So today it finally stopped raining! LOL! The mud is out of control and I have decided that there is really no good use for mud at all. The mares were pretty dirty after a few days of rain and mud, but Sparky was really the worst. My son went with his grampa (my dad) to camp to stack wood this morning for a few hours, so I decided to clean up the three dirty mares after I cleaned out the barn.
Sparky is pretty serious about coating her body in mud. This is her neck.
She gets the best winter coat of any horse I have ever seen. Granted she now has Cushing's, but she has been getting a coat like this since the first winter I owned her (January 1993). It has nothing to do with Cushing's and everything to do with the fact she is part woolly mammoth! LOL! I am not sure the pics adequately show the amount of hair this horse grows. She has never needed a blanket. And it does seem weird to blanket everyone else and the oldest horse is naked!
Reva was not nearly as muddy, but her mane gets pretty out of control. It is so long and pretty, when it is brushed out. I know I will cry when I pull it......someday she will have to have a short pulled mane to make her dressage debut in 2011! But for now, and for next year, she can have her pretty long mane.
She was rather bored with the whole picture taking thing. I am so bad at taking horse pics, as they all look like the horse has a HUGE head and tiny body. :P
I spent a lot of time with the first two mares, planning to ride Dreamy. I must have spent too much time, since right in the middle of grooming Dreamy to ride, the boys came back. :( Oh well. We pretty much take the month of November off anyway, between the fact that I can no longer ride during the week (my husband gets home at 7PM and it is dark at 4:30.......there is no one to watch my son, not to mention that I am often not home from work until 3:30) and my husband is gone all weekend to hunt, as in overnight from Friday to Sunday. Granted, I can ride on the weekends when my son naps, but the rain has been out of control lately. And to be honest, I need time off, seeing as I ride 5 days a week as soon as the footing allows it in the late winter and show heavily from April to October.
Here is the Dream Girl all cleaned up. Another week off.....sigh. It is all good though. We will do as many short, easy rides as we can all winter and start back up in late winter. :)
Too bad I am not rich enough to have an indoor........or even a RING for that matter!!!!
Back to work tomorrow. It was a good break, but I wish it had not rained four of the five days!