The learning curve

OK. She warned me. Really, I know she did. However, nothing prepared me for what was coming. I was in the tin box for THREE WHOLE DAYS! When I say whole days I mean 8 am to 1:30am more than I have ever dreamed of being in said box. And when she finally let me out… Toto I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore! Or are we? I even got a couple of trailer rubs from trying to stay on my feet over the super bumpy roads. Anyways we finally made it to a place that we seem to be staying at for a while. Sadly this place has pens not pastures but whenever we go out to ride or play I can usually get a snack 😉 We have played online, liberty, and freestyle and you would not believe the amount of circles we have had to do! The ground is as hard as a packed dirt road back home, and just as rocky. So I have been wearing my boots all day, my feet are happy but boy or boy are those this heav-y! It seems ok here and the other horses are nice and I see my human all the time, so for now I guess I can’t complain. 

Ymir
My dad warned me, he said it was a long ride, but I don’t know how long! Traveling to Colorado should be done in five days not three! Ymir was a trooper, even loading after 16+ hours the day before he was wonderful. Now that we are on campus we have started to settle into a rhythm and both horses and humans seem relaxed (or is that just exhaustion?) and happy to be here. Living on campus I am often the first or second person down in the morning and Ymir is always happy to see his breakfast… Erm… Human first thing in the morning. And they have iced coffee here in the machine every morning, bonus! It has been quiet the learning experience even in the first week! We have done a little bit of everything so our instructors can get to know us and our horses. Ymir has been a trooper, and I am pleased with how much he has tried this week. For us it is hard to do what we don’t know, most of the other students have been studying for much longer than we have, but what we lack in knowledge we make up for in try 🙂 the weekends are quiet and relaxed unless we are required to go to an event and this weeks got canceled so this morning we just hung out and grazed a bit with no pressure or hurry. He also gave pony rides to a couple of course-mates who were dying to ride a fjord 😉 I am looking forward to what the next week will bring, after my nap 🙂

Amy 

grazing on campus

  

looking out at the “big top”

  

the tin box …

  

pagosa mountains

 

May the Road Rise to Meet You

Oh Bother,

The little human has gone off the deep end.  We ride and play every day, twice a day.  Why so much exercise?  Is it really necessary to trot for a mile? There are some benefits to the extra attention and even the exercise.  I get a special hay-like treat.  It is like hay, but better!  She calls it “alfalfa” the carrots are an extra bonus as well 🙂  We have been on all the trails around the barn, and on both roads.  The covered bridge is no longer my enemy!  With all four boots on the roads have become bearable

Enjoying the River Road view.

Enjoying the River Road view.

and a whole new world has opened up.  We have seen ducks, bikes, motorcycles, people, and dogs.  It has been a little exciting, and a bit well, scary.  But don’t tell the human I said that, she thinks I am “the worlds bravest pony” – her words, not mine.  I am also “the best pony in the whole universe” also her words but I completely agree.

Ymir

Hello everyone!

It has been a crazy last few weeks!  Ymir and I have been trying to ride twice a day leading up to our trip and it has paid off.  Monday we did some liberty work that really was fantastic.  Even when I tried to send him away he came back to me, it was a neat feeling.  Then because he was so good I just hopped on bareback and bridle-less and he did everything I asked.  I can’t put it into words how amazing it felt to be so in tune.  I hope we can keep up that work!  Meanwhile, my dad has been working endlessly to get the truck and trailer ready for our adventure.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks

First taking off the dump body on the truck then re-installing the fifth-wheel plate onto the frame and building a new bed around it.  He has dubbed the truck George, and so now with the the Kings George and Henry we have started a theme… We put them together for the first time in the new configuration last night and with any luck will hit the road on tuesday.

George and Henry together at last :)

George and Henry together at last 🙂

Our plans for the trip out are set, and we have gotten confirmation about the drop-off day at the Parelli campus.  It is all very close now!  I can’t believe it all started just under a year ago, and how far we have come.  Ymir and I continue to grow our relationship and my ability to speak horse every day.  We both have 5 days now of vacation while I go with my family to Maine, and he gets some much deserved rest.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us on the journey, May the horse be with you!

Putting the plate in

Putting the plate in

Amy

The truck helper, Little Grey Cat

The truck helper, Little Grey Cat