After two more days of straight rain, Rodeo and I were finally able to go for another ride! My mom was in town, so she walked along and took some photos. Flooding has really damaged some of the trails, the main trail for instance has a 2-3ft ditch across the entire thing. Im working up to be able to go and jump it with Rodeo, but until then we'll find some new trails, and go around, no point in risking anything until the ground dries up some more. Although it stopped raining, theres still a lot of water out there. We had a short, but sweet, to the point ride. We trotted, cantered, and of course walked, it was a gorgeous day! Anyways, some photos from todays ride are below :D
Been a lot going on with Rodeo and I since the last time I posted here. We've been riding about every other day, and since Ive been off the past two days, we've ridden the past 4 days straight. Rodeo got shoes on Friday. Five years old and first time hes ever been shod. Sadly, the ground here in Eastern NC is too soft for poor Rodeo's feet. They are flaring out quite bad due to the soft ground, his feet have nothing to grow aganist, and are growing out instead of down. So shoes it is. He did pretty well, I think he would have done better if the flies weren't as bad as they were, but only so much you can do about that. Ive ridden Rodeo twice since his new shoes, and he is doing great! We had a long slow, awesome lope for a good while out on the trails yesterday. We were riding out on the roads, but Ive found no one is wanting to slow down anymore, so out back in the woods it is. I cant lie though, the trails out there are much nicer than having to worry about speeding cars flying up and down the road at us. The trails are quiet, no one is back there, Rodeo is calm and quiet, its just a very relaxing, very soothing, very fun time for us. He seems happy to be going out and being "used" so to speak. I think he enjoys going out and sight seeing, hes so calm, and quite lazy, which honestly, in my opinion makes for a nice trail mount! Hes not in a rush to get anywhere, to get through anything, to get over anything, its just perfect. Hes very smart with his feet, knows where to put them to get around, through and over obstacles we encounter on the trail, hes just a smart, level headed horse!
Yesterday Rodeo and I went for a short stroll up the road, not too far, and nothing hard, literally just walked, which was hard enough as Rodeo did not want to move on the way away from the house, going home, he had more energy, but still pretty pathetic. So today I figured we would go for a longer ride, he was much more enthusiastic going away from the house, which was very nice. We got to a certain point, and I hopped off. I walked him around the loop, the dirt end part, and once we got back to the point where I got off, I hopped back on. He was very good! Cars are sadly not slowing down when they see us at, so we have to keep getting way off the road, and stopping, so that slows us down abit, but at the same time, its good, because it makes him wait, and since hes the only horse in the neighborhood, hes quite a celebrity and we get stopped by kids and theyre parents quite a bit. But Rodeo did very well, we trotted a bit coming back home, and when I was leading him. I did however but him a new feed today. When I was pregnant with Kaleigh, I did literally nothing with Rodeo, so he lost quite a bit of muscle, so I switched him to a senior feed, hoping it would fatten him back up a bit, and it did, but now I believe he would benefit more from being back on his original feed. So we just started the slow transition yesterday, Im excited to see the change from Senior feed to lightly working feed, so we'll see. My farrier also thinks Rodeo would benefit from shoes for a little bit, his feet are growing kind of wonky, and they kind of grow out right now instead of down, so we're going to try the shoes for a few and see if that helps at all. Sadly, Im working split shifts all weekend, but Im hoping to be back in the saddle again Monday :D
Hurricane Joaquin, although it didnt hit us here in Southern NC, it did a good bit of water damage. A lot of flooding going on locally, luckily it was no where near as bad as some other areas that flooded. Rodeo was content out eating grass in the pasture we let grow longest, he could care less about the hurricane. Since the heat has finally started to consistently die down some Rodeo has been started back into light work, literally two days ago. But since then, we have came across a good bit of wet ground, the ground still isnt even close to being dry, a lot of water is still trying to soak into the ground. While taking Rodeo out, we came across a flooded area, and Rodeo wanted to play and just eat the grass that was deep into the water. Rodeo's photo was shared by none other than Cowboy Magic on facebook, please take a look at https://www.facebook.com/cowboymagic
You may look at the shared photo below as well :D