"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Sunday, August 14, 2011

We do this for fun?!

Sarah on her new pony "Loafer's Lodge Piglet."
Yesterday I got up at 4 am.
I made coffee
fed dogs
medicated Nick
fed kittens
cleaned litter box
opened coop and
checked on 10 new chicks I found on craigslist.
I packed cooler w/cheese sticks, grapes, peaches, crackers, almonds n cold drinks.
Packed extra gloves n garters n jod straps, and
got the saddle pads from dryer, girths off line...
Fed ponies n horses.
Fed goats n milked.
Filled water carriers and
packed last supplies on horse trailer.
Finished trimming ponies whiskers, combing tails, brushing off bedding 
and painting hooves.
Back inside and
fed kids sausage n eggs got them dressed in show clothes.
Packed my other show clothes to lend students
and trimmed The Farmer's hair (too) quickly.
Finally I readied myself fast.
We loaded ponies n kids and 
headed down the road by 9:15 ( later than I'd hoped but still early).

It started to rain.
Are you kidding me?!?!

I had 5 students with ponies at the (outdoor) fair.
One 4 yo, two just turned 5 yo boys and 2 seven year "old pros!"
Jack, John, Sarah, Bella, Liz, TJ and Cindy
Older students had planned to come n help but plans changed...
Still,  lest I make you think I did everything myself, ...
I had some awesome helpers.
Newly minted horse show Moms n Dads n Grands!

It takes a village to 
show with little kids n ponies!!!

But it's soooo worth it when you see all smiles, no drama
 and not a tear shed - even when the sweet 4 yo got dumped!
Bella on Merit

Tj on Neil Diamond

Morgan on her pony Kahlua
Jack on his new pony Brookside Merit
THANKS to all my support team!
Despite the downpours that precluded the 
much anticipated rides n ice creams...
It was fun!

Now we've had a practice run and are ready for more shows...
(Just as soon as we clean off the mud n remove the mildew smells.)
Are we crazy???


MamaMonki said...

No you're not crazy - just a mama! Wish we lived closer so I could bring WeeMan over to watch the show and maybe he could hitch a ride. I'm afraid my small city living boy is a farmboy at heart. (Too bad daddies a cityslicker born and raised!)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I love your world..so, so different from mine, so I enjoy every time I visit...it seems so idealistic.

You do horses and we do sports...in the heat!

The pictures are wonderful...Benjamin is enjoying with me...and your love for your passion shows. Go girl and continued blessings.

brooke said...

Yes - you are crazy. But I get it. What fun!!

mountain mama said...

oh, love it! those kids are having the time of their lives!!! mine just recently got to drive a pony and cart...oh my! a dream come true! :)

mountain mama said...

and yes, crazy indeed! :)

Vintage Country Girl said...

Looks like fun to me!

Darby said...

This is my first stop at your blog and I must say your days look filled with fun and adventure! My 5 year old daughter takes riding lessons and will hopefully be showing by next spring. Keep up your wonderful adventures!

Farmgirl Paints said...

whew that made me tired just reading about your day. looks like fun though. love how adorable they look in their proper outfits:)

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Oh, yes, you are crazy--I've been there, I know the symptoms.

I miss my horses! But single life and long days at the office did not mesh well with the 5 equines I was left to tend! Maybe someday...

Will be watching for horse show news! Stickhorse Cowgirl C

Lori said...

Love the smiles!!
4am, the sun isn't up then is it?

Mitzi Curi said...

I get up early too, but it seems you do a lot more work than I do! Thanks for sharing....