Fall evening in the forest

October 9, 2020

This evening I managed to get out to the forest for a little 6 mile jaunt with both ponies and Daisy.

The forest smelled great, leaves were colorful and starting to blanket the ground.

Ponynado Games Practice 10/04/20

October 5, 2020

Thankfully we have resumed our open games practices every other Sunday. it’s been so nice to have fun getting some exercise for me and Simon pony while socializing and doing something I love. I have really missed games, and my games friends.

This Sunday only four of us were able to attend the practice session and it just so happened to be four of us who formed a new team last winter, intending to start the 2020 season together, Ponynado! The fifth rider, Susan was busy taking part in a pairs competition up in New England where she lives.

It was a very fun laid back practice. We worked on lots of skills and races and enjoyed a lot of laughs.

Ans while it was super cool to have a team practice we are excited to have our other friends back to join us for the next practice.

I put a saddle on Neville

September 18, 2020

This evening I put a saddle on Neville and ponied him off of Simon around the farm. He did not care. I left the stirrups down so they would bounce around on his side and he could get used to that. And I braided his forelock so he could have optimal visibility.

I also got some side view shots. I think he is getting a bit thicker. His legs are so thick. His knees and other joints are giant. I sure hope he thickens up into them. We shall see.

Game Night 8/20/20

September 1, 2020

Just shy of two weeks ago Jenny and I met at Game Night at Red Horse Training with Amanda Brunson. We have hit a few of these and they are so fun. This week we started off work a timed obstacle course. I admittedly had trouble remembering the course – which you can see in the video below.

Simon loves this stuff. He eats it up. I swear he would trot through fire in this course if I asked him. On the turn to the flower box I asked for a turn and he took it so tight he made me squeak. And that ball, he is not fond of the big pilates style balls but in this course I just pointed him and he charged ahead like a warrior.

Next we did the team relay obstacle course. In this game Jenny and I take turns going through obstacles, retrieving a token, and depositing it in a basket before our partner goes, swapping back and forth.

Again it was so fun. Simon really gets into it. And Jenny and I have so much fun partnered together. Woo! Maybe we will have to wear our Ponynado team jerseys one of these weeks. 😉

I am looking forward to hitting up game night again this week.

Neville’s second trail adventure – 8/28/2020

August 28, 2020

Today I took Simon and Neville to Slate Lick in National Forest. My goal was to pony Neville from Simon through some creek crossings, around some of the boulders the Forest Service put in, fire pits in camp grounds, and just general exposure.

He trailered there nicely, and was happy to ride along. He never hesitated or bulked at anything. He actually seemed to enjoy the creek crossings.

We did get attacked by horse flies worse than I have ever experienced. At one point Simon was leaping, Neville was bucking, and I was slapping them off both of them and me rapid fire. We ended up having to trot and canter to get away from them on multiple occasions.

Eventually the horse flies were too much and we headed out after an hour and a half of riding.

Neville was such a good boy.

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