Leading Horses to Water

Because I don’t take my phone on trail rides (just Sara’s old emergency flip phone) I have no photos. So, enjoy these paintbrushes and cattle while I brag about our horses.

Get us out of here!

But wait! I have sad calves to share! These little darlings got weaned and wormed today. Much mooing is happening now. Sniff.

What’s happening? Where’s Mom?

On to horses

Today we went on a much longer ride than usual, all the way to the far end of our property. To get there, we had many obstacles to face, and I’m happy to say both Apache and Spice were very brave.

We played around before dinner. Here, the dogs frolic and Martha watches.

Fiona (mini-donkey) was less perfect, but we treated her antics as horse challenges, so it worked out. She would not follow us into our first gate, so I tried to fetch her, but I only irritated her. Sara had to join me, and we finally herded her to the gate.

I made Martha pose in the flowers.

After that, we explored away. I felt bad going near our house, because it excited the dogs, but it was pretty. The day was glorious.

I couldn’t pose without my constant companions helping. I think Brody is behind me.

To get to the back, we had to go over a stream that was running pretty fast. Apache did it! He continued to march through mud and wetness like a pro trail horse. We went over logs, up and down hills, into unfamiliar territory, including some beautiful parts of Walkers Creek.

Mandi’s youngest son really had fun with the dogs.

If you ride, this won’t seem like much. But it’s huge progress for us. He used to be pretty jumpy, and I used to be anxious about new things.

My ranch friends, Martha, Mandi, and Sara. I have friends! (My sister was cooking; otherwise she’d be here, too)

The best part for each horse was crossing the bigger stream going back. It was deeper and muddier. Sara took Spice over a spot that was more challenging than she realized, and Spice slipped, but she scrambled right up, covered in mud.

What a face!

I went further down to try a different spot. By this time Apache was comfortable with the water, so he started playing. Sara noticed that, as he merrily splashed his face, he was sinking. So she said we’d better cross, which we did really well. When I got home I realized he’d gotten his belly muddy!

Mike gave Mandi this coaster made from a stump that sat in the garage of our old office. Great souvenir!

Another crossing had Spice so confident that she jumped it, which would have been more fun is she’d been asked to jump!

Yesterday, the weather wasn’t so nice. Tornadoes really did bad damage to nearby Franklin.

After a couple of adventures with Fiona and the sad mama cows, we finally ambled home. Everyone was really happy. If there hadn’t been annoying flies, it would have been perfect.

I’ll tell you what happened next tomorrow.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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