The hardest part about this time of the year is the shorter daylight hours. Since I have to go home and take care of my animals after work, I run out of time to ride in the park. In the beginning of the month, I would rush out and take a quick ride with Kevin—just barely getting back before it was too dark to ride the guys home…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on October 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Ellen and I are continuing to enjoy the fall riding season. Last Friday, I took Cole out for a quick ride before dark. It was very, very windy and cold. That meant Cole was fast and fun. We avoided getting hit by any falling branches, though we did hear a few ominous cracks.
Saturday, it was rainy all…
Added by Judi Daly on October 20, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
A Historic Ride
On our second September long weekend, Ellen and I took Dante up to the showring trails. That isn’t historic at all, but we did have a few “firsts.”
As is typical on our vacations in the fall, we tend to run into park maintenance. Sometimes they are fixing our trail, sometimes trimming trees and then there is…Continue
You Can Teach an Old Horse a New Trick—or at Least Try To
Ellen has had Ranger about 20 years, and they have done all sorts of things together. She has done a good job training him to be a reliable and fun horse to ride. Somehow, she did forget an important lesson, and I didn’t even realize it.
One really, really important thing that…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on October 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
My New Horse
One of the reasons I got MerryLegs is because I missed my Cruiser. I thought a new horse would help me miss Cruise a little less. Well, that didn’t go as planned, but Ellen recognized the situation and gave me Ranger. Well, I should say that she is sharing Ranger, but as far as I’m concerned—when she isn’t there, he is mine. If I can’t have Cruiser, I can have his best friend. (This doesn’t mean I am…
Added by Judi Daly on October 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Clicker Saves the Day
I approached a bunch of trainers with my problem, and I told them I was looking for a home for MerryLegs with someone who can train him through the bucking problem. Well, the horse gods were smiling at me, and I found one--and a good one, too. They specialize in training family/trail horses. The nice thing is…
Added by Judi Daly on October 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Wasn’t the beginning just like a fairy tale? We met and it seem like “love at first sight,” to me. I don’t know if that is how you felt, too, because you never did say. There were a lot of things you didn’t tell me. If only you were a better communicator; I think we may have worked things out. Yet, you were always one of so few…
MerryLegs Looking for a Home
I have decided that MerryLegs will not work for me. Even if I can find a trainer who can work out the bucking problem, I don’t think I can ever have the confidence to ride him, comfortably. I got hurt too bad—and I still haven’t entirely healed. I’ve had confidence issues in the past, so this isn’t anything new—but this one is too big for me.
I would love to return him to his previous owner--though it…
Added by Judi Daly on October 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I have left everyone hanging. A lot has happened with the MerryLegs saga, and I posted it on my Blogger Blog, but not here. I will get you all up to date.
There was no way I could get back on MerryLegs’—the fear was too much, so I realized I had to get help. There is a very good trainer who works at the stables next to us. I contacted her, explained my situation and she agreed to help.
The big day came. It was 3 weeks after the…Continue