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The day of the Draft Expo Marty mentioned she had someone interested in Hershey and Dakota. By that evening they were loaded up and gone. I didn't even see the truck and trailer. Dad hasn't sent me anything relating to them. We'll see if they've canceled the board payments or not next week. If not I get to mail them back.

I went back through some old entries a couple weeks ago because Marty was trying to remember when my parents brought Rowdy down and Dakota was (thakfully) removed from the herd and became part of "the boarders." I forgot how long I've been mildly disgruntled about taking care of my parents' horses.

They never really took horse ownership very seriously and I was constantly picking up the slack. The worst was when they bought Hershey as she had a foal at her side. I was very explicit that Mom needed to be out and messing with the foal regularly. I missed the bus from one campus to the other (saved me over 40 miles on my car not driving to the main university campus plus parking costs) at least once because I had to chase Réo around in order to get his fly mask on because he was never handled. As a yearling they sent him up to Utah to "grow up" at my Opa's place. He fell and broke his neck before the week was out (on Chris and I's anniversary no less ... I really didn't want to go up that week, but it was supposedly the only week my parents could). That was horrendous.

Way back when Mom at least used to come out and hold her horse for the vet and farrier, but she stopped doing that and I can't recall if it was before Lizanda or not. I should have written up an actual board agreement, but you figure it's family, right? They're not going to screw you over and take advantage of you right? Hahaha.

I guess Dad had the gall to ask if the people were willing to pay for the mares. At twenty-five and two years out of work plus Dakota needing medication for the rest of her life (plus due for shots, farrier, probably needing their teeth floated, and dewormed), they're lucky they found someone willing to take both of them!

I've known Dakota for twenty years. Opa bought her as a five year-old with a foal at her side. She came down here in 2005 because the glorious pastures in Utah made her fat and she foundered. My Opa bought Hershey for my parents in the end of 2008 I believe so Dad would have a horse to ride with Mom (none of mine are gaited) so Hershey has been around for eight years too. It's a little weird having them not there. It's strange not having to toss hay to them or check their buckets.

I do have to say it is sad to see them go, but at the same tine a great relief. I hope the people that took them put them to use and they get the brushing and doting that they deserve and never really got from my parents. Did I mention that Hershey got rainrot in the summer due to my parents not hosing her off after rides? She also got it the last couple years because my parents never came out to groom them since they weren't riding. NEVER. Guess who was the one who discovered the summer soar lesion on Dakota's belly and then spent two weeks treating it daily? Yep, me. I did get paid for it, but I don't think Mom even came out to look.


Enough dwelling on the past. What does Dakota and Hershey's departure mean for me? I am out $400 in board a month, however I probably spent $200 on hay for them. I've also gained an extra 15-20 minutes a day that would have been spent feeding and watering them. I now have space to take in a horse or two for training should I feel so inclined or open up to board client horses (clients only!!) with an iron-clad boarding agreement and a list of "additional charges" for anything outside of feeding the horse and giving it water.

Farewell Dakota and Hershey. I hope your new owners love and care for you better than your last ones. Good luck old ladies.
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Yesterday we hooked up Kitt again, this time with the shafts rotated upside down. I'm sure there is some driver out there who might have a coronary about that, but the enclosed shafts let us cheat like that. It put the cart level and I could actually put the shaft loops on the backband rings rather than my usual jury-rigging with carabiners *cough.*

Tristan lost interest by the time we were hooked up, but Kelhan climbed up next to me and we drove around the arena. I asked him if he wanted to drive so he sat in front of me and got to take the lines (with me holding behind his hands). He had fun steering and stopping her. We need to take her someplace bigger so he can take control a little more.

Nice and level now! It's pretty nice being that high up, especially after spending so much time driving the forecart which is really low.

Look at those little eager hands on the lines and happy face! I think I'm going to have a pretty good driving buddy. Chris said we have another rein hog in the family ... wonder who he could be talking about ...

Chris got to climb up with us and drive a bit as well. He was quite happy and rather liked the cart.

I do think I will have Magma engineer a set of shafts that are flat and angle in so that we can be respectable.
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As usual I start with reviewing and commenting on last year's goals.
Conveniently under a cut )

Share some drawings here monthly.
Finish the driving drawing!
Start a painting of the house (at least do some thumbnails and get the final sketch transferred).
Use my Polaroid/instant film ...

Finish editing and properly name STP-REALLY!
Another 10 pages on Fire Forged Key. (Slow and steady wins the race guys.)
Start case report on Zetahra.

Tru-D pulling tire and drag. Walks around neighborhood, ponying, at least introduce the cart, start riding!
Cinnamon- break the Stink to drive!
Kitt dressage show, driving show, driving around neighborhood.
Get someone off-property a couple times a month, even if it is just across the way. Help keep them sane.
McKlintock- turn him into a good lesson pony who can fill Chewy's shoes.
Get McKlintock's eyes taken care of.

Take lessons myself for continuing education, maybe attend a clinic.
Promote driving side of business.

Temple work, idealy once a quarter at least.
Be a better visiting teacher (which means I need to take charge and not wait around for my partner to contact me...)
Continue reading Qur'an.
Read at least one book about religion and/or church history
Keep up with lesson reading for the Book of Mormon this year (preferrably in German!)
Build family history folder, preferably for both Chris and I, but at least get my side going first.

Self/Life in General
Have a healthy, baby boy #3 and get used to life with three kids.
Do some exercise daily outside of normal horse work, try toconvince Chris to join me.
Two-point for 15 minutes.
Do monthly goals and evaluations about overarching resolutions. This should help everything else fall into place.
Once things are settled see about doing counseling with my parents again. I've been at peace just leaving things as-is, but would like to have some sort of healthy relationship if possible.
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Yesterday I got my first hair cut in two years. Maybe more. I can't quite remember.

I donated it, which meant I had a free haircut, which was an unexpected bonus. I still gave my hairdresser a tip. There was about two inches worth of dead ends and then 12 ontop of that for the donation. All said and done I think I relieved myself of 18" of hair.

It's always a little weird when you ditch out that much hair at once. All the little habits you have dealing with almost two feet of hair become really obvious and pointless at the same time. Lifting it out of my shirt collar, twisting and flipping it over my head to wash my back, and having to spend several minutes brushing it and braiding (brushing wasn't so bad once I got in the habit of braiding it, kept it from getting tangled).

My hair requirements are pretty simple. I need to be able to pull it back into a pony tail at minimum because hair in my face drives me nuts and keeping it ahort enough to not get in my face would require way more maintenance than I want to deal with. A hair cut once every year or so is often enough for me!

I had debated on just getting rid of the loose ends and then donating in May, but I think a pre-baby birth haircut was a good choice.

We are slowly drying out. The roudpen is good, but the arena still has some large puddles. I picked up some bags of shavings to help soak up the liquid and I need to hook up someone to the drag and see about breaking it up some again. Of course it is supposed to rain again Sunday ... just in time for things to be almost dried out!

I also picked up a bunch of baby prep stuff from Target. I think I mentioned I put baby clothes in the dresser and Chris and I got the crib ready and it is now in our room.

My go bag is ready and there's just a couple things left to prepare and then we are ready anytime. Little over three weeks left until D Day!
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Thursday I had another lesson with Carrie K. from the North valley. I admit I haven't done nearly so much active riding this pregnancy as I was with the last two, Regardless I'm trying to get what I can from these lessons. I wasn't able to make any last month so I'm going to try and double up this month. I'm not sure if I'll try for one in November, but we'll see! I definitely plan on picking back up in February and see where we go from there. I'd like to rotate between Kash and Kitt at that point, but Mr. Fancy can wait to make his debut until I am no longer expecting. He tends to be a bit of a knucklehead the first time to a new arena and I don't need that.

Anyway, we worked on moving her hip over and leg-yield both nose and tail to the rail. She's much better going left than right andbwe discovered that when we put her on a circle. To the left she was volunteering a shoulder-fore position and to the right she was a bit stickier.

We had some really nice tail to the rail yields (not quite a shoulder-in) in the trot that she held well. I like the idea or her holding her "shape" better on her own without a reminder to keep crossing over. I just started reading Nuno Oliveira's "Reflections on Equestrian Art" and one of the things he mentioned is that the horse should carry the movement, whatever it is, until there is an active change in request. That means when properly trained and conditioned you should be able to "shape" your horse into a half-pass, travers, etc. and have the horse maintain it until you request a new movement or transition with minimal rider correction.

It's so nice finding an instructor who actually knows what they're doing and can make me feel like I'm moving forward and learning things. I know I have missing pieces and it's so nice to have started finding them! I'm still debating if I should try a lesson or two over at CARA to have a go on more advanced horses, but the things I've heard lend me to think the horses have not been trained in a manner that one might term as "classical."

I should have written about it the day of or Friday, I'll try to be better about that next time.

Sunday we packed up and headed to California. The boys got their first trip to the beach Monday and after wearing them out thoroughly we had lunch and visited my grandparents.

Opa insisted on sending us off with money for dinner and Chris was super stealth sneaky and phoned in dinner for them tonight. Italian and carrot cake from a place we found while we were there.

We drove home today and had an uneventful drive. This week is pretty booked up and the schedule is filling nicely for the winter months.

I can't remember if I mentioned Marty and Dave acquired a puppy from the shelter while we were in Utah. Her name is Charlie (sp?) and she is some Poodle cross, possibly a havanese. She looks a little like Appy, but taller and lighter colored. Rolo was not sure what to do with her at first, but Marty managed to get them to settle in and now they run and hase each other around until Rolo passes out because Bulldogs got no stamina.

Tomorrow I have four or five lessons. We need to hit Costco for some vitals. I do not have the art class because they are on their fall break. The farrier is coming tomorrow, Chewy's bloodwork came back good so I can stop with the SMZs (yay!), and I am making my way through month six. Ten more weeks before the Nudge has permission to disembark.

Also Kelhan and Baby Puppy looked pretty sporty in their sunglasses on the drive home.

Ah yes, and after sharing a hotel room with the boys for two nights we have discovered that Kelhan still is a Grünter. Just not as terrible as he was while an infant. He only grunts and mumbles occasionally rather than constantly, but it's still enough to get you up to check on him only to realize he's still perfectly asleep.
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Pilfered from [ profile] flirting.

Memeish )

I had a couple lessons today with a break between. During the break I decided to pull out Charm-N and Tru-D to see what type of trouble I could get into. I haven't ponied from Charm-N and I haven't tried ponying Tru-D yet so I guess I could have prepared a little better, but we did it!

Charm-N has a monster walk and Tru-D was not fond of trying to keep up. I ended up doing a single dally on the horn, let Charm-N walk, and allowed Tru-D to figure it out. It took a while, but she finally stepped up and put slack in the rope. To emphasize that was correct I stopped Charm-N and gave both of them lots of rubs. Charm-N for being tolerant and Tru-D for figuring it out. We repeated a few times and Tru-D was quicker to step up and get slack in the line. Then we swapped sides and Charm-N got to drag Tru-D's lagging butt for almost 10 minutes before the baby decided to step up. We ended with a few good strides without Tru-D dragging and called it good.

I sense more ponying in the future.

Thursday was the Meet the Teacher at the Elementary school Tristan will be attending Preschool at. He's excited. He has only one kid older than him in class, but that's okay. I just hope he doesn't get bored.

I think I finally feel like An Adult. I think having a kid in school does it. Tristan starts Tuesday and it will be three days for three hours each. We'll see if Kelhan misses him or not.

It's crazy-hot. Supposed to be 114 or somesuch today. I finished lessons at 9am, but had a working student 9-10. The stalls got cleaned along with the little turnout. I got a couple things done while she worked then helped get Ruby's stall done. It'll be nice doing just the arena Monday after getting it done Thursday too. Hurrah working students! I can't wait to have a few hours a week of them again.

Both the truck and Jeep got oil changes this week. The Jeep has a crack in the windshield washer fluid resivoir. It's covered by warranty, but only for another 500 miles so we'll be taking it in again next week.

Tru-D is slowly trying to catch up to Ruby.

It helps that Ruby is standing in a hole.
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The morning started out with a very lame Charm-N. I fed the horses loose so I could clean the stalls and she was hobbling pretty good from pile to pile. It looked like it was mostly her right fore, but she looked a little ouchy all over.

I went ahead and did the mucking. I Charm-N's stall was nasty per usual. When I have an extra set of hands I need to put a rubber matt under her feeder. She likes to pee, poop, and stand in the same spot, which compacts into nasty cakes of shavings and manure and dirt that takes some muscle to scrape out. She is the dirtiest horse I know when it comes to stall cleanliness. Chewy's a close second, but she at least goes in the half of her stall away from her food.

I filled four of the big cans. Charm-N's stall took up three-quarters of one of them. Messy, messy mare. I was feeling industrious and did about half the arena as well because it was just only 100 today.

After the cans I fed the herd their second half of breakfast in their stalls, though I played a little musical ponies and put Kitt in Charm-N's stall, Tru-D went in Kitt's with access to the small turnout, and Charm-N was in the arena with the small stall so she could move or not at will (and not be tempted to bicker at Ruby).

I cleaned out Charm-N's feet and they were just packed with a combination of dirt, manure, and ROCKS. So many rocks! There was no heat in her feet or pulses and there was no sign of swelling. I am hoping that it was the rocks and maybe I saw her just after a good thump from Ruby, who knows. She was moving about 90% better this evening. I may still have Chatham out for a look tomorrow and I sent Kevin a note that he may want to pick up some pads and shoes depending on how she hoof tests. I'm partial to thinking it's higher up as she allowed me to clean out all four feet fine, but we'll see. I hope she moves even better in the morning.

Saturday I had a cancellation so I pulled Tru-D out and played with some long-lining. I have re-watched both the Clay Maier Training Your Horse to Drive and Nate Bowers/Pat Parelli Driving Horses Vol. 1 (some day I may get the other two) in the last couple weeks and took a little different approach this time.

I started slowly with just asking her to move her forehand and haunches independently a step at a time before playing with a little bit of sidepass. She did very nicely and I was pleased with how soft and calm she was. I finished by double-lungeing and while she did zip off when I changed directions and asked for the trot she came down pretty quickly and stayed on the circle better than she has.

I don't know if I mentioned that we introduced the tire noise the other week, which she did really well with. I have a breastcollar on order for her so we can progress to actually pulling things as it cools down.

Today we had an assessment for Kelhan. He has a hard time with making consonant sounds and we were a little worried about him being behind. Our state has some awesome programs for early child development if you just make the calls (or at least have your pediatrician make the calls).

The lady who came out was really nice and tolerated the boys' attention-seeking antics well. Apparently Kelhan is at the top of the charts in everything except for his communication skills, however the communication is a grey area and he could go either way. She is recommending him for an evaluation with the speech therapist and we go from there. The speech therapist, even if he isn't behind enough to qualify, (s)he should be able to give us thoughts and ideas to help him along. After he turns three, if he is still behind the schools can pick up from there through their Pre-K programs and such.

Options are good. The woman today was very impressed with Kelhan overall in what he can do and his comprehension skills. We hope to keep that up and bring his verbal skills up to par.

I also can't wait to see my working students come back with the cooler weather because I'd love to be working horses for two hours Monday morning instead of mucking. I'd also love to see the arena and stalls completely clean the on the same day twice a week instead of getting the stalls clean one day a week and the arena clean the other. I don't like seeing fly maggots when I scrape up the manure. The birds (and sun) make short work of them once I move to the next area, but I'd rather get it picked up while they are still in their eggs.

Andere Tag

May. 27th, 2016 09:00 pm
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Some writing with Kallon.

We stayed an extra day because my grandparents flew in yesterday afternoon. We spent the day in Provo canyon before they arrived and visited for a couple hours. They were happy to see the boys and the boys them.

We left early this morning and had a pretty good drive down. There were a couple of slow pokes and a little traffic as we got past Phoenix, but we still made pretty good time. We took the 20 this time between the 89 and the 15 instead of taking the 89 to Nephi.

Tristan was happy to be home, and specifically happy to be home and play with his Farfar's "Herbie," which is the name for their pool vacuum.

"Did you miss Gamma and Farfar?" We ask him.

"Yes, and Farfar's Herbie." Is his response in all seriousness.

I'm wiped out and have lessons in the morning so to bed!

Die Berge

Mar. 19th, 2016 09:53 pm
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Thursday I got the base color done on the mountains. Or as I called it: Mountains Phase One.

The paint has been consistently drying darker, which has been a bit annoying, but since this was just the base layer for the mountain I made do. I also failed to mix enough paint so the bottom left ended up looking a bit wishy-washy, but that will be remedied in another layer.
Painting progress and a Fjord shirt )

Tru-D had walk number two off property today. Just down to the stopsign at the corner and back. She was much more terrified of the neon pink yard sale signs than she was the semi truck that drove by. She is a funny creature. She eventually got over it after walking back and forth multiple times and we walked back home just fine. The more she does it the better she will get.

I pestered Cinnamon again this week and she was much better about moving off of the far side whip aid, though she still thought kicking at it might be a good answer for a bit. She shall learn.

I also played with the buttons on Tru-D this week and she was very confused about being asked to move her hip towards me. This seems to me more of an issue with sensitive horses who are very respectful of your personal space. They find it hard to teust moving towards a person despite the stimulus being on the opposite side.

Hoping ro finish the mountains this week for sure (need snow and some light grey rocky bits) and get the rest of the middle/background done. The ground is just going to be flat. I can add in blades of grass later if desired, but I think it will be fine keeping it simpler.

Wendy said one of the sponsors wanted to donate the original to the silent auction that will be going on during the evaluation. Part of me is REALLY curious to find out what it sells for. Of course I have to get it done first!


Mar. 12th, 2016 09:40 pm
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Kugelpunkt? I am not fluent enough to know how "bullet points" would translate and my phone dictionary fails me.

*Have a talk in church tomorrow, subject: The Atonement (because Easter is close, I imagine). I haven't talked in church in over 10 years. They ask for 10-12 minutes, wish me luck. They like to ask couples to speak so Chris is up there with me too, no idea who speeks first. His talk is funnier than mine, but that's okay.

*Kitt had a brief bout of colic tonight. Just a little off, heart rate just touching 40. Some banamine and being banished to Ruby's stall for the night. Last I checked she said she was hungry so she got bran and electrolytes, which isn't quite what she was hoping for.

*Draft horse people and Rodeo people flubbed it today. Two weeks ago the Rodeo people contacted Troy saying "hey! we want heavy horses there after all! You have two hours Saturday!" Rest of the group got one week notice and last night Troy called me and said he had stuff come up and we were the only other ones to commit and weren't going to go do it all on our lonesome. Told Troy they can have someone call ME and coordinate something for next year. Not this last-minute half-baked crap. We can do better than this!

*Got the larger surface. First coat of gesso applied, needs another. Then I can grid the thumbnail and transfer. Smaller surface has not yet arrived. I need to do a test painting of the tack. I also need to get the Rosmalen design on the mare and foal test painting.

*Kelhan is adding words. Newest: "hot."

*We drove Ruby today, boys rode with us. Kelhan insisted on holding the reins. I might have to start showing them how to steer because they have the "whoa" and kissing noises for "go" down.

*Got Tristan a dresser for his room finally so the boys now have their own clothes in their own rooms, yay!

*Hung a whole bunch of family pictures on the walls this last month.

*Kash got his new boots and is now barefoot when not ridden. New discovery: he wings in slightly with hisbright fore. Not enough to hit himself, but enough to brush the outer edge of the boot.

*Need to get the schedule down for next year on the private school classes. They're adding a second campus in Gilbert. It's growing!

I'm sure there are more things I'm not thinking of.
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Thursday I had two am lessons and worked Molly before three afternoon lessons. Friday I had seven lessons scheduled, though one was a half hour and didn't show up so I only (ha!) taught six. I rode Charm-N during the first one, Chewy in the second, and used Tru-D twice to demonstrate with the Horsemanship 102 class as we were working on lungeing skills. The last lesson I rode Kash. We also hit the feedstore and got groceries during my breaks. Today I had two lessons this morning and worked Cinnamon Strudel on the long lines before working with Bud and Sue and coming back for two more lessons, in which I rode Kitt during the second one. I am ready for my day of rest Sunday!

Of course that doesn't mention all of us going to the zoo Monday (plus one lesson), hitting the Barrett-Jackson auto auction Tuesday with Tristan and Chris (plus two lessons), and four leasons and a horse worked Wednesday.

Cinnamon did better than I expectedn but was still a bit of a knucklehead here and there. She eventually settled into the work, but I don't plan on getting on again until she is settled and workmanlike consistently. Of course it would help if I could find the time to work her consistently... she's going to be 10 in December. I have to get her consistently broke some time! And I always go back to my defense that she isn't mine and she's just had crummy timing: I got her greenbrokeish just before I was pregnant with Tristan, I started breaking Z to ride and drive after that, pregnant with Kelhan, finishing Z's training before she passed, and crazy-busy schedule now with Tru-D's training to work on and Tabbi if we can get her gaining weight again.

We have an appointment Tuesday morning with the vet to get Tabbi's teeth checked/done and pull some bloodwork. Monday we're getting our taxes done too and I need to run to the bank because I have a really big deposit to make and my bank account knows it because it feels sad and empty right now.

I also woke up with a ball of something in my throat and think I am threatening to lose my voice. Chamomile tea with honey and lemon juice it is.


Jan. 12th, 2016 09:17 pm
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Friday we took a trip to the snow about 30 or 40 minutes past Payson. It had rained Monday, but cleared up before the three lessons that afternoon. And then it POURED Monday night, which left my away lesson sopping wet, even though she is higher up the hill than I am and it rained more Tuesday so I ended up rescheduling Tuesdays lesson. Wednesday my morning lessons were underwater, but I managed to get Bud worked. We did some puddle hopping. It also rained MORE on Wednesday and into the night. I did have a single die-hard Wednesday afternoon.

Haley worked in the roundpen and we did some turns on the haunches and forehand. She was surprised how wet it was and I told her when I am thinking about cancelling a lesson it has to be really wet!

Thursday, SURPRISE! more rain and no lessons. It was just too horrendously wet and getting wetter. We decided it'd be a good time for a snow trip. I canceled Friday's lessons (too wet anyway and it RAINED MORE) and we loaded up the boys and headed for the snow.

Tristan was so excited for his first snow trip! The reality wasn't quite as exciting as hoped. It was about two feet of fluffy powder, which doesn't make a good snowman and he sunk up past his waist trying to wade through it. Kelhan wasn't really happy except for when he was on my shoulders dictating where we should go and that's okay.

When we got there it was all virgin snow, not a track. We worked up an almost sweat (kept my jacket open!) stomping down a good track through the trees and wandered here and there for a while before Tristan decided it was time for lunch and he needed a corn dog. Thankfully there was a Dairy Queen in Payson that could satisfy the starving little man. Kelhan had one too and Chris and I had KFC before heading back down the hill to home.

Saturday was rain-free, but soggy. I did manage five lessons, though it would have been more because 10am wasn't feeling well and Sue was still underwater. Lots of work in the roundpen! Saturday was also the first day the horses really got turned out. They had an hour or so here and there during the week, but they pretty much spent 22 or 23 hours a day stuck in their stalls. Ruby was in the "spare" covered stall with access to the arena and Tru-D had the turnout and access to Ruby's stall, but the other four were stuck.

Saturday Susanne and I managed to get the stalls all mucked at least and I picjed up five bags of shavings. I used four of them on the stalls (I just have spot-shaving use where the horses pee because I'm cheap and also we just have mare motels so no solid walls to keep shavings in anyway). The last one was vainly used to help dry the turnout, which is still a mess because it gets shade from all sides with the little house, trees, and the L-shape of the shade. The edges are drying somewhat, but we're bumping the farrier until next week so he doesn't have to traverse the mud puddle on the South side of the house to get to where the horses are.

My normal book of lessons is getting back in gear after the mayhem brought about by the rain. The private school classes start this week with the art class tomorrow(!!). Next week is the driving clinic and life is chugging right along.
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Last week Chris went with me to work Bud Wednesday. I didn't realize how nervous Chris had gotten driving, but I don't think we've hitched up one of ours since the Sedona trip in March. We had an open stock trailer come up behind us, which made Bud a little nervous, but he did really well. Chris was less chill about it, but survived. We trotted just a little bit and kept to the road insdead of crossing the wash to work in the desert.

Saturday Sue was still recovering from a stomach bug so Henry joined me. We went out to the desert area and Bud was feeling really good so I asked Henry if he minded I try the canter and he was good with it so I had my first purposeful canter in a cart. Bud did awesome. He was questioning, but didn't get flustered at all about the faster speed and what the cart was doing. I allowed him to peter out and asked two more times. He isn't quite speedy or graceful in it, but soft and slow is fine by me right now!

I am really pleased with how Bud has come along. He started out as such a knucklehead it's great to see how well he goes now, especially with how he and Sue are coming along together. I may work myself out of a job with them yet. It may not be for another year or so, but the progress is steady and good.

Tru-D is closing in on being kindof greenbroke to ground drive. The last time I pulled her out she was a bit zoomy to start, but did settle into some nice work. I may dona couple regular lungeing sessions the next couple times I work with her and am debating on how long I should work in just the halter before shifting to a sidepull or some such.

Poor Tru-D did get stomped on my Charm-N yesterday as the two of them tried going through the gate at the same time. We did some soaking with epsom salts today and gave her some Bute this afternoon. She is putting weight on it, if moving gingerly, and it actually doesn't appear swollen at all so we're giving her another day and see how she is. Hopefully itvs just bruised and nothing major.

I was looking at Tru-D the other day and realized something...

I think she has Kash out-massed! I don't quite know when it happened. I need to measure her again and see where she is at now.

Monday for Tristan's birthday we had planned on going to the zoon but it was raining so we went to the "indoor zoo" instead, which is Cabelas' and on the other side of the valley, but the boys enjoyed it with watching the big fishea and turtles as well as seeing their collection of stuffed/taxidermed animals. They also enjoyed getting fudge, some lunch, and playing at the shooting arcade, which lead into them really wanting these toy rifles that make shooting noises (they do not fire, so no actual shooting). We had some time aftet we got home tongrab some last-minute things before Marty, Dave, and Chris' brother Brad plus family came over. There was pizza and instead of a cake there was cookie dough, which made Tristan's freshly four year-old heart giddy. Tristan enjoyed his gifts and had fun chasing and being chased by his Trout cousins.

Still haven't heard back from my older brother. Dad apparently stopped by Dave and Marty's, which I'll expound on later.

Two weeks ago I cantered Royal for the first time. He may have a rough trot, but his canter is NICE. Debbie got to experience it briefly last week a bit unintentionally, but she agreed it was lovely. Today we tried out a Monte Foreman "Balance Ride" saddle that Janiece W. thought would be a great fit. Janiece is somewhere between 60 and 70 I think and trained under Monte Foreman. She can TALK and knows that she knows a lot, but she's also a bit set in her ways and seems a bit inflexible. I haven't had a lot of experience with her, but my farrier does her horses too and her daughter put a couple months on Toby (anyone seen "Wild Horse, Wild Ride"? That would be Wylene) a few years ago.

Anyway, she was basically trying to sell Debbie this saddle for $1500 and it looked older than dirt. The leather was still good and soft, but I wouldn't pay that much for something that looked like they had been used hard for the last 20 years. Anyway, the big idea behind the balance ride is that the stirrups are hung further forward and the seat is pretty much flat. The rigging is in-skirt so less bulk under your leg and the stirrups have a really interesting double-adjustment system that I couldn't even start to describe. You'd have to see it.

I didn't really like how it sat on Royal, it looked "down" in front and the back of the saddle curved up away from his back, like the rock was too steep for his back shape. I tried it anyway and Devbie and I discussed how it was put together and what it was doing to my position. I liked that my knees stayed over my toes, but I could definitely feel my lower leg was not under my seat. The flat, wide seat felt like it was prying my thighs apart and rotating then outward uncomfortably and it forced me to sit almost entirely on my seatbones. Walking was manegable, but posting the trot was pretty hopeless. My thighs ran into the swells and as the stirrups were forward returning down and in balance wasn't quite happening as it should.

I've ridden in some sub-par saddles and had to make due, but this one combined with Royal's thrusty trot was not doing me any favors. Royal started out okay, but towards the end was less than happy with my lack of balance and I told him he was a good boy for at least humoring us.

We talked more about saddle fit and also about how it should fit the rider. What the flat seat causes and why saddles have that rise from the seat instead of being completely flat (Janiece called the rise a "ball buster," classy). I think the flat seat would work for people comfortable sitting on their glutes instead of their seat bones, but when you are used to the three point contact of seatbones plus the pubic arch a completely flat seat isn't going to do it unless your pelvic anatomy is so devious as to have the pubic arch and seat bones at the same level (typically your pibic arch is higher than your seat bones).

Anyway, Debbie was glad that she didn't have to buy another saddle. Janiece seemed to be of the opinion that the Monte Foreman saddles will fit ANYTHING, but I have found that is not the case with horses. I think the only piece of tack that fits every horse is a lead rope and that isn't even directly touching the horse's body.

And I need to hit the hay otherwise I'd keep going.

It was COLD this morning and we are expecting another hard freeze tonight.
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We start 'em young at the Trout's Corral. Can you hear Kelhan kiss and say "Ooooh?"

Kitt's last drive was dragging a tire a couple weeks ago and before that it's been since April if not longer. She stood stock still to be hitched and walked off perfectly. I do think I need to eventually get a bridle that fits her a littke better. The browband is a smidge snug and I would like one with a full noseband.

Tristan also joined us and had fun driving. He wanted to go faster, but I told him there wasn't enough room.

So tätig

Oct. 31st, 2015 07:41 pm
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Barring any cancellations I have 29 hours scheduled next week between lessons, client horses, and the private school classes. This does not include travel time, record keeping, or the hour a day that the horses get for general maintenance (feeding and such).

If I keep this up I might have to raise rates on new clients. Of course the initial plan was to save that until I was using the property regularly, but there is that supply and demand thing and if my time is in short supply it becomes more valuable. Maybe what I may do instead of the $20 discount off of four I do currently I'll drop it to $10 so the individual cost stays the same. Something to think about.

We'll see how I manage [ profile] mini_wrimo or something like [ profile] nanomango this month if this keeps up, hahaha!

In other news, Tristan made a good ghost:

We couldn't convince Kelhan to wear his more than two seconds so he just went as himself and we have no photographic evidence of his costume. Better luck next year. Tristan did one round at the trunk or treat and then thoroughly enjoyed handing out candy with his little brother. I think that was more fun for him than getting candy!

Also we got part of the yard fenced for Rolo so she can roam without worrying about her sneaking under the horse panels.
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I had some minutes so I pulled out Tru-D and the long lines today. I kept the outside line over her back initially and then dropped it down once she relaxed a little. I had a student handy to snap some phone video.

I left the lines out of the surcingle rings because I wanted it to feel like normal lungeing to start and so I didn't have to swap the reins around when I changed sides (putting the outside one through the ring and leaving the inside one loose). I think she did pretty well for a first time and looking forward to introducing either a sidepull or the cross-under bridle. I think we're on our way to having her ground driving by the end of the year.

Completely unrelated, the last few mornings Tristan had been up between 4 and 5:30am wanting a cold feely blanket (a small, square blanket with ribbon edges that he likes having an ice pack in apparently). This morning I showed him where they were in the freezer and told him he could get it himself next time. The more annoying part is Rolo hears him and must go outside to potty Right Now. Children and puppies.
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I'll scan these things in and show them off properly. These were at the beginning of August the day before Kelhan got his hair cut. That child's hair was out of control. Marty is still disgruntled about the cut, but that's okay. The curls didn't die because I cut it and they will be back soon. He went almost 18 months without a haircut, it was time!

Four more )
Kelhan loves riding the bikes. We have two little push bikes the boys cruise around on at home and Kelhan is just tall enough to operate his now. Tristan zips around like a mad man and can balance for quite the distance on his own. I will be SO HAPPY when not-summer arrives and I can let them run around outside without having to worry about them getting overheated. It's supposed to be under 100 all week. The end is near!

Yesterday I was looking up possible places to process the 4x5 and it looks like Tempe Camera does it. They will also do pretty much everything else and I could just get the film processed and not get prints, which would save some. Granted I thoroughly enjoy visiting Mr. Grant and don't mind giving him my business as I have for the last 15 or so years.

I do like that the 645 has the option to go up to 1/1000 for the shutter speed. I still love the Mamiya (and I guess I should just start calling it the RB since they are both Mamiyas), but the lenses I have only go up to 1/400. I do need to break out the instant film some day soon and play with that. I think my problem with the previous packs was they were so old the adhesive for the tabs was toast. It wasn't fun having to use tweezers to pull what was left of the paper out so I could access the print! I look forward to a more pleasurable experience next time.

I am also looking into getting a changing bag for the 4x5 film because you have to load the film sheets into the individual holders and had a vague idea of processing my own film, but I haven't processed film since high school and I just sent off my old Paterson tank (figures). I would also have to sacrifice a roll in order to re-learn how to reel the film with confidence let alone thinking about where and how to store the chemicals. That and the 4x5s require a separate set-up to process than the 35 or 120 film. Let's not forget having the time to sit there and agitate it while it processes so no, self-processing will have to wait until I have something like free time and no toddlers to get into it.
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Two days canning tomatoes ending up with over 50 jars.
Tomato pictures )

And I finally finished 2 pairs of booties that I started about three years ago. Oma finally showed me how to make pompoms too! Gaining skills!

Lavender and blue )

And I haven't done it in forever, but my friends list has changed 99% since I last did it so here it goes. If anyone hasn't guessed yet I am LDS, also known as "Mormon." I guess I could use the word "saint," but with the connotation that tends to carry in other religions it sounds a bit presumptuous. Probably outside of Islam the LDS faith is one of the most misunderstood religions out there and I know it is always best to go to the source rather than run on rumor so for the curious and so inclined I open myself up to your question regarding it. I'll probably respond to short questions within this post, but longer, more in-depth questions will be addressed in seperate posts. So ask away, no question is to silly (I've heard some pretty strange ones), and I love a challenge. If I have to do research all the better.

Tomorrow we leave REALLY early. The plane leaves at 5:45 Utah time, which means a quarter 'til 5 in Arizona. I may be home before the boys eat breakfast.

Fast da

Aug. 13th, 2015 09:37 pm
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Just for the record it was 112° F today and I am sure over 40% humidity at some point. Nasty, nasty, nasty. The 5pm lesson almost melted and all the horses were soaked even standing under their shades. I made it a point to hose off the sweat.

Tristan finally decided he could start using the toilet to poop last week. However he still thinks he needs to completely strip naked to do so. We'll keep working on that, but it's nice not having any diapers for him.

Kelhan seems to want to potty train himself. He lifts his shirt and tries to pull off his diaper on the way to the toilet. We picked up a pack of pull-ups to make it easier for him. We'll see if we don't have two fully potty trained boys by the end of the year!

Kelhan is in the runwordstogethertosaysomething phase. I have heard things like "Igunnageetoo" and "Iovoo." He had "mama" down and says "up" quite well. He has a sound for cat that sounds a bit like kihhch (German ch) and does "chuh, chuh" for train (all the important words). He's tried to say something like horse and I am sure he has way more sounds than we recognize at this point.

Kitt had a good ride last week and while she initially balked at the crossrail she did go over really well and I could feel her actually engage and honestly jump over it. Hoping for even better this Friday.

It'll be so nice to have the property done and have a jump field set up so I don't have to set up and tear down every time I want to take a few in. Mom is ordering the storage container we'll use as a tack/storage room (8'x20'). I need to ask Chris about contact info for other trench diggers or maybe just wait until we're not roasting so we can do it.

So many things to talk about so little time.

Also: I am enjoying my German titles. It amuses me and does double duty keeping my German in vague, somewhat rusty use.
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The other week Tristan discovered "Gilligan's Island" and in the last week he has almost memorized the theme song and we have been constantly serenaded with "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" as understood and pronounced by a three year old. He has the hardest time saying "millionaire" and it usually sounds something like "gibidigar."

Saturday I finalky got to try the Mamiya 645. I thought about taking it to Utah, but I wanted to swap out the auto winder with the hand crank because I am an old school control freak like that.

Mr. Grant had given me a few rolls of long-expired (but well-stored) 120 film when I picked up my last two rolls of 35mm. The rolls of 35mm were mystery film. I had no idea how long they had been in my refrigerator so the results were a 100% complete surprise. The roll of black and white was from 2009 when we sent to the first Draft Show before ADHMA was officially formed. The other roll was color and from the Friesian Keuring at HSP in 2011 where we discovered that AZ has pretty crappy Friesian stock. Z's sire, Hedzer was the nicest horse there and of course I was comparing the yearling there to Zetahra and was very pleased with how much nicer she was than the long-backed scrawny thing presented at the Keuring. (Apart from being a tobiano Z looked more like a Friesian should than most Friesians...)

Another sidebar last time I was at Mr. Grants I also acquired a Bogen tripod for $100. The thing could hold a full grown man if you had a platform to fit it it is a beast! Mr. Grant spoils me. I told Chris I was done and he asked if Mr. Grant had died and I said "no" and he asked if I was dead ... "no..." and he responded "you're not done!"

He knows me.

Back on track I loaded up two of the 120 backs with the old film and chased the boys around Marty's backyard while they played around the pool.

It is definitely much lighter than the RB67. The focusing seems a little less precise, but that might be the difference between the bellows on the RB67 and the in-lens focusing on the 645. It is also much harder to take vertical shots. The RB67 has a back that rotates for either landscape or profile so you don't have to rotate the whole camera. The 645 does not and since it has a single mirror for the hood (if that is the proper term) viewfinder that is on it when you rotate it sideways your image is upside down. Both of then produce a mirror image because of the single mirror (SLRs have two mirrors, one that flips up to clear the shutter screen and the other that allows you to look forward, thus making the image as your eye sees it instead of reversed).

I DO have two or three other viewfinders for it that I might play with. One of them has a light meter built in and I think there are two that have an additional mirror like on a 35mm SLR, but you do get used to looking down and chasing your subjects opposite of where your eyes think they are going, heh.

The hardest thing was compensating the tilt when I tried for portrait views. With the image upside down and backwards my eyes were very confused.

It was fun to shoot and now I need to take the film in to develop. I only used one lens (I got nine with the thing) and will have to play with some of the others over time. I really want to try the fisheye and the 500mm lens because those are the two extremes and I have never had the chance to play with anything that big or small!

It was nice having 15 shots instead of just 10 and Inlove that it takes the same film as the bigger RB67 so I don't have three different types of film laying around. The pictures will be smaller (about 2/3s the size), but still much larger than a 35mm frame.

The 645 has the capacity to do 1/1000 of a second whereas my fastest RB67 lens is 1/400 (the RB's shutter is only in the lens, not the body of the camera and I have no idea if they have faster lenses, but I doubt I would be in a position to buy one any time soon (new lenses are usually over $2000.00).

We'll see how the images turn out, but I'm excited for this new-to-me camera and the crazy-good luck I have managed in acquiring all of my equipment.

Since I (hopefully) got good pictures Saturday it was finally time to give Kelhan his first haircut. Marty isn't happy about the loss of his curly locks, but they will return. She didn't believe that Tristan had his cut just as short. Tristan also had his done at 9 months instead of 17!

I'll post some before and after pictures when I get a moment.

Kelhan also definitely says "up." He sometimes says something that sounds like "Immageetgeetgeetyoo!" when chasing people.


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