I be stylin'

The DOR bought me a new saddle.  It is a Tucker Gen II trail saddle.  I think it looks very nice on me.  It is a lot lighter than my Western saddle and has shorter skirts so it doesn't bother my hips. 
It will take the  DOR and I a bit of getting used to, but all in all it is a great deal as far as I am concerned.  The DOR has to get used to the extra swing the stirrups have, she says it is like riding an English saddle.  I do know that she likes the fact that it is so much lighter as much, if not more than I do.
The one worry I have is that it might make my butt look big.. stinky face Shandy says it is my big butt that makes my butt look big. She keeps up that kind of talk and the lumps I leave with a big ol' appy hoof are going to make her butt look big.
Well here is to many happy trails!
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!


Head em up!

The DOR and I went cow sorting Wednesday.  I am happy to report I was a rock star!  Well okay I will tell the truth, I was a bit naughty.  Our first two sorts I was a good boy and worked hard.  The DOR was so proud of me and the job I was doing.  Then we had to wait for others to have a turn.  I got irritated about standing waiting to chase cows so I bucked-yes I threw a spotty butt fit.  The DOR made me trot around, but not with the cows, so I bucked some more.  We went in for our third sort and I cut loose with some crazy skills.  I showed I could buck and sort at the same time.
Now while I was not being a particularly good citizen the DOR and I were having a blast.  She does feel that I was being good for my third ride of the year and all the excitement.  We are going again next Wednesday and sort some more.
From the horse that could barely hold up his own rear to this...  The DOR asked the Horse Guardian if she ever thought she would see me sorting cows and she said no.  Just goes to show you should never under estimate an appy we are tough as nails and to stubborn to throw in the towel.
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!


Moooove you doggies

Here is Hanna on her first solo ride in the hillside pasture.  She was out there taking a look at the cows, the neighbor horses, the cows, the sprinklers, the cows...
She is not too sure what to do with the cows yet.  When she first spotted them she crouched down a bit like a cat.  I think she wanted to stalk them but she didn't get to this time.
I on the other hand have been trained, okay I went to a clinic with Joe Wolter and he rode me, to work cows.  I am going to show them how it is done at Speck Arena this coming Wednesday.  The DOR better grab a deep seat, grin real big, and hang on for the ride..just sayin'.  Yep rollin, rollin, rollin, get those doggies rollin rawhide!
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!


Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to all of the workers!  Without a strong work force the United States would not be where it is today.  So many have worked so hard to keep us strong, free, and prosperous.  Please do not forget the critters that labored beside you. 
Yeah that's right DOR I get the day off too so don't even think about asking me to work.
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!


Pedicures and bulls

We all got pedicures yesterday.  The hoof lady said we were all pretty good.  I got my shoes taken off until next spring.  This means I get a bit of a break until my soles get used to being on the ground again.
Little Sister, who is not so little anymore, stepped on the DOR's right foot and re broke her toe.  That poor little toe has been broken several times, all but one of those times caused by a horse hoof.  Yep, the DOR got a big ol' appy hoof award!
The Rodeo Rider and The Mighty Q drug Bob the bull around the arena.  It is harder than it looks because Bob is heavy and the little wheels are not much help in the sand.  Next ride is going to be out with real cows.  The DOR still shakes her head every time she thinks about how close Q came to loosing his life.  How humans, in their lack of understanding horse behavior, would have deemed him dangerous.  Q was a big/strong horse who was misunderstood and needed to be treated in a manner that he could understand.  He is just a big love of a guy.  The most dangerous thing about him is he would love to crawl in your lap if you would let him.
Hanna also took her first ride out in the cow pasture with the Rodeo Rider aboard.  The DOR didn't get to do any riding because of her toe, but she will be back in the saddle soon enough.
We are getting ready for our upcoming clinic.  Robin Shen of Enlightened Horsemanship will be coming to the ranch.  After he gets past the awesomeness of the herd, especially my spotted butt, he will be coaching the humans on how to pay better attention to us.  The DOR is very excited about the whole affair.  I am excited to show Mr. Shen how well I have trained my human. 
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!


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