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.
Today was cold but the sky was so blue and beautiful, I zoomed over to take my brumby out. This is the serene scene that greeted me. The horses were all napping in the sun.
I trudged out to them wailing and screeching out my hellos. No one paid too much attention.
I gave each horse a pat, even Sophie who is notorious for not wanting to be petted immediately. One good thing about snow: it sure keeps a brumby clean!
Have shoes, will travel! At first Lilly acted a little grumpy about having to leave her nap. But then she got over it. She probably knew there'd be some carrots in the barn for her.
Bill and Cody, Lilly and me and Getty headed out. It was quite a sweet ride. Until. I am not sure what happened. But Lilly took off and with my loose rein I could not get her in order! Rats! I tried to pull her back without success! Why I did not default to a one rein stop, I cannot tell you. In the end, right as we reached Bill and Cody, I came out of the saddle like a popcorn kernel in a popper! Bill turned around just to see me airborne. I think it may have sounded like this: EEEEEeeeee, THUD. Too bad the GoPro was not along to record the calamity. But at least there was lots of cushiony snow. Argh, I made a fanatstic head plant and couldn't breathe for what felt like forever. The good news is, I was not hurt! Thank goodness Bill is not prone to heart attacks. In any event, I got back on and we finished our ride.
Note to self: Be like an Olympic athlete. Take the lessons I have learned from this ride and use it to make me become a better rider. Go Team Bear River Horse Farm USA!
Of far more concern to me is how cold my feet have been all winter. So these are the boots I wear. I was under the [mistaken] impression that these boots were made for winter. I do not think they are. My toes are cold as soon as I get out of the car!
Disposable toe warmers were not working. Major bummer. So lately I have been using my rechargeable toe warmers made by Hotronic.
I have blogged about these before. They have 5 heat settings. The current model is much smaller than these...which are maybe 5 years old.
They are very good. With them my feet are warm, quite a nice improvement. But I want my feet to be even warmer. I want them to be toasty. I think that if I had different boots, I would have much happier feet. I really need the Arctic Muck!!! Today I decided this once and for all. Literally having cold feet can ruin a whole day.
And now, it is off to watch the Olympics! Too bad skijoring is not an Olympic sport! Or wait---is it?????
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.