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Post by Sue Short on Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:11 pm


The only thing good about chores in that kind of weather is that they kind of help keep you warm.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:25 pm

That they do. There are some things that should not freeze to the ground though. Neutral Today looks the same as yesterday, but tomorrow (after the snow/rain) it's supposed to get warmer. Ready!
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:47 pm


I know exactly what you mean.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:32 pm

I actually rode today. The wind calmed down and the sun in the arena was nice and warm. We only walked since Envoy's stifles felt sticky, but it was a ride and it counts.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:06 pm


You're right and I'm happy you caught a break in the weather.
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:51 pm

And we're back to just barn chores today. It was 33 rainy degrees and neither one of us felt like doing much. I had to strip the liner from under Envoy's sheet since it's going to be 60 degrees tomorrow. He fell asleep in the cross ties. I figured that was a hint. Tomorrow is supposed to be warm (rainy?), so I think that's a better riding day.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:42 pm

Envoy actually fell asleep standing there? He must've been either really tired or really bored. scratch
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:37 pm

He was tired from the horrible weather. The switch from cold to warm gets to horses. Fortunately, he was just tired and not colicky.
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:49 am


That's a relief. Horses have a tendency to colic in this type of weather.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:33 pm

Thank heavens for that! I know the feeling, the change in the weather every day here has us all feeling extra tired, even Bij!
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:37 pm

This hasn't been as cold a winter as last year, but it's been just too weird. Everyone is kind of ragged out by the wet -- especially the horses. I think they're sick of mud. I know I am!
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:45 pm


With the exception of December it's been very mild and dry here.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:49 pm

Today was beautiful, but chilly. Envoy and I enjoyed our ride. He was happy to have his winter blanket for tonight's brr temperatures. This weekend is supposed to be in the 60s. We will definitely be out enjoying the weather. I might also hop on Cree bareback. (I don't feel like toting the saddle back and forth.)
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:09 am

It was a beautiful day for a ride. Envoy's stifles felt pretty good, so we worked a bit harder. He actually seemed to be enjoying himself when we started doing "snowman" exercises. We trot a big circle (counting strides for each quadrant) and then change directions and trot a small circle (counting strides for each half). We have work to do on our geometry and steadiness. But, I was just happy that he could relax and swing through the changes of direction and not lock up in his "knees."
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:29 pm

Not such a beautiful day, but we rode anyway. I'm experimenting with things like sticking my arms out and seeing what Envoy does when I twist my upper body. If I do things right, he stays in a straight line. I also swing my arms around to loosen my shoulders, which I tend to keep way too tight. It's something fun to do on a chilly, damp day when both of us are stiff.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:52 pm

Wow! The weather... Yesterday, we had tornadoes like a midwest state. Today, it was so windy that my car blew all over the road. Needless to say, there was no riding and only minimal chores done. Tomorrow is supposed to be an improvement. PLEASE!
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:47 pm

And now spring is trying to come in. Envoy enjoys the warm weather, and his stifles feel better for it. Somehow, he tore the hair off the inside of one of his back legs, but that doesn't seem to bother him. There was no blood, just hair gone. It's in a weird place and I have no clue how it happened. I'm just glad he didn't hurt himself.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:38 pm

It was chilly and cloudy today, but Envoy and I did a short ride. He even cantered a little bit. He was tense like he expected something to hurt, but cantered quietly. I hope if I can continue to do short canters where nothing hurts him, he will relax a little, which will help the whole problem. Good pony!
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:53 pm


He is a good pony. Carrots with the tops are on me.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:28 pm

Envoy the Brave!

My friend has her truck backed into the empty area of the riding arena to keep a hay roll in the bed dry. As insurance, she was putting a tarp over the hay roll. She asked me if I wanted to get off in case Envoy got scared. I decided I'd see what would happen. He just stood and watched as the tarp went up and over the roll. He didn't even twitch a muscle. I had to get off and stuff him full of treats for being such a brave boy.
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:30 pm


What a good boy. No skip good boy what an excellent boy.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:52 am

Trying to beat the weather and haul some hay out to boarding school. At least it's only a truck bed of hay and not trailer loads of it.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:27 pm


Still back breaking.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:58 pm

Well... It didn't work out. I pulled the truck into the barn to load the hay, and heard raindrops on the roof. It wasn't a steady rain, but I figured if I loaded bales, we'd have a downpour. I'll do the hay later in the week when the weather is supposed to be nice. I need to remember to drive the truck after the rain stops so the bed dries out.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:25 pm


I don't know whether that's good or bad.
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