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.

Neville loves the Lik-It

August 23, 2020

Today I took Simon out for a trail ride with Carol Ann. I put Neville in the woods paddock like I usually do when I leave him home alone. The paddock was prepped with two full hay barrels and a nearly new Lik-It hanging from a tree. I also left his halter on which is typical for when I leave him home alone.

When I got home he had green all over his face and his halter, even up on his eye lids. He had nearly finished the Lik-It, and wrapped it around a tree. Simon licked Neville’s nose a few times then trotted over to the Lik-It to go right to the source.

Red Horse Equine Training: 2nd Game Night

July 12, 2020

Jenny and I both headed back to Red Horse Equine Training’s second Game Night where Amanda had new obstacles and games for us to play.

We started off with the pairs timed challenge taking turns going over obstacles. Jenny and I teamed up again and cruised the course.

Then we did the simon-says follow-the-leader game. I really enjoy both of these games.

Last we did musical obstacles. We all rode around the outside of the obstacles while music played. There were tall cones in the middle. When the music stopped we had to go through an obstacle and reach a cone. The last person was out. This was also tons of fun.

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