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Date:4/24/2014 11:37:28 AM
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How are things going there? Too bad you can't take your horses out for trail rides. It's a lot of fun. Is it as hot as here? It's been in the 100s all week. I know the country is having a nation wide heat wave but it's normal for here. Last year was too cool and while it felt nice nothing much grew in the vegetable garden.

I took Pippin and Melian and a friend on a bike ride to the river. It's about 4 miles away. It was super hot but I thought the ride would be worth it so we could all swim. Not so. There were too many people there and I didn't want Pippin having a bad experience with water.

So, another friend who had driven there to join us suggested we go elsewhere and drive Pippin home in the van. Well, I thought we'd give it a shot. He hasn't been in a trailer since the day we got him. We lifted him into the back of the van. He was alright but a little nervous. Not much room to move.

Then the van started up. He was terrified. But, (and this really impressed me) he got control of his fear and listened to me calming him and instead of panicking and going insane he just pawed a bit and looked bug eyed. I could tell he was ready to lose it but he's so trusting.

It was a short drive home, a lot quicker than our bike ride! But in that short time he pooped thrice. That's how nervous he was. As soon as the back was opened he jumped out and started to graze. Fine as can be. What a horse.

The other evening I rode Eddie and someone else rode Prince. My sister couldn't ride right then. There's something about having a perfect ride that is just so good for the soul.

Both the horses were energetic and we went on a short trail ride. Eddie's canter is so smooth and powerful. There's no feeling like it. And he has a really smooth trot too. We went through the huge sprinklers that were watering the alfalfa fields. And went splashing through the big puddles they were creating. Eddie went through with a fast, powerful trot and the water was splashing so high it went above my head. That's about 9 feet high! It was exhilarating.

When we got back we tacked up Jewel. We haven't ridden her since her teeth were floated and she was pretty nervous. So, my sister mounted and I lead her to the field. She's so good. She leads with no pressure and was comforted having a human on the ground with her.

Once in the field I led her for about half a mile and then off she went with my sister. She did so well. Halted again without rein contact and listened so well. We both think she'd make a perfect bombproof horse. When she gets scared her reaction is to freeze, not run. I think because she doesn't want to harm people around her. She has that type of personality. I wish I could have her.

Anyway, it's been interesting around here and the heat is like a furnace. The ground turns to dust in no time if it's not watered. Bugs fossilize overnight and worms turn into crunchy spaghetti. Well, maybe the last sentence is slightly exaggerated but not much. Here's a
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