Laundry and Other Things

I have never been so excited to do laundry (and strongly suspect that I never will again)!

Yes, we finally have a washer and dryer! The dryer is super touchy, however, and needs the door held open otherwise it will start at random times during the day and night. Plus the timer is LOUD and does not stop. But I’m not complaining; I have a washer and dryer! Eric spent all afternoon installing them and making sure everything was tight. We did two loads last night and I’ve started again the minute I got back from the barn. We sort of have a ton to do….

Today I did some errands in the morning before meeting the vet for Dandy’s vaccinations at noon. Dandy of course was perfect, didn’t care at all. I really like the vet as well. She was very friendly and really wanted to know Dandy’s history. Guinness rode with me up to Carson for the errands but he wasn’t especially pleased, until I came out of Target with a new toy:

Anyway, there’s not a whole lot to update on so I’m just going to post some photos from the past few weeks.

Eric and I went skiing a few weekends ago. We got up there sorta early (still had to park in the back of the lot but there weren’t many people there). Eric took me to the Galaxy chair which I had never been on and it was pretty empty. Galaxy is a nice run but the chair is a very old two seater. It really scoops you up and if they have to stop it for someone, it swings. I got a bit nauseous on the chair but loved the run. By the time we got back to East Peak the  mountain was packed. That was our cue to head back to the slice and have a beer.

Then this happened one night… Yes, Guinness thought a sharpie would be a fun thing to chew on. He couldn’t even deny it was him as he had pen all over his legs and tongue. After a second night of him pulling a wine bottle out of the rack and a third night where he chewed up my work papers, it has been decided that from now on… kennel for the pup. We gave him a lot of chances to fix his behavior and did our best to put tempting new “toys” out of the way but nothing seemed to work. He’s got no one to blame but himself.

Perfect Ride

Days like today are why I love my horse. Dandy was so perfect and we had a great great ride.

First, for your entertainment, a video of me putting on Dandy’s Mary Janes with lots of footage of my butt:

Anyway, I started out by lunging him with the side reins; making sure that I was getting impulsion and really pushing him into the reins so that he would collect. It took about a half hour to find a good part of the field to lunge him in as it’s still really soft and my normal spot was taken over with hay piles. Eventually we found a suitable area by some of the cross country jumps. Dandy did so great and got very very sweaty. I had two reasons for working him so hard. One, because he needs it. Two, because I wanted to go for a road hack afterward and wanted him a bit tired.

Next I got on him and took him out on the road. It was the most perfect ride. I just trotted him up and down the road over and over again until he calmed down. He didn’t spook once and I even got to trot him on the buckle for one loop.

Since every time we passed the gate he wanted to go back to the barn, I started asking him to collect before we got there. This got his mind back on me and also taught him that the barn means work, lol. Dandy was doing so well at the end that I even asked him to canter and got a wonderful lope down the lane. When I started our ride, I didn’t even think about cantering because I was worried that the long dirt road would remind him of being on the track and I’d get a crazy OTTB answer. Clearly I misjudged my wonderful thoroughbred.

I can’t even stress how good of a ride this was for both of us. Since Dandy’s going to be my event horse, it’s important that he trust me to be the leader when we’re out of the arena; I can’t have a horse that’s going to spook at something stupid and there’s only so much ground work and desensitizing I can do (aka, I can’t desensitize for everything).

Hey, maybe I can even do my limited distance event in August? Dare I dream?

This view is why I love riding out here.

Professional Winos

Well, the bad news is that I found a tack shop with English gear. The good news, it’s in Sacramento. And yes, I do have that in the correct order. You see, I spend too much money at tack shops so it’s good that it’s in Sacramento. I’m not going to drive three hours unless I really need something!

Anyway, Eric and I decided to go down to Sacramento and look at their selection of saddles (not the best) and pick up a bunch of our wine club memberships on the way back. And we brought the puppy with us. I’m still not sure the pup was pleased with that but he probably enjoyed it more than being locked in the hallway.

Guinness was not too excited to be in the car for three hours.
Guinness was SO HAPPY to walk around in Sacramento.
Another picture of the happy puppy.

The tack shop, Christensen Saddlery was very awesome. They had a wide selection of clothes, pads, bits, girths, ect… used and sales items. The staff was friendly and knowledgable, I just wish it were a bit closer. I looked at their consignment saddles and didn’t find anything I really like. I did end up getting some Quick Braid, a braiding comb, a used head bumper, and a half pad that can be padded up at the withers. I’m hoping it will work as a band aid until I find the right saddle, aka, have the money for it.

Guinness after getting french fries. "Mom, can I have more?"

Then we headed to our favorite winery: Cantiga Wineworks. It was very crowded but we still had some fabulous wines, as usual there. The new “dessert” wine, the La Petite Suite, was so good. I’m glad we got two of them in our wine club pick up. We also got two more of their port wine, the Madrigal, which is my favorite.

A less than awesome picture of the Cantiga tasting room.
Guinness' new friend.
At Cantiga

We spent longer at Cantiga than planned so we made a super quick stop at Charles B. Mitchell Winery to pick up THREE quarters worth of wine club pick ups. So all in all we came home with 25 bottles of wine. The rack is once again full.

Then it was back home.

All in all, it was a great day. Tomorrow we are getting up early to go skiing. Yay!

"I just want to go home."