Pull Up a Horse!

One of my favorite things to do in life is ride horses. When I was in Jr. High and High School, one of the best places my BFF and I could talk without interruption was when we were on the trail. As Winston Churchill said, “there’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.”

So, today, we’re hitting the trail. I’ve gathered a lovely selection of calm and trustworthy saddle horses, and I have Western Saddles for all (the ones in the picture, with the horn), but if it’s all the same to you, I’ll be riding English. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes, please.

Saddle up!

Oh, and for any newcomers… we have rules here. If you’re mean? YOU are on “Pilot Duty”… you know, “pilot here, pilot there”. I have a special shovel and wheelbarrow especially for you.

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12 Responses to Pull Up a Horse!

  1. SKL says:

    So, the weekend was busy, but not exactly as planned. We did go to the Indian festival for a little while on Saturday. Then, I drove out to a mall an hour away, because my brother told me they were going to have tiger cubs there that people could hold / pet. I figured the girls would like that. Of course they wanted a “donation” but I figured, what the heck. I think it’s always good to be able to get up-close and personal with nature, as long as it’s safe. (Not like the young fox who has decided to hang out on our front porch, uninvited.) Anyhoo, we had just enough time to drive there, pet the kitties, and drive back. The plan was to stop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s on the way back, but both were closed, so we did a quick stop at the regular grocery and called it a day.

    Today, we were thinking of going to a 9-11 commemorative concert, but I decided to skip it. I heard it was going to be really crowded, and honestly, I don’t feel like grieving in a crowd like that, if that makes any sense. They did talk about 9-11 in church, sang God Bless America, and did a balloon launch afterward. That was enough for me, other than checking the news periodically with the hope that there haven’t been any terror attacks. It’s not that I “forget” the day, it’s just that I don’t like the way I feel when I think about it. So vulnerable as a person and as a country. Onward and upward, I say.

    So we’re still working to get back on track with the school stuff. This past week was pretty crazy. I think the next week will be more normal. Work is still behind, but I got a few things done this weekend. I’ve been pretty un-disciplined and un-motivated, but hopefully I’m pulling out of it. At least I got some boring maintenance stuff done. Monday will probably be a busy day, as I have to follow up on a bunch of stuff that has been piling up since Friday.

    Oh well, nothing really exciting over here. I hope you all have a great week!

  2. Nikki says:

    I haven’t been on a horse since I was 16! Doesn’t get much better than riding horse back in the mountains of Montana. I wish I would have appreciated it as much as I would have today!

    Our weekend was really good. Friday night we have some friends over and had a bonfire, roasted marshmallows. ๐Ÿ™‚ Saturday was relaxing, then practice at 3. Sunday was the big day, the boys’ 1st games of the season. They lost the 1st game, 6-4. They hung in there, but errors cost them that one. The 2nd game, they were down 7-1 going into the 5th inning. They came back and won 9-7! Huge comeback and we’re all very proud of those boys. They’re competing against all 12 year olds. Our team consists of mostly 10 & 11 yr olds. But because we do have 2-12 year olds, we have to play up. It’s competition for them, and they rose to the occasion!

    It is absolutely gorgeous here today. Nice breeze, 70. But I just saw we’re supposed to get up to 90! LOL Then 70 tomorrow! I am looking forward to Fall. I love a nice cool breeze. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a good Monday, everyone!

  3. Joy says:

    It really is a gorgeous day here. It’s been a wonderful few days of beautiful weather. I did all our bedclothes and hung them on the line all weekend. I LOVE that. That’s really about all we did this weekend. Paul hauled a lot of our “summer” stuff to the barn and we put away a lot of chairs, pots and tools. It’s looking pretty bare on our deck but I’d like to stain it before winter so the more we can get off it the easier it will be. I’m able to sit and enjoy the day today. It’s nice that way when you do so much on the weekend.

    Vicki and I start our 3rd challenge tonight. We really need to kick it into gear this time. I want to lose another 25 pounds but I also don’t want to have to be in these challenges for the next 2 years. It’s fun to go to them and stuff but losing a few ounces a week isn’t going to cut it for me this time. Vicki has set up a really nice “gym” in her basement and we plan to work out at least 3 days a week. She’s got really nice equipment so let’s cross our fingers that we can really do it this time.

    Have you ever set your mind totally against something. Swore to it and then sit and think, I want that when you know you DON’T? Give me strength.

  4. Jenny says:

    Laura I don’t know how you can ride English! Not for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll take a nice comfy barrel saddle on my horse. We used to go trail riding all the time when we were younger.I miss that! Hunter likes to ride a little bit. My mom got rid of my horse after Hunter was born since I wasn’t riding her all that much. Wish I still had her now though.

    Excited for Nikki’s scentsy party on Saturday!!! Friday, Hunter has early childhood screening at the Kimball school. Hopefully that goes well. I guess we’ll find out what we need to work on though.

    Supposed to cool down this week…yeah, fall is coming ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Laura says:

      I’m not quite sure what it is about English… It started, I believe, when I realized just how much I wanted to learn to jump (I never got above about a 1′ hurdle). But I started in flat Hunter-Jumper classes, and just felt so at home in the saddle. I just feel like I”m more in contact with the horse, I guess.

      Currently, in real life, I’m riding Western. I have a horse (full sized!!) living here, with the minis. She’s a buckskin, with a pretty blaze, and she’s named herself Duchess. When my neighbor brought her over, he also gave me a Western Saddle that they had in their barn. So I”m using that and an English bridle!! For a while I was riding her bareback, and believe me, it was no fun for either of us. She didn’t want to be ridden, and I just am not comfy bareback yet. We won’t mention the fact that she’s a bit sway-backed, so she has a seriously bony whither… So we use the saddle, and we get along just fine.

  5. mssc54 says:

    Well after about three weeks I am back to work… almost full time. My burn wound is healing very nicely. Now that there is no open wound the burn doctors told me to massage the scared area with sunscreen with an SPF higher than 35 or Lubriderm lotion.

    I did the yard and pressure washed (literally) the kitchen floor today. I’m kinda worn out.

    Busy with the kids school stuff and life in general.

    All in all life is pretty good! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Laura says:

    Fshew!! What a weekend!!! But I’m back now, I think. Still busy tho, for at least another day.

    Let’s see… the Birthday Party went gangbusters!! 20 ankle-biters, all around age 7-8, gathered in my front pasture for some archery and slingshot shooting. And boy, did they have fun!! My brother is the Rangemaster for his Cub Scout area, and he brought a bunch of equipment (he owns it, and loans it out to them) for the kids to use, and set up a full range. They even made goofy targets for the kids to shoot at – drawings of pirate skulls, a school bus, regular round targets, that kind of stuff. The kids did really well, and were pretty accurate shots, at 25′.

    They also used slingshots – again at hand-drawn targets – using Horse Treats as ammo. That way, we didn’t have to go through the pasture cleaning up after ourselves. We just let the treats lie, and when we let the horses back in, boy, oh BOY, were they happy!!

    All in all, Josh had a wicked good time, and I think all the other kids, too. Not sure how we’re gonna top this one…

    Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon (Sunday), I get a phone call from the “Popcorn Kernel” from our Pack. She told me that she was quitting as chairman of the fundraiser. Our kickoff is Tuesday night. For those of you unfamiliar, Popcorn is to Boy Scouts what Cookies are to Girl Scouts (ps… if anyone wants some seriously good popcorn, I can hook you up). So we kickoff our sale TOMORROW night, and she calls me yesterday and dumps the entire thing in my lap. And now we’re supposed to find a new Kernel. Guess who gets to do it??? Yep. Me. Honestly, I’m frustrated and disappointed, but I’m not complaining. I know that I will do a good job, and I’ve got the experience to do it, so I’m not worried. But it’s very discouraging to see that one by one, our parents are just dropping the balls and allowing a smaller and smaller group of people try and keep the entire thing running. I’m already Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Den Leader for Josh’s Den, Advancement Chair for the Pack, and I’m a “consultant” to our Tiger Cub Den Leader who is doing an awesome job, but is also brand-new, and needs/wants the extra support. I do it for the kids, happily, but it’s still exhausting.

    We won’t even discuss the inability/unwillingness of people to check email when they give you an email address……

    So it’ll be another busy week. But I’ll try and check in more during this one.

    • Laura says:

      Ok, so I am complaining. But not about doing the fundraiser. About the rest.

      • Just a Mom says:

        Laura I feel your pain! My daughter started Girl Scouts last year. She is 12 and we started late, but she is loving it! I said I would “help out as needed” and I made the mistake of getting a background check and taking the first level of training. Within a month the troop mothers asked me to be the troop treasurer. No biggie, I do accounting for a living. Then our leader informed us that she was moving. The Co-leader said she would take over only if she had other help. Well myself and another newbie mom are now Co-leaders! Yesterday I had to go to a Service Unit meeting and I somehow volunteered myself to help, of who am I kidding, I am doing it all by myself, a scout recruitment at the local elementary school on Tuesday.
        But, like you I am not complaining! LOL

        • SKL says:

          I do NOT miss my former life as an active board officer on various organizations. It was great during a season of my life, but with kids and a job, it’s too much. I really think people should do more volunteering when they are childless, not after they have kids. I think volunteer organizations should change their recruiting approach in order to lighten the loads of busy parents.

          • Laura says:

            Agreed, and I think parents/organizations should lighten up about stuff like that. Back in the late ’90’s, Steve and I both volunteered with a local troop. We were both Assistant Scoutmasters, so we were ‘in charge’ of a patrol – a small group of boys. I can’t tell you how many times we got the hairy eyeball from other leaders/parents. “Why are YOU here? YOU don’t have kids.” Like we couldn’t possibly (1) know what we were doing, and (2) couldn’t possibly have pure motives – that we wanted the kids and the unit to succeed. We HAD to have another reason.

            I get that there are “bad people” out there – but Chester the Molester is not lurking around every corner. But that is a big reason why BSA and GSA will rarely accept leaders outside of the parents. GSA won’t even allow male leaders to be in the room with the girls without a female leader present!! So, by their policy, they have stated in writing that they do not trust men. And then they lament the fact that none will step up and help!! They shoot themselves in the foot with their policies.

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