Sunday, October 19, 2008

"sighing with pleasure..."

There was a barrel race at the TRAC facility today, day 2 of a big weekend. I thought it would be good for Squirrel to get started seeing the sights, hearing the sounds, and being exposed to the chaos of a barrel race.

Since the TRAC is only a mile from the house, it's really nothing for me to load up and haul in and ride around.

Squirrel loaded, finally, after I figured out that she's used to being led in, rather than being "self-loaded" like my Appy. She stood quietly while I brushed and saddled.

She walked quietly through the horse trailers, and past the stock pens.

She walked quietly into the outdoor warm-up pen.

She walked quietly around the warm-up area and was content to stop and watch all the other horses circling about.

She walked quietly in the holding pen inside the arena. There was one little balk when the horse on pattern was running home and straight at her. Then she continued on in.

For her second ride in five years, she behaved like a pro!


She needs to have her feet trimmed, shoeing won't be necessary.

She needs to have her teeth done.

She needs to be wormed.

She needs to gain weight.

She needs muscle tone.

If that's the worst of it, I'm thinking I'm a lucky girl and this is a NICE mare!


moosefied said...

This is late and backwarad, but congratu-many-lations on getting this mare. I hope you have many years of fun with her!

Karen V said...

THANK YOU!!! I'm so tickled with her! She's a little hard to catch and walks off when I mount, but if that's the worst that I get, I'll take it!