May 30, 2013


I feel like I have no goals for my riding or for the horses. While that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's not really ideal either. Without things to aim for this can be an un-fulfilling hobby (and an expensive one at that!). I tried to come up with some goals but they were all a bit vague and obviously I wasn't into it - so I tried to get to the root of it. I love horses, I love showjumping, so why don't I care? I've been getting fatter and lazier and I wonder if this is a part of it?

So instead of having a riding-specific goal, I have a goal that sort of runs alongside the horses. By 1st August (horses birthday!) I want to no longer be overweight. I've been making an effort for over a month now, and I'm well on my way to where I want to be. I still don't feel enthusiastic, but I am hoping that when I can be more balanced and look better in the saddle again that things will fall into place. And heck, if they don't - it's not like I've lost anything except for some excess weight that I didn't need in the first place.

I really hope I can stick with it - I'm quite fickle at times. I'm pretty sure Neo is excited about the idea of not having to cart as much weight around though (big strong Cody probably doesn't care).

May 22, 2013

Shoes off

So Cody got her shoes taken off. As her feet were so bad when she arrived, I'm a little nervous about it - but I do like to give them some time without shoes while they're turned out if they can handle it. I'll be keeping an eye on things. Neo is still without shoes (around 4 years now, I think, since he has worn shoes) and his hooves are looking great (not so handy when he is basically retired and not DOING anything with his great looking hooves). Truck still has no CoF. Is there an award for being the laziest person on the planet?

May 16, 2013

Cuddle buddies

I seriously can't believe this weather, it's all kinds of awesome. However it does mean my ponies are getting sweaty. I've even put them into lighter rugs. Need to give them both a proper bath though, perhaps a good swim in the inlet if the tides will be deep enough this weekend.

I love these horses so much - Neo's little pink nose and Cody's little yellow nose - they are such darlings. Cody gets her shoes off this week as well - getting all prepared for an extremely lazy winter.

May 13, 2013

so many sunny days

The weather has been insanely good. Of course, I'm not taking advantage of that. Horses are still pretty much turned out. Did move them back into the paddock I'd been saving for them (and then watched them hoon and kick around and probably destroy part of it.. nice work horses). They're on fibre-sure at the moment which they absolutely don't need and I think when I whip their rugs off next time I will find 2 blobs of fat rather than 2 horses. Hmm.

May 06, 2013


My horses have been taken and replaced with woolly mammoths! They certainly aren't looking show-ready at this time of year, but I am glad that they seem to be holding their weight. After HoY I weaned Cody off hardfeed and since then her and Neo have really only been on grass with a half slice of hay each on rainy days. I've just grabbed some fibre sure this past weekend as the temperatures are starting to drop - they don't really need it, but it makes me feel happy to be able to give them a little feed while I go and swap rugs / check legs and all that jazz.
Yesterday was a stunning sunny day (out of the blue and unexpected, but very nice to have!) so the ponies had the whole day without rugs - so nice for them. Still not feeling motivated to do anything more than the odd ride every week or fortnight. Next horse-related goal is probably to get off my bum and take the truck for it's CoF!