare were ok, too, thank God!

Biscuit was pretty hot that day - poor guy!  We were just walking but it was hot.  We took pictures up on the rocky ledge and they came out pretty nice. 

We loaded up and hauled home Sunday afternoon.  I had a fantastic time and hope to go back soon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sister is 4 months old today

Sister is 4 months old today.  I had to take her to the vet at 2:00 PM so at 1:15 I gave her a bath with lavender body wash!  She was pretty good about getting a bath.  Kayden went to the vet with me.  I put her harness on and it is getting tight.  I will have to get a larger one.

We got to the vet early and waited.  A bulldog came in and Sister  was pretty friendly.  When it was time to go in she was super friendly with the staff.  The vet scraped her head for the mites and went to check it out.  The intern vet weighed her for me.  She weighed 22 and 2/3 lbs!  She gained nearly 7 lbs this month.  They gave her shots - rabies and puppy shots...one ended up on the table so he had to administer it again.

No more mites!!!!!  Good report - she will take the liquid meds Ivermec for another month.  I will take her back in a month and put her on heart worm meds and she will be spayed next month.

After we left we took her to Petco to get a new harness and a squeak chicken!  She was squeakng it like crazy!!

Can't wait to take her riding with me.

Working on Biscuit's hooves

I have had some unexpected expenses so I am going to have to start doing the horses hooves myself.  I went out and got Biscuit today - ugh - raining at the barn.  I brought him up and put Cowboy Magic in his mane - he had witch's knot's in his mane.  I let it sit while I was talking to Lee Ann.

I soaked his front left hoof in Lysol.  He has mud scratches from all of the wet conditions.  I cleaned his feet andthen started rasping his front hooves.  They have grown like crazy.  Mike did them 4 weeks ago and then I did them 3 weeks ago.  He gave me a little flack but not too bad.

I was able to get the witch's knot's out with just a little bit of trouble.  I then washed his mane and tail with Orvis, then soaked them on blueing and rewashed it.

His tail is stained on the ends.  I need to soak it more and hope to get it whiter.  He has a white mane and tail for the most part but poop and dirt take their toll.

I will do his back hooves tomorrow.

Sister goes to the barn

Barry and I took Sister out to the barn.  She went to the water trough with him and he made her sit while he walked away.  She did a good job.

She was in and out around the horses..jumping up and down.  She finally annoyed Biscuit enough that he went after her mouth open.   Sister moved too quickly for him and he got fussed at.

Sarge snorted at her.  LOL  She did listen to us - she would come to us and sit.  Considering she isn't even 4 months old I am impressed with Sister!

Flipping off the stool

Last week I was soaking Sarge's hooves in Lysol.  He had a little knot of sole on the back left where he has the split.  I used my circular knife to pop it off.  There was a slight red spot underneith.  Didn't seem to be an abscess - just a bruise.  I started rasping his hooves in the front and he kept pulling his feet from me.  UGH  Sarge can be such a toot at times.  He kept pulling them and I kept hanging on to them.  He got a few smacks for being a jerk about it.  Then he pulled them again and pulled me right off of the stool and I fell back on the concrete.


I finally got his front feet done.  I was wet and dirty.  Yay...NOT.

The next day I went out and did his back feet.  I also gave him a bath and brushed out his mane and tail.

Ebenezer Trip

Barry hauled the travel trailer up on Friday - I had a Quincenera cake to make and deliver.  After I got the cake delivered I headed to the barn and picked up Biscuit.  It was 2:30 PM  I didn't get to the park until 4:30.  Got to see Kent before he left.

I didn't haul Sarge due to his hoof issue.   When I went to clean his hooves the week before when the farrier was coming I noticed his hoove was cracked horizontally and across his  frog.  UGH.  Mike  said new soul was already growning under it.  I started treating it by soaking his hooves and putting betadine soaked cotton in the crack.  It is doing better.

I didn't ride that evening but I did the next day with the ladies next to us - Lee Ann that I had met up at Ebenezer 3 years ago and her friend Barbara.  We had to adjust her mare's halter bridle before mounting up.  Barry hauled out before I left to ride!

We went down to the 3rd trail in, down to the 4 way and took a left.  Got to the split, took a left.  Got to another split, took the left.  Ended up on the POTTIE trail and we rode to where the culvert is washed out.  DANG.  I should have went left then right.  :-)

Rode about 6 miles.  Gave Biscuit a good bath and loaded up and hauled home.  Short weekend for me.

Short ride with Kellie

2 weeks ago we went on a short ride.  Biscuit didn't give me any issues catching him.  We met at 7:30 AM.  We rode out at 8:10 - I had to wash my Ariat's off before getting on - they were caked with mud!  We rode out Cattail and down to Willow Bayou and to the right up to the woods.  Ugh...right when we turned to go down Willow Bayou we were beset my gnats.  NASTY.

It was a short but pleasant ride...dang..it was getting hot!!!  Washed Biscuit off and headed home.  I was at the barn by a little after 10!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Riding with Friends

On June 7th I went riding with Jimmy, Christie, Jazzy and Rita.  Jimmy was a sweetie and put Biscuit's saddle on his back.  Kellie's saddle is heavier than my Allengany and I had it in the RAV.  Ugh...to far for me and my balance issues!

I took my Kool Vest in the saddle bags - it was hot as blazes.  We rode out in the back - I put it on once we were out by the bayou.  Christie's horse Rooster is a doll!!!  Biscuit was so well behaved so I was very pleased with him.

It was a fun ride - I enjoyed it so much - about 8.3 miles.  Can't wait for the woods to  dry up but that doesn't seem like it is going to happen any time soon!

Repairing the Brenderup

I took my trailer to Duvall's and Danny looked at it.  We discussed best way to repair it.  In the end, he cut out the front across the trailer, added in a piece of marine plywood that was wrapped in the stuff under slide outs on travel trailers, then added an additional piece of plywood on top of that with flashing and silicone.  Cost - $400 cash.  Ugh....not a happy camper...but I feel this was my fault.  I left the windows open most of the time thinking that because it was sealed it was ok.  I am not batting a .1000!

Anyway - trailer is now repaired and I closed those windows TIGHT.

Kellie and I ride Tyrrell and my Brenderup has a rotten spot.

 Kellie and I rode Tyrrell Park a month ago.  It was a bit of a trial.  I got out to the barn and Biscuit can tell time and has a calendar.  He refused to come to me.  Ugh.  I took Sarge out and took him to the front hoping Biscuit would come in.  I finally got him to come into the corral but out he went when I went to close the gate.  So, I just sat there and waited.  He slowly moved closer and closer...in the mean time, I found a dang mushroom growing in my trailer.  I nearly had a stroke.  The floor at the front of my Brenderup was rotten - like mushy rotten.  UGHGHGHGHGHHGGGHGHHGHG.

Biscuit finally came in and I closed the gate.  What a pill.  I loaded him up and off we went to Tyrrell - an hour or so late.

We had such a good time!  It was nice to ride in Tyrrell - it had been awhile.  We saw quiet a few hogs that day.  But, because we got a later start it was freaking HOT.  We both kinda had a little melt down when we got back...she felt bad and I was seeing spots.  LOL we are old bats now.

We hosed the horses off and after I quit seeing spots we left!!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sarge's Sheath Injury and going to Ebenezer

On Wednesday after we came back from Lotus Hill, Sarge's sheath swelled up the size of a softball and had opened up on the left side and was draining.  I called the vet and went and got a steroid shot and 4 antibiotic shots to the tune of $136.  Gave the steroid and 1st antibiotic shot.

By Friday when we left for Ebenezer it was improving.  We took Sarge along so I could give him his shot in the evening.

We went and had lunch with Kellie and Randy at the Stump, checked out the KOA camp on Friday.  It poured down raining so we didn't ride Friday.   Saturday Sarge's sheath was normal sized and we went on a ride to the waterfall - an easy ride more on flat land.  A man from Kountze and his granddaughter joined us.  Very nice people.  Sarge was raring to go on the ride - that fellow is tough as a boot.

We rode 8.4 miles to the waterfall with Randy leading - we went the long way!  Biscuit powered through some mud catching up with everyone - he cantered through the mud - he was a very good boy.

The gnats were pretty bad up there like at Kisatchie.  Ugh...so sick of the rain and bugs.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sunday leaving Lotus HIll

We got up early - Sarge had gotten out.  What a sneaky little fellow.  We had lots to do to get ready to leave.  Fed the horses, packed stuff up - batten down the hatches kind of stuff.

I told Billie I would come back as soon as I could - I can't wait to ride there again!

I pulled out at exactly 9:00 AM.  Slow drive back to Texas - around 3 hours - but I drive slow!!!

I had such a good time...I think I rode a total of 33 miles and had a blast.  I highly recommend Lotus Hill! 

Saturday at Lotus Hill


We saddled up this morning - LOL - they were teasing me about making Biscuit a pack horse with all the stuff on him.  :-)  They had offered Barry to ride Lynn's light palomino Sonny.  We all took off and the ladies split off and went on a different ride.  I had the little envelope to pay to ride on the Sandy Trail.  We stopped at the Cane camp and spoke to some very nice folks and the hubby Paul tightened my saddle.  We went througha burned out area which actually was neat looking.  We crossed over into green area - we had to pull over to the side to let 2 four wheelers pass.  I put Biscuit out front for a while and put him at a job...he did a great job.  We crossed over a beautiful creek with a bridge with no sides.  Lots of jogging which was so nice!!  Biscuit was a trooper - he really was a good boy!!

We got out 3.5 miles and Billie got a phone call that a  little red horse was out on the road.  OMG  we turned around and headed back - it could have been my horse or Kelly's little bay mare.  I couldn't believe that Sarge could have jumped the panels with his heart foot.  We were hurrying and Billie decided to canter back - I can't canter that long (not hardly) because I will lose my balance.  So she took off and Kelly and I were jogging back.  Some fast walking and a little long trotting til my legs gave out. 

We went down a little trail paralleling the road almost to Lotus Hill.  There was Sarge in the pen by the barn...so yeah...it was my horse that was out.  Thank God it turned out he was up at the front of her property - not on the road.  I rode down to where the pens were and his was flat on the ground.  Some hair was on the second from the top bar.  I don't know if he pushed it down or what...I don't think he jumped it because it was laid out flat...I think he pushed it down.

I got Biscuit untacked and washed off - he was having a fit because Sarge was up at the front.  Too bad.  I got him hay and left him to check Sarge out.  He was just fine.  No marks really but I think the hair was off of his legs.  No skinned up marks though.  Sigh...Sarge is a pill that is for sure. 

Kelly, Billie and I visited while waiting on the guy's to come back.  I shared a root beer with Billie - omg it was good.  I love root beers!!

Friday at Lotus Hill

Thursday - we rode seperate today - I went with Billie and Barry went with Lloyd. 

Billie and I back tracked and found my saddle pad not too far from the driveway where we ended our ride yesterday.  She put it close up to the woods so no one would stop and get it. 

We had a lovely ride through the woods - crossing a few creeks - one with some big logs in it that you had to navigate around.    Biscuit was very well behaved for the most part - once her dog came running out of side trail when we were out in the open on the ride away and my horse bolted for about  4 strides and then I got him under control.  Oh thank God!!!

The forest service was going to do a control burn and we could hear the helicopers over head.

Not sure how far we ride - but it was probably about 8 miles.  My Garmin was adding every mile I have rode so until I get home and look at it on the computer I wont know how long each ride was. 

Barry arrived back about an hour after I did.  He had a good time he said.  They got to see the "bombs" drop that start the fires.

We rested and Billie and Lloyd took us to the store and on the way  a little tour - OMG the burn happened so fast!!!  It was already over...smoudering in places though.

I came back and I had noticed Sarge not putting weight on his back right foot.  I got in his pen and felt his foot which he let me know was sore.  I took him out to walk him to check for lameness and OMG he is lame as he can be.  That foot is swollen.  I hydro'd it and Barry soaked it in a little icy water with Absorbine Linament.  Barry said he wasn't going to ride him again.  Hoping my poor baby is ok.

We watched the fire flies that night.  So very beautiful and peaceful!

Thurday at Lotus Hill

Thursday - we rode seperate today - I went with Billie and Barry went with Lloyd. 

Billie and I back tracked and found my saddle pad not too far from the driveway where we ended our ride yesterday.  She put it close up to the woods so no one would stop and get it. 

We had a lovely ride through the woods - crossing a few creeks - one with some big logs in it that you had to navigate around.    Biscuit was very well behaved for the most part - once her dog came running out of side trail when we were out in the open on the ride away and my horse bolted for about  4 strides and then I got him under control.  Oh thank God!!!

The forest service was going to do a control burn and we could hear the helicopers over head.

Not sure how far we ride - but it was probably about 8 miles.  My Garmin was adding every mile I have rode so until I get home and look at it on the computer I wont know how long each ride was. 

Barry arrived back about an hour after I did.  He had a good time he said.  They got to see the "bombs" drop that start the fires.

We rested and Billie and Lloyd took us to the store and on the way  a little tour - OMG the burn happened so fast!!!  It was already over...smoudering in places though.

I came back and I had noticed Sarge not putting weight on his back right foot.  I got in his pen and felt his foot which he let me know was sore.  I took him out to walk him to check for lameness and OMG he is lame as he can be.  That foot is swollen.  I hydro'd it and Barry soaked it in a little icy water with Absorbine Linament.  Barry said he wasn't going to ride him again.  Hoping my poor baby is ok.

We watched the fire flies that night.  So very beautiful and peaceful!

May 13 onward to Lotus Hill

Our trip to Brushy Creek didn't happen...I was pretty disappointed.  Lee Ann P had told Barry about Lotus Hill in Louisiana so he decided that we could go from Wednesday through Sunday.

On Monday I ran to Vinton and picked up 3 bales of alfalfa for my boys.  Christy went with me and we had breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Sulphur and I bought Jamie doughnuts at a shop.  He loves doughnuts and he and Edgar take such good care of my horses!

We packed the travel trailer Tuesday night.  Wednesday morning I went to Verizon for phone minutes, stopped at 5 Star Feed for a bale of coastal hay and picked Barry up a 2 water bottle holder for his saddle.

I got to the barn and Biscuit walked off from me after coming into the paddock.  Ugh...I got the feed out and here he came.  I closed the gate and gave them each a few handfuls of feed.  I took the horses one at a time down to the trailer.  I loaded them up and was able to lift the ramp...I nearly got a hernia but it was up and shut.

Barry had already left and was waiting for me in Buna.  Lee Ann B had gave me a map and directions and we went through Kirbyville and over to Newton and up to Burkville.  I had to slam on my breaks in Lumberton.  Ugh...I felt bad for my horses but we were safe.  Got rained on a little going through Lumberton and Silsbee.

I met up with Barry and he had got me a Subway and as soon as I ate it we were on our way.  Barry called and said I was driving too slow.  Oh well...I am hauling my horses and I don't drive fast!

I kept at it steady.  Gassed up in Leesville and it was 29 miles from there.  Lee Ann's directions were great - I turned in with no problems.

Billie came out to meet me and she is just a doll!!!  She showed us where to park the trailer - that took a little back and forth but we got it done.  I unloaded my horses and put them in the two pens.

After getting everything set up we tacked up and with Lloyd and Billie's instructions headed out for a ride.  It was muddy at the back gate and Biscuit is always a little charged up riding through mud plus riding with Sarge.  We rode through the woods - OMG the gnats were un-freaking-believable.  Sarge and Biscuit were shaking their heads until Biscuit had witches knots in his mane.  Got to the right of way and turned left.  OMG what a view!!!!  I will have to get the pictures and post them  Amazing.  Down we went riding the right of way and then up the same amount of trail.  We got to the road and turned left.  OMG the bugs were horrible.  We got back to the Lotus Hill Campground and oh my stars...I was missing my black felt pad!!  Barry thought I was a little crazy and didn't put it on Biscuit but I certainly did.

Hosed off the horses and fed them.  Then we kicked back and relaxed and enjoyed our camper!!!

Biscuit acted like his butt was on fire.  He ALWAYS acts that way when I ride with Barry and Sarge.  We cantered a short way - did lots of jogging.  We went down and then back up a pipe line - omg - that was fun.  Biscit was soaking wet with sweat and the bugs were freaking unbelieveable.  Biscuit kept tossing his head.

We rode about 6 miles...I didn't have the Garmin but we were going at a steady pace of lots of jogging and trotting.  When we got back I took his tack off and noticed I was short a saddle pad!  The black wool-felt on was GONE and I knew I had put it on him.  LOL never lost a sadle pad before. 

I fed my horses and gave them electrolites I had made.  Biscuit drang nearly his entire bucket that holds I believe 10 gallons.    It was a beautiful ride that we both enjoyed.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Washing the Brenderup

I hauled my Trailer home so it could be cleaned.  Jarrod pulled the power washer to the drive way and started on it.  I got out there and removed the tack I brought home to clean. 

Sister was right there helping.  Jarrod sprayed her and she growled and tried to attack the water stream!  She is so funny.

I cleaned the left side and Jarrod did all the rest. It was amazing.  He pulled the mats out and cleaned the inside.  I had to get towels to dry the inside ledge - it was 3" deep in water.

I cleaned the tack area too so it was all clean.  I treated Jarrod to The Olive Garden for cleaning my trailer.

Vet checks

A veterinarian as at the barn to xray Charlie, Lamonte and Azezza.  Pretty nifty looking to see the xrays of the hoofs and legs.  In the end, the people bought Azezza, Lamonte, Adiva and Charlie!!

They want to run endurance with them.  The horses will stay at the barn for training.  So glad for Charlie!!  He is a very sweet horse.  The twins and Azezza will make wonderful horses for this couple.  They will be staying at the barn for now.

Sarge gives the farrier a run for his money

On the 21st Mike and Andrew came out to trim the horses.  Mike notched out Biscuit's hooves a little more aggressively but thinks he got to the top of it.  I hope so.  Biscuit's concavity is doing GREAT.  His hooves are getting better!  I still soak them in Lysol.

Sarge gave Andrew a fit.  Pulling his feet back and just in general being a major toot which is unusual for him.  After Andrew got through, Sarge stretched out but wouldn't urinate so I put him on the grass and he finally pee'd.  Guess he needed to go!  He was pawing and carrying on though.  Mike said he liked Sarge's body weight and said it was a 5 which he likes.  Biscuit was 5.5 which he said many people like that better.

I put the surcingle on Sarge and took him in the big arena and off he took like a rocket.  He cantered for 30 minutes and threw in a few fits.  LOL wow wee...Sarge was full of piss and vinegar!!!

I got a trail riding buddy

On April 15th Barry surprised me with a Blue Heeler 6 week old puppy!  I named her Sprite.  She was welped on March 1.  He got her in Livingston.  OMG she is darling

She is just precious!  Her full name now is Sister Sara Sprite.  LOL  we just call her Sister.  She isn't afraid of anything!  She settled down pretty quickly.

We bought her toys and bowls.  I later took her back to Petco and got her a harness and leash.  I took her out to the barn and she runs to the horses.  One day she is going to be my riding buddy.