Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop 8: Cheeky

Pippin has a new girlfriend! Don't worry Camryn or Shy, his new girl is a human girl friend!  I met Sharron through a Meetup group and we chatted online a few times. She loves horses, has ridden most of her life, and currently does not have a horse and would love to have a chance to do things with horses. So, since I can only ride one horse at a time, I invited Sharron to come visit the boys.

The minute Sharron stepped into the paddock she was, in her own words, smitten with Pippin! She loved Pippin's silly antics. She giggled as his inquisitive lips looked for cookies. She lapped it up when Pippin gave her a hug! She was thrilled at working with him in the round pen. She thinks of him as a 'cheeky monkey'!

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 8:

1. Describe how a horse you have known is sometimes a 'cheeky monkey'. What does he/she do that is a bit naughty?

2. What is your favorite thing about spring? (Hmmm... I'm thinking there won't be too many people who say 'shedding horses'!)

3. What care do you provide for feet? Horse or human! Do you have a special product that 
that you have discovered and just can't do without? 

And, here are my answers:

1. I used to own a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross. His name was Apple. Apple was my main squeeze in High School (just ask my human boyfriend... he'll tell you where he ranked!) Apple put up with a lot from me. I used to try to stand up on him. He did not care to pretend he was a circus horse. I would try to jump up on him - by racing from the back, or the side. I never made it and would hit against Apple's side or back end, and slide down. When Apple was irritated, he did this 'cheeky' thing.... he'd casually, and oh-so-quickly, move his foot to the side, pinning my foot to the ground with his not-so-dainty hoof softly, but firmly planted on top! My trying to jump on Apple was just one of those things that irritated him. He'd put up with it for a bit, and then I'd find myself pinned. It was almost as 
if he was saying, 'enough already.... do you understand?'!!


2. It's almost impossible to pick just one thing that I love about spring... but, since I came up with the question, I suppose I need to come up with an answer! I'll pick birds singing in the morning! I love being outside... and even trudging outside first thing to feed horses and clean up the paddock is wonderful with the music of the birds in the morning as they greet the sun, too.

3. What care do you provide feet? I found a new product for me! I detest the way that callous builds up on my heels - is that an age thing? One day as I was driving somewhere I overheard a podiatrist on NPR make a comment about AmLactin lotion. I tucked it in the back of my brain and the next time I was at a pharmacy I picked up a bottle. The stuff works miracles! It is a moisturizing lotion with a bit of hydroxy acid. I put it on in the morning, before I put my socks on, and my feet have no callous and no cracked heels. 
And, as for the horses, they get only basic care. They are both barefoot. They get trimmed by a barefoot specialist. He would like to come every 6 weeks, but this time I forgot to get on his calendar and it has been closer to 10 weeks. It will be very interesting to see what he has to say and whether, due to increased use, their feet are in better shape than he expects!

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  1. I am going to have to try that lotion for my feet! They need it after being in boots at the barn!

  2. I am going to look for that lotion too..I am terrible about going naturally I have callus..and cracked heels:(

  3. Apple was beautiful. He looks like a caramel apple. I can relate to what you said about your boyfriend knowing his place. I had a boyfriend who stood by at the barn while I was putting my horse away in his stall and saying goodbye for the day. He said, "I wish you would speak to me like you do your horse." But my horse was so much easier to love and talk mushy to.

    Hmm? I'll have to try that lotion. I have a couple different lotions and potions I use on my feet. It's almost sandal season. Time to pamper the feet.

  4. Hmm, that lotion sounds awesome. :)

    Apple was very handsome and sounds like a total saint. The foot pinning is so funny! I love horses who won't put their full weight down if they step on you. :)

    Now off to post my blog hop! Thanks for doing this for us every week. It's been a lot of fun!


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