Sunday, January 2, 2011

Up in the Air, Jr. Birdman!

Come this time tomorrow it'll be bright lights and sunshine as Darling, McDebbie and I meet up with our friends Karen and Andi in Las Vegas. We're heading down to Summit of the Horse...called by some 'Slaughter of the Horse'. I'm honestly not too sure what to expect, though I'm hoping we'll meet up with some like minded folks who have a heart for what we're doing with the mustangs up this way.

But I can't think about that right now, because I just finished measuring my bag to see if it qualified as a carry on (it does!) and am trying to figure out a way to pack a laptop and camera into the second bag. It's a puzzle, to be sure.

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I'm having a difficult time concentrating even on that, because my head is still in the clouds after today's ride on Tika. I worked her for about fifteen minutes before Curt showed up at the round pen. Today was ride six; we'd been on the lunge line each day, though the last time I rode (Friday), Curt had taken it off for the last few minutes. Today, once I was up, he unsnapped us, and off we went. Walk, trot, lope. And stop. Oh...what a glorious stop my girl has! She knows how to use her hiney, that's for sure. Even Curt let out a whoop as she stopped from the lope and set her hind end down. He calls her Cinderella...doesn't that just put a smile on your face? "How you doing today, Cinderella?"

Cinderella came home today and will have a week off. It was all I could do not to pull into the riding club parking lot on my way back to the house and sneak a second ride, but I didn't. Duty called...packing must be done...feet must meet earth. I'm going to miss my girl this week!

For those interested in learning more about Summit of the Horse, simply click the link. They're having live feed, as I understand, so you may be able to watch parts of it from your computer.

Please say a prayer for us that we have a safe and productive journey, and I'll see y'all when we get home!

11 comments:

Blob said...

Cindarella!!

LOVE

Kate said...

Great progress with "Cinderella"!

Dom said...

I can't believe how fast she's coming along now!

Shirley said...

You really make me want to get back to riding Chickory! I love that can't-quit-smiling feel.
Have a safe trip; it looks like it will be an interesting Summit.

GunDiva said...

I'm glad she's coming along so well. Have a good trip to Vegas for the Summit.

Tracey said...

I kinda have to chuckle about the difference between Tika and Sandy. It wasn't until the day before I left for Sacramento with him that Curt would let me step on and ride off. He always lunged me for a few minutes first...every single day. And yet he'll tell me not to bring home anymore of these older horses because they sure aren't as easy to start as the young ones :) I'm sure some of it has to do with her hanging out for the past year, getting used to things, of course.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Sounds like you're having a grand time with miss Tika. She's really looking good too.

Have a good trip! Hope something great comes from this summit.

photogchic said...

Enjoy your trip! I have never heard of Summit of the horse...gonna go check it out now.

Linda said...

Tracey--what is this summit all about? From what I've read in the paper and on their website, it appears to be all about slaughter. Are they going to be seriously discussing other alternatives to Mustang population control?

Rising Rainbow said...

Good luck at the summit.

Curt calling Tika Cinderella makes me smile.

MyShilohRanch said...

Tika looks awesome under saddle! She IS a Cinderella and I cannot wait for her coming out ball! She was born for something very special! I am so glad you found each other. XO XO to both of you.