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15 January 2006 @ 10:50 pm
It is always hard to find time to go to the barn before January. Work, doctor's appointments and life-in-general conspire to get in the way.

Today was my first chance to spend some time there. It was, of course, frelling COLD. Yesterday, the high was about 55 degrees F. Today? 20 degrees F, less the windchill. And, since it has been warm and quite rainy, the paddocks were a sea of mud. This mud had frozen a wee bit; there were great puddles with a thin skin of ice over them, and snow hiding the worst of the muck. Going out to fetch the horses was less than joyous. Add to that that the wind was so brutal that it rattled the sliding doors of the barn and sent snow sliding over the metal roof... well, the horses were understandably skittish.

But there is this: I got to spend time with the very best of horses and the very best of joust partners, Oso. I popped him into an empty stall, took his blanket off, and gave him a very thorough grooming. When he wasn't balking at the odd wind-generated noises, he licked my hands and lipped my hair and stuck his nose into my neck. Every so often, he'd let drop a pithy comment. "Guess you enjoyed your holidays, Rider. Think you could have had as much fun without those extra cupcakes? I'm just sayin'." And, "You're not riding today? Thank everything that is good and holy I won't have to haul you... I mean, erm. Yeah. It is a bit cold." When I suggested we go on a diet together, he changed the subject. *sigh* Joust horses. What are you gonna do?

After grooming and re-blanketing and the feeding of treats, I turned him back out into the paddock. Watching him try to navigate the icy puddles and frozen hillocks was, I am ashamed to admit, hilarious. He caught up with the other horses at last (we'd turned them all out at the same time), acting all cool. "Oh, yeah. Those puddles. I just tried to make a good show for Rider, since she almost fell half a dozen times. You know." Then he set to eating hay. That's my boy!

I have to make a point of going at least once a week. Minimum.

Whether I do the Faire or not, Oso needs to be worked out. And so do I.
Gloryforestofglory on January 16th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
That's why I've been miss horses lately.
Kelladyjoust on January 16th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Me, too. And I really, really miss training.
melkorspawn on January 16th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
I, for one, would welcome an opportunity to get in some practice fighting during the off-season.
Kel: Wonder Womanladyjoust on January 16th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Oh, really? Wanna fight about it?


melkorspawn on January 16th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Sweet! Yes, I very much would! I have a new two handed broadsword and a pair of kukris that I would love to try out. What did you have in mind?
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on January 16th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
hey no finger-lopping scarlet willie!

my favorite move- the Yan Can Kukri dance....
melkorspawn on January 16th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the concern, but as long as there's no interpretive dancing, I probably won't hurt myself. ;)
Katevegryffindor on January 16th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know this made me laugh. :) Which is what you were going for, I think.

Oooh. Over Spring Break I'll be going on a cavalcade with my Venture Crew... I've never ridden a horse before. This should be good. But I've read so much of Tammy's stuff I know a lot of the terminology and all, and it all really interests me, so I'm really excited! Is riding a horse very difficult?
Kel: I am to misbehaveladyjoust on January 16th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I was going for the funny, so I am delighted it made you laugh. Just so you know, my Oso sounds rather like Homer Simpson.

The cavalcade sounds like fun! I'm assuming that what you'll be doing is trail riding, yes? In that instance, the basics of riding a horse are not all that difficult, and its a great place to start. It will tax muscles in ways you never imagined, though.

Really riding take squite a bit of muscle and mental skill. It is not just sitting on a horse and letting them do all the work! If you have any questions or concerns, ask away. My email is on my info page.
Katevegryffindor on January 16th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Yes, it's trail riding, but these are some serious trails at this particular scout ranch. There are apparently times when we'll have to practically lie down on the horse and just hope to God we don't slip off.

What is "really" riding? We're going to get some practice in--maybe a weekend--before the cavalcade, but I'm pretty sure a lot of that will be going over the equipment and practicing grooming, getting the saddle and bridle right, etc.....
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on January 16th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
talking joust horse,
That reminds me, ever write those stories we talked about.....You're just the person to make that come alive...
Vampcurse: Word Playa!vampcurse on January 16th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
After yesterday, I think I'm going to buy these.
jesterswordsjesterswords on January 18th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
It was such a pleasant surprise to see you and Don! The horses looked so great with all their fur, didn't they? =)