Wednesday, June 27, 2007
On another topic, I met some horses belonging to a friend of mine today. We had a lot of fun playing with her horses, and one of them, the Anglo-Arab (1/2 Arab, 1/2 Thoroughbred) mare was SO SMART - it was amazing! It's a good thing she likes people and tries to please, or else she could be a real pain. As it is, I really liked her. No photos, I'm afraid, as the camera is still broken... Anyway, I always like meeting new horses!
The South Lake Tahoe fire has reminded me to be thinking about this. I'm glad we've done so much on our property already this year, (I think this might be our best year yet as far as how early everything was cleared) but evacuation is always still a possibility. A lady I know was moving to their Lake Tahoe house for the summer last weekend - they had packed everything up, including their cats, and moved it all to their summer house. They came back here unexpectedly for the weekend to finish something - their house was 2 doors from where the fire started. It burned to the ground while they were gone, and they lost almost all they owned. Even the cats are gone. :-( This disaster was not their fault, as no amount of planning could have prevented such a tragedy. It is a hard time for them, and I'm sure it will take them quite a while to recover.
Fires always scare me, and this one kind of shook me up for a few days, since it happened to people I know. Around here they say that we are a couple decades overdue for a major fire, and I don't like the sound of that! So, I'm double checking things and making an evacuation list for Mira and her stuff. I may not be able to prevent a fire, but I can do my best to make sure that everything important survives...
Sunday, June 17, 2007
What I'm up to currently: Fencing again! I have a sneaking (well, no, actually a stomping) suspicion that I will be working on fencing off and on for pretty much the rest of my life. :-) So, it's a good thing I sorta like it! We've made a lot of progress at cutting weeds the last few weeks, and I've been slowly removing some old fencing. There is still quite a bit to do, though. I was hoping to do more on Saturday, but a relative had a bit of an emergency, so not much work happened. Oh well, people are more important than projects!
Someday, if and when I can live in a wetter climate, I think it would be fun trying out how to do fencing with hedges. They've done that for hundreds of years in Europe, and it kind of intrigues me. Of course, that is assuming you stay on the same property for more than a few years! Anyway, I think it would be fun to find out more about how they did their hedges.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Enjoy your Monday. :-D
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Go here and watch the first one, RIGHT NOW, and then watch this one immediately after. Do it!
Such a wonderful thing to happen to this guy!!!
The reason for this post, however, is that the last couple days I have been really arguing with God about something, and it's been kind of exhausting. It was completely my fault, because I was trying to do something He didn't want, and I was basically stomping my foot about it. Anyway, He did finally get through today, and right after that I saw this video the first time. After watching both several times, I suddenly realized something.
Everyone in audience, the judges, all the people who have watched this video, we are all cheering for this guy. We are SO glad he is getting all this praise and fame and recognition! It warms our hearts...
Then, I started to imagine:
It is Heaven's gateway. The scene about to take place is the arrival of yet another believer, finally Home, safe now, forever. Gathered around in eager anticipation are family members, friends, and the Holy One.
Suddenly, through the gate, escorted by angels, she comes! Her face is astonished, and her eyes widen as she starts to see the splendor and magnificence of Heaven's outer edges. The crowd bursts into excited cheers and applause, jumping up and down, calling her name, crying "Finally! We've been waiting SOO long for this day! And you have too, even though you didn't realize how much you were longing for this!"
Now she looks shy, overwhelmed. She thinks "What? Is everyone cheering for ME? Why? I worked hard on Earth, I did my best to love Jesus with everything in me, but still... This is totally awesome! It is so cool how everyone is so excited with me!"
Then, everyone's eyes are drawn to a tall figure as Jesus steps forward. She falls on her knees, overcome by joy. Weeping, she looks up into His face as He bends over and pull her into an embrace. She cannot bear the Love in His eyes - she never dreamed how much He loved her! He whispers, "Welcome home, good and faithful servant. Share in the joy I have been preparing for you from ages past! At last, I can start to show you all the good things I have in store, and at last I can tell you the reasons for so many things you wondered about below! Finally, I can give you your reward!"
Sometimes an emotion on Earth, like rooting for the underdog, or cheering for the victor, will give me a little picture of what Heaven will be like when I get there...
Second picture - Aren't those cute burros? We saw them walking around in pack strings quite often during the Expo.
The next pictures are of Tommy Turvey, the "Equine Extremist" and his trick-training clinic. I don't really like it when horses do strange tricks like sitting down, but I think bowing horses are extremely elegant, and it seems like something the horses really enjoy, too!
The last picture is of the California Cowgirl drill team - they are so incredible to watch in person! I suppose they must make mistakes in timing occasionally, but I've never caught one - some of their patterns require split second timing and they always seem to get it right! And I gotta say, I am definitely a girl, because I just love all the glitter and sparkles on their costumes and on their horses! :-D
These are some of the best pictures I got this year - enjoy. Now, if I can get the time to finish the post about Saturday evening...
So, I am sorry about that, but do please enjoy the photos of my pets and other things! And I love to get email, so don't be shy!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The last thing we watched that afternoon was Donna Snyder-Smith’s clinic on riding with correct posture. Lots there – I might have to do another separate post on that. The relationship between the rider's posture and the horse's nervousness or relaxation has always been fascinating to me.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Bob Avila on Brother White ended up winning the Magnificent 7 - this is his second year to win! Bob Avila is so consistent with his performance. I've learned to expect the horse to be topnotch, and all the maneuvers to be precise. He doesn't always win, but he's always up there near the top.
Oh, yeah, the Parelli demo... I've always loved their demos where the Savvy Team comes out and everyone does tricks and demos with their horse at once, but I especially like when someone and their horse will exactly synchronize their gaits. For example, a person will skip around in a circle, and the horse will circle with them, loping in time with the person. It is so cool! I thought about training Mira to do that when I got her, but realized I probably shouldn't try small circles with her at her age and considering our footing... But, I realized while watching them, "DUH!!! Of course I can still do straight line trotting work!" Mira already slows down, stops, and speeds up without lead rope cues, so I know she's paying attention. First I want to see if I can get her to back up as I back up, while I face forward and stand by her shoulder. Eventually it would be REALLY cool if I could get her to do a piaffe (trot in place) with me, but we'll see!!!
Anyway, I got several ideas from several clinicians about things to work on, so the next few weeks will be fun. :-)
Hopefully I can get the pictures uploaded soon and post a few tomorrow. I look forward to catching up on how everybody's weekends went!
Friday, June 8, 2007
My sis and I followed our long tradition of eating burritos and ice-cream cones for meals.
We enjoyed watching the Parellis, Pat & Linda, perform, and I will try to recap it a little more tomorrow - they gave me an idea to try with Mira!
We wandered through the shopping areas, and saw about 4 zillion cool items for sale. I managed to avoid getting anything not planned for though - so far!
A friend of mine very kindly lent me her digital camera for this trip, so I have been able to take a LOT of pictures, and will see if I can post some tomorrow morning, as well as more details about what it was like. Good night all!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
In fact, the opportunity to watch the "best of the best" ride is one of my favorite parts of this deal. It's so important to SEE what I'm aiming for and where I want to get in my riding. It especially has helped me connect the dots a lot better with some of the reining and cutting maneuvers - you can read about them, but seeing them is a whole different experience. One of these days, I'll get to actually DO those maneuvers, and hopefully I'll have a head start on learning proper form!
My younger sister's and brother's favorite part of the Expo last year was the free Breyer horse painting - they like hands-on things. I have to admit, that part was fun! I should put up a picture of the little Breyer models we did last year...
One of my favorite events each year is the Magnificent 7 competition - 7 horses and 7 riders compete in cutting, reining, steer stopping, and down the fence work. Last year I believe Bob Avila won both 1st and 2nd places! I love watching this event, for a lot of reasons. I have a few funny stories I will have to tell about some of the antics of the cows!
For some reason we've never made it to the Saturday Evening Extravaganza, but this year we intend to go - I can hardly wait. :-)
I look forward to telling you guys all about what it was like this year! I will try to do a post each evening, journal form, but we'll see!!! I also intend to visit a horse rescue place near there on Sunday, so I'll let you guys know how that goes as well.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Not much going on lately, just the usual. Mira is doing well, though the flies are crazy right now. No matter how much I work at controlling them with traps, fly predators, and (a little bit of) fly spray, they still are being a real pain. There are so many horses on our road that even if I get rid of my flies, that just leaves more room for flies from the other properties :-( ... For some reason hardly any of my neighbors ever pick up manure! So, I am thinking I might just buy a couple extra orders of fly predators and scatter them by night over some of the neighbors' fences - shh, don't tell! Well, maybe I should just ask first? :-)
I was just wondering why it is called "common" sense when it is so uncommon!?!
Every now and then, like this weekend, I watch someone do something totally strange/stupid/unforsightful, and I wonder, "Why don't they just ____? That would just be common sense, after all!" Oh well. Takes all kinds, I guess. :-)