The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.


Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca


Friday, July 30, 2010

Finally a short ride

All of the pictures in this post are from another ride last year. I didn't take any pictures today, ride was too short.
The weather was perfect today, it was 61 degrees at 9:00 this morning when I went to the barn to feed. After Gilly had eaten his oats I decided that since the weather was so cool and I didn't see but one or two killer flies that a ride was in store. Gilly of course didn't agree with me but.....who cares, you lazy horse, you haven't had to work for weeks and weeks!!! I hurried back to the house, changed into riding clothes and set about preparing for my ride. I knew that it probably wouldn't be a long one.
I rode only about half an hour, we did some trot work just on the road but didn't really have time to really get warmed up before, you guessed it the swarm attacked.
I had my crop with a shoo fly attached so I was swing away at them. I got bit several times on the back. They got Gilly on the chest, hips and rump. I probably looked like a crazy woman swinging the crop around and around and finally my arm wore out, I couldn't do anything with any kind of training. How can one, horse or human, try and concentrate with all the blood sucking/biting flies after us.
I gave up! When I put Gilly back in the field he ran to the safety of the barn....sigh...well, it was fun for the short time that it lasted.
The pictures like I said were taken last year but I did some altering them to make them look soft. Yes, Gilly has a bit on back then and I had the western saddle on him that I no longer have.


Can I splash just one more time???
 Cool drink.

Yep.....The End!


Jacque. said...

So glad you had a bit of a ride...too bad about those bugs. ick. Poor you and poor Gilly!

Jeni said...

Any ride no matter how long is a good thing Jane!

Enjoy your weekend supposed to be cooler I hear.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Darn evil flies! Do any fly sprays work to keep them at bay?

Speaking of Bay. I like these photos of Gilly and you. Man! Does he have one sexy horsie butt, too!

I'm glad you enjoyed a little ride time. Even just sitting on a horse for a few minutes is such a joy!


Grey Horse Matters said...

Great pictures even if they are from last year. At least you got out for a while. Hate those little biting buggers.

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

"Can I just splash one more time?" - that was a great picture, loved Gilly's expression!

allhorsestuff said...

Oh Yea! Jane...loved the vintage photo's and the soft look you gave them too!
Man...I so know what you mean by killer flies now...our camp trip was like that...the horses were really frantic sometimes.It was when we came out of the woods, into the sunshine!
I did think of you too...not having them at home, I did not realize how a horse could be so werido...even Juliette-Honeysucklefaire blog- was talking about the rearing/bucks her TB do when the things land and BITE on them!

Even a small amount of time on your horse takes hours and days of stresses away...good, I am happy that you got to do it!

Nice new header display too!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Glad you were able to hop on for a spell. Love the photos!

from my front porch... said...

Love, love, love your new header!

Those pesky black, biting flies are still here,too! This has been the worst summer for them ever.
I think both you and Gilly need to just take time off, until the flies fly away and breezes blow cool!

xo, misha


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