Has winter returned to north Idaho? When I awoke this morning I was greeted by a cheery landscape of white! Yes, several inches of snow had fallen overnight. I have to admit that I was not especially pleased to see snow on an April morning, but it was very beautiful. These photos show the view from our front steps this morning. Emily even got in one last snow angel before it melted away. Yes, I am happy to report that the snow is quickly melting away to reveal that beautiful North Idaho spring.
|Emily riding JR|
|Emily riding Honey, and me riding Little Horse. Emily has laid claim to Little Horse.|
|My Little Cowgirl trotting along|
|Gabe even got in on the fun! He was all smiles and giggles as he went for his ride.|
|At the end of the day, a cowgirl always takes care of her horse.|
Winter is slowly loosening its icy grip on us here at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and I am suffering from some serious cabin fever symptoms. So today, I left the kids with mom for a couple hours so I could go outside for some winter horse therapy.
|JR = Practically Perfect in Every Way|
Of the many horses here on the ranch, three of them are my very own. I have JR, my 21 year old Quarter Horse who is practically perfect in every way and has been my partner, teacher, student and friend for 17 years. Little Horse is a 15ish year old POA mare and Zeus is her yearling POA/Appaloosa colt.
|Little Horse = Nervous Nelly|
I headed to the barn and caught Little Horse and JR to groom away some of that winter hair. Little Horse is always a bit of a nervous Nelly when she’s tied in the barn, so she danced around while JR stood quietly enjoying the brushing and scratches I was giving him. While some may consider getting covered in pounds of white horse
hair a pain, I consider the time spent in the barn brushing away those winter coats to be very therapeutic.
|JR Thinks spring is coming!|
|Little Horse doesn’t think spring is coming very soon.|
After JR and Little Horse were brushed out, I turned them back out and got a little show from them and their young pen-mates. Even my gimpy old man got in on the fun.
Then I went and visited Zeus at the little horse barn. A winter of very little attention from me has caused him to be a bit jumpy and stand-offish. He is coming around however as he has discovered that I can scratch and rub away that winter hair in places that he just can’t reach to scratch.
It was very refreshing spending an hour with my fuzzy ponies. There is a quote by Winston Churchill which I think is very true: There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
Can you believe that it is now less than two months before Christmas arrives?! I noticed, the other day, someone had made this same statement on their Facebook page and I had to read it a few more times before it really sunk in. Crimany where did 2012 go? I think the moment you start having children time starts speeding up. But nevertheless, Christmas is now 57 days away and that means time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. To get you started, here is a sampling of what we have in the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Gift Shop.
Remember those songs that we played around the campfire at the ranch? We are excited to share with you our newest project here at the ranch. Those great campfire songs, the ones you just can’t forget like Tulip the Goat, Sheriff Ron, Amos and Andy and nine others, will be produced by Brad and recorded in Nashville!
Have you ever wondered what goes on at a North Idaho guest ranch during the unpredictable month of March? Through rain, snow, hail or sunshine, the ranch-hands continue their work on the ranch. Follow Emily through her day and learn just what a ranch babe does to help the ranch prepare for spring.
P.S. Happy First Day of Spring! Did I mention that we have 4-5 inches of fresh snow and it’s still coming down.