Sunday, March 12, 2017

Chrome & Rocky Playing

Sorry I've been absent.  Life is just crazy right now.  I'm so happy it's daylight savings time because now maybe I'll be able to get stuff done during daylight after work.  If it ever stops raining....

For now here is a video of Chrome and Rocky playing last weekend.


This makes me so happy because Rocky can be a bully and I didn't think they really ever played.  I'm glad to see they do.

For those of you who can't watch videos here is a picture of my handsome, but filthy, Chrome.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Chrome Ride 150 - 100 Ride Challenge Ride 1


I finally got on my horse!!  This is only the second time I've been on him since last July.  The first time was a couple of months ago and was only for about a minute.  Today I rode twenty minutes.  There isn't much to say because all we did was walk around, with a couple of short trots and some work on backing up with his head down.  He felt good.  Not lame at all, although his stifles are a bit stiff.  The lack of riding hasn't helped his loose stifles.  He was a bit looky, but didn't spook.  There aren't a lot of horses that you can hop on bareback in a halter after seven months of no riding, so I was proud of him even though we didn't do much.  I'm so happy to be back to riding!

It was late so the pictures aren't great.  I had a really bad headache and a crick in my neck, but it actually wasn't raining so I decided I better just jump on.  If I keep waiting for the perfect riding weather I won't ride all winter...  oh and don't judge me on how filthy he is!!  I didn't have time to groom him before I rode or it would have been full dark by the time I got on!

 Sniffing the cat.

Sorry for the short post.  Hopefully I'll have more interesting stuff to post about soon.  Just waiting on that longer daylight.... I hope you guys are all having fun and doing well.  I'll try to get caught up on blogs.  I'm so behind it seems impossible, but I'll keep trying.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chrome's Dapples


We were putting out hay and the sun was actually shining so I got some pictures of Chrome to show you his dapples.  They aren't super impressive, but they are there.  :D

Ignore the dirt.  He is so filthy!  It was raining yesterday.

Below are some that I edited the white contract and darkened them so you can see them better.  I wish he looked like that in person hehe.


Dapples!!!!  He's so cute!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Contribution From Freelance Writer

I'm sorry I haven't been posting.  Things are still crazy.  I can't wait until it starts staying lighter later.  It's always dark when I get home so I don't even bother trying to get pictures during our walks and ground exercises.  I unfortunately haven't been able to ride because the pinched nerve in my neck flared up.... hopefully someday I'll get to.  I wish it would stop raining on the weekends so I could ride then....

Anyway I was approached by a freelance writer that wanted to share a post and since it's a subject I'm interested in I agreed to it.  Check it out below.

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The New Equine Therapy Helping Cancer Patients

For those suffering with cancer, it can seem as if there is little hope sometimes. However, there have been groundbreaking developments in an alternative type of therapy for cancer patients and survivors. It has been found that horses can help give hope and comfort to patients with cancer, by offering emotional and physical support to those who need it the most.

How Horses Help: A study into equine-assisted therapy took place with women who’d completed their breast cancer treatment. The participants spent 16 weeks with the horses, in which the participants had 2 hours of contact with the animal each week. It was reported that they had experienced both a physical and psychological improvement due to the horses. As a result of this, the participants increased their strength after treatment, as well as their fitness levels.  

To read more about the benefits of equine therapy, take a look at how Horses Help Cancer Patients.

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I hope you'll check out the article because there are links to places that offer equine therapy and if they are in your area you might look into volunteering.  I volunteered at a therapeutic riding center for disabled children and it was an experience I will never forget.  It's definitely a worthwhile cause if you're looking into volunteering.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Goals


I'm going to leave my 2017 goals kind of loose because something always happens that screws with my plans... like his injury for the entire second half of 2016.  I think I might try the 100 ride challenge again, but my main focus is going to be on getting us both back in shape and keeping us healthy.  I have gained so much weight from sitting at a desk job and doing nothing active because I was too depressed with my horse being injured to get motivated.  So here are my lofty goals...

1. Complete the 100 ride challenge
2. Lose weight for both of us (he looks pregnant still)
3. Get us both back in shape

I was also reading one of my favorite blogs A Horse Crazy American in Germany and she's working with her green Arabian Mag.  She said in one of her posts "ride a green horse like he's trained and he will start acting like it" (paraphrasing because I have a headache and can barely think straight).  I've heard this saying before, but I completely forgot about it!  It really does work.  I've seen it with my own two eyes lol.  So I'm going to start pretending like Chrome is a grown up, fully trained horse and pretending like I actually know how to ride to see if we both improve.  ;)

4.  Pretend like we both know what we're doing until we actually do.

I've also been daydreaming since I found out I can ride again and one of the things I've been really excited about.... is cantering!  I have no idea why I'm excited about it now instead of terrified, but I'll take advantage of it.

5. Do lot's of cantering.

I also feel like part of my problem is I lack direction or a goal... I do a lot of meandering around just to log saddle hours where we don't do anything productive.  So I'm going to try to have goals... obviously I know horses being horses that I might have to change my plan or drop it altogether, but at least having a plan in mind should help keep us from wandering around aimlessly.  I have two things I can focus on when we are riding around the house... me and Chrome.  So I want to work on...

6.  My equitation
7.  Teaching Chrome valuable skills like half halts, turning on the forehand/haunches, neck reining, etc.  Stuff I should have taught him a long time ago.

For improving our fitness and teaching him skills in our less than perfect riding area I want to also work on...

8. Transitions, transition, transitions!

I might even set up the round pen (get over my fear of circles with his stifles... he has to strengthen them someday...) or revisit the idea of an arena.

As usual my thoughts are all over the place, but this is just the stuff that has been swimming around in my brain.  It's all just loose ideas, not concrete plans.  I'm not sure I'm even one hundred percent committed to the 100 ride challenge or not, but I'm hoping it will be motivation to get in the saddle when I'm exhausted from a bad day at work (they are frequent unfortunately.. we're understaffed and I work with several idiots).

So for motivation I'm going to stare at old pictures of Chrome and I riding and having fun.

This is where cantering was finally getting fun.

 This ride was SO FUN!!!! Riding in the snow is awesome.

 Decorated for Christmas.  So fun!

 Cantering in a big open field for the first (or maybe it was the second) time.  So freeing!

 Boy can trot!!!

 Just chilling.

 This might have been the first canter in the field.

 We were finally getting confident on the road... riding past other horses on the BUCKLE!

 Heavy equipment is not scary at all.  He was staring at horses, not the bulldozer.

 The two point challenge (and pretending to be a jockey) was fun. 

 Riding tackless is terrifying and exciting!

 Actual summer riding?? What? 

 He's so cute!

Sometimes so relaxed...

 Other times so tense lol.  

I had a hard time trusting him when we first started riding on the road at the new house.

 And some really old pictures showing where we started!

 His tenth ride (first in saddle).

 His third ride I think.

 Our first white Christmas ride years ago. 

 I miss having the lease land to ride on.

 Goofing off pushing his ears forward because he was being grouchy.

Haha, I'm so lazy, napping on the job.  ;)

These pictures definitely do make me want to ride again, so I guess it's working.  Let's hope this year is much better than last.  :D

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!! Plus good news!

 Not his most flattering angle....  but I'm glad hubby got it for me lol.

Happy New Year!!!!  I got the best news ever yesterday (or the day before, I don't even remember)!  Chrome is healing up great from his tendon injury and I can start riding him again!  Obviously it will be walk only for a while, but it's progress (and so much better than hand walking...).  So I'm starting the new year off much, much better than last year did.  I was going to ride today, but ended up having to go into town to help a friend... and it's going to be pouring rain all day tomorrow... but hey at least I can ride whenever the weather cooperates! :D

Chrome was jealous because Jasper got to be in the yard to eat his feed.

I hope you all have an awesome, happy and healthy New Year!!!!!!!!  I'll decide if I want to do a goals post later, but I doubt I'll do a recap one since things were so quiet with the injury.  I have my fingers crossed that this year will be full of fun instead of fear... I ate my lucky black eyed peas so maybe that will help hehe. ;)