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Jenni O.
 #126 
Where is photo #44? My favorite!

Despite the snorting, the photos show a horse that is thinking and trying, and she looks pretty relaxed too.
Lisa B.
 #127 
Thanks girls...you are always so fun to ride with...As well as encouraging and patient. Zumbro is going to be great!
Lisa B.
 #128 

Pauli and I continue to do well together. 

 

She does like to push my buttons but I have learned to not take anything she does too seriously.  I smile and for the most part just let her work it out as I have found the more I react to her antics the more she pushes.

Her latest thing is to refuse to go across the teeter totter bridge that I built or to step in the “kiddie pool” full of water, sand, and plastic jugs/bottles.  She’s not afraid of either of these obstacles, just decides she doesn’t want to cooperate.  We work on it until she at least gives me a sincere effort.  She is quite treat motivated so often times she’ll do something if she’s going to get something for it (a sense of fairness??).

 

The pictures attached are from a couple of evenings ago.  She’s all cleaned up and ready for the saddle and a little arena time and then a nice walk around our 40 acres.  I decided to try something different on her that day and not use a bridle but just the halter you see her wearing in the pictures.  I am always concerned that I rely too much on the reins and get heavy handed so I thought this might be a nice experiment.  All I can say is that she was perfect…responsive, relaxed, paying attention, etc.  She even walked across the teeter totter bridge (end to end, not hopping off at the fulcrum) twice!  Maybe I need to consider a bitless bridle on her…I’ll keep using the halter for a while until I know if it is something that I can trust her in on a real trail ride.  I’ll have her bridle in the saddle bag just in case though.

 

This fall we plan to go to Caney Mountain in Arkansas.  I hear the trails are very challenging but Pauli enjoys challenges and likes to think on her feet.  I will just have to see what her attitude is when we need to make a decision to go for it or go around it.  She did great at Shawnee last fall although the trails we were on weren’t very difficult. 

 

I guess that’s about it for now.  I do really enjoy this little red horse and am so glad that Jenni O. introduced me to MHWF.

 

As I always say…LIFE IS GOOD!

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Jenni O.
 #129 
Ooh, if you go bitless you should buy an S hack and then I can try it at some point!😁
doreen
 #130 
Sounds like you are finding some good compromises with you little red mare!  I have really enjoyed going bitless with the horses who like it, and love riding with just a neck rope to refine my leg and seat.  Continue to enjoy!
Lisa B.
 #131 
Thanks Doreen, I had a horse years ago that I rode bitless.  He did quite well with it.

Jenni, of course you can try it, if I get one. [biggrin]
MHWF
 #132 
A friend and I took our girls to Lake Wissota State Park for a nice day ride. I again rode Pauli with just her halter and again she behaved perfectly! She was relaxed, soft, and responsive. The only issue she has is that it’s easier to snatch a bite to eat on the trail (but she did that with a bit too).

The picture shows her watching a motorboat that was working it’s way along the lake. The girls were fascinated by the wake he boat made.

Again...Life is Good!

- Lisa B.

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MHWF
 #133 

Pauli and I recently embarked on an adventure to Caney Mountain in Arkansas.  The Ozark Mountains tested our endurance (well, mostly Pauli’s) and our trust in each other.  I must say, this little red mare really impressed me.  She was steady, surefooted, and super well mannered during our 40+ miles of riding.  That doesn’t sound like much for distance, but trust me, it was the workout of 80 miles.

I never once had and “Oh my God, we’re going to die” moment because she was such a good girl!  I did opt to not ride the famous “Sidewalk” as I was just not feeling it (I don’t have anything to prove).  I’m sure Pauli would have been fine but I chose the chickens&%t trail.  I hope to go back sometime, and we’ll do it then (maybe).

I have attached a few photos.  I don’t have too many with us in them but you will get a sense of the beauty and ruggedness of the trails.

Life is Good…and getting Better!

- Lisa B.

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Jurita
 #134 
Nice photos. Looks like fun and I'm glad to hear Pauli did so well.
Cnb
 #135 
Wow! Looks beautiful! Sounds like it was an adventure
MHWF
 #136 

Rode with friends Jenni O, Jurita, and Theresa today at Narrow Gauge in Barron County.  It was very crisp and cool as we started and the horses were feeling a bit spunky but quickly quieted down for the work at hand.

We ran into some other friends at the north trail head and visited with them for a few minutes.  As we swung around back towards the south trail head we decided to take a ride over to a boat landing a mile or so down the county forest road. 

As we are nearing the lake Theresa happened to notice a large bird in a tree along the road.  It was an immature bald eagle and another was flying around nearby.  Jenni and Jurita were ahead of us so we called them back to where we were, to see the birds.  Just as they got there, the bird in the tree flew away into the woods.  Within feet of the road was a deer carcass that they had been feeding on.  As we talked about how cool it was to see them I noticed two adult bald eagles crouched down about ten feet away from the carcass and about twelve feet off the road.  They were watching us, not moving, trying to be invisible.  They were so close together we thought that maybe they were in a trap, sick, or entangled.  As I moved closer to them to check it out, they hopped away into the woods, away from me.  One of them continued into the woods but the other decided it needed to get up onto the road so it could fly away (the trees were blocking their exit otherwise).  It ran/hopped past the carcass up to the edge of the road (almost into Jurita) and flew away down the road.  Theresa (being of sound mind) managed to get a few pictures.

What a privilege to encounter these magnificent creatures.

As I said yesterday...Life is Good...and getting Better!

- Lisa B.

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Jane Liess
 #137 
That's incredible!  And you managed to get pictures of it!
Lisa B.
 #138 
The amazing thing was that the horses were pretty much unfazed by the encounter. Have to give our friend, Theresa, credit for having the presence of mind to take some pictures.
doreen
 #139 
Very cool!
Lisa B.
 #140 
Hello all!  Dang, it's been too long again since my last post but I'll update you quickly.  
Pauli wintered well, as usual, and didn't require blanketing nearly as much as in the past.  Her coat seemed to be a bit heavier (am I imagining that) but she still got chilled off and on.
In March I noticed that she was walking on her toe on her left hind and that she didn't really want to put her heel down.  Mind you, she wasn't limping, just walking weird.  I got on the internet and figured she had a slightly sprained pastern.  The vet recommended rest and bute.  At her health exam a couple of weeks ago it was recommended that she get two more weeks of rest and then start hand walking for a week or two and then work her into riding.  Happily, tomorrow we start the walking.  I will also pony her off of my older mare.  This is just in time for us to really start condition rides as we are going to South Dakota in July.  We (well, I am) are so excited...I've never ridden west of Minneapolis, so this is going to be totally new.  We'll be fine though, after all, we managed the Ozarks just fine last fall.
I have attached a small painting I did last year of Pauli that I thought would add some interest to this post, since I don't have any current pictures of her.  Enjoy...

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Barb S
 #141 
Love the painting. Sounds like another great adventure coming up. Looking forward to hearing about it.
Donna R
 #142 
Beautiful painting!
Jenni O.
 #143 
Beautiful painting!
Cnb
 #144 
Wow! Beautiful!
doreen
 #145 
Good luck with rehab!  Hope all goes smoothly and easily.  Love the painting!
MHWF
 #146 

Hi All!

Pauli was still showing signs of lameness so my vet recommended I take her to Stillwater for a more thorough exam.  A few days earlier the farrier was out and discovered a hole in her frog (it was pretty overgrown and was getting hard to clean out her hoof).  Who knows what happened that she got this kind of injury. 

I took her to Stillwater last week and the vet was not at all concerned about the clicking in her pastern but was concerned about the hole in the frog.  Hoof testers got quite a response in that spot so he cut half of the frog out to reach the injury.  X-rays showed that the injury is subsoler but not into the bone.  The hole is about 1 inch long and ¼ wide so he cleaned it out good and showed me how to pack it with sugardyne and wrap it to keep it clean.  It is a process that I swear requires one to have 6 arms.

Needless to say she is well on her way to recovery.  Although she will not be able to go to South Dakota she will be ready for light riding soon, with protection on that hoof.  I am using a Deluxe Equine Slipper (you can see it in the picture).  These are great products and simple to use.  I’ve ordered a couple more of them so keep in the barn and one in my saddlebags.

The best news is, she doesn’t have a ligament or tendon injury.  The clicking is like us cracking our knuckles.  I’m always a bit concerned for her legs due to her injuries in her previous career (reining) but she seems to be a tough little cookie!

Happy trails to all!

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Cnb
 #147 
She is a beautiful mare! Thankful she has no permanent damage
Jurita
 #148 
Hope she heals well and quickly.
Christine
 #149 
That's good news even though it's not great to have the situation at all! Hope her recovery goes well and quickly! She is one gorgeous horse 😍
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