Sunday, we all went over to help get stuff ready for the show and decided to finish cleaning the trailer. Hubby went and got this stuff, which worked. I don't mean worked, I mean IT WORKS!
The show is next week! The Tulsa State Fair is next week! Hubby probably wouldn't admit it, but he's excited about our little trip too...I'm taking three days vacation and he's taking two. My parents and hubby's mom are coming to watch Patience show and for an upside to the whole experience, we'll get to let the kids enjoy the fair! My excitement can no longer be contained!!! Since we haven't taken any vacations this year - this is IT.
Patience has her b-day party this Saturday and we're keeping it simple. Burgers, cake, and ice cream along with a few friends and family. I'm actually not sure who's coming...I gave hubby the date and time, then put him in charge of invitations so I have no idea who, how many, if?. Oh, and I'm not cleaning house - everyone can eat outside...
I took the whole family to see Chester tonight and he did great as usual. We practiced some trotting and standing and IF I can get him to stay focused at the show he should do amazing. Some kids rode by on bikes and he never even blinked, MY kids jumped on some metal and he spooked in place (trust me, it was freakin loud). All in all, I'm proud of his progress. Patience told me tonight that she's nervous about her class. I said she'd do just fine and this is just dress-up practice anyway....well, maybe fibbed a little but she'll relax some.
I get these training tips from "Charlie" at horsetrainingresources.com and I really don't recall how. He's always yappin about try this and that and the "pulley bridle" got me curious. It states that THIS bridle fixes: 1.horses that are mean or bad to mount (they're mean cause you're stickin every stupid fuckin gadget on 'em every time you get them out) 2.Horses that rear (hell, I'd flip plumb over if you tried to stick THAT in my mouth) 3.Bad to shoe (what the fuck does a bridle have to do with feet) 4.Bad to Groom (you've got to be kidding me) 5.Bad to bridle or harness (lets ruin a good mouth) 6.Bad to lead (my mouth just dropped to the floor). Now, I'm sure there are worse things out there but this pissed me off! Jezz, just spend some time visiting and ASKING your horse to be wonderful and they will - TIME people TIME!
And here I've found the perfect saddle!
The kids can ride, I could ride, pony Chester, go on trail rides, playdays, etc...
We stopped by sears and looked at stoves (unsuccessfully) and meandered through the TV section (I need 3k) and hubby stumbled across digital cameras. Since I'd been taking pics all night with my phone, he took a second look. Wow, he says, come look at this. Holy crap, a cannon something or other with the right digital/optical zoom - 10 of those megapixel things and the image stablizer all for thirty five bucks. THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS you say! Yep, but someone had just bought the last one about thirty minutes ago. GASP, sell me the DISPLAY! No can do. GASP, a raincheck? No can do. Sniff, sniff, pout, stomp. I've been looking at camera's online ever since...
Damn, that's a handsome horse!
I love these pics, thank you Dian! We did a mock show..guess who won?
Just thought I'd throw this back in here, aren't you impressed?
Just amuse yourself with the next few pics...
The barn, the barn, the barnnnnnn!!!!
Leaving you with some awesome videos to watch this weekend, try not to space out dreaming like I did!
Patience and Red.
Dian and Marlin went to Arkansas today. She asked me if I could feed and water all the horses tonight. I said sure, no big deal. All the feed was ready...I separated the buckets and fed the horses, no big deal. Weeelll, the yearlings were still eating after everyone else was done. Crap, did I get the buckets mixed up? OMG, what if somebody founders!? Did I do it right? I watch D do it all the time. I think I got it right, maybe I should just call her. So I called, and I got it right. Whew! I had big plans to take pics while I was feeding, but the stress of that kind of responsibility took over and I forgot I had a name : ) Thank goodness hubby was there to help some. He followed and picked up empty buckets - then got mad cause I went around a tree and he didn't see the branch before it wacked him in the face. (Me laughing didn't help at ALL) He stomped around and found Dian's saw and started wacking limbs. Then decided Dian needed a clear path when she feeds and went all out. (I hope D wasn't attached to those limbs-I may never get asked to feed again) After that he was satisfied and we all (hubby included) petted and loved on the horses!
So, Chester. How do you feel about a road trip? Idaho is what I have in mind. 2010 Sport Horse Nationals to be exact...Between the Tulsa show next month and the Arkansas victory challenge in April we should be able to qualify. I might get a second job for the winter (agency or PRN) and work a couple weekends a month to pay for all my horsey ambitions next summer, fall, rest of my life, etc....Anyway, Chester says whatever-I'll go wherever my family goes!
Happy horses all around the stables.
I couldn't resist a pretty picture.
This was Hans from www.fredericksborgusa.com the horse farm reproduction jaz. He gave a presentation on "collection" and AI. I'll admit, Dian was far more interested than I was although he was very informative.
This here is Stan Morey. An AHA judge and professional trainer who gave a halter clinic. Fascinating. The entire crowd was enamored and he broke everything down in a professional yet amateur friendly language. He stopped periodically to answer questions and even brought in a horse for a full demonstration.
Here's Mr Morey with the mare. It's his mare, but he discussed her strengths and weaknesses very well.
He also pointed out that if the animal was properly trained anyone could set it up. Example: This little girl. He gave her some directions from afar and darned if she didn't get that horse to set up!
Somebody brought a big damn dog. They even purchased it a stuffed toy during the "items" part of the stallion auction.
The actual auction was entertainment in itself. Each stallion was brought up on the television as their seed was sold. Periodically, there were breaks where they sold donated items. I'll admit, I got caught up as well and bought a bright red cooler for Chester. (I was forbidden by my husband before the auction to buy anything, but it was a total bargain at under twenty bucks. He agreed and didn't get in a wad about it.)
Frankly, this cake was one of the highlights. I didn't want them to cut it because it was sooo pretty! It got cut anyway, and it tasted delicious. There was also a luncheon before the auction.