We have been blessed with some beautiful weather over the last few weeks. During the week it's been warm and sunny while over the weekends we get a nice rain. We have been taking advantage of the soft ground by digging post holes and building fences.
Little by little we are making progress on our pastures. While working on fences, I can watch the yearlings play, the old ponies quietly graze and the cows make their daily pass by on their way to the trough. I have also been able to watch Larry adjust to sharing his quarters with other horses. I have learned he rooms well with some and not so well with others. The older the horse the more respect he has for them, regardless of their size.
Larry has been so consistent when I ride him, I don't feel bad if he takes a few days off at a time. Since he has been gelded, he has taken “Laid Back Larry” to a whole new level! He works very well with a good work ethic, but he shuts down so quickly. He's like riding a robot, when you shut him down by taking your leg off he completely shuts down and stays there. When I need to get off to help someone or fix a tied horse, I can trust him to stay put when I throw his rein over the fence. I believe he will be a great lesson horse and kids horse someday. For now I will continue his training and use him for ranch work while showing him here and there.
Unfortunately, all the shows I had planned for him have been cancelled. Just like everyone else I have been really craving a show! Im going on year two of not showing. Last year it was due to unforeseen circumstances and this year its due to the shutdown. We had quite the show schedule planned out for 2020 but for now it's been put on hold. As disappointing as it sounds, I am ok with it. It's allowed us to get fencing done on the ranch and its given us a moment to reset and restart. The same "ol’ same ol'" had changed just when I needed it to. We are blessed to continue to work through this time, even if its only training.
I have come across some online shows that caught my attention. One has a futurity division that I would like to enter Larry in. Im not the most techie person but I think I can manage this. I talked with the association putting this show on, they said that they have had a huge response. Im sure this has opened up many opportunities to those that are unable to haul out for shows. I enjoy seeing friends so enthusiast about this new outlet. Im excited to enter Larry in this up coming event and to begin working on our videos. This will be a learning curve for me and the people that will be videoing. None of us are techies and to be honest it puts us all in a frustrated mood. We will have to learn to get this done efficiently and effectively. It will be good for us! I must admit I really appreciate the aspect of hauling out to a show. Even though I'm quite an introvert, I’ve come to really enjoy it and so do my horses.