Can You Guess What They Tried To Do To Me Yesterday???

Alison and Ike Culpeper August 2014

I have yet again seized control of the blog to share with my fans the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Mom just doesn’t do a stellar job providing you the facts.  Mom forgets to take off her rose colored glasses sometimes as she skips through her days.

The poor woman continues to struggle with what to do with her appendages.  I hear her reminiscing about how I used to attempt to ram her knee into the fence since I couldn’t make all my body parts work together.  Well here we are three years later and I am more than capable of coordinating my legs.  I cannot say the same for Mom and she is almost 46 years old.  Come on woman! Put your inside leg up near the girth when I’m cantering to help me bend.  You can clearly see from the photo that she is incapable of listening while in the show ring.  Just look where her leg is!  Sheesh!  And then she is surprised when I break from the canter or lean in.  Will someone please tell her to be there to help me…yes, I do a lot of the work, but she’s got to learn to do her part for the team.  I can only hope for better leg/seat/hand coordination at our upcoming show at Rose Mount.  With only a week until the show, I have to hope for a miracle.

That whole feed bucket debacle had nothing to do with what was in my feed bucket.  I’m not really a picky fellow, except for peaches, those things are gross.  I might have been pawing one morning while waiting for my breakfast and might have gotten my hoof stuck in the bucket.  When I pulled back to get it out, somehow the bucket got in the way and it broke.  Yeah, that is what happened.  Or wait, is it too late to blame my brother.  Yeah, he made me do it.

Lately, it has not been fun to be outside.  The weather has been okay, but the horseflies have been out in droves.  We horses have decided that they are evil.  We are pretty certain that they are the devil’s spawn sent forth to make us all miserable.  I have mastered the tail flick and the neck-reach-around to combat the flying devils.  My brother does a nonstop shimmy shake so that they cannot land on him.  He only stops when Mom is close by and then he shows her where it is so she can kill it.  While she is uncoordinated in the saddle, she does have lightning quick thwacking skills to kill the flies.  Go Mom!

And let me tell you about yesterday…Mom and I had another lesson with Ms. C.  I’m pretty sure they tried to kill me.  We worked very hard on the various movements that we will need for our upcoming show: cantering, trot lengthenings, canter lengthenings, centerlines, and leg yields.  We didn’t stop much because the horseflies were lying in wait if we paused.  After about 50 minutes I was breathing very hard.  It was scary.  I huffed and puffed and couldn’t catch my breathe.  Mom dismounted and they hosed me off for at least 20 minutes (I didn’t think I was that dirty).  Mom then stuck this tube of brown goo in my mouth.  She called it “elektrolights.”  I called it gross and tried to spit it back at her.  After about 20 more minutes I felt better.  I hope that never happens again.

If you are going to be in town next weekend, come see me at the show.  I love when my friends come to cheer for me!  Especially the ones who bring snacks!

Until next time,

Ike

 

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The Liebster Blog Award

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I am again humbled by one of my fellow bloggers.  Today I received an award from http://thecasualphilosopher.wordpress.com/ who is now known as The Casual Rider.  We share a common love of equines and also share the same highs and lows that come with having a piece of sport’s equipment capable of independent thought.

HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD:

As I understand from The Casual Rider’s blog, The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each bloggers page and let them know you have nominated them.”

Many bloggers aren’t into the award aspect of WordPress.   If I nominated one of you, please don’t feel like you have to put the award on your page.  I have received awards and do a post about them, and then they are rarely seen on my page again because I have no idea how to embellish my blog.  Most of the awards come with all sorts of things which have to be done.  Some people just don’t have that kind of time, so understood.  My apologies if you have already received the award.  How can more than one nomination be a bad thing!

MY NOMINEES:

Blogs I have nominated are those I find inspiring, interesting, beautiful, humorous, and otherwise engaging.  As I am awful with the minute details of WordPress, I am not certain that all these blogs meet the less than 200 follower criteria, but I have them all in my reader and they are all awesome.

http://mellchan.wordpress.com/

http://thetravellingsock.wordpress.com/

http://machomojave.wordpress.com/

http://charliedogandfriends.wordpress.com/

http://leroyandcompany.wordpress.com/

http://kathleenmccoydressage.com/

http://littlemousejane.wordpress.com/

http://sparrowgrass.wordpress.com/

http://lifeinawalnutshell.wordpress.com/

http://suburbanferndaleark.wordpress.com/

http://goodcooks.wordpress.com/

My 11 questions to my nominees:

1.  Dogs or cats?

2.  Favorite dessert?

3.  Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

4.  Spring, summer, fall or winter?

5.  Glass half full or half empty?

6.  Can you play an instrument?

7.  Facebook or Twitter?

8.  Why do you blog?

9.  How do you keep up with the world?  TV, internet, newspaper?

10. What do you like most about blogging?

11. Do you read blogs on subjects different than your primary blog subject?

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

I can consume 6 donuts in one sitting if given the chance – not saying I should or that I do this regularly, but I have in the past.  Wine is divine.  I cannot whistle…  I do not like my feet.  I can walk in 4 inch heels, but trip when walking up the stairs.  My horse’s get new shoes more frequently than I do.  Peonies are my favorite flower.  I do not like walnuts.  I love decorating Christmas cookies.  I love deep-sea fishing even though I rarely get to go.  I believe that chocolate should be a food group.

The Answers to the questions given to me:

1. Do you speak a foreign language?  Sadly, no.  It is on my list of things to do, but keeps getting bumped by “vacuum dog hair again.”

2.  Have you adopted any stray or rescue animals?  Yes, all my dogs are rescues.

3.  Any arts/crafts you do?  I dabble in many but am proficient at none.

4.  Favorite junk food?  TNTC (too numerous to count), but I do have a big weakness for potato chips.

5.  Introvert or extrovert?  Depends on the day and the situation.

6.  Last movie seen, or watched at home?  Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows

7.  Book you are currently reading?  Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

8.  Why do you blog?  So that years from now, I will remember the mundane details that are part of my adventure with my young horse.

9. How many countries have you lived in? Two, the US and the Philippines.

10. What do you like most about blogging?  The creative writing aspect.

11. Do you read blogs on subjects different than your primary blog subject?  Yes, there are some really creative people out there.

Thanks again to my blogger buddy The Casual Rider for the nomination.  I will fill you in on our weekly lesson later this week.  Suffice to say that Ike and I had to have a discussion about his listening skills…naughty, naughty pony.