Monday, April 20, 2015

Over the Mountain

Yesterday we drove over Mt. Hamilton and down the other side to Livermore. We have been planning to do this for over a year now. We thought we wanted to go to Patterson, but that was too far, so we just went to Livermore instead, then home on I-680

We had planned to stop at the little restaurant, but needed to take Lydia with us because it would be too long for her and her bladder to stay home by herself.

It was a great drive and we saw two mule deer with their antlers beginning to grow, and we saw a tortoise. I've never seen a tortoise in the wild in California.

Here we are at the top, at the James Lick Observatory.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pairs, Singles, Rabbits, over the Mt.

Somehow, I found myself in charge of planning a driving event at HD Equestrian Center in San Martin. This my be a complete boondoggle. So, this weekend, I am writing the proposal for funding. It sounds like too much grownup stuff for me!

I drove the ponies as a pair in San Martin on Thursday. Trainer Harry Councell was next to me. We used his carriage. The girls were champs. Someone even pulled up along side of us with their car and asked to take a picture! wow. Almost famous.

Pepper pulled single for the first time since Oct 13. That was Friday. It wasn't great, but we didn't die. Fancois helped. I need to do it more, with a walker person. She needs to get used to the breeching. I think that is what bothers her.

Today is the Bunny Bee. We sew crate liners and blankies for bunnies.

Dave is taking most of the bathroom flooring and shower wall tile up to the mountain today. The rest tomorrow. We are going to spend the afternoon driving over the top of Mt. Hamilton and down the back, through Paterson to Livermore. We haven't done it yet. Putting it off. Not sure why. Supposed to be a nice drive.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Driver Proficiency

Yesterday, I attended a workshop to prepare for the Carriage Association of America river Proficiency Level 1 evaluation. Jane Moody was excellent, as were hosts Roger and Marion Cleverly of One Two Carriage Driving in Oakdale. Marion even served pie and ice cream.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Carriages and Ulcers

I have been shopping for a carriage. Its not easy. The east coast has so many more carriages, new and used. The west coast, not so much. Surprising, a little, because there are so many driving events around Sacramento. I almost bough a Polish off-brand in VA, but it seemed more for minis ans small ponies. The seller said it was for medium to small ponies, but I think she confused VSEs with small ponies and, hence, small ponies with medium ponies. There is not much out there for medium ponies. Go too small and you cant see over the pony butts, too large and it gets to be too heavy.

I have a lead on a Hardwicke Puddle Jumper in Grass Valley, but the trainer that is helping them sell it is competing in Florida this winter. There is a three hour time gap that makes everything feel very strange. Then there is a Hans Meier that would need shipping from the east coast. But the price is very good. With either of these, if they turn out to be wring for me, I could flip them. I am almost afraid to check my email this morning.

Pepper is nearly done with her ulcer treatment program. She is having a little of her old unsoundness going on, I am not sure what to do. I signed her up for the chiropractor. Both girls need their annual dentistry.

Pepper is doing pretty well in long lining and ground driving. She can do leg yields and rollbacks. Now I am just putting miles on in ground driving. She is not very good at compliance in turns. Practice practice practice. My feet hurt. I am hoping to get my little Ballerina Girl hooked by Friday.

Monday, August 18, 2014

No Ponies

No ponies yesterday. I drove to Watsonville to help the Rabbit Haven rescue with a mass spay neuter clinic.  Rabbits are a bit different from cats and dogs. You can't put them in a holding cage to wake up while you just keep an eye on them. Bunnies need to be armed and massaged, while their body temp is closely monitored. It is more common for them to go into shock and die, or just have such a hard time waking up that they stop breathing. Each rabbit had a team of two people to help them come to. It takes a half an hour or more before they could go into a pen and be watched by another team. We did over 20 bunnies yesterday.

Here is a photo of my two buns, Silver and Pierre.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My last post had Pepper pictures. Today; Yndi pictures!!!




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Success! with Photos

Absence has caused my password to be forgotten. This has been complicated by having this blog linked to an email address that I haven't used in so long that I have forgotten the password to that too. Cheese Louise!

Lots has happened. The passing of persons who were so intrusive that I didn't want them to know what was going on. Presence of others who might be offended by my problems, thinking I was insulting them.

But, I won a free photo session from a pet photographer, three subjects of my choosing. Of course, I chose Yndi and Pepper Lee, my tow Gotland mares, and myself. I got one print included in my prize, and I chose to have many photos put into a bound book, pretty nice. Thanks PawPawrazzi and AnnMary.

These photos are electronic files with the photographer's mark. All the other ones are in my book.

Pepper Lee is chocolate brown, nine years old, and stands 12.1 hands.