My two year old filly, Flash, has been in training with Cal and Kim Noyons for about thirty days now. I went out to see her worked today. She has another thirty days before she comes home, but it was fun to see how far she has come already.
She looked overall willing and had a ton of try but you could still see that hint of obstinate baby in her. But really for thirty days I was blown away with how she worked! She knows how to be hobbled, working on ground tying and will stand quietly. Kim walk, trotted, and loped circles in her. She has a great back and was really working off her hindquarters.
The plan is to go out again in about two weeks and I’ll actually ride her. So excited for that day! Anyhow, that’s where Flash is and how she is.
So JoJo and I have kicked off our fall riding routine. We call it #operationfatunicorn , but just between us of course, because well, you just dont call someone else’s unicorn fat…even if it is true.
Our five mile ride gives me so much time to think. I usually spend part of it talking to God. Trying to get my mind right. Today I was focusing on forgiveness. Forgiving myself, forgiving people that have hurt me, forgiving all the transgressions big and little both that all pile up on my soul.
I started out feeling angry, ungrateful, and just plain nasty. I asked God to put words of forgiveness in my heart. Something healing that I could repeat until I truly felt all the bad just melt.
As always he gave me words .
As I leaned forward in my saddle wind and mane in my face, with the sounds of Jos feet hitting the ground In quick succession I heard his words. And I let go of all that I needed to. I let it fall away as we galloped across an open field . I could just imagine the negative falling off in pieces and being carried away in the breeze. Sound a bit fantastical to you? Well, I’ll tell you, it was…. I mean I do ride a unicorn 🦄.
The HK Bar workouts have been intense lately (for me) . We added a new mare to our string . Of course she is another Double J horse from JD and Jana Dreasher out of Eskridge, Kansas. My four year old daughter is the actual owner of this nine year old mare whom is called Lucy. Owl (my four year old middle daughter) sold her calves to buy her. Lucy and her became fast partners and love each other. I’ve added her to my daily workout as well. Which consists of a thirty minute lunge and then a five mile outride. Whew!
My sweet JoJo is on the same workout. So I’m riding a minimum of ten miles a day plus an hour of lunging (another 35 of grooming). My two year old paint filly is at the trainer so will be upped to fifteen miles when she gets back . Whew! I said it has been intense!
What have you been up to in your workouts?
Flash waiting for her brush out.
Miss Flash celebrated her one year anniversary of being with us on the HK Bar by falling asleep 😴 wearing her all too big halter. In the Spring our girl will be two! Can you believe that? I barely can!
Flash has come so far this past year. She attended several horse shows and actually will receive a year end award through our show circuit in two and under halter! She stands quietly, picks up all four feet, stands to be groomed, and seeks me out for scratches. She is a dream for the farrier and is complimented for her mind and build by him. ( And he does not hand out the compliments easily!). Flash is a pro at trailering and a quiet presence at horse shows. Absolutely nothing phases this girl!
I have been so blessed over the past year to work with such an amazing animal. I am very excited for our future! She’s going to be a good one!
Flinthillspaintedlady aka Flash has been featured in this month’s issue of the Paint Horse Journal! She continues to make leaps and bounds in her training. She has successfully showed in eight horse shows. And even is in the placing in halter. I couldn’t be more pleased with her.
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! 😂