Hahahahaha, yeah, no.
Life's too short to be serious.
You can tell 'em I said so.
|The hitch in my get-along is healing up beautifully|
|Not "just" a standardbred, and not "just" a total hip replacement patient aboard her.|
|Toasting with coconut rum punch with the Usual Suspects!|
photo by M. Bretherton
|Sunshine on the actual anniversary of my birth--|
of COURSE I went riding!
|My family came to visit, and Mom (and Luna) helped out|
with our landscaping.
This is what I will look like when I grow up!
|After messing around in the landscaping, we had plenty of beer!|
Also, Santa Jim made elk-burgers.
Not to be confused with reindeer-burgers. Totally different.
|...or more than 61 in the case of this pre-2008 photo of Julie Suhr|
competing in endurance at the age of 76.
|The cat and both dogs loaded themselves--and each other--several times |
while I packed up the little rig.
|Errr...jetted? Well, yes, after Tim replaced a truck starter |
in a rest area parking lot. It's not a real endurance ride if
there aren't any mechanical glitches.
|A familiar landmark on Highway 26, heading east towards Washtucna!|
|Duana bought a brand-new set of Hold Your Horses panels,|
and Lois delivered them from Oregon to the ridecamp!
|"Pay no attention to the grass, the beetpulp bucket and the hay! |
I'm starving! Santa, will you bring me a cookie?"
|The ranch offers gathering places for hunting, fishing, hiking, |
mountain and road biking...and, of course, horseback riding.
|Jim very sweetly drove the trail at the pace of a trotting standardbred|
so that I could experience some of the fun I would otherwise miss on ride day.
As usual, I took pictures--and what's a picture of trail without "ears" at the bottom?
|Green Bean Margie on Magic, and Dory on her green horse Win.|
|Duana and Hana, Patty and Flower|
|Totally. Not. Afraid. Of. Quads.|
|Re-seeded fields all the way to the horizon|
|Monica's stealth van is a full-size Chevy...but it seems very small|
when surrounded by all that pretty.
|I love this dog, but I'm quite sure there are snakes in that gully. Erch.|
|A Santa and his Floof, it's a beautiful thing.|
|Two pretty girls|
|Tim's famous sausage soup, and lots of fixin's.|
|"We will trade kibble for sausage soup?"|
|This photo was taken at the first vetcheck, around 9:30am|
|She got down there by herself, and she got right back up again|
|Back out on the trail!|
|Fiddle: "Come on, let's GO!"|
|Outstanding in her field.|
|Someone did not lose weight during her layoff.|
|Saddle still fits. Let's go!|
|Dory makes me smile!|
|Less than an hour (because I promised it would be less than an hour).|
3.37 miles in 52 minutes, 2 seconds.
|Surgery + 25 days, for the beancounters out there.|
Stirrups are truly even for the first time in at least 3 years!
|Patty and Monica had a terrific ride in the morning.|
I was only a teeny bit jealous.
photo by Monica Bretherton
|Learning to "wrap" the endurance bit|
into Hana's mouth.
|11 years I've been riding this pony!|
|I rode for a total of 5 minutes, walk and trot in the arena.|
Hana didn't even break a sweat. (Neither did I, for the record)