Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Ride on Willow

Today I rode Willow...sort of. I wanted to see how she was to tack up. I had to hunt up a snaffle, put together a headstall and add reins. I haven't rode in a few years. I dug out my hunt seat saddle and dusted it off. I don't ride hunt seat but I am lazy and they are light and easy to put on.

It was very easy to saddle and bridle Willow. She just stood there for the saddle and put her head down for the bridle. I walked her around and decided to get on her. So I led her to the picnic table
and hopped on!

We just wondered around the yard for a few minutes then I got off. She neck reins so next time I will pull out the western saddle and curb bit and see what she knows. It was a lot of fun.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Willow at One Month

It has been one month since I brought Willow home. She is a wonderful mare. She is gaining weight and has a wonderful personality.

Sometimes she is kind of touchy about her head but if you just take it slow she will let you wash, clip, etc. without a fight.

Pixie and her like to make ugly faces at each other. For the most part they get along fine. Willow is kind of bossy and likes to move Pixie around. That's good for Pixie, she is too fat.

Willow doesn't go anywhere slow. Gallops out to the pasture, trots to get fed, runs to get out of the heat. She is one speedy mare. hehe


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Willow's First Trim

Willow had her hooves trimmed today. She was very good. Willow is an ears forward, take everything in stride kind of girl. Even at 28 she is very flexible and shows no sign of stiffness.
In the pasture she runs and bucks like she is half her age. Decorum(blogger id), my barefoot trimmer, says she has good feet but it will take a few trims to get them in shape. I should mention that she has been my trimmer for over 12 years and I just love her. If she ever retires I will have to rehome my horses, lol. Here are some before and after pictures.