Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Can you GUESS who was a perfect little lady today? Eh, hem...

Yup.  Scout.  Perfect!~ Absolutely perfect.  She waited quietly by the gate, she walked quietly...didn't tug at all.  However, the dog next door spooked her when I turned to close the gate and she took off with the lead rope dangling (again).  However, I was able to get her to stop and allow me to come up to her and take it off.  That was a big step (trust)...

After about 30 minutes in the arena, I led her up to the tying rack and she stood quietly.  I brushed her all over, cleaned her feet, combed her mane (she had a HUGE tangle!), and overall, just loved on her.  And, she responded!   :-)  She actually followed me around the arena for the 1st time EVER!  I think we are bonding!

I let Gigondas out in the large corral next to the 30 year old horse so he wouldn't have a heart attack, but then I took her down and brushed her.  She was very quiet.  She even let me brush her face!

Finally, I took Lucille up to the round pen.  She immediately rolled and rolled and rolled.  I let her stay there for about 30 minutes, too.  I'll get to the two geldings next weekend.    It was quite warm and I didn't get up there until about 10:30 (new time).


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm glad you are bonding with Scout and had a chance to spend time with three of the horses. As for paring down for your retirement budget, I often think about that. It seems as I get older, I'm sick or injured or in pain pretty much every other week, and the horses aren't making any progress in earning their keep just standing around. I spend so much time just trying to keep up with the manure clean up and searching for quality hay that riding becomes an afterthought.

Cheryl Ann said...

I think I'll just try to do 3 of them each weekend. It's just too much to do all 5 and then none of them get any quality time. Gigondas is easy...I just put her in the large corral next to the old guy! The arena and round pen are available for 2 more. I'll just have to alternate weekends for 2 of the horses.
I would retire TOMORROW if I could, but then I'd have to pay for healthcare (I'm not 65 yet...darn!) and I wouldn't be able to pay my taxes, bills, and healthcare.
Cheryl Ann