Our barn bought some new jumps the other day, Rodeo loves to jump, so had him pop over a few poles.....
I didnt end up riding Rodeo on our big trail ride last weekend. Both Rodeo and Ace had hair loss from the rain rot, so I decided to go out that morning and see who wanted to go. Rodeo made it pretty clear he didnt feel like going, he was flat out laying on his side sleeping. Needless to say I had a great ride, but truly missed Rodeo.
Usually I am able to go about 12wks between trims for Rodeo, well they must have found some great grass out in the pasture because his feet have grown like crazy! So I ended up trimming his feet today myself, he was great! I rode him bareback back to his pasture, he truly is my once in a lifetime horse!
Update on Rodeo's rainrot. I got is all cleared up!! MTG is a lifesaver! Only thing is his hair is taking forever to grow back! Its started to grow and making some decent progress, just not quite fast enough! Ace on the other hand, has completely cleared up and hair grown all back, cant even tell he had it. Oh well, I was debating on who to ride for our big trail ride this weekend, despite how Rodeo might look, I dont think I can leave him behind and take Ace, which it might not even be a decision I have to worry about due to the fact my husband might have to ride Ace vs BO's gaited horses. Anyways, here is a picture I just got of Rodeo about 45min ago!
I have to be the world's worst blogger! Cannot believe it has been almost a month since Ive last written a post! Sorry to say, nothing to report! I had a fun night ride with a few boarders on Rodeo a few weeks back, besides that nothing to report! Rodeo and Ace broke out with some rain rot so Ive been working nonstop to get that cleared up, fingers crossed it clears up soon, I believe we are headed in the right direction, time will tell! Anyways, here is a photo of Rodeo enjoying the break in the heat and hanging out in some rain the other day....
Went for a ride this past Saturday. Was super muddy on our trails, I ended up walking Rodeo part of it, kind of glad I did as one section was so slick Rodeo actually fell down onto his knees. Once we got to the Rails to Trails, I got on and he was awesome! Its so rewarding having a horse to ride that you have done all the training with! He just has an incredible mind! I couldnt be any happier with him! We went off onto a private trail that was gorgeous! Gradual hills, open pastures, wooded areas, it had it all! It started down pouring on us about half way up the mountain so we hopped off and hung out in a hunting cabin for a few minutes, it stopped so we got back on and continued our ride. A few minutes after it was pouring even more than before and our trail suddenly became a nice stream. It was still as fun as can be! As we got to the top of the mountain the rain stopped, clouds cleared and the sun came out! Gorgeous views! Honestly, reminded me so much of the trails I grew up riding in New Hampshire! Rest of the ride was great, Rodeo was a very good boy, we worked on going down some steep hills. As many of you know, he likes to rush down hills which has led to us falling, and coming close to falling several more times, its a work in progress but obviously the more we do it the better we'll both be at it!
Sadly, Rodeo will be getting a bit of a break for a little while, Ace has been behaving not so great. Disrespectful, awful at crowding, won't get out of personal space, runs through, and of course his bolting issues while riding have made this decision obvious, he needs more work than Rodeo does. Rodeo can sit in the pasture for weeks/months, and he's the same horse with all his down time as he is with consistent work, Ace is not. Partly his behavior is my own fault due to me letting several other people ride him, young people that like to let him run at that. With him being Kaleigh's horse, and him needing to be ready for her in the future, I need to focus on getting him to the level that he needs to be!
Havent worked with Rodeo in a while, decided to work with him in the arena a little bit. It was great! And a ton of fun! We free lunged, and he was incredible! I even got on bareback and bridleless, it was beyond fun! Love this horse! Here are some pics....
Since my last post of taking Rodeo to Camp Echo, my husband, BO, and I went out for a trail ride. My husband rode one of the BO's TWH, so I got to choose between riding Ace and Rodeo, of course I chose Rodeo. We weren't able to leave until around 7:30pm, but the weather was phenomenal! Perfect temperature, no bugs, quiet, peaceful, completely relaxing ride! We ended up riding until about 10pm or so, but it was a full moon, so didnt even seem that late until we got back on our trail in the woods. Really couldnt see a thing with how thick these woods are! Basically just had to follow the horse in front of you, hold on to your saddle, and above all, trust your horse! It was a blast that I look forward to doing again!
Havent ridden since then besides hopping on for a few minutes here and there, its been far too hot to walk outside let alone ride! Rodeo did however come in limping on his right front about 3 days ago, I wasnt able to find anything obvious, but I soaked his foot in some epson salts for a little while the past few days and he seems completely fine today.
If you have a minute, go to the Conformation tab on this site, and take a few minutes to look at how much Rodeo has changed over the years! Mind you his pics are over a 7yr time span so of course the change is going to be obvious, but wow has he grown up!
There is a program here that plans a week of activities and fun for disabled men and women. Rodeo and I, and the BO and his horse CJ were invited to go! There were about 60 campers there that wanted to ride, and only 2 horses, needless to say Rodeo was pretty tired at the end of the day! We got there around 5, let the horses relax a bit after the trailer ride, and then the rides started around 6 or so. We finished the last rider at 8, and one women who is blind loves to ride by herself every year. So she rode CJ, and I rode Rodeo, and she followed my voice and Id just direct here every now and then when she needed it. Truly amazing experience, and I am beyond thrilled and proud of how well Rodeo did!
Rodeo was awesome for our Saturday ride! He led the pack, rode in the middle, and rode in the back! My husband decided he wanted to go, so he rode Ace, and was literally a natural! Even galloped Ace and everything! I was very impressed! We did head back early as I knew my husband was going to be feeling it tomorrow! But Rodeo did super well!
Nothing exciting to report about Rodeo, I rode Ace the other day and Rodeo didnt seem to mind the break. Big ride coming next Saturday, Ill be riding my trusty mount of course. Will be photos to follow, for now here's Rodeo and Ace....