Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Last Few Days of Winter

Epoch and Valie

photographed by Kyle Rao, at Four Winds Farms in North Oxford, MA, these two buddies were enjoying one of the last winter days here in New England!

Epoch (on the left), owned and loved by Haley Becker and of course my Valie, are depicted here enjoying turnout time together.  Haley and Epoch make a great team and they "shine" on the show circuit! 

When Valie first arrived at FWF, he immediately attached himself to this handsome Chestnut and from there on in, they were inseperable.   When we had our own farm and then at several boarding barns, Valie has always gravitated toward only one or two close buddies and while he hates to leave them, it is not the whole herd that he misses, it's usually just that one special horse!  When I used to ride during the day, taking him out of turnout and away from his buds was not a good thing and........when I was finally mounted and ready to begin, he would "scream" for his friends, his head going straight up in the air; thus, forcing me to feel as if I was losing control at a rapid pace.  One day, when he chose this type of behavior for our jumping off point, I found myself singing to him (the first tune I sang was "Just In Time", an old Jazz song) and while I did attract a fair amount of attention (not all good, I'm sure), my singing calmed him and we then got down to the business of schooling!

In any case, I chose to insert this little tidbit because I have not posted for awhile and after a bit of commotion caused by the "Tall Boot Dilemma" (news of the story carried to far reaching places!), I thought that this filler would be a good segueway for what's forthcoming!   I'm working on a new blog feature that will focus on the people in my life and their relation to our equestrian lifestyle.  So, please look for the upcoming addition of "Team Members" and with that, have a wonderful holiday today and I will definitely return soon!


TBDancer said...

It's supposed to be sunny and warm out, but the clouds are overhead with a few rays of sunshine peeking through. Happy Easter ;o)

To add to the Tall Boot Dilemma (and hopefully NOT raise a commotion), I bought the Victoria dress boot by Mountain Horse, zipper offset front inside, several gussets down the back AND no cantalope room ;o) Paid less than manufacturer's suggested retail price (sounds like I'm buying a car ;o) and they fit well and will be perfectly suitable for showing. Hooray!! Not sure where the sizes start, but there are several calf widths etc. I got 9 extra wide calf and the boots fit perfectly.

The Thoroughbred Hunter Lady said...

Hi there TBDancer! no need to worry about causing a commotion, it was all good anyway but I have to tell you, that comment made me laugh and it was just what I needed today! Anyway, I recently noticed the new additon to MH's line, the Victoria, and admired them, they are truly beautiful and of course with Mountain Horse's wide range of sizing (and now you've confirmed that there's no cantalope room and with that I'm falling on the floor laughing!), they will probably be a good bet for most people, even the hard-to-fit folks! I would have been happy with any MH purchase but I just couldn't get the right fit, it's not the Mountain Horse brand's fault, the blame solely belongs to my legs !

Allison said...

It was great seeing you featured! And what do you think, are we going to get spring..?

The Thoroughbred Hunter Lady said...

Hi Allison!, Thanks for commenting far as Spring goes, I am beginning to wonder when we will finally see more than one or two consecutive days of good weather. Over the course of the last few days, we had to withstand such high winds and on and off rain that I'm surprised "Mother Nature" didn't blow our trees down .