when you say nothing at all

I've visited Blogger-land many times since my last post, shared nothing, and shut down my computer. 

No one would know or perhaps a few of you noticed on your location feeders, when I've drifted onto your blogs. Not a conscious effort to be silent on my part, I just don't have anything to say. 

My husband can pick himself up off the floor now. I'm pretty sure he fell off his chair while reading this. I always have something to say! But these days my horse world feels a bit same 'ol same ol'. Not boring by any stretch of the imagination. It's just not new or different, it's all good.

I could tell you we continue riding 2-3X a week, mostly in beautiful spring weather in the outdoor arena, or that the boys got their feet done. Not necessarily blogworthy. I'm still working on getting my lope back with Koda to where it was before, soft/pretty, fun & without reserve - but I am happy to say we are getting closer. That's a little more interesting, at least to me.

I've recently spent some time with our horses in the pasture, with camera in hand. I will be sharing some picture posts soon. We also have an overnight trail riding trip planned in the coming weeks, that always sparks reflections.

More longtime blogs are closing down, and sharing their world on other quicker social sites. Such is this era. Everyone wants easier, faster and more more more. I can be found on most of those sites too, but there is something to be said about thought provoking posts. The content here is so much richer, and real. 

However, sometimes what I hear when we don't say a thing, is that all is well with the world. Not always the case, but always the sincere hope that you/I are experiencing and enjoying life. In one word, peace.

Cierra, Nemo, Koda (L-R)


spontaneous moments

Sunday we experienced one of those rare spontaneous moments, when things slow down enough to enjoy life's simple treasures and the company of others. We went to the barn to ride as we often do, and ended up taking an unexpected first trail ride of the season! 

Four of us warmed up in the outdoor arena. Brad rode Nemo, Trainer Patty rode Cierra, her brand new employee "H" rode Zeek (an older horse that is being re-homed) and of course I rode Koda.

The resident dalmatian puppy came along for his first trail ride ever, as we headed out to ride in Koda & Nemo's current turn out pasture. I took a short video (with sound) of Brad & Nemo and Patty & Cierra loping in the far corner. 

It wasn't long before we left the pasture and rode up the farm lane, right next to a rambunctious colt who was doing his best acrobatic moves and racing the fence line. All the horses were understandably a bit look-y. We rode past other farm obstacles, on the way up to a small wooded area. We found crunching leaves, fresh smells, branches to ride under/over, twists, dips and turns that we rode up, over and around. We had not ridden in this wooded area before, it wasn't big but had a nice variety of trail stuff to experience.

Below is a photo of us on our way back from the woods. We paused for Patty to briefly ride Zeek, and show her employee a better way to communicate with him. 

Cierra, Nemo, Zeek, Koda (L-R)

The horses all did great overall, only one chain reaction spook caused by the rowdy pastured colt on the way back. We were especially proud of Cierra, the youngest horse on her second farm/trail ride ever. Everyone was all smiles, even the horses seemed happy to be doing something different. It was a great way to begin the trail riding season!!


sunday snapshot

farm fun
first trail ride of the season