Friday, January 15, 2010

BIG News!

First off! Sorry, but its not horse-related!

But it really IS big news! Something I've been wanting to share with yall for a long time now! But I wanted to wait for the big confirmation, and we got it yesterday!

I'm pregnant!


Yup! No joke! Although when I saw those 2 lines the first time I thought it was a joke! Lol! Anyway, I'm due July 31st. Summer baby! Yesterday we had our first ultrasound and saw the baby bouncing about all over the place! It was SO NEAT.

The husband and I are super excited! We weren't really trying to get pregnant, but we are so happy we are. I'm almost 12 weeks now, so almost into my 2nd trimester. The fun one!

Part of the reason horse activity has been so low lately is yes, its winter, but also because I've either been:
1. Sick/Nauseated
2. Exhausted!
3. Hungry (you might laugh, but that is a serious one, lol)
4. The husband wasn't home, and I feel like I need supervision now when I work with the horses, kinda silly right? I guess my maternal protective instincts are already popping out.

I probably won't be doing much, if any, riding. I just don't want to take the risk. I know a lot of pregnant women ride up till a month or so before, but not me. I trust my girl, but she is still an animal with a mind of her own! I'm sure I will probably not be able to keep off her the whole time, though! Especially when the weather starts getting perfect! But I definitely will be limiting it. And no more jumping for awhile. :sniff sniff: Daisy is getting a bit old/arthritic anyway! ;)

So anyway, sorry for the lack of posts lately, and sorry in advance for the probable continuation of lack of posts! Whew, that was a lovely sentence. But I will do my best!

Just an FYI, if you want to know all the gory details I am documenting my life (which is mainly revolving around my pregnancy/baby now) on my other blog His Goofy Woman, for anyone interested!

Until later!

P.S. Still working on the Tuff Undersaddle project, waiting on a pretty day and TIME!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tuff Gets Worked!

tufffollow First off, Happy New Year everyone! I for one am happy to see 2009 go! And looking forward to a great (and totally different) new year.

So Tuff finally made it into the new round pen! Which isn’t so ‘new’ anymore, lol. But it was to him! I got out of ‘jail’ early yesterday (yes, had to work on new years, yipee) and knew I had about an hour or so of daylight so I rushed into the house put all my warmest clothes on and grabbed my trusty, rusty steed (bike, lol) and got out there. I met the husband on the way out (yes, HE was off, sucker) and we headed out together.

The little bro in law has been training them to come up to the sound of a whistle. So he whipped that out and about 3 or4 minutes later here them came sashaying up the lane. Yeah! That definitely saves time (and effort, lol).

I was a little shocked when I got a good look at Tuff. He is a wooly beast (that didn’t shock me) and he WHITE! He’s lightened even more. He is also a good few inches taller. We may have made 14 hands finally! ;) He is bigger all around, hooves and all. His neck needs to catch up though. Which all the fuzzy hair doesn’t help it look longer either! I noticed I can’t lean over his back on my stomach anymore! I’ll have to bring me something to step on now to put weight on his back. ('I’m 5’7 by the way in case anyone is wanting to compare) I’m glad to see he is keeping his perty head his momma gave him!

tufffollowsideSo I took him straight out to the round pen. He was very alert! It was cold and a little breezy and he was checking it all out! We walked into the round pen and I led him around the perimeter a few rounds both ways to get him acclimated. He was pretty good, but like I said, very aware of everything! No spooks or yee haw moments though.

Once I let him out on the lead rope a bit to lunge he was looking all over and then walking with his nose on the ground on one half of the circle. It was pretty funny. I guess he was smelling all the other horses that had been in there. Everyone but his mama.


lookeySo after he showed me he wasn’t going to be a wild thing I took him to the side where our audience was (both BILs and the husband) and we swapped for the lunge line and got the whip. I rubbed him with that a few times (he’s only seen it once last summer) and off we went! I did a lot of transitions from walk to trot and vice versa since he was so interested in everything but me most of the time. As is demonstrated to the right, lol.

He did good though. Was quite responsive to my cues of walk, trot, woah, etc. I was pleased. He hasn’t been lunged in a good while. He does need some work on pulling though. He was making my arm sore with how hard he was leaning on the line. Ugh! Definitely need to work on that. It has never really been a problem lunging in the open though, strangely.

I called the husband over after a bit and he came in and lunged him as well. He did good! It was funny because Tuff kept looking at him with his ears pricked like “your not the one that usually does this!” lol, it was pretty cute.


By then it was pretty darn dark so we called it quits! I had Lee hold him for me while I picked his hooves up, then we took turns leaning on his back (which I was able to do because he was resting his foot) He wasn’t too sure about Lees weight on him, but we did it a few times until he settled then the husband lead him back to the pasture. After he let him go he started looking around like, hey, where did my peeps go?? They had apparently ditched him! So he looked a bit more then he did this funny half rear thing and bounced around a bit and took off up the lane after them. Silly boy.

Well thats all for now, till later!

Next Post: Tuff Undersaddle!