10 years, 11 months, 23 days I was blessed with the best partner I could have ever asked for. Today my good boy was called up to a better place. Tucker was the truest friend, the gentlest soul, and the best dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. It was a good ride Tucker Boy, thanks for riding shotgun. Godspeed.
Y’all it’s been hot. Like sweaty, nasty, swamp bra hot here on the HK Bar! I haven’t ridden horses in a week because of it. I walk out to the barn and the horses are all covered in sweat just standing there.
So what do we do in 100° F day after day heat? We play in the water…..ALOT. Like as much as we can. And I always cringe when I get my water bill in the mail, but hey a high water bill is better than a hospital bill caused by heat stroke, right!?!
And of course our hill Billy tendencies show. Example one would be the mineral tub we use as watering holes/kiddie pools for the kids and horses. Bunny was loving it!
Yet another example of hill Billy tendencies. Owl and Bunny enjoying a dip.
And we forget hosing off the horses three times a day. Queen Jo loves her spray down ! 😍
So that’s what we have been doing. Lots of water activities to stay cool. How do you stay cool during the summer blaze?
From the HK Bar to the world, stay cool!
I picked Jo up from Double J Performance Horses four days ago. She was there just shy of sixty days to be trained on the barrel pattern. I tell you what Jana Dreasher has done wonders with her! It was a bit of a rude awakening when I rode her at the Double J; I realized how far Jo had come, and how strong she is now; and I realized how much core strength and coordination I myself have lost after three kids and ten years out of the arena!
So much for me to work on. But I have happily been putting myself as well as Jo through the paces daily. I struggle physically to get through a one hour workout with Jo right now. But I am determined to get there. I am working on pushing Jo one stride past the barrel before I ask her to turn. I find myself continually cutting her a stride to early. We will get there. First and second barrels may not be perfect yet, but we have had a couple really nice thirds!
Jo is up in the barn stall for thirty days at least. Just in case any bugs rode home with us. Which is really doubtful, but just to be safe. Jo continues with her antics. Her personality shining through as always. She has made it no secret she is a bit annoyed with my clumsiness. I can’t say I blame her. I wouldn’t like an uncoordinated low muscle toned monkey flopping around in my saddle either. But she is forgiving.
I am very motivated to continue our daily workouts. Even if it means I can barely walk for the next several days! 😂