Monday, July 27, 2015

The Mountain Goat


It's still blazing hot here in Texas, and is likely to stay that way for another few months. Show season has largely ground to a total halt in the dead of summer, and most of us are taking refuge in the AC whenever we're not forced to be outside. Every morning I feed and wash the crusted sweat off of the mares, and if I have time before work, I work O. If I don't have time, I don't even bother considering it. It doesn't cool down until about 10pm here, and our lighting is not good enough at our property to work in the evening. Someday I may put in a small arena and lights, but that's pretty low on my list of current priorities. 

We joke that summer is the time when Texans get seasonal depression, because they don't get enough sun. I'll say this - it's 100% true. When I don't get enough sun, I get grumpy and sad, but going out into the blazing summer sun isn't high on my list of desires. Working outside gives me my daily allotment of sunshine, but I also spent a lot of time indoors, planning for the upcoming show season and the things I'll be able to do when the weather cools off. Texas summer is really just like northern winter - you spend way too much time indoors wishing you could be outdoors. 

O has come back to work good and strong, and feels great. She picked up right where we had left off, and feels great. Currently my main issue, aside from the heat, is wishing I had a studier vehicle. My wooden cart is a beautiful piece of equipment, and I do love it, but it's not really made to stand up to excessive abuse. A lot of tight turns, higher speeds, and rougher ground are going to take a serious toll on it over time, and I worry about that. It's not engineered for that kind of use. If I had a good sturdy marathon vehicle, it would be a different story - those things are built to stand up to torque and abuse. Unfortunately, they are also very expensive. I may be able to find a nice used one, one that can serve me well as a three-phase carriage at the lower levels, but this would take some planning and serious shopping. I also need to take into account the measurements and size of the thing - my truck is a short bed, and my trailer is a two horse. It needs to be able to fit into a truck bed (which is doable with the right carriage). I have no plans on buying a totally new truck and trailer just so that I can buy bigger and fancier carriages - I'm not made of money and we just bought a house! But, I will be on the lookout for something suitable - maybe something will pop up, you never know!

I also don't have many pictures from O's workouts lately, as I don't have anyone to film me a lot of the time. I tried to set my iPad out and record some of our workouts, but alas, this is the best I got:


Fail....
When I find my GoPro again, I will be able to set that up and get better video and pictures. I think it is buried in my truck? I have no idea. 




On a more interesting front, Pax has found out that jumping up and down off of all the rock banks is super fun:



I love this - this is how you raise a good strong surefooted horse. Or a horse with a broken leg maybe, I'm not really sure. 

One thing *is* for sure - babies that can run and play on firm terrain are the ones who develop little rock crunching hooves:


That sure is a pretty sight to behold.


9 comments:

  1. Mountain goat or....future eventing bad a$$!

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  2. Just had to giggle at your commentary for the video :)

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  3. That baby hoof is so perfect!

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  4. That baby hoof is so perfect!

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  5. I can't get over how cute she is!

    Too bad you're so far, there are a ton of marathon vehicles in Ontario for sale. I don't know what they go for around you, nor how expensive it is to ship something that big. If I knew what dimensions you needed, I could keep an eye out. (I love sellers who give this info up front: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-other/muskoka/carriage-combined-driving-marathon-cart/1002775797?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

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  6. She is so well put together. I love her shoulder, neck line and she obviously is athletic.

    Have you decided yet if you are going to breed P again... seems a waste not to when you know she has such lovely foals?

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  7. aww that video is adorable - she's so proud of herself hopping off that bank!

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  8. Hehehe love the mountain goat behbeh.

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  9. I love that video. Pax is so cute!! Her hooves look awesome. She's going to be so surefooted!! I love that you're raising her the way you are, with lots of turnout, varied terrain, etc. That's the fun of raising babies is giving them the best from the very beginning. I wish I'd known a lot of what I know now when Chrome was a baby. Even after being around horses my whole life that was a huge learning curve lol. Oh well, he didn't turn out too bad hehe.

    Good luck finding a marathon cart! That would be so awesome! I'll keep my fingers crossed a really good deal pops up soon. :D

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