Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

It is not officially winter yet but already this week we have had the coldest recorded temperature for a particular date and we got 25 cm of snow overnight and into this morning! I wonder what winter will bring when it is here! Hopefully lots more snow because Linus and I LOVE it!! I think it is such a shame that so many people hang up their tack and don't ride all winter long. I bet some of the high level competition horses would enjoy a snowy ride so much! What a change of pace that would make for them. But, to each their own. I know some people just hate winter! Yet another reason why my wonderful Curly and I are such a great match! I'm really looking forward to enjoying the snow more this year now that Linus is a year older too!



Here are some pictures of Linus playing in the snow this afternoon while I was doing some chores. A big, wet sticky dump like the one we got can do a number on the fences so I had 4 solid hours of farm work ahead of me before I even had the chance to ride!  I didn't think I would have the strength to even ride Linus by the time I was done it all! I'm so glad I went for it though! I felt so refreshed afterwards!










Can we play now?



Ooh look, they're shovelling at the neighbour's house too!

 

I LOVE the snow covered trees. I wish I would have caught these earlier in the day when they were fully laden with snow!


At last! Chores done and time to go for a ride! I love using the bareback pad in the winter.
 Linus keeps me so warm. I used a round bale for mounting!

umm, will you please stop taking pictures so we can GO!



My favourite winter view is through the ears of my awesome horse!  And please take note of the curls between his ears!!! : )

Linus was pretty fresh which I expected with the new snow! He was SO good for me today though. I could feel him wanting to go but he didn't give me a hard time and stayed loose on the rein. I find him getting lighter and lighter to ride. The barrel training really helped us in getting moving off my leg and so I find myself using the reins less and less. I love how much he controls his urges when I'm bareback too. I can really feel him taking more care. I kept telling him how awesome he was! For the first time ever we trotted the whole loop of the yard with no saddle and it was freakin' awesome. I only realized afterwards that I had an ear to ear grin the entire time. Then I reached forward and hugged Linus and rubbed his neck and again told him how awesome he is!

Here is a video of us when we first started our ride. You can hear Linus blowing and muffling with the fresh snow! And I let him check out a shrub, he loves to knock the snow off of them! Sorry, no singing this time Harold!






Much to his delight, there was grass only a few paws away! 

Donna & Linus
lovin' the snow in Ontario!

6 comments:

  1. I do believe Donna, every time you post it puts a grin on my face, I have enough smile wrinkles around my eyes dagnabit,,,, I really do believe Linus is one with you and what a great pair you guys make, I still believe it has to do with self training, Fantastic job, good pictures and happy looking horse, I can only imagine your grin, Thank you

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  2. Yes, I believe winter is upon us and it's going to be a long one, if the temps and snow are any indication. Love your pictures! I haven't been out yet because of deer season, but as of Sunday that is done for now.

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  3. Yay! Can't wait to hear more stories about Corky and Willow! And Harold I just might have a helper today at the farm so i'll try for some action shots! : )

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  4. How Beautiful Donna! Love those snowy christmasy photos! You seem to have a blast no matter the weather, season! Love it!

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  5. Aw, thanks Denise! If I'm in the saddle you can bet I'm having a blast whatever the weather but winter is definitely my favourite!

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  6. I am so glad you are already enjoying winter with Linus! Isn't that funny that he has a bit of curl. He is such a good boy and so in tune with you. Rifle season is now over for us, but the days are short. I hope to get out into the snow a few times before the end of the year. Love your snow crusted trees.

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