I call my horse Lilly "Brumby" as a term of endearment. But I didn't make the word up! In Australia a wild horse is called a brumby or brumbie. The word derives from the name of a Major William Brumby, an early 19th century settler from England who was a noted breeder of horses. Through the years a large number of his stock escaped and became feral. Another possible origin of the word-Booramby, Aborigine for wild.
Saturday turned out not to be so cold after all. In fact, after our snowstorm earlier this week, and some frigid temps around Wednesday and Thursday, Saturday turned out to be just right. I guess I start every blog post these days with a weather report! This time of year what Mother Nature is doing has such a profound impact on riding that it becomes a major part of preparing for going to the barn.
When I saw how nice it was turning out to be, I opted for a trail ride instead of the ring. Bill said he'd come along, but needed to trim up Jodie's feet first. Here is her foot before the trim.
And here it is after. Jodie has some of the nicest feet I have ever seen. If Peterson's ever made a field guide of horse hooves, this is what they'd be drawing in their pages. You just don't get nicer feet.
Bill had also brought Freddie up for a trim. Freddie kept nuzzling Bill's neck. It was so darling. Big ole teddy bear, that one. And that beautiful color! Oh! Each horse has so much to offer. Speaking of magnificent things, I have a video to include of Bill and Ruby in the ring. It is not only impressive, Ruby is also quite a character. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsurysJkhXw
The trail ride was perfect. Snowy, sunny, no wind, no bugs. No drama. What a very good brumby.
We passed the work of a pilleated woodpecker.Almost looks like some tool cut those holes. Birds are not as wimpy as some people think they are, that's for sure.
Last year, my tree learning did not go so great. This year will be different. On this ride, I learned a lot more trees. With no leaves, the size, shape and bark of the tree are the key players. This one here is a black birch.
And this guy here, with its chunky and robust bark, is a Locust.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog! One day I hope to make it bigger and better! Click on the words "Older Posts" right above this note if you would like to see more entries about me and my brumby.