January 30, 2009
January 28, 2009
We got our first snowfall of the season yesterday and it was well received around the homestead! When I got home from work I bundled up the Little Brat and headed for the great white outdoors for some fun in the slush.....we got a good 3+ inches!
LB made quick work of building some snowballs to play with....
Hey, if its going to be this stinkin' cold out, we might as well have some snow to play in! Stay warm out there!
January 20, 2009
January 17, 2009
So, we are right smack-dab in the middle of a mighty cold spell....the kind of cold that makes your face hurt, eyes water, and icicles form on you snotty nose....On this morning, it was actually 0 degrees...ZERO....as in NOTHING...NO HEAT AT ALL....Not even ONE degree of it! As you can imagine, the sights to see on a morning such as this are quite interesting....the landscape is sparkling with frozen dew....and whiskers have grown icy as they collect moisture from each horse's breath....
Treasure would like to voice his disdain with the current weather pattern now....I hear ya buddy! And could not agree more!
January 14, 2009
We picked up Gma Kathy and Uncle Travis at the airport yesterday, and along with them came Randi's puppy, Pinki-Dinki-Doo! She named her that, not me...."Pinki" for short....her inspiration for such a name was her little white (pink) toes in front....She's grown a lot since Thanksgiving, but she is still just as precious as ever!
January 12, 2009
January 11, 2009
You may be wondering what kind of load this breed can handle...how much weight could one horse carry or pull? I wondered the same thing, and although I have not determined yet their pulling capacity, I have found that 2 tall teenagers are a piece of cake for them to carry!
Finally, what in the world do you FEED these massive creatures? The answer is simple...they eat what all the rest of the equine species eat...just about anything they can get in their mouths....what our Tiny REALLY likes though, are apples....she will take them so delicately from our hands....they are a real treat for her, and she savors every bite! She eats an apple this size in about 4 bites....
Let us know if you have any other burning questions about the super cool Clydesdale horse, and we'll do our best to find you an answer!
Leah & Clementine "Tiny"
Here is "Tiny's" pit crew getting her dolled up for family pics....when you put the brush to this girl, she goes right to sleep! She LOVES to have her hair done.....what a priss.
Middle Brat worked hard to get all the caked on mud off...seems she spent the majority of the day pretending she was a pig; wallowing in the mud!
Oldest Brat jumped right in and made sure her tail was tangle free...
I rode Tiny a few times this past week and she is coming along well....she is getting easier to turn, and is more responsive to my hands...she does, however, have a bit of an ornery streak in her.....when asked to do something she is not in the mood for, she simple shakes her head 'no' and stops....great....just what we needed: ANOTHER BRAT IN THE FAMILY! LOL.....We're working on it though....a friend of mine is going to help me get her under saddle a few times a week to see if we can get her a little more compliant.....I am totally cool with a lazy pony, but defiance is NOT our friend....stay tuned!
January 07, 2009
January 01, 2009
The first ride is always a bit nerve wracking for both horse AND rider....even if you've done all the ground work ahead of time, there's no way to know exactly what is going to happen when you put your foot in that stirrup and climb on.....In Fancy's case, you can see above what happened....she smiled and posed for the camera....what a ham!
So, I asked her to move forward at the walk, using the same verbal commands I taught her during our ground-work, and we were off just like that! On a totally random note, notice the heavy jacket? That's because it's high 20's, low 30's today.....nothing like the 'no-jacket' weather we had JUST LAST WEEK where I was sweating in a long sleeved shirt!!!! What is with this crazy weather??? Anyway, back to the subject of little Ms. Fancy-Pants.....here she is walking forward on command like such a good girl....I love this horse, have I mentioned that before? Maybe once or twice? We're gonna grow old together.....
Once we are walking consistently around the arena, I start asking her to bend and turn to the left and right...Now we're cookin' with fire!
Fancy is scheduled to go to finishing school next Sunday, so I will try to get some video shot before she leaves...I sure am gonna miss her! Check back monthly for updates about her 'formal' training!