Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Silly Season

There is a nip in the air the whole time now and we have had our first snow, so I can no longer delude myself into hoping for a mild winter like last year. #sadtimes


The girls have been in good form despite more downtime from work due to my job spilling into overtime which means no saddle time. We'll i can't completely blame my job, I was volunteering on a stand to sell Irish things (like wool knits, foodstuffs,  irish coffees, smoked salmon & brown soda bread etc). Every year an International Bazaar is held over two days in an expo center where hundreds of stands set up to sell produce from their countries or second hand books etc to raise money for charity. Last year the whole thing raised over €500,000 shared amongst a number of worthy causes. Every year I volunteer on the Irish stand for a 3-3 1/2hour window, I am usually there longer though by the time i get sustenance in the form of super tasty food either side of my shift. This year I scoffed austrich burger & boer sausage with peach chutney from the South African stand and delicious Souvlaki from the Greek stand over both days as well as picking up two packs of candy canes from the American stand to hang on the Christmas tree when it goes up and then periodically scoff as the feeling takes me.
Anyways i was there from 12.30 to sometime after 4 on Saturday, then 10 till after 7pm on Sunday as i helped dismantle the stand when all was done.

"Old" photos not yet shared
I managed to turn the girls out Saturday morning before 10 and brought them in sometime after 8pm. Sunday & Monday they weren't so lucky sadly and spent 2 days and nights in their stable as i couldn't get there on my lunch break Monday due to covering someone else's work on top of my own. I think that is he most time they have spent in the stable without turnout - definitely since Nancy got here and for Kika probably since she started going out in winter so like 2012?!

Thanks to Roosa & Vallu for selling me this fab set

All that guff above and i am only now getting to Nancy's sillies last night. When bringing them in from the field last night she slammed on the brakes and refused point blank to be the brave one to walk past the scary works, traffic cones, orange mesh etc. I was very pleasantly surprised when Kika showed more faith in me and allowed herself to be coaxed past in front.  Nancy happily followed on without issue , well I don't count staccato steps, bugs eyes and snorting from the pair of them as issues as they were moving in the direction I wanted lol.

Patented Butter-wouldn't-melt look (also old shot not yet shared)

I managed to ride Nancy for the first time in exactly a week (my life is such a shambles - where does the time get to?!) - she made me laugh so hard as her stubborn draft streak came out. A couple of our halt transitions were met with an immovable force on her side. When my pony club kicks were met with indifference and lack of mobility i pocked up a crop - she def changed her tune then and went almost to her other extreme where a request for a canter transition was met with a crow hop depart. I laughed so hard and decided I have to be more consistent with her. It really isn't fair :-/

14 comments:

  1. I have only two weeks left of school before finals and my guy is going to have to suffer with limited riding time. I know what you mean :(

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    1. Wow best of luck with your exams!!!

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  2. Ooooh that food sounds delish! I must have! And silly girl. Pony kicks=mom ain't too serious. Crop? Oh lord, better shape up!

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    1. She was such a good girl once I had the crop, I actually only had to use it the once.

      Ps all the foods are delis, if you ever plan on visiting Lux - the last weekend in Nov is when you'll catch all those tasty times. Bring your appetite ☺

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  3. expo sounds fun - and that FOOD!! and silly Nancy - sounds like she's growing roots lol

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    1. Roots! That is exactly what it felt like, trying to coax a tree trunk to move. I got about as much of a response as well lol. There is a first time for everything as usually she is super sensitive to leg...I guess she is getting used to the leisurely lifestyle & can no longer be doing with the odd saddle time.
      Sorry lady, things are hopefully not going t stay like that!

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  4. It's so hard to ride consistently this time of year :/ I'm glad you have a good attitude to laugh it off!

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    1. I can but laugh at Nancy, she is too sweet to be truly bad or disruptive. I hope she never changes - if she starts carrying on like Kika did from 5-7/8 I'll cry as i will know for sure that I am the one ruining them!

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  5. Volunteering is a legit reason to miss riding. :-) Nancy's silliness made me laugh. She's a mess. Love her!!

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    1. She's a proper rebellious sort she'll have you know ;-)

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  6. Hey I'd rather you get out and see your pones then play with my eq ones so don't make my eq ponies a priority ok lol :)

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    1. Aw, does it make me a bad person if I say that my EQ ponehs don't win out over real ponehs so no worries on that front ;-)

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  7. Aw, poor Nancy. Work is hard. ;)

    Love the set from Roosa and Vallu! I bet it looks stellar on Kika!

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    1. I'm hoping both girls will rock it ☺

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