Lil Bro’

The magic 3 week age has hit the litter…
They are quickly working on their personalities…
They “bark”.
They “run”.
They “growl”.
They “sit”.
They make me use lots of  “quotation marks”.
If I can get an in focus shot… It is easy to come up with Photo Titles.  Like today’s…
“Hey, Li’l Bro’, whaddya say we blow this joint?  I hear there’s a big wide world out there!”
And when sunshine returns to the Cowboy State… I’ll lay out in the grass and take mucho photos… and I’ll title some more!

Test Drive OOPE

Yesterday I spent the afternoon horseback, hunched against the Wyoming wind.  That is guaranteed to make my shoulders ache, but it seems impossible for me to ride in the wind without raising my shoulders and trying to protect myself from the blasts.  Luckily, the wind wasn’t the freezing cold temperature that it often is, and so, I suppose, it could have been much worse.  I only had one layer of grit on my face… not grit *and* ice!
I was test driving a little 4 year old mare, full of flash, and come to find out, more “spunk” than I was looking for in a new horse.
She has a good handle on her for a four year old, and she did everything I asked her to do, except BE CALM.
Yesterday’s objective was to get as many cows and baby calf pairs across a highway to a new (and greener) pasture.  This is accomplished by separating the pairs out of the main bunch.  I’ve taken pictures of this before.  It takes a calm horse and rider to do this, and Wild Blue Eyes just didn’t get it.  You can’t ride into a bunch of cows sidestepping, headshaking, and prancing, and expect the mommas and babies to stay together.
Too bad.
I might have liked her otherwise.
We sorted and sorted and lost control for a bit… so we kicked them out on the highway and across into a holding pen.  We re-sorted what we had and put the extras *back* across the highway.  We then trailed the 64 pair we managed to cut out the mile and a half to their new pasture, where we again matched pairs and then turned them loose.
I admit.
After hunching in the wind and riding a jigging nervous new horse (when I didn’t know whether she was going to blow or not) and then having to sort and re-sort and re-re-sort… it wasn’t a particularly fun afternoon.
I did enjoy moments…
Like Lucas not giving up on a wild calf and bringing it in a big loop back to the bunch… alone.
Like seeing yellow bells and blue bells…the first wildflowers of the year.
Like viewing these wide wild Wyoming skies in glorious blue-greys before the storm hit.
Like seeing fresh elk sign and wondering from which draw or hilltop we were being watched from.
Like riding a fastwalking horse and being a leader… I’ll give Wild Blue Eyes that much… she sure can travel the country!
So if you’re interested in a fastwalking, country eating, good handling young mare with TONS of flash about her… let me know and I’ll put you in touch with S.  But for me, I want that calm horse that’ll sneak into the bunch and cut out a pair without them ever realizing I was there.  That horse is out there somewhere.  I’ll keep looking

Test Drive

I went to a good friend’s house yesterday afternoon for a test drive.
I’ve been on the lookout for a new horse, and he’s been helping me.
My dream horse:
         6 or 7 years old (the stupid has usually left by then!)
         Short enough I can get on…(the stirrup keeps getting harder to reach for some reason)
         no buck (duh…)
         good right turn, left turn, and whoa (the most important is WHOA!)
         has an idea what a cow is… (a horse that can read a cow is important here)
         can relax and be mellow… (a nervous, side-stepping, head tossing horse is a PITA)
         and if “flash” is available… I prefer buckskins!  (never had one… everyone wants color)
My friend has this horse.
He even saddled and bridled her for me.
She’s four… hmmm… kinda young, kinda got that 4 year old stupid about her…
Short enough
He says there’s no buck in her… but you know, I’m a dude, he’s a cowboy…
good enough on right, left, and whoa
I’m not sure on the relax and mellow thing…
Cows… That’s why she’s here and I’ll ride her in the next few days…
This girl’s got a lot!
Just look at those wild blue eyes…
Just for the record…
I hitched that brow band for my friend.
It took me hours and hours and I was gonna make one for me, but it takes hours and hours.
I just used some cotton cord… and it matched his saddle pad back in the day, but he’s a cowboy and goes through saddle pads… so now it doesn’t match anything.
That’s probably more of a cowgirl thing anyway… guys don’t care.
Like I said… lotsa flash.
I’m trying her behind cows… because flash doesn’t get you there… and get the job done.
But I had the nicest time.
We rode for two hours for FUN!  I can’t remember the last time I rode a horse for FUN.  We talked and laughed and looked at spring coming to Wyoming…
I could have ridden for two more hours.
Thanks, S, I’ll see if she’ll work for me!
Just can’t get over those eyes…

Busy Day… one of many to come!

I know I’m late, but I have had a busy day…

My mother and daughter left after lunch today… so we spent the morning trying to talk about everything we’ve not had a chance to cover the past two days.  It always seems like such a short visit…

We had to play with the puppies one more time.

We had to go to the Mills place again, just to review the progress we’ve made.

We had to finish off some of the great food we cooked yesterday.

We had to eat chocolate.

They left at 2.

By 2:15 I was on my way to a neighbor’s place to try out something new.

Something new and gorgeous.

Something with spunk.

Something with Rory-blue eyes… and if you ever met Rory… you’d know exactly what I meant in a split second!

Something like this:

But then I had to hurry home and teach some Korean students… so this entry is short… but tomorrow, depending on the weather… I’ll talk about this again!

Happy Easter!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday!