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This past weekend we celebrated my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. (WOW!! Two years old already.) When she was opening her presents, you could tell which ones she liked and which she didn't care for. The clothes she received, she put back in the gift bags (obviously not her favorite). Some of the toys went by the wayside, too. But, when she opene the gift with the tricycle in it, you could tell she loved it. It was her favorite! She had to try it out immediately. When it came time for her to come in for cake, she did not (4 comments)
Wednesday was a grogeous spring day. The sun was shining and the temperatures were in the upper 60's. Perfect day for riding.
After my settlement early in the afternoon, I tied up some loose ends at my home office and decided to call it a day early. Had to celebrate my closing, which went smoothly, with a nice afternoon ride on Pippa.
I arrived at the barn and Pippa was standing in the middle of the paddock. As I approached her, I noticed a stream of blood down (6 comments)
Now that the days are getting longer and warmer and spring has finally arrived (I hope), I have been able to put more time into Pippa's training.
Pippa enjoys working. When she sees me go into the paddock with halter in hand and I call her to come, she heads towards me willingly. We have been working on a lot of ground work during the winter months to lay down basics.
When we go into the round pen or the "play area" she begins to anticipate what we will be doing. Her favorite thing to do is her flexing exercise. (4 comments)
Pippa tends to get everyone in the herd going. Here she must think that she is a racehorse again. She decided to challenge one of the other herd mates to a race. King, the leader of the herd and the biggest horse there (he's 18+ hands), figured he would sit (or should I say stand) this one out and just watch. Who knows, maybe he is self-appointed as the judge.
I have been a real estate agent now for 7 years. When first interviewing with my first Broker, he asked me what my niche was. I thought about it and stated horse properties and farms. Being involved in the horse community for numerous years, many knew me as a horse person. So, began the start of my career.
As I continued on with my career, many informed me that I cannot make a living by selling just horse properties and farms. I should also pursue residential. Well, I listened to them, did cold calling, door knocking in addition to meeting with horse enthusiasts. (17 comments)
This winter the weather was quite cold and wet, so the horses did not get to work, except maybe in the barn aisle with a little ground work. Needless to say, they are bored and have penned up energy. Here, Pippa decided to play with King, the barn's huge Percheron. Actually, the whole herd had fun that day letting off some steam.
Maybe we should get some horseplay in once in a while?!
I use horse sense in my business of selling horse properties and farms. I have over 35 years experience with horses. During those years the horses have taught me a lot. Yes, they have taught me how to ride and care for another living creature, but they have taught me much more than that, which I use in my business and even in my daily life.
Here are the things that my 4 legged teachers have taught me: 1. Patience - Horses - Horses have patience with us. They tend to respond to mistakes or disobedience without irritation, frustration, or loss of (0 comments)
Valentine's Day is not just for romance. Make sure to give a big hug to not only your spouse or significant other, but also include your family, friends, neighbors and, of course, your horse(s) and pets. Horses and pets always give their love to you, so why not remember them on this special day. (By the way, give them an extra treat today, too. I know it will be greatly appreciated.)
Here's wishing everyone, including the horses, a Happy Valentine's Day!
For the past couple of months, due to the weather and the bad footing, I have not been able to ride Pippa. (I am one of those that does not have an indoor riding arena.) Instead, I have been doing a lot of ground work with her, some of which includes desensitizing her many things. One of the things I did was to put this netting on her head. You can see what her re-action to this is.
Pippa must have had quite a busy day playing in the snow with her buddies. She just had to lay down and take a nap to refresh and build up her energy to go on to round 2. Being a youngster at the age of 4, she definitely does have a lot of energy. She is always eager to work and willing to go on for long periods of time.
Banner, Pippa's best buddy at the barn, sometimes does some funny things. One of them is playing with his tongue when he is totally bored. I managed to snap a photo when he decided to do it while I was doing my chores at the barn. Horses can be hilarious at times. That is one of the reason's I enjoy going to the barn. They will always cheer you up in some way.
Pippa has become good buddies with one of the horses in the herd. His name is Banner and he was actually Eddie's best buddy, too. Banner and Pippa share hay piles and play "horsey" games with each other. They are both fun loving horses. The one time I went into the paddock and called for Pippa. She was too busy munching her hay. Banner, in the meantime, went behind her, pushed her from the rear as if to say' "Go say hello to your mom". After the nudge, she looked at me and walked up to say hi. (12 comments)
On occassion, I give Pippa a treat. Pippa's best buddy, Banner, knows I bring treats to her at times. So, of course, he is right there with her, looking for that treat. You can see that I am holding a carrot for Pippa and I then will hand a carrot to Banner. They are both such lovable horses in their own way.
After this last snowfall, I was at the barn and threw some hay to the horses, which they happily dove into. It was so peaceful watching them munch away, that I decided to take a few photos of them eating. Of course, when I went over to take a shot of Pippa, she moved her head towards me to check out what I was doing. Horses are such curious animals.
2012 is almost over. Much has happened to each and everyone of us. Time to look back and go over all of our accomplishments and successes through this past year as well as our errors. Let us learn from our mistakes and correct them this coming year to move forward.
Here is wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May it be a healthy and prosperous one for us all.
This video pretty much says it all for me. (Did you think it would be any different?) During the Christmas season, let us all be grateful for our family (including our 4 legged ones), and friends. Instead of worrying about gifts for everyone, why not spend a little more time together, which will be appreciated and remembered more than any gift given.
Oh, and do take some time off to enjoy. We all can use some R & R to refresh.
It was a chilly, December Saturday evening, and my husband heard clip clop, clip clop, coming down our street. He looked outside and saw 2 white horses pulling a lit up white carriage. He got so excited that, believe it or not, he asked me if I wanted to go far a carriage ride. Of course, I would not turn down any opportunity with horses. So, we headed over to get our tickets. Lo and behold, they had one time slot left. It was meant to be for us to go. Hubby enjoyed the ride so much, that (9 comments)
It has been rather dreary and rainy here in Pennsylvania for a while. The ground has not had a chance to dry out. It actually feels more like I am in Seattle rather than Pennsylvania. Even the horses are tough to keep clean. Right after they are cleaned up, they go down and roll in the muddiest part of the paddock as soon as you turn your back. Love the horses, whether they are muddy or clean.
My new addition to the family is settling in nicely. My husband even ventured out to get to know Pippa. Here he has decided to offer Pippa an apple to enjoy. Pippa still hasn't quite figured out how to eat an apple. Currently she takes little tiny bites. The first bite is always the hardest to manage.
My granddaughter was visiting me and my husband over the weekend. She has a stuffed horse at my house that is her favorite when she visits us. Here she is talking to it. Don't know what she is saying to it.
After she was done talking to it, she gave it a big hug and kiss.
Do you think she'll take after me and be a horse crazy girl? I guess time will tell.
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