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Happy 4th!

This weekend we were planning to finally get in an endurance ride in PA, but we recently suffered some bad news. Teddy has EPM. Due to the cost of treating Teddy and general stress levels, we decided to stay home and take it easy. Teddy is off the riding list for now, so we have been time-sharing the 4 horses that are still healthy.

I took time off on Friday and Amanda and I went fishing. We didn’t catch anything, but she loves to go out.

Saturday was spent working on some projects and grilling burgers. Vicki made the holiday themed cake and we did some sparklers once it got dark. Anna made a short video. We also watched Hamilton, at Vicki’s request.

Sunday was more relaxing with a late afternoon ride and drive. We originally planned to go to Arcadia, but an accident closed the road so we went back to Pachaug. Anna rode Amira, Alex rode Mojo, Vicki rode Eli, and Amanda and I drove Huey. It was a short outing of only 5 miles and 1 hour, but it was significant because this was the first time we drove Huey with the other horses and it was the highest speed we have maintained with Huey. It seems maybe Huey prefers driving. Here’s a short video from our drive.

If you go back up, you will notice Huey has a nice new ear net on, that Anna made. It’s purple and pink and matches his riding tack. Happy Independence Day!

Introducing Huey!

Saturday night I flew back from WA.  Sunday, Vicki and I hooked up the horse trailer and hopped in the truck.  8 hours later we arrived at our hotel just outside Baltimore.  First thing Monday morning, we went to Hedgehog Hollow Farm, which specializes in breeding Dartmoor ponies.  Anna had been emailing with the farm and Vicki was along to specifically test ride Huey (she even got to miss a day of school).  Everything seemed fine, so we loaded up and headed back home.

Huey is a 12 year old Dartmoor gelding.  He is just over 11 hands and makes a great addition to our herd.  He is barefoot and has never had shoes.  He also lived outside in pasture in a herd setup.  The kids are very excited to have another pony.  Today, Huey got to know Precious and Devil.  Devil wasn’t too happy about sharing Precious’ attention with another boy.  Since Huey has never been contained in electric fence, we spent the day monitoring things and fixing fences.  Now if the rain will stop, the kids will get to ride him.

First conversation across electric fence
First conversation across electric fence

For perspective, Anna is 5'6"
For perspective, Anna is 5’6″