Sunday, June 5, 2011

When You're Hot, You're Hot

Arrived at Iron Ridge at about 9 a.m. today to find not a soul around. Uusally Nita is there doing morning feed and water chores. I took my time unloading my stuff, but no one. Nice barn buddy that I am, I fed and watered all who were in the barn and catch pens, including this sorry specimen:
Yes, that is Notorious P.O.K.O. with those "Children of the Damned" eyes cooling his jets. Phase 1 of his comeuppance has commenced. They tricked him by bringing up his favorite crazy mare for grain. Sucker!

By this time, Heather had come out and I was already so hot, I was shaking. Downed a Gatorade and we grabbed my Boyz, who were being bullied by a certain black mustang who shall remain nameless. He got his heinie booted out in the main pasture, where he promptly began gathering the fragments of P. Loco's harem while Jaz and Daltrey had breakfast.

 
Jazu stylin' in his new rhythm beads. He seemed to like them, and I didn't need to cluck the proper cadence; he came into it naturally. It's a pleasant sound, and I think he looks quite handsome.
Heather and her old mare Ash getting ready for our ride. It was just we two today. We really started too late and it was way too hot. Jaz was terrific anyway. Just as we had decided it was time to stop, Heather jumped down, threw me her reins, and took off to rescue Nita's filly Ishka, who had somehow cast herself on the fence. She lost a bit of hair on a hind leg, but was okay other than that.

We hosed down our sweaty ponies then let them graze the area outside the barn, joined by Baby D. Hard to believe, but this time next year, I'll start laying across him, getting him used to weight on his back.

Then I got to be a People of WalMart in all my sweaty, groaty glory as I picked up a few groceries to get us through the week. At our WalMart, I fit right in. Nobody batted an eye, but if they were smart, they stepped back a few paces.

Next week, we're starting much earlier. It's that time of year when it'll make you sick if you don't.

Stay tuned: We're just a few posts away from the big 4-0-0, and you know what that means: GIVEAWAY!

15 comments:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...
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Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Sorry about the above delete. My post somehow got mixed up when typing. Here goes again:

Sounds like a nice ride. Jaz looks cute in his new necklace. I hear ya about starting early now. This morning it was already close to 90 degrees by 9:30 am. eeep!

What you're 400? Wow! Congrats! You look great for your age. I've never known anyone that old, except for maybe Hobbits. hehe!

~Lisa

fernvalley01 said...

Sounds kie a good day! Glad eagle eye Heather saw the youngster hung up before it got worse , stay cool girl and lots of liquids

cdncowgirl said...

I'm so glad we don't get heat like that... but then again we get "real" winter lol

I've thought of getting rhythm beads before but never have. Where did you get yours?

Paint Girl said...

I am glad we don't get heat like you, but I would probably take it over all the rain we have had!
Jaz looks great and glad you got to go on a ride, even though it was a scorcher!

Laura said...

I'm such a baby in the heat - anything over 85 gets me all sweaty and shaky...! I wouldn't last 5 minutes in Texas, lol

Glad you got a ride in with Jaz - like the rhythm beads - I have a set for Rusty that I use once in a while. We made ours...

Esther Garvi said...

I know all about heat so I can fully relate! But I never regret getting up on horseback once I've gone and done it.. Jazz looks so stylish!! Glad you got that not-so-nice-we-name-no-names bully out of the pen... :-)

Sarah said...

I totally slacked off. :) I was all set to come out, and then we stayed up late, and I forgot to set an alarm, and it was already 9 or so by the time I got up. So, I stayed home and we rearranged furniture instead.

Breathe said...

I hear you, we have to start riding at 6 am to make it tolerable. But that would mean getting up at 5:30. Ick. :)

Leah Fry said...

The rhythm beads are from Chick's Discount Saddlery online and were inexpensive. They are plastic beads like you would get at a hobby store, jingle bells and a concho on rawhide. There were others I found online that were made with various semi-precious crystals, antique beads, Tibetan brass bells, etc., but I opted for economy, especially not knowing if I or he would like them. Why spend $50+ for something you can get for $15 and that does what you want it to? You could easily buy materials to make your own — and you'd prolly have enough to make one for several friends — for $10-$12.

Crystal said...

That sounds like a fun day but pretty warm! I am kinda glad we arent that warm here yet.

Morning Bray Farm said...

Rhythm beads? How cool! :)

C-ingspots said...

Aack!! I wouldn't even dream of riding in heat like that!! Me? Lounging by a source of cool water, icy beverage in hand and living large! :) I'm a total wuss in the heat these days. I've had some rhythm bells that I got years ago for Ladde. I've worked him in the round pen a time or 2, but never ridden with them. I love the jingle bells sound they make!

Rising Rainbow said...

Earlier does sound better. I have trouble with the heat so I would be hold up some where cool instead of riding.

Have to laugh at your remarks about Poco's eyes. There is a bit of devil in there. Such a naughty boy, aren't you glad you don't have to deal with that anymore?

Sounds like you had a great day other than the heat. Glad Heather say that filly before she did more damage. You'd think when they're outside like that they'd find someplace in the open to lay instead of right up next to the fence, wouldn't you.

aurora said...

Hope things have cooled off a bit, heat's hard on everybody. Nice that you get to continue seeing Mr. Poko.

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