Saturday, October 5, 2013

Easy Boot Epics -- For Sale or Trade

Well, we couldn't figure out why Zora could not keep her Easy Boots on. Divna has never had a problem, but when we get into a lope, Zora's come off.

At first we thought we were not putting them on properly. But after it happened for the 4th time, we realized they are just too big for her.

So, we need to sell/trade them. They are a size 2 and we need size 1. We paid $80/each, and are asking $40/each (and buyer pays shipping). We would trade for size 1.

Low mileage -- They have only been used on 4-5 rides, never more than 10 miles per ride.

Anyone out there know anyone who needs to buy or trade? If so, give them this e-address:

Thanks a million!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Partners In Crime

She looks sweet and innocent, right?

Yesterday we were outside doing some yard work. We had left the barn doors open for two reasons:

  1. We no longer have goats, so we don't have to worry about closing doors as much as we used to. The goats would get into everything.
  2. We wanted to hear the Serbian music playing from the CD player in the barn.
We were working away, and then suddenly we heard a loud "Bang" sound. We looked at each other and both said "What the heck was that?" We quickly reasoned the wind must have blown one of the barn doors shut.

About 30 seconds later we heard the same sound again and looked at each other with puzzled expressions on our faces. Then a few seconds later we heard it yet again, but this time, we made that mental connection.

Amazing how we thought the same thing at the same time......

We both knew what it was. I volunteered to go check it out. The noise was coming periodically now. As I got close to the barn, I could see a horse's nose sticking out of the access door.

Quietly, I walked up to that door, and sure enough there was Zora, using her big head to try to lift the top of the grain storage box, and Divna was standing at the door as the lookout.

I can just hear their conversation:
Zora: "Divna, I think I can get into that grain box. You and I can have a special treat!"
Divna: "Really? That would be awesome!"
Zora: "You stand guard and watch for John or Regina while I get the box open."
Divna: "Sure, Zora. Whatever you say."

Zora could lift the lid a bit, but not enough. Divna was a poor choice for lookout as she only has one eye, and it was her blind side that was closest to the door.

I said "What are you two doing??" and they jumped about six inches, turned and ran out of the barn. I could see it on their faces that they knew they were caught, and that I took them by surprise.

I am sure Zora yelled at Divna for not watching good enough.

Don't let anyone tell you that animals don't think or reason.....

P.S. This also reveals the flaw in our thinking (see #1 above)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

MISHO - 1 1/4 Year later

We lost Misho one year and three months ago today. I still miss him.....

Here is a remembrance of him in pictures.

He was a character......

The barnyard is too quiet without the goats. Rest peacefully, my sweet Misho.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MIA - Almost Three Months!!!

I have not blogged since APRIL!!!!!

This is ridiculous......

There has been a lot going on -- John and I went through a very stressfull period -- I changed jobs, and we had a run of bad luck.
No Excuse!
I have missed reading the blogs I follow, and have missed writing about things that have happened. I have thought about all of this a lot.....I just haven't done anything about it.
I did not even blog on the one-year anniversary of Misho's death,
I am going to catch up  on all of that.
I'M BACK!!!!
MORE TO COME.........

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Bareback and Saturday Road Ride


I haven't blogged lately, but that doesn't mean we haven't been riding.
Our camera was stolen on a trip to New York city in early March, and I hate to blog without adding pictures. We went out there to see our Italian Exchange Daughter who was in NYC on business. Long story, so here are the bullet points -- I was sick, we almost missed our flight, luggage took a different flight, courier had to deliver luggage to our apartment, when we received the luggage a bunch of things were missing. But the joke is on the thief because the camera wasn't working properly anyway.
So we finally got a new camera, and here are some pictures from our most recent 2 rides.
Last weekend we were very short on time, so on Sunday we just stayed in our pasture and rode bareback.
Then yesterday, we put the Easy Boots on The Girls and took them out for a road ride on the backroads where we live.
It was such a neat ride. These are roads we frequently drive on, but from the horse everything is seen from a differentn perspective. You feel like you are someplace new.
A house nearby had these pretty flowers growing in their front yard.

We stopped for a rest by a field and let The Girls eat some grass.

All of the drivers we encountered were so considerate.....they would slow down and move over for us; some even stopped! They would pass us with a wave and a smile. That really made me feel good to see that my sweet Divna put a smile on so many peoples' faces.

Me, Divna, and Our Shadow! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Marko -- One Year Memorial

Our little Marko left us a year ago this weekend. Just remembering how much fun he was to have around and how much trouble he caused. I will never forget how we had to secure all the doors, because Marko could open any latch! I really, really miss my goats.



Monday, February 11, 2013

Ride Our Trails With Us

Take a virtual ride with us on the trail on our property, and then down the abandoned railroad line.
Video 1 -- going through our property

Our trail rides usually include at least one adventure/unusual situation/complication -- this time Divna ended up with her leg tangled in a large grapevine. I had to dismount and get her untangled....

Then, it was on to the abandoned railroad line. The railroad line is broken up into three parts. Here is a view of the first part. There are 2 videos because we have the large washout area that we have to go around. John did not film that part because it goes up and down a steep hill, and he has to keep his focus on  Zora (because she is crazy).

Then we have to cross the Indiana Toll Road to get to the second part of the railroad line

We took a bit of a detour off the 2nd part of the railroad line -- completely unauthorized and completely John's idea. I was a nervous wreck.

We did see two wild turkeys, and it was pretty cool.  Now it was on to the last part of the railroad line -- this part is real wide and very nice riding.

So there you go! A virtual ride with us. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Full Moon Ride

It was twenty-two degrees, a  pretty snow covered the ground, and the full moon shone down on everything. We decided we would take a ride. We dressed in layers, and headed out to the barn.

I think "The Girls" were a little confused when after grooming them we saddled them up, since we don't often ride at night. But soon they were into the adventure as much as we were.

With it being night, we headed to a spot near us with fields. It is too dangerous to ride the woods at night -- you just can't see all the branches. Out on the field we could follow deer paths, and the moon was so bright we actually could see the terrain ahead.

The air was clear, there were only a few tiny twinkling stars in the sky, as it was still rather early, and the dark grey-purple sky overhead faded into orange on the horizon line. There were some close, small, puffy clouds just above the horizon. The snow was sparkling, and the moon was so bright we could actually see our shadows. It was truly beautiful.

We loped along at a nice pace, going around tree lines that separate the different fields. "The Girls" were enjoying the experience, and cutting loose. After a while, their pace slowed and we explored at a walk, looking for a safe place to cross over to the road. We found a clearing that lead to the road, and from the road we found our usual entrance to the woods. We took the short path through the woods that leads back to our house.

John dismounted and lead Zora through the woods, while Divna and I picked our way slowly through the wooded trail. All four of us know this trail very well, so we felt safe.

Back at the barn it was carrots and sweet treats for the girls, and a beer for us. With Serbian music playing, we blanketed "The Girls" and closed them in their stalls with grain, hay and fresh water. Once their body temperatures normalized, they got a good brushing and then we turned them out into the pasture.

There was something just so special about this ride. It is totally different riding at night -- it is actually a spiritual experience. Feeling connected to the horse and to nature, you get a feeling of being a part of everything and closer to God. The horses do more for us than they will ever know -- they keep us grounded in the real world, they relieve stress, they personify love. We have always said that getting horses is the best money we have ever spent.


(About the picture at the beginning and lack of pictures throughout-- I am not the best photographer, and to top it off, have been haiving problems with my camera. It just will not hold a charge in spite of buying a new battery. I have to charge it up for an hour or two before I can use it. Last night I got the one blurry picture of the barn before we set off on the ride, then the battery died. I was really perturbed at that....I wanted to get some pictures of the full moon ride. Since it was a last minute decision to take the night ride, I was not able to charge it up before we left. so you will have to use your imagination to picture the night as described. RZ)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

First Snow Ride of Winter 2012-2013

The last Saturday of 2012 was beautiful. We finally had our first snow that actually covered the ground here in Northwest Indiana. Temperatures were in the mid 20's, and they sky was clear. It was perfect weather for a ride, so off we went. To make it even nicer, a gentle snow started falling as we were saddling up.

We took the trails near our house, but in the snow they looked somehow different.

The horses love the snow, and it is a good thing they do. Because once on the trail, it started snowing harder. "The Girls" handled everything just fine, as always. They are such great trail horses.

We got to the point on the abandoned railroad line where a sort of wall of dirt is piled up. It is about 3 feet high, and very narrow which means it is really steep. "The Girls" go over it just fine -- I remember the first few times we approached that all of dirt they had a tough time and some nervous moments figuring out how to deal with it. But just like they learned to go through water, to face and conquor that fear, they learned to face and conquor this one, too. Up and over we went.

Which was fantastic, until we turned back to head home. The snow was coming down even harder, and it was actually stinging our faces. Going over that wall of dirt was not as easy -- it now had a slick, wet, sort of icy coating. Divna took the little hill with a bit too much enthusiasm. Going up was fine, coming down the other side she lost her footing. she went down on her knees and belly, sliding like a tobaggon -- I almost came off her, but managed to regain my balance, and then as suddenly as she went down, she was up on her feet again. It was quite the ride! I dismounted to check her for injury, and thankfully found nothing. We continued on the trail for home.

It was an exhilirating First Snow Ride of this winter....hopefully we will have many more.

Keep Riding!