Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop - Week 29: Fall Follies

Fall is coming. The horses are shedding their summer coats and showing the first signs of new shaggy coats for winter. Our mornings have a fall-like chill that inspires me and brings me new-found energy. I love this season - but I dread that first snow fall!

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 29:
  1. How do you deal with a shaggy winter coat (on your horses!)? Do you blanket? Do you clip? Do you have a special clip you prefer? Do you let the coat grow to keep the horse warm on its own?
  2. What's the most recent sign of fall that you have seen at your place?
  3. Do you change decorations for the seasons? If so, has fall come out in your home?
  4. Does your community have any special fall activities that you enjoy?
My Answers:
1. The Haffies were left with long, shaggy coats. When I rode them, I never went so far as to let them get too very sweaty - a little under the saddle and on the chest was taken care of by cooling them down after work, using a fleece cooler and toweling them. When I actively showed and followed the hounds my horses were clipped. I really liked the trace clip best, but a full body clip looks so much neater!
2. I noticed that the veins of the leaves on our Maple trees are turning red. Soon the leaves will follow.
3. I don't do a lot of seasonal decorating... but I do put some things around for fall, and then change that for Christmas items. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of fall. So, I have a few sprays of fake fall flowers, berries and grasses that get put around. I have a table cloth with fall leaves that I usually put on the dining room table and I have a little wooden scarecrow that goes outside by the front door. I have some other decorations, candles and baskets - but so far I haven't hauled them out.
4. My town has a barbecue cook off over Labor Day Weekend. I guess that's a fall activity. They sell roasted chili's and fresh corn-on-the-cob dripping with butter. There are commercial vendors of barbecue and then the contestants. This cook off is similar to what you see if you have been bored enough had nothing else to do but to watch Barbecue Pit Masters on TV. The contestants have a number of dishes they must prepare and they have strict time deadlines. We watched several participants running up to the official entry table at the last second. It was interesting to talk to one of the local contestants. He travels to a half dozen competitions, but others that were at the event go to events almost every weekend. For some, it is a full-time job. 
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  1. The weather is perfect right now! Wish it could last.

  2. Fall is my favorite time of year. 1) I don't blanket; Misty grow a full winter coat. However, I do use a fleece cooler after I ride in an indoor arena after work in the winter. 2) First sign of fall was Misty shedding her summer coat. 3) I decorate minimally for the seasons. I have seasonal salt and pepper shakers and a fall cornucopia I put on our dining room table. 4) Nothing local, but in the past I have enjoyed the annual Frijole and Chili Festival in Pueblo.


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