Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Geriatric Horses Doing All Right

Well, I think there is good news for Cruiser. By Sunday, the cough lessened a lot, so I think that proves it is a case of bad allergies. I rode him yesterday in the arena, and when we first started trotting, he did a lot of coughing—and then he stopped. We worked for half an hour.




Ranger keeps improving, and Ellen said that today he didn’t seem lame at all. Our hopes are that the problem isn’t a permanent one and that it will go away in time. Right now, things are looking good for it, but I won’t get my hopes up, yet.



She has decided to buy another horse in the spring so that she won’t mind cutting Ranger’s workload back. She has one in mind, but we’ll keep you in suspense about it.



I did get to take Cole on a 2.5 hour ride this weekend. I went with Kevin and Starry. Once we got to the good trails, he told me that he didn’t know if he was going to ride at the speed I wanted to ride. He told me to just go on. We left them in the dust. 3 miles later, I turned around and walked until we met them. I had a great time. I haven’t been able to ride Cole like that since last spring. It was wonderful. We mostly trotted, but he really moved out like a Morab should. I think he had fun, too. Surprisingly, the trails out that way weren’t affected much by the storm. I could see where a lot of trees had fallen over the trail that the park had to cut up.



On Sunday, Ellen and I took Cole and Starry for a 1.5 hour ride. They were much quieter than the day before, but they still had enough energy to give us a lovely ride.



The season is winding down, fast. Hopefully, next year will be a better year for riding—and just a better year, period.

11 comments:

achieve1dream said...

That's too funny I just asked about her getting a new horse on your last post LOL! I'm glad she's going to get another horse. :) I have a feeling the new year is going to be awesome for you!

Judi said...

She hasn't changed her mind--there is probably a new horse in our future. I am very excited. She has a breeder picked out, but not a horse. They have a number of lovely ones for sale. I don't know if she will get one trained to ride or not. Al I know is that it will be a chestnut. They are all chestnuts!

achieve1dream said...

I am very excited too!! What breed is she aiming for? A Morgan? I can't wait. :D

Judi said...

She's going for a Lambert Morgan from this place: http://www.lambertmorgans.com/

I could do with one of them, myself.

achieve1dream said...

Oh my goodness they are all so gorgeous!!! I want one too! Why are they all chestnut? Just curious.

Judi said...

I think because that is what they wanted--and if you breed 2 chestnuts together--you always get a chestnut. I love the flaxen manes. Cruiser has a flaxen mane, but not nearly as light as some of there horses.

achieve1dream said...

Yeah chestnuts are the easiest color to get since it's recessive. I guess it's just their favorite color and they only get chestnut mares to breed to their stallion. Nothing wrong with it, just surprised me I guess lol. I like darker colors like black and bay best, but they all are so gorgeous it doesn't even matter what color they are hehe. I like flaxen manes too, especially on a darker coat like the Rocky Mountain Horse. So pretty. :) I can't wait to see which one your sister picks! It's going to be such a difficult choice! :)

Judi said...

One thing she is sure of--she can't make a wrong choice. She figures they are all great horses, and it is a matter of picking which great horse she wants.

achieve1dream said...

That's exactly what I was thinking. Will you both get to go visit them to see which one she clicks with? Personality is the most important thing in my opinion. :)

Judi said...

No, I will stay behind to take care of her horse and her cat (the pretty orange kitty) It's a far enough drive that she will be gone for 2 days. Her horse will be fine since--but she worries so much about her cat--that she needs to know he'll be all right for her to enjoy herself.

achieve1dream said...

Well that makes sense! Reading about you and your sister makes me miss mine (she's alive, just won't talk to any of us for some reason that none of us know). You're lucky to have each other! I'll be impatiently waiting for her to go on the trip to meet her future horse. Now I really can't wait for spring lol. Make sure to take lots of pictures of Stormy while you're watching him. He's so gorgeous!