Friday, April 2, 2010

Crazy Weather



If you live in the northwest, you're undoubtedly wondering what the heck is going on with this weather! Beautiful and sunny one moment, hailing golf balls the next, snow falling on the hills and rainbows forming during showers. And then there's the wind...

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The view from my computer

This does not stop the activity here, however! Wishing I'd had my video camera with me the other day when Tika was showing off to a couple of Arabs at the riding club. She was snorting and blowing and absolutely floating...or was it flying?...around the round pen! This girl is a total Diva.

Red is now allowing me to touch the right side of his body. He's not thrilled about it, but no longer trying to drag me through the mud (which he doesn't do, because I'm a wimp and let go of the rope before getting that mudnure facial.) I was even able to let fingers slip up to his poll and onto his cheeks. And he sniffed me...of course on accident. He would never admit to actually moving his nose over to my arm on purpose.

Sandy and I have been working on our cutting skills on a regular basis, and I'm seeing the fruits of our labor beginning to bud. Would like to see his head down a bit lower...cutters like low heads. But will we ever make it to a show? Probably not. So I'll take what I can get on this boy, learn all I can, and maybe by summer Tika will be ready???



Curt got the better of me when he turned the bull around the opposite direction. I thought we were done! Way to confuse me...so easily done. I'm going to have to keep a sharper eye on that sneaky devil...

6 comments:

Breathe said...

That looks like so much fun - Sandy is doing great!

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Great Tracey. Not what I want to do but it looks like you are having fun except where was your helmet.

Pony Girl said...

Wow, he looks great! I have a question, how much (at this point) are you directing Sandy what to do, and how much is learned or natural herding instinct? I think he had some good moves! And I so want to be that bull-driver! That looks like a blast! Does Curt ever get dizzy? I think PG should haul up and put her little Chance on that bull in a few years! ;)

Paint Girl said...

We are having some wacky weather! We ended up calling it a day at work an hour early. It sounded like the roof of the indoor arena was going to blow off, the horses were just too worked up and there was no point fighting them.
Sandy looks great on that bull!! Great job!

Rising Rainbow said...

Spring in Washington, ya gotta luv it!

What were you supposed to do when he circled around that other way??

Tracey said...

Sandy is definitely figuring it out. Curt says he's got some good moves. You can hear Roz and Don whooping when we got a good, strong stop in there now and then. Sandy's stops are pretty nice these days.

How much is him, and how much is me? Well, if I were to drop the reins like a finished cutter, he'd take off and leave. I find I have to stop him at the ends, and some guidance into the turns as you can see, but not nearly so much as it used to be. And the stuff in the middle? With the half turns as he's facing the bull? That's all him!