An Afternoon Horsing Around in Hope Valley

Patti on Carrie, Steve on Patticakes, Gracie grazing and Codi keeping an eye on things.

Yesterday we went to Hope Valley Meadow.

The plan had been to go to the creek by Red Lake but plans changed en route and we parked here instead to make the trip easier for the truck.

As it turned out Plan B was better for all.  Patticakes has the most mountain and trail experience.  Carrie has trail competition experience but in much more controlled environments.  Gracie has hardly been away from home and herd at all.  The flat terrain and ample grazing made the whole day much more pleasurable for all of them.

Patticakes did a great job ponying Gracie – first time ponying for her.  Gracie got to tag along at liberty quite a bit and seemed to love it.

Carrie was pretty nervous being out in the wild but even so helped the other girls get used to pond and creeks.  Patticakes and Gracie started off the afternoon scard to death of the pond.  As you can see they got over their fear and decided standing around in the water and nibbling on weeds like a moose is pretty cool stuff!

An amazing wonderful day in the mountains!  There is nothing like fresh mountain air and playing with horses to rejuvenate the spirit.

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Happy Trails,


How do you……

Induce labor in a mare?   Take a nap.

Cure equine constipation?    Load them in a clean trailer.

Cure equine insomnia?    Enter them in a halter class.

Get a horse to stay very calm and laid back?     Enter them in a liberty class.

Get a horse to wash their own feet?    Clean the water trough and fill it with fresh water.

Get a mare to come in heat?    Take her to a show.

Get a mare in foal the first cover?    Let the wrong stallion get out of his stall.

Make sure that a mare has that beautiful, perfectly marked foal you always wanted?    Sell her before she foals.

Get a show horse to set up perfect and really stretch?    Get him out late at night or anytime no one is a round to see him.

Induce a cold snap in the weather?    Clip a horse.

Make it rain?    Mow a field of hay.

Make a small fortune in the horse business?    Start with a large one.

This is one of those things that has been shared around the internet a lot without attribution.  If anyone knows who wrote this, please let me know,  I’d love to give credit.