Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Long Labor Day Weekend
Hot. That is the best way to describe this weekend. Hot. We did a lot of sweating.
Saturday, the river was too high to cross, so we just rode on the hill. The biggest event of that ride happened towards the end. We like to trot back and forth at the bottom of the hill. Usually, we let Dante lead because Cole gets hyper and will go faster than Ellen may want Dante to go. When we were nearly done with the ride, I asked if we could do it with Cole in the lead. We zipped down to the end. Cole seemed happy to stretch his legs. We zipped back—trotting over a little dip in the trail. Ellen didn’t want to trot it, so she paused Dante. I dind’t know and trotted on. Well, Dante decided he needed to catch up—and jumped the dip. Ellen was very surprised, of course, but she was also thrilled. I wish I could have seen it.
Sunday, we decided to go on our usual shorter ride because of the heat. It was just so uneventful—but nice. I talked Ellen into passing up home and heading for an access trail a short distance away. We often use it to lengthen out the ride a little bit. We were walking down the hill towards it when the airport fired a shot. They shoot to scare the geese when they block the runways. Ellen and I both jumped. Dante lifted his head up a little higher. Cole didn’t seem to notice. A minute later, they fired another shot. Ellen and I spooked—Cole lifted his head a little higher and Dante ignored it. They must think we are way too spooky.
Monday, we would have gone to the show ring, but it was still so hot. Much of that ride is in the sun. it seemed so unappealing, so we just did the same ride as the day before. The ride was slow and steady, due to the heat. On the way home, we met Kevin and Starry. We opted to cross the river via the ford because it is deeper there, and the water was very muddy. We couldn’t see the big rocks we have to thread through.
Ellen and Kevin were ahead of us, and Cole had dropped behind a bit. They were already off the ford when I looked back and saw a large truck pulling something. We are riding right in the street with no place that we could move to give traffic room. I didn’t know how Cole would react to it, so I stopped him and asked him to stand. The truck was actually pulling a large boat. They passed within a couple of feet of us. I clicked Cole for his marvelous behavior, and I was giving him his treat when the motorcycle following the trailer passed him. Cole was so awesome. Poor Ellen—she was shaking. She said Cole looked so small next to the truck. Of course, Cole looks small compared to just about everything. He’s a big horse in a pony’s body.
A picture is worth a thousand words—a video even more. I was looking at the latest sales video from the place that took MerryLegs. There he was, in the background, being lounged. He looked quiet, relaxed and obedient—just as good as when I would lounge him. Later in the video, the sales horse is going through his paces in an indoor arena, and MerryLegs is tacked up, tied to the wall. He appears calm and well fed. Good for MerryLegs.
In other news, I saw 5 monarch butterflies migrating; 3 on Sunday and 2, yesterday. I don’t see as many as I used to, so I was pleased to see some. This year, my milkweed patch did attract 1, but I got no caterpillars.
One of my night-blooming Cereus bloomed last night for the first time in years. It was quite pretty. The flower only lasts for one night.
Kevin and I celebrated our 19th anniversary. He took me out to dinner, we fed the horses and then spent the evening watching “Shameless.”