TOABH: Fave

 

This week on The Owls Approve Blog Hop, we’re talking about our horses’ favourite things!

Fave.
What is your horse’s absolute favorite thing? ¬†Outside of riding! ¬†Are there treats that instantly convert your pony into an addict or liniments that leave him yawning and chewing? ¬†What does your horse just love to have?

M’s fave would be a toss up between three things: our barn manager’s attentions (he ADORES her), clicker training (he loves treats, and somehow working for treats makes them even better?), and playing with his BFF. ¬†Frankly, whichever is his fave probably depends on the day, but at the moment Murray is pretty hot and heavy with Connor.

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I’m sure once everyone’s back on regular turnout and Connor is just following Murray around looking for attention, things will be slightly less hectic. ¬†Which I am seriously looking forward to, because Murray is¬†absolutely covered in play-love bites right now and his hair is peeling off in chunks with the scrapes. ¬†Which is fine, I totally respect his agency and autonomy and right to be a horse, but when show season comes around my vanity gets the better of me and I want my sleek, shiny, fatboy to be the horse that shows up.

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Since it’s winter though, I’m cool with playbites and everything is adorable and loveydovey. ¬†Except that Connor got a really big hoof abscess that’s led to some complications, so fingers crossed for Big Red right now. ¬†I’m sure once he’s back in action, Murray will do his absolute best to nurse him back to health. ¬†Suuuuuure.

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Wordless Wednesday: Pony Play Date

Wednesday is normally my jump lesson day, so I often call it Hump Day Jump Day. Alas, lessons were cancelled today for inclement weather — the rain was coming in sideways in the indoor! ¬†Because of this, of course, the sun was shining as soon as I got to the barn and stayed that way for a few hours. ¬†So T and I had ourselves a little pony playdate with Murray (mine) and Connor (hers).

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Murray catching the big air.

 

IMG_7802 IMG_7803Connor doing the same.

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Please ignore that my horse is a filth monster.

IMG_7843Since I only ever ride the guy and never see him work, I’m fairly terrified that Murray is a hideous mover. Fortunately, he seems pretty cute here!

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Our barn has become beautiful lakefront property thanks to some much-needed California storms!!

IMG_7949My Ellie Swamp Monster in action in the drainage ditch.