Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Yesterday, had a late start on homework, following a pleasant meeting for coffee and catch-up with a friend, but completed much that was needed. First on my list were horses. They’d been looking a little too slim from lots of exercise and had been receiving extra nutrition, making (especially) Rosie a bit hotter, giving her an edge that regular exercise could soften; but with a major holiday coming, I was called to work on more days than usual and couldn’t exercise the horses.
Today we’re traveling to our driving trainer in Lebanon. Yesterday while coming home, I thought about loading the horses for a long ride ahead. The perky Rosie, especially, might not load easily. So, my immediate goals were to exercise horses. Sunni went on a three-mile drive through the neighborhood, and Rosie trotted on long-lines for the equivalent of three miles. A couple of times, she managed to get loose and galloped, wildly and happily with long ropes streaming behind. I let her go, as a way of working off more steam, until she felt like stopping and cooperating. Finally, both horses seemed ready for next-day loading.
For me there was more, like transferring equipment from barn hooks to the truck’s back seat, filling hay bags and water containers, and going for gasoline. To fill out the afternoon, I grabbed a container and went after the Russian thistle springing up everywhere. Oh, I despise that horrible plant which experience teaches pulls up more easily when its young. In the evening it rained, no doubt encouraging lots of new thistle plants, and destroying my plan to spray weeds this week.
Dear Friends, Everything will be here still, when I return to start over. Diana