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First Camping Trips

Posted by greygelding , 17 October 2017 - - - - - - · 6,017 views

It occurred to me that Mayo was the only horse that had been in a pack it in camping trip. I decided that Aspen would be the first even though she would require the most preparation. I rode her around the arena then brought out some camping equipment to see what she needed work on. We never made it past an empty canteen. I placed a large empty canteen...


Aspen Continued

Posted by greygelding , 16 October 2017 - - - - - - · 5,603 views

Each day I would head for her corral and she would retreat to the far end. I would approach her , wait until she was receptive, give her a treat, and then just walk away. I would sit for awhile in her stall then come out and brush the parts she would allow. I then would return to my chair and she would watch me work on my computer from a distance. Progres...


M P Aspen

Posted by greygelding , 16 October 2017 - - - - - - · 6,206 views

The more emotionally I became invested in Mayo brought Pam to the conclusion that when his time came it would be a tough time for me which would make it a tough time for her as well. While a heathy boy he was no spring chicken. Through a bit of hinting from her I finally came up with the idea of obtaining a replacement while he was still with us. While...


Shar Takes a Trail Ride

Posted by greygelding , 04 October 2017 - - - - - - · 6,622 views

The Saturday after her arrival I couldn't wait to try out the new toy. The previous owner and her trainer had no interest in risking life and limb on that fiery girl so she had never been ridden. I on the other hand, lacking in common sense, couldn't wait to hop on board. She stood still for me to mount and I started with the simple things like go and...


Shar Tahl AE

Posted by greygelding , 02 October 2017 - - - - - - · 7,820 views

Begonia is a sweet mare and a wonderful riding horse but we like a bit more from our horses. We like personal interaction and really appreciate it in out hour of need. There was a huge void in our lives as Tess was our last link to our original herd, and Begonia had no idea what to do. It was a numbness that seemed without end and one evening as I was...



Posted by greygelding , 02 October 2017 - - - - - - · 856 views

Returning home on a Sunday evening, after an event at Varian Arabians, we went straight up to the boarding stable before heading home. I went up to feed Mayo his evening grain while Pam attended to Tess and Begonia. I was finishing as I heard, "MICHAEL, COME HERE QUICK!" I hurried down took a quick look and saw Tess peacefully eating while Pam was stan...


Begonia on the Trail

Posted by greygelding , 02 October 2017 - - - - - - · 817 views

The next weekend I decided to take Begonia on the trail. Pam was working so it would just be Begonia and I heading out to Point Reyes. I hooked up the trailer, loaded the riding gear, and led her down to the trailer. She apparently was happy with her new accommodations and had no desire to get into another trailer for another long trip anywhere. Despi...


Begonia V

Posted by greygelding , 27 September 2017 - - - - - - · 760 views

Sidelined in bed with the broken hip, on disability pay, and bored already with daytime TV, I turned my attention to finding another horse. While not really a problem horse, Tess required full attention on a trail ride and Mayo had spoiled us with easy going rides. I started scouring the Internet for prospects. Pam would leave for work and I worked on...


Broken Hip

Posted by greygelding , 27 September 2017 - - - - - - · 800 views

One sunny Sunday in September 2008 we decided to head out to Point Reyes National Park for a picnic ride. I would ride Tess and Pam would take Mayo. The weather was perfect, lunch was packed in a saddle bag, and the horses were in a great mood for the easy ride to Sky Camp for lunch. We chatted happily on the ride and it seemed that nothing could ruin...


Arena Games and an Oldfashoned Drenching

Posted by greygelding , 27 September 2017 - - - - - - · 811 views

Mayo was a smart one and he quickly picked up on the silly games I made up. It helped that each game involved carrots. The first game he learned I called carrot tag. Standing at one end of the arena he would run up and take a bite of carrot, I would make a motion, like throwing a frisbee, and he would race away, then stop, and after another signal he w...

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