Sunday, July 24, 2011

Are you game?

It's pretty hot here. In fact we are a testing site for scientists who are attempting to find a way to get a snowball to survive temperatures in hades.

So far they are having about the same success rate as the debt negotiations.

Anywho, I'm not up for any long adventures in this heat. Then the oil pump went out in our truck, so we aren't going anywhere for a while since apparently oil pumps require the removal of the ENGINE.

I tell you what, Detroit would be doing a lot better if they'd build cars we could still work on in our driveways. But I digress.

I've been admiring the journey Lisa is making with Apache and have been getting bored with my self imposed exile to the arena. While you can always do things in an arena, I just felt like I wasn't really doing anything. And I certainly can be working on cantering, but frankly it's too darn hot to get the horses hotter.

So I decided today to do a little game. I love doing games on horseback, but since I'm usually riding alone these days (sensible people are staying inside), I've been thinking of what games I can pull off.

Today we did the blue bag games. Basically I put random items in a blue bag and distributed them around the arena, on horseback, then rearranged them.

Interestingly, after one minor reaction from Smokey, he was all for it. So much so that he grabbed every item HIMSELF.

You never know. Some times there are cookies.

We don't do cookies for you. You're too lippy.

Mistakes can happen, ya know.

Riiight. So after Smokey flung about
the blue bag, his halter, Lily's boot, and
the crib sheet, we got to work rearranging them
in the arena. We even cantered a few straight
lines to make it more exciting.

I always make it exciting!

Generally by refusing to turn.

Hey, exciting is exciting.

Then it was Lily's turn. She was, well, less than enthusiastic.

I don't know where you get
these ridiculous ideas.
Here's a game for you -
Fill the Hay bag!

Again? I filled it 10 minutes ago.

Any way, Lily nearly came out of her
horseshoes, startling at everything.

Hey! Exaggeration!
I was fine with the halter and lead rope.

True. But how about the bag?

It was moving.

It was the breeze.

It was an unnatural color.

It's the same color as your saddle blanket.

And your point would be...

Then we had significant
issues getting in position to pick up items.

You wanted to get way too close to those
things. I was merely keeping you at a safe distance.

As you can see, she's sort of over protective. It was a fun session.

Fun? Fun is extra grain. Fun is a filled
hay bag. Fun is alfalfa in the
barn aisle. That was crazy.

Just wait! Next week we'll work on log dragging.
From the ground first. Then I want to place some
of these things on the trail and work on it there.
It'll give me something to focus on, and hopefully end my exile sooner.

Like the trail isn't scary enough.
Frankly, I don't understand what you
have against the arena. It's
perfectly safe and certainly
within the site of the herd.
What more could you ask for?

As you can see, Lily is still not sold on the concept...


Cheyenne said...

Sounds like an interesting game! The weather here has improved! We are now suffering from heat!

You know that stuff? Lots of sun etc!

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

I love your dialogue with your horses. Dan

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Very cute post! Good for you just trying to have some fun with your horses, despite the heat and the arena. The blue bag games is a clever idea. I'm glad I was an inspiration. hehe!


Grey Horse Matters said...

Lily is an absolute riot. I like her style and the way she thinks. Mares always have an answer for everything, don't they?

Smokey seems like a lot more fun to play with. I think it's a great idea that you had with the game playing.

Shirley said...

I agree that focusing on doing something other than just riding is good- for you, and for the horse. Is there a CTRA in your area?

"I tell you what, Detroit would be doing a lot better if they'd build cars we could still work on in our driveways"- I sure agree with that! That's why my husband is building a truck from the ground up- a 1971 Chev 4X4.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun! I should try that one with mine - with Dawn I'll probably try it while leading and using clicker first!

Fetlock said...

I love the line.."And your point is...?" Sounds like a mare!

I've thought about log dragging too, or devising some way that the horses could help me knock down some of the lambs' quarters.

Leah Fry said...

That does sound fun! That's the kind of stuff I've been doing with Daltrey.

I hear ya about the arena. Bo-ring. Don't get me wrong, I have fun with obstacles, barrels, ground poles, etc., but I so miss having the horses at home so I can ride Jaz down the road.

Pretty funny stuff!

Cara said...


Once Upon an Equine said...

That looks like a great game. I like games or challenges too. It keeps my mind on riding and less on worrying.