Summer Pasture

We walked the horses over to Molly’s place for their summer pasture on Saturday night. I miss them already. <3 I get to sleep in a half hour later when I go to work early, but it’s sad not to see those welcoming faces with their ears pricked forward, kind eyes excitedly watching me while I prepare their feed every morning.

Now they have lots of grass. I try to visit them every day, and I’m hoping to ride Destiny again soon. I want her to get used to being away from Molly. Des never used to be particularly herd-bound, but since she met Molly, she doesn’t like to be away from her. When I ride her out of Molly’s sight, they both start calling to each other, Molly goes racing through the pasture, and Destiny wants to run too. She settles down after a while, but the procedure almost always repeats the next day I ride her. I want to get her focused  on me and used to being by herself so I can ride her on some trails near my house later in the summer when they come back home.

The farrier came yesterday to trim their hooves. I’m glad both of them are so good with their feet. They’re so easy to work with. xD We have to get the vet out soon too for their annual vaccinations. :)

Power’s Out

My power went out yesterday, for no obvious reason. I had just filled the sink to wash my cat’s dishes and put some chicken strips in the oven when it went out. I had to wash and carefully rinse the dishes, and then my dad helped me cook my chicken strips on the barbecue. I watched the horses over the rail of the deck while I waited.

I then spent the afternoon playing games on my laptop (thank goodness I got a new one, the batteries actually hold a charge!) and eating the candy I bought at Bulk Barn last week, until my dad lent me some of his data on my phone. Then he, my mom, Mal, and I all sat in the living room snapchatting each other random funny stuff until the power finally came back on. That’s what happens at my house when the power goes out. xD

I also got a new sweater yesterday, so I wore that to the barn today. The horses are doing really well. They wait patiently by the fence every morning now for me to let them out on the grass. Destiny’s pretty much done shedding, but Molly’s still a bit fluffy. I’ve been brushing her every day, but no matter how much I do there’s always still hair! They both look really good though. :)

Have you guys seen the “dedotated wam” video? (If you’ve seen it, you probably know what I’m talking about.) My brother and I have been laughing at that phrase for days. It actually sounds so much like something we would say just for fun! I tried to find a good copy of the video to link to on YouTube, but I couldn’t find one. It’s funny because the first time he showed me the video, it took me a second, but I understood what the guy meant the first time he said it. I don’t know if that means I’m crazy or just good at figuring out what people are trying to say. Or maybe I’ve just spent too much time talking to Mal about computer stuff. I don’t know. xD

Easter Weekend

I had a great weekend, and I hope you did too! Mine was filled with fun times, chocolate, and sunshine… well, more or less sunshine. Lol!

On Friday, I went for a walk and ended up at the beach. While Jacob and I sat there, reminiscing about past fun times, a truck arrived. It was a family with three kids. They brought pizza to eat while they were waiting for the tide to come in so they could fish. I don’t know why, but it reminded me of the fun afternoons I’ve always had with my family. It looked like the kind of thing we would have done when Mal and I were that age. :) It made me smile to think of all the things we used to do when we were younger. We were always walking, biking, and exploring new places. Some things never change!

Friday night, my mom, dad, aunt “Titi”, uncle Brandon, Jacob, Mal, and I went for a walk on the beach. Naturally, I somehow became up to my ankles in mud trying to follow Mal and Jacob up a cliff and had to backtrack to go around the mud. That’s just the way the story goes when I’m there! The sunset was lovely and yes, of course I took some pictures of it. xD

When I came home from work on Saturday, we ate pizza and garlic bread at my nan’s house. Then we got Mal’s dirtbike running (after putting the battery back in it and replacing a fuse), drove the bikes to the beach and had a fire. It was cold though, so we didn’t stay there too long. The drive wasn’t bad (well, I mean, I was wearing two pairs of mittens, two sweaters, and a winter coat, so how could I possibly be cold?), just sitting on the beach was because the wind was constantly at us. It was still fun though!

On Sunday, we mostly spent the day watching various movies, and I made my semi-famous fudge. :p It tastes like summer.

We took advantage of the after-Easter chocolate sales on Monday, and I bought more chocolate than I should have. Then I got some more on Tuesday (I should not be allowed to work at a grocery store), and, well, here’s the result of that:

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I love Easter. :3

How was your Easter weekend? Did you do anything fun? :)

Facts About Destiny

I thought I’d share a few random facts about Destiny. I’ve spent more than 6 years getting to know this girl, and she’s something special, that’s for sure. :)

  1. She’s a purebred Arabian, with mostly Egyptian, Crabbet, and Polish influences. Her lines go back to Arabs such as Red Tape, Ansata Ibn Halima, and Nazeer.
  2. Her sire is black and her dam is chestnut. Because Destiny is bay, I was able to figure out her genetics. Basically, she’s heterozygous for black, bay, and chestnut bases; or in other words, depending on a stallion’s genetics, she could produce pretty much any colour of foal.
  3. She is allergic to oats, soy, and wheat (and borderline allergic to carrots). So, she is allergic to most horse feeds. She won’t eat beet pulp, so now she’s just on a supplement for vitamins. It’s a good thing she’s an easy keeper and keeps her weight during the winter!
  4. She loves apples, sugar cubes, molasses, and candy. But she won’t touch bananas.
  5. She has a single black ermine spot on her right hind leg, on the inside, right above the hoof.
  6. She’s been barefoot since I got her about 6 and a half years ago and has never gone lame.
  7. She has 2 whorls (swirls) on her forehead.
  8. She is very respectful and easy to work around. She’s great with the farrier and vet, takes wormer easily, picks up her feet, trailers well, etc. She’s very sensitive so it’s easy to move her. Most of the time, I just have to think about what I want her to do and she’ll do it.
  9. She likes to chew on things. I can’t leave any wood edges in the barn or she’ll have them gnawed down to nothing. She also has a tendency to gently nibble on my coat sleeve or my hat if I’m wearing one…
  10. She’s 12 years old, but her teeth suggest she’s older. I have her papers to prove her age though and my friend (who owned her before me) knew her since she was a yearling.
  11. She goes bridleless.
  12. She listens just as well to a snaffle bit as to a rope halter as to a regular halter.
  13. She doesn’t neckrein. But I can lead her from the ground by her mane or by using a rope around a neck, or I can put my hands over her head and use them as a halter.
  14. She was born in 2005, the same year I started taking riding lessons.
  15. She was neglected for the first year or so of her life; then my friend’s sister started working with her and eventually bought her.
  16. She is about 15 hands high.
  17. She has never been bred, but I have considered breeding her in the past.
  18. She trips over things I ask her to step over, yet she’s actually quite sure-footed and can hop around on 3 legs while I try to teach her to lie down on command. -__-
  19. She’s built just slightly uphill.
  20. Her sire is a reining horse.
  21. She can be spirited when she hasn’t been worked in a while, but usually she’s rather quiet and even acts a bit lazy. But she’s fairly flightly and definitely not a beginner’s horse.
  22. Her neigh sounds quite masculine.
  23. She gets lonely when she’s not with other horses, but she usually prefers to be a bit apart from the herd when she’s turned out with more than one other horse. Two horses she’s gotten along particularly well with over the years were Monte (bay Anglo-Arabian colt) and Daisy (dark bay Hanoverian filly). She likes Molly too.
  24. Some people have asked me if she was a Quarter Horse, because she has a bit of a stockier build than your typical Arabian. I think it’s the Polish influence; it makes her legs thicker, her hooves larger, etc.
  25. If I lose my balance when I’m riding her and fall forward onto her neck, she slows down and waits for me to catch my balance.
  26. She has a smooth, floating trot.
  27. She has a great “whoa.”
  28. She gets quite fluffy during the winter. <3 I try not to blanket her unless she’s cold.
  29. She’s turned out 24/7 except during bad storms. She and Molly do better outside because there’s less dust. They have access to shelter at all times though.
  30. Her nicknames are Des, Desi, Desirei, Pony, and sometimes DezziWezzie. :3

Sunday Adventures

Yesterday started out feeding the horses in the morning. The barn was peaceful and quiet, and it was quite a warm, sunny day.

After that, Mal, Jacob, and I went for a little drive, set up some cans, and shot at them with our air pistols. Then we went for a short hike up some hills and got a nice view of the area.

There was no water in the barn (it’s back now!), so we carted all the buckets to the house in a trailer behind the four wheeler. Then we all went four wheeling and had a fire.

So that was my Sunday. And that’s what happens the day after you stay up until 5:00 in the morning! It was a great day! How was your day? :)

Horsehair Bracelets

On April 19, 2011, I made a bracelet from some strands of Destiny’s mane. I was very proud of myself — ever since reading the Phantom Stallion book series by Terri Farley when I was much younger, I had wanted to make a horsehair bracelet of my own. I wore it every day for a long time. At some point, I took it off because I was worried it would get broken or destroyed somehow. I kept it in a little box so I wouldn’t lose it.

A few weeks ago, I was trying to find it but couldn’t. I couldn’t remember where I had left it. But yesterday I was reading my old journal, and I found the place where I was talking about making it. I am wearing it now, and plan to keep it for the rest of my life, I had written. So I started looking again, and I finally found it right where I left it. I had used the box to prop up some books on the uppermost shelf of my bookcase.

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It’s nothing fancy, but I was proud of myself anyway and it meant the world to have a piece of Destiny with me at all times. <3

I guess if you want to find something bad enough, you will. Has anyone else wanted to make a horsehair bracelet after reading these books? I wish I could have braided this one or at least made it better somehow but I was still happy with it. :) I used just four strands of hair, tied knots in it at a few points to keep them more or less together, then made a loop at one end so I could tie it into a circle. Maybe someday I’ll braid one and use more hair, but until I figure out how to do that, this one suits me just fine!

Storm #2

We got another big snowstorm yesterday. One of the drifts, by that night, was up to my neck!

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My car became a snowball.

This morning, I shoveled the barn out once again to let the horses out. This time, they weren’t so excited to go exploring in the white stuff, so I hopped on Destiny’s back hoping to encourage her to go deeper. Then I ran out in it myself and started rolling around, which convinced them to try it out. (Ignore my horrible position in the photo–I had just ducked under the Shale Ridge sign when I rode her past it.)

They might not be overly thrilled about all the snow, but they’re happy to be out. Hopefully there won’t be any more big snowstorms until some of this melts…otherwise, all of my fences are going to be submerged in snow and I don’t really want to have to figure out a solution to that problem. xD I’m sure I’d figure something out though lol.

Then Jacob and I tried out his skidoo. He let me drive it, but that probably wasn’t a good idea. I rolled it onto its side in the snow, which he seemed to find hilarious. But hey, at least snow makes for a soft landing. xD That was a lot of fun. No matter how much snow there is, I’m always gonna find a way to have fun in it!

 

After the Blizzard

It’s been an interesting past couple of days. First, our water pump stopped working, so we’ve had to make trips next door to my grandmother’s house to fill up water buckets, shower, and use the bathroom. Then another 40 centimeters of snow arrived in the form of a blizzard on Monday. I spent the day watching The 100 and eating strawberries and jello. It was pretty crazy for a while there. I had to wade through snow drifts above my waist to get to the barn! But I’m not one to complain. Winter storms make for great photos and stories!

Plows hadn’t been by in a while. At least going next door meant I got to hang out with my grandmother’s cat Skecher!

The snow had mostly stopped by Tuesday morning, which was good, because I had to shovel out the barn and get my car out of the driveway (with a lot of help from Jacob and my mom) so I could go to work.

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Snowblowing

The horses were happy when I finally let them back outside after the snow stopped.

Here’s a video of Molly and Destiny playing in the snow yesterday morning.

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