Friday, November 21, 2008

Kids, Horses, a Pony, and Papers!!!

It is conference time at the kidlet's school, and they had a 1/2 day today, so I took them riding instead of me getting to ride, but oh well...what is a mom to do????
I think that Bo was pretty happy to see Eric today. What do you think? It was supposed to rain today, and we had made plans to ride at the arena. The rain held off, but we went to the arena anyway, because Bo just had his shoes pulled. We are going to use EasyBoots on him, as he only ever needs front shoes. Amber has been using them on Waska, and likes them a lot, so I will let you guys know how they turn out for Bo.
Eric is the perfect size for Bo. I can only imagine what I must look like on!!!!
Do you see the big, gray horse that is watching us through the gate? He is a giant Warmblood gelding, who stands 17 hands high. I was drooling over him when the barn owner came out and said that his owner just put him up for sale...I didn't even ask the price...huh-uh...not going!!!
Miss Katie was riding Sienna today, and they worked on trotting. Remember Sienna is a cart pony, so squeezing/kicking her sides mean nothing to her. She goes by voice commands, and clicking/smooching sounds, so we are working on teaching her about moving off of pressure. Bo looks a little conceited in this he is dismissing Sienna with a flick of his tail. Snooty Arab!!!Waska looked breathtaking today (or at least I thought he did!) so I took some shots of him trotting and cantering. He has come so far, and I am so proud of Amber!
Handsome!!! While we were untacking the big horses, Katie took Sienna, or tried to take Sienna, through the trail course, but all Sienna could think about was gobbling down as much grass as she possibly could before Katie got her head!!!We let Eric load Bo today (Amber was waiting on the inside of the trailer), and I noticed in this picture that we need to paint the inside of our trailer! We have had it for 14 years now, so I guess it is time!!!Sorry that this post is kind of spacey and random, but I have been typing one of my papers all evening and I needed a break! My mind feels kind of fried right now. Where is Saddle Mtn. Rider when I need!!!
I have a tag that I have to work on from Miss Lisa as well, so I will try to get that done tomorrow or Sunday. Have a good weekend everybody!!!


Saddle Mountain Rider said...

Here I am! With an invit!
Gather up your pony and your gear! You are riding in the Pony Cousin Stampede and Rodeo! Join us in the fun at:

Gail said...

What a wonderful day! It is also amazing that all your children love to ride. Sometimes, there is an odd man out. Glad you and your family had some enjoyable family time.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

That's great to see all the kids horsing around! Bo reminds me of my Nadia. Waska looks super! Katie and Sienna are so cute!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Also, I had to tell ya that I like your photo at the top of the page. Where is it from? I took a photo of my half Arabian mare, Shahreen, and my Great Dane, Max, many years ago, that looks very much like that. She's standing very similar, fully tacked out, in an english saddle and bridle, too. I'll have to dig it out. It's one of my favorite photos.

Mrs Mom said...

Look at how happy Bo is! What a grand old man he is Melanie. LOVE the little pony too! hehe

Have an awesome weekend woman!

allhorsestuff said...

HI Mellie!
Glad for Firday for you...thought all week to it knowing you'd be riding..I know this was fun too though.
Glad for the kids riding.Bo does look very content w Eric. I had to chuckle too, seeing hoiw he loves hi Camo-jacket!Waska and Amber do look nice!

Yea..trailer maintinence...I have been doing such as well...but having it as my tack room..the stuff pile is enormous right now..OUTSIDE the trailer as I had the floorboards checked a day ago and the lights and all general maintinece done....Now, at least, as I put things back..I will know where everything is!

Glad you took the break and showed us what's up!

Train Wreck said...

Oh it sounds like you need a vacation too? I will as soon as Vegas is over. Whew! Great photos of the girls, beautiful. That pony cracks me up. Soo cute with your little girl!

C-ingspots said...

Oh Melanie, your horses are all so very beautiful! As are you and your kiddos. This is a wonderful post full of the good things in life - horses, kids and family-time! Enjoy and don't forget to squeeze in some of that precious downtime for yourself, my hardworking little momma. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Love to all, Lorie

Melanie said...

Gail-I am glad that everyone likes horses too! Let's hope it stays that way.

Val-I left you a response on your blog!

Everyone Else-Glad you enjoy viewing a little bit of our lives!Blogging is fun, isn't it???!!

Rising Rainbow said...

The kidlets look like they're having a great time.

Breathe said...

Ponies can get their head in the grass so quick! Not far to go, 'natch...

Your kids look like fine riders, having too much fun on their horses! Glad you got away from the papers long enough for some R&R

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

What a good momma you are!! Of course, it is so enjoyable having kids that love the horse thing too, that it's not hard to enjoy having them around.
They grow up really fast gotta watch out for that.;)

Andrea said...

Oh what a really fun day!! I love getting in some arena time. The kids all looked really great!

You are such a good mom to give up your riding time to let the kids have some fun. It seems like that is all I do now a days too. :)

And how tempting to look at a 17 hand warmblood!! Tempting yes in deed!! I love those big warmbloods.

Stephanie said...


They look so cute! You are a good mom!
I am so unhealthy right now the thought of a huge warmblood makes me cringe but under normal circumstances I would be right there with you drooling over it and the thought of sailing over fences as if they were nothing!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Waska looks incredibly gorgeous! And I was just going to say the same thing that Val said, to. He reminds me of her Arabian Nadia. He has soft kind eyes like she does and a fuzzy cute compact body, too.
And I love that grand flick of his tail. lol!

I adore your BoBo! And I bet you don't look silly on him at all.
But your kids do look great on the horses, I must admit. Katie and Sienna are too precious for words.
I've really got to get my Jenna a pony her size. She refuses to ride Baby Doll, or any horse over 14hh.

I would love it if all my kids had the 'horse bug' like yours do!
Just like you, I wouldn't mind giving up some of my riding time to see the joy in their faces and hear the laughter in their voices.

That warmblood is beautiful! The one photo where he is eyeing Sienna is so funny. It's as if he's saying, "Is that a horse?" "Can't be. I'M a REAL horse you know! Hmmmpf!" lol!

Glad to hear you're doing ok, though, and that you've been able to dig a little hole out from under all the papers and school work. :)

New Mexico

the7msn said...

Spacey and random? I could write the book on that this week.

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Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Your kids and equines always look so happy together! :-)Love the pic of Katie and Sienna- I can relate to throwing your body into pulling a horse head up from grass!:-x