On the plus side, EventingSaddlebredStyle
is definitely not an axe murderer! ;) she arrived safe and sound around the time I was feeding horses last night, so she came out to meet the boys and Cinna. While they ate, we got her settled in, and waited for the rest of the party to arrive -- Kaity
was able to tweak her work schedule so she could hang out for a few hours, and DH surprised me by wanting to come out to the barn with us, so we had quite a crew!
|Picture shamelessly stolen from Kaity -- although I have no idea what I'm looking at?|
We went out to ride Ruby first, while we still had daylight. While DH went out to grab Ruby from turnout, I got everybody squared away with waivers so they could ride. Ruby was mercifully clean, so I whisked a brush over her and we tacked up. She hasn't been ridden in... uhhh.... a while? (bad mom here). I climbed on first and put her through her paces to make sure she wasn't going to be a complete and utter lunatic, then gave everybody else a turn!
I'll let them write up their own posts about their impressions, but I was proud of Ruby for being game for three riders while being woefully out of shape. It was muggy and gross so she worked up a sweat, so after a quick hose down and graze, we headed back to the house. I made some spaghetti that was hopefully edible, and then we enjoyed some delicious turtle pie (impulse purchase when I was buying stuff for dinner, because who can resist caramel and pecan and chocolate? Yum!).
|We also did some quick photo review, haha. |
Tragically Kaity had to leave for work, and at this point we were losing the light. Luckily, this gave me the perfect excuse to test out the new lights -- by actually working under them! I haven't gotten a light installed over my cross ties yet (adding that to my to-do list), but we had enough daylight left that I could see enough for a quick grooming and tacking. Cinna hasn't been ridden in a while, and hadn't worked at all this week, so I tossed her out on the lunge to get used to the lights. She came out a little sassy (not unusual), but settled in quickly and was soon working all over the arena. She didn't seem super concerned about the lights, so I climbed on. She did have a minor meltdown over one corner, because the ladder was resting outside the fence, and clearly it was an alien spacecraft sent to abduct her -- she did eventually calm down (although I had DH move the ladder), and she worked pretty well. We had some giraffing and tension, but we also had some moments of relaxation where she let me direct her energy. She was a little sassy on her right lead canter depart, and she thought about being naughty a few times, but overall she was pretty cooperative.
|No pics of me riding, but look how nicely Teresa had her going!|
So I let Teresa have a turn! Again, I won't spoil her fun and I'll let her write her own post about what she thought of my dramatic baby horse, but I will say it was really fun watching her ride Cinna -- I'm the only one who has ever been on her, so I never get to actually watch her go under saddle. Cinna is way more similar to Stinker than Ruby is, so I imagine Teresa felt right at home. There were some llama moments (Cinna seemed utterly confused to see me standing in the middle of the arena while someone else sat on her), but there were also some moments of nice, soft relaxed work. We kept the ride pretty short, but I'm glad I finally got a chance to test out the lights and share my dramatic Spanish mares with blogger friends!
After we came back inside and cooled off, we enjoyed more dessert (she brought me Heath bar cookies that are basically like CRACK), and gabbed about horses for a while. I wish we could have stayed up all night talking, but she had another long day of driving ahead of her today, so we eventually crashed. It was an early morning for all of us, but I got chores done before a brief rainstorm blew in. After caffeinating and a few more dachshund snuggles (Cici was particularly obsessed with her!), Teresa got safely on the road for the next leg of her journey. So now that I've sorted through photos and written this (semi-coherent?) update, I better get to work!
|Always mugging for cookies haha. |
One of the best thing about this weird blogging journey I've embarked on is 'meeting' all these people virtually, and then getting to hang out with them in real life. Strange internet friends are the best friends, especially when they become IRL friends! :)
|Also Teresa is the most amazing houseguest ever because she brought me this awesome teal mason jar style drinking cup, and then a teal sippy cup for those nights I've had one too many rum and cokes ;) hahaha|
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I am very jealous. I want to hang out with all of you!!ReplyDelete
If you're ever in Missouri, hit me up!! 😁Delete
I had so much fun with you guys! (: Ruby is so cute (despite the zoomies) and I love her. Sorry I missed the Cinna action but I'm so glad that Teresa got to ride her and that it went well!!!ReplyDelete
Haha Ruby's zoomies were funny, such a goober! I'm so glad you could hang with us, it was a blast!Delete
Sounds like a blast!ReplyDelete
So. Much. Fun. 😀Delete
Hurray for blogger meetups!ReplyDelete
They're so great, right??Delete
Yay! Sounds like you had a great time and fit an awful lot into a half day!ReplyDelete
Yes we crammed as much as possible into a few hours!Delete
It's so much fun when internet strangers don't murder you with an ax!ReplyDelete
Haha right? When I told me husband I had a friend staying over he was like "oh how do you know her?" and I was like...."the internet?"Delete
His face 😂
That sounds like such a fun night!ReplyDelete
It was the highlight of my week! 😁Delete
We missed you and your pink hair!Delete
The friends I've made thru this blogging community are so awesome - and it's even better to meet in person! So cool that T was able to work her route through your town and hang for the night!! She definitely looks right at home on the drama mares lolReplyDelete
It was definitely a ton of fun. And she looked great on the girls!Delete
Bloggers are the best! I had so much fun with you guys and your lovely mares. You will have to come out west! Thanks again.ReplyDelete
I'm definitely inviting myself out to your place, prepare yourself 😋Delete
You will be a stopover whenever we do our next road trip!ReplyDelete
You are welcome any time! The accommodations aren't fancy but the horses are fun? 😂 LolDelete