It finally stopped raining long enough for us to ride this weekend. Which was really too long for the ponies to have off. I think I’ve ridden Levi twice so far in 2017. Levi and Eugene were both packing a ton of pent-up energy, which you may have seen on my Instagram.
Our arena was still closed with large puddles in a few places and the trail to the winery had a mudslide blocking it about half way up, so we wandered out in the other direction. Unfortunately, Levi’s feet were ouchy on the gravel so we only went out a short bit. My farrier said it’d take about a year to get his feet hardened. He’s come from living in sand/mud paddocks for his entire life and his feet aren’t built for this. He advised me to get shoes in the summer when we start riding more. At Levi’s most recent trim, the farrier found a bunch of bruising. I’m going to measure him for boots, but I didn’t have them for this weekend, so we took it easy. After we got out to the park, I hopped off and let my husband run Eugene up the hill and back.
Levi lost his mind for a moment and it was actually a pretty good opportunity to school him on keeping his attention on me and not on his herd mates. He is very, very herd-bound, so horses leaving him is probably his worst trigger. There was quite a lot of spinning and screaming until I got him to focus on me.
Once Eugene returned, I hopped back on and we returned to the barn. Despite his antics earlier in the week, Levi was actually very well behaved. When we got back, I turned them out to roll and then free lunged them a bit. Eugene was running around like an energizer bunny, but Levi just kept trying to go stand in the corner. Or play biting games with Eugene.
I think the mural on the hay barn really ads to this shot. #horseart #blmmustang #lunging
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Unfortunately, it’s slated to start raining again on Tuesday and continue through the next weekend. If it ever stops, I might get to ride 4 times in January. We’ll see. Of course, Levi, being a giant white pig, loves the mud.
Yuck, I do not miss mud season. Are you guys considered out of the drought yet?
We are technically considered out of a the drought in Northern CA. Southern is still in a drought though.
Ha Levi looks so happy in that last pic!
Covering himself in mud does make him very happy.
I got to ride yesterday too! My first for the year. I so feel ya on the rain thing, and I think you’re getting more up your way than we are.
I think we’re getting more up here too, but it’s a lot in all CA.
I’m glad it stopped raining long enough for you to ride! Levi is so cute!
Thanks. He’s a good boy.
He really is adorable 🙂
He is a cutie.
Definitely recommend boots! My guys are fine barefoot most of the time but when it rains their feet get soft and then the rocks are a challenge so we boot for trail riding.
Also there is NOTHING happier than a muddy white horse. Nothing.
We use boots on all the rest, I just hadn’t bought him any yet and was kind of hoping I’d get through the winter without them and then just shoe in the spring. I am going to order some this week though.
Love the giraffe picture 🙂
Hey, piggy pig pig. Levi’s a little squealer that wallows in muck. You should change his color to pink, and get him a piggy nose and curly pink tail to wear out on the trail. That way, when he’s squealing his little head off at Eugene like that, people will look over and understand exactly what’s going on.
The great white pig! Perhaps next year you will get a “normal” California winter with only 4″ of rain in January?
Mud is the worst. Sorry to hear most of your riding options are limited. Hopefully it will dry out soon!
While I do want it to dry out, I’d also like to not be in a drought, so I am torn.
I love the barn mural! Wow!
Isn’t it awesome.
I find mother nature to be a real hindrance at times! I hope they’re wrong and you can get more riding in! If it makes you feel any better, none of my horses at home have been ridden since early December. They should be a real treat come spring!
Oh wow. That is even worse than my record.
Hey I enjoyed your blog a lot! So informative!
Can you add me to your blog roll? It’s http://www.thegalloptogreatness.blogspot.com
I love this rain for drought reasons but man is it cramping the riding style of everyone ever
seriously! I know we need it, but I am not enjoying it.
We’ve gotten a ton of rain and mud and my horse loves to roll more than anything else so I feel you on the mud-covered horse
Hi Oliva, Levi’s foot looks overtrimmed to me. Take a look at Rockley Farm and the hoof guided method for a different perspective!