|Wow Linus, we did it!|
Saturday, November 16, 2013
WE DID IT!!!!!
The LunenCornerSider Trail Riders pulled it off!! Good thing we all have big shoulders because there was a lot to overcome for us to make it this far. We had negativity, rudeness and loads of doubt! But, we stuck together and toughed it out and we had an absolute blast!!
We started the day with a little trail ride together. Just a short one because Becky's Curly Sam hadn't ridden with the rest of us. He was kind of moody to start so I kept Linus out of his way because Linus cannot wrap his head around the fact that he isn't loved by everyone! So our pre-ride helped us decide that Sam and Roxy had better be parade partners and Linus and Lucas would be parade partners. Though I am exceptionally proud to say that Linus led for a lot of it. And he even stood to the side greeting children and being petted when there was a parade hold-up. I hadn't really planned on the meet and greet thing but Linus was so laid back and happy that we did it! He LIT UP so many little faces tonight. One little boy asked me if he was real. I thought he meant the antlers on Linus but he actually meant was Linus real. You just can't match that feeling. We made his night by getting to pet a real, live and very friendly horse!
We were slower than we wanted in trailering into the city but Linus hopped off the trailer and immediately began eating grass! And then he tucked into his hay bag when I hung it up for him. I LOVE MY HORSE! He didn't bat an eye at the bands warming up and didn't even look at the other horses that were there. Maybe he knew they had been very rude to us before we even unloaded our horses.....
Linus is wearing one of his new coolers that I got him so he wasn't chilled after sweating in the cooler weather. We did have beautiful weather for today!
We didn't have time to get ALL of our costume on but I think for our first parade we look pretty good!
Sorry, these did not turn out well. Our pooper scooper gals took the pictures for us. From left to right is Bernie and Lucas, Linus and I, Roxy and Megan, Becky and Sam
Above is Becky and Sam. He is a Curly gelding. He is extreme and some people along the route called out about his not having a tail so Becky was telling them it is his breed and to look it up once they got home.
We're a well lit group!
This is my sturdy boy behind a restaurant at the end of the parade. Our driver had to bail so my husband drove Becky back down to get the trailer. It was a good cool out time for the horses. I was so thrilled Owen and Stu were able to make it to the parade. Owen was sick most of the night from a bad meal where we went out for supper. He had a good sleep and made it. He had a cowboy with Christmas lights on so I could spot him. I gave him a kiss and it was so cute!
I'm still in awe of Linus. The pre-parade wait time was no issue at all. We were at the end of the parade and the last group before Santa. So not only were our horses well behaved but we also had a transport truck blasting its horn following us. It kept making me jump but Linus held his cool!
While we were waiting to start the parade, he stood at ease with a leg rested. We walked by a band warming up and then a 4wheeler whose battery died and couldn't do the parade. But their generator was running and music blasting. The only thing Linus had any resemblance of an issue with was stepping over a speed bump in the startup parking lot. He could see there was a change but couldn't tell how big. The road paint threw him a bit at first. He looked at it but in no time was walking right down the centre line.
We had one fella shout at us that were the best part of the whole parade. I was so impressed with all of our horses. They were better behaved than the horses who do the parade every year. Which was really nice considering they had been very rude to us!
When I woke up this morning I was more nervous than my wedding day! (no really!) But, whenever I was working on Linus it calmed me. I know I can't be nervous with him or he might pick up on it. So he really kept me calm today! And in turn I kept him calm. I could go on and on all night about how proud I am of my horse but I think it would really bore you! When I bought Linus I can remember saying how cool it would be to one day trailer out to do rides and that a parade was my ultimate goal. I can remember exactly where I stood at Lynn's when I said that.
Thanks to Harold for being my pre-parade coach! We did it!!
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