All I can say is heat wave today. No wind and 18 degrees and I was amazed at how “warm” it felt. I have been reading about people saying they felt like it was warm out and I secretly thought they were just saying that but when I was walking to the barn this morning my first thought was “Damn the Facebook people were not kidding . It does feel warm”. Today was a series of small things on our schedule that made the day feel like we did not get anything done. First, we checked the temps on the outside horses. I can report all were normal. Next we had to prepare SBR Co Star for his ride home. He got electro-lites and ulcer guard. We want him to drink and we want to avoid the risk of ulcers. It took us 30 minutes to find a blanket in the rescue inventory (not turn out) to fit him as he would be the only one in the trailer until Ohio. After that we groomed him up so he would look pretty getting on the trailer. I think Pat took pictures of that event.
Just when I thought we were ready to go back to the daily work a guest trainer came in to look at our western horses. That visit was planned and I had a good time catching up with Anne. During that time I put a halt to working Treasures so the ring would be quiet.
We did manage to get Spiffy worked. This horse always makes me glad. I listened to Greg and give Spiffy a time to learn what every horse at his age should have known. Spiffy was his usual loving self and worked like he had been ridden everyday this week (which he had not). I will be making a video of Spiffy turned loose in the arena for the sport horse people to watch as they say that is very important for them to pick out a horse. I, on the other hand, worry about how a horse thinks and how he learns. Even a great moving horse with a rotten attitude can make a trainers life really hard. This gelding loves his work, loves people and loves his life. Considering his condition when he came to the rescue, life for him now is a piece of cake.
In two more days SBR Noel will be on her way home (Forever Home) but for now she is in a stall and gets worked every day. Noel is a kind happy mare that just likes to do her job. So far she has been very consistent to work. I wish I could tell this mare how lucky she is and that the cold weather will be a rare occurrence in a few days. I wish I could live in the south in the winter.
SBR Sudzy is in a stall so she was on our “to do” list today. Every time I watch this mare work indoors I am always pleased at how well she stays to the rail and acts like she has worked in the ring every day of her life. I know she has not! Sudzy seems to be telling me she wants a great home and is willing to work hard to get a new home. I will say at this point she does not set her head the greatest but in time I am sure she will be a cutie. This mare is a point and go kind of horse. I so wish her ears had not been shaved down to the skin. Pat is looking into getting some sort of ear mask made that is water proof, and warm so she can be turned out and play.
The Treasures continue to amaze me, creep into my thoughts and my heart. Most of the rescues we work with have given so much during their lives on the road and after a brush with the risk of slaughter they have more to give and work so hard to learn or remember the ring work that most of them need to do to get a new forever home. I think about how people might react to drastic changes in their lives and I wonder if people would be as willing to work and change as these horses do. It speaks volumes about the characteristics of this breed. I am so lucky to have horses in my life! I am also blessed by these horses for teaching me new things every day. Some things I learn are huge (how much and how long horses remember things) and some are small (how most horses smell the treats before they taste them). I feel as long as I can help these horses, they will be helping me become not only a better trainer but a better person.