Monday, October 14, 2013

Beautiful Fall

Well, it is that time of year again.  The time when all the maples turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red.  Right now they are at their peak, soon to be followed by the slightly duller oak trees.

It has been beautiful riding weather this fall.  I haven't ridden much, but I've been able to take Stormy out about 5 times. 

I gotta tell you, I got myself a good horse!  I underestimated how solid Stormy is.  She really just doesn't know refined leg cues, but she really did have a good start on her at one point in her life.  Then she fell into the hands of inexperienced owners, where she sort of took over.  That they were successful with her is a testament to how good-minded this mare is.

Maple-leaf viburnum

And the added bonus?  She is gaited!  Kind of!  Well, some Standardbreds are pacers and can rack and pace with ease.  Stormy is not a pacer.  She is a trotter, but she can do a "fast walk" and also I think she is doing a "fox trot" when she trots in a collected manner.  During a "fox trot", the front leg hits the ground just before the diagonal rear leg.  I need to video her trotting so I can slow it down and really see what she is doing, but she is very smooth.  My Tennessee Walker owning neighbor is impressed with her as well.

She is fun and I'm really bonding with her.  She still has her stubbornesses, but we are quickly working through them and she is starting to respond to me without hesitation.  She is also just so darn un-spooky.

Cody makes Stormy look small, but really Stormy is a nice height for an aging woman such as myself.  She is about 14.2 hh.  Cody is a good 15hh.

The wild grapes have had a bounty year.  I've picked about 45 pounds of wild grapes so far!  In the past I've made the most wonderful tasting jam with them, but this year I'm trying my hand at making wine.  A friend tried making wine last year, but it was quite unpalatable.  I have higher hopes for this batch, which so far is tasting better.  This picture is sideways and I can't figure out how to make it upright, since it is upright in every other program I view it from...

And last but not least, Chico's wound is still healing slowly.  It is still draining a bit and that alarms me, but I've been assured it is normal and to be expected and it should heal fine.  I will be happy when that last little bit of cleft finally fills in.

This last picture shows how much drainage still soaks through the 4 layers of tefla pads I apply for every bandage change.  Thankfully, the tefla pads are the only thing that I throw away every time.  I got some washable bandage material and it has saved me a ton of money.


Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Aging woman! Ha! You crack me up.

Beautiful autumn colors. Glad you have a good horse to enjoy them on. Sounds like lots of fun.

Kara said...

Well, some days I sure can feel the aging that is happening in my joints!