Friday, January 1, 2016

Last Videos of 2015!

2015 has finally come to a close! I have nothing to complain about - I had an EXCELLENT year. I already recapped this year's goals; I still need to outline and go over next year's goals, which I will be working on in the next few days. I am currently trying to get over a super annoying head cold, which means that while I would like to be outside playing with the ponies in the 40 degree weather, I should probably spend time resting and recovering inside the warm house instead. It's a good excuse to catch up on my blogging, outline my goals, and get everything in order. I like to have everything organized, but I usually have so much going on that things rapidly fall into a state of total chaos if I don't stay on top of it. I want to start off the year right, and have everything outlined neatly - and keep it that way.

The final videos of 2015 were ones I took over the past three days. The first is of the little mules and our new family member Luda. He's a rescue who came as a foster, but he's probably going to be a foster failure! As you can see, he's a super good boy who hasn't quite figured out that you can't play with the horses the same way that you can play with dogs. Uma is a funny mule in that she *likes* the dogs and likes to play with them, but you can see that Lendri doesn't exactly feel the same way! 

The next video was taken on the 30th, and it is of Zuul getting groomed. I'm so impressed with how far he has come already - he went from totally feral to now being able to be caught and haltered, leading some, tying, wearing a blanket, and grooming. He even let me pet his legs a little bit, which is a BIG step. He's very smart - once he realizes something isn't going to eat him, he's usually pretty fine with it.

And maybe my favorite video of them all, or at least the most fun one: O going for a canter down the road yesterday!

I don't usually going speeding down pavement with my horses since it's a high concussion kind of event - but we wanted to see about teaching her to canter with the new carriage while on a safe flat road with two people, so we gave it a try. Remember, this is the horse who was an out of control bolter when I first got her!

Happy 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. oh that was fun- going down the road. thanks for the video.

    Also, Zuul has come leaps and bounds. You are doing an awesome job with him.

  2. Love it, especially Uma and O! I've just obtained 9:2hh Shetland with a penchant for bolting in harness, I'm hoping we can turn it around. It is very different for me as my "big mare" harness cob (all 14:2hh of her) is the kind of dependable citizen in harness that o is. That being said she used to bolt under saddle too from time to time.

  3. Love the driving video. That looks like a blast!

  4. That looks like so much fun! My new barn has an excellent driving instructor and a few people working towards doing a couple of CDEs this year. They were doing a cones course when I showed up today. It looks like so much fun!

  5. happppppy new year!! glad to see all the critters settling in so well! (even if the new mule isn't quite so tolerant lol). and forgive me if you've already mentioned this (and i'm kinda playing catch up anyway) - but what's the deal with the tag on Zuul's rump? how long will that stay on?

  6. Love all the videos but oh my goodness that last one is the best!!! Look at O go!! It's so cool seeing how her body moves from that unfamiliar angle. :-D Also I know hooves on pavement is bad but I sure do love that sound!!! Short stuff like that won't hurt her I'm sure. Concussion is what builds up bone after all. :-)