Thank you for your congratulations on my “new addition”! Just like any proud mama, I was pretty much grinning from ear to ear. And I also realized some of the words I used yesterday is likely gibberish to those of you who don’t ride…my apologies! Briefly, a green horse is one with very little training. Teddie has only had a couple rides undersaddle that we know of – and I’ll get to why we’re not too sure of how many exactly in a moment. And dressage is a discipline of riding that is the “boring” one in the olympics, heh. Okay, well not to me and many others obviously, but no one is galloping over fences. I am not going to go all full-blown definition on you but to put it very, very simply is the basis of all riding and “flat work,” so to speak, for english riding. It’s all about suppling and balancing the horse, and the horse’s response to the aids.
So, why don’t we know what Teddie’s really had done with him?
This poor cute little big guy found himself on the feedlot.
To be shipped to Canada.
To be on somebody’s plate.
Luckily, he was saved by the woman we bought him from. This was way back in December. He went through the auction said to ride and drive, but he definitely feels green-broke, and his “mom” before yesterday only rode him a couple times, and mostly had him as a buddy to love on.
My mom and I enjoy a rescue – she’s done a couple before – but I always found it a bit nerve-racking. I mean, people at auctions aren’t always honest. So whether or not there is a reason a horse makes it there, or if it is simply because the owner can’t afford it anymore is a good question. Since Teddie had lots of “buffer time” where he displayed no actions of being a screw loose, it didn’t worry either my mom or myself much. Guess we’ll see, right? hehe…
Anyways, now that part one of the Teddie story is over, we’ll get along with my day. Basically, I woke up and saw this:
I’m talking about rain, not an emergency exit.
I wanted sun, glorious sun, for my pony play-day.
I guess I’d just have to take what I can get. And at least I made my best batch of waffles to date for the occasion:
- 1/4 c. rolled oats
- 2 T. wheat bran
- 1 T. vanilla Tera’s Whey
- 1 T. WW flour
- wheat germ (1 T? .5 T?)
- 1/4 c. almond milk
- 1 flax egg
- 1.5 T (ish) greek yogurt
- 1 T applesauce
- 1 chopped dried fig
- drizzle of agave
- chia seeds
- and a couple of fresh blueberries
Uh, yuhm. I was full, yet I could have eaten twenty more. The sauce on top was some fresh blueberries and chopped dried figs, simmered in some almond milk and agave and mshed a bit. Also topped with some Earth Balance, homemade cinnamon cranberry-walnut butter (/spread) and chopped cashews.
Not only were these delicious – they were filling! And not in a “ugh I need to undo my belt,” kind of way – just in a stick with ya’ kind of way. We left shortly afterwards to work with Teddie and didn’t get home until noon. Usually I get hungry by then – especially with having some activity thrown in there – but I was jusssst ready for lunch when we got home.
Which, my apologies – I ate without taking a decent photo of before hand.
Though it was delicious, if a bit odd. I panfried some simple seitan and toasted some seeded whole grain bread (which was very poorly cut) before spreading on some apple BBQ sauce and then piling on some romaine, baked plantains, apple slices, and the seitan.
I don’t really have any explanation to offer why, but I did, and I am glad.
I paired it with some TJ’s popchips crumbs. Appraently, someone went to town on this bag. I only had a couple yesterday. Not sure who the guilty party is.
The rainy, cold afternoon consisted of making black bean cutlets based off of the chickpea cutlets recipe
Leave it to me to find a saddle just barely above my budget that I absolutely have to have because it is just perfect. Not sure what I’m going to do yet. I think I may just pounce.
Not only that, but I watched Big Daddy’s House on food network and surprisingly, saw two amazing recipes that are must-tries. And to think I never gave Big Daddy a chance previously…
And eventually I made dinner. If you can really consider it “making” when all I did was bake a sweet potato and put a mixture of black beans, BBQ sauce, maple dijon, curry powder, and plantain chips inside of it.
uber delicious? check, check, check.
I think homemade “baked” beans are far superior to canned…sue me.
So, how was pony play time?
He was quite strong to begin with because he was definitely interested in all of the other horses that were in their stalls in the barn, and also the ones he could see outdoors from the indoor, but after a while just walking around practicing walk, whoa, back, give to pressure, listen to me, etc he settled right down. I was glad my mom was there since she has a lot more experience working with strong horses on the ground, so I had her walk him around the first couple times just because she’s stronger than I am. We were both glad to see he did nothing stupid or mean – he was purely just interested and doesn’t know he is strong – and for all of a sudden being thrown in a new environment with tons of horses, a big barn and indoor, and add to that rain pounding on the roof he was stellar. He also appears to be quite smart – something I noticed when we went to see him, too. By the end of the session he was stopping on a dime, backing, and giving to pressure like an old pro. And he stood for grooming and tacking up like a perfect gentleman.
I think this picture is pretty cute 🙂 I forgot to take the camera off manual so my mom was just shooting with the settings I had used for yesterday’s outdoor shots! Some photo shoppage gave me this nice light 😛
Luckily, I think my jumping saddle fits him pretty well, which gave me a good starting point as to what size dressage saddle to look for. Go figure I find one right off the bat as mentioned before, right?
So, looking forward to see what he remembers tomorrow! I’ll be hoofing it alone, and I think the hardest part may well be getting him out of his pasture without his buddy following us.
Don’t worry, I won’t write horsey novels daily now, but I figured at least I could separate the horsey business from the food business so you guys can pick and choose what to read/look at 😛