Tuesday, September 07 2010
Today was pretty tame. We all met for a 7:30 breakfast at the dining hall of Shaker Village. There were candles on each table as well as pitchers of juice. It was a buffet. Very pleasant, Ellen and my favorite part was the perfectly crispy bacon. It is rare to find it done the way we like it.
After the breakfast we had a brief meeting and headed to the barn. We put the first set of horses on the walker.
After the walking, all of the horse/rider combos went one at a time in 15 min increments practicing bullet hand offs. (This is where you get handed a jug of water to pour on your horse as you fly by on horseback). That was fun and time well spent. It was windy so we all got fairly wet.
Jeremy and I rode Sam and Smitty after this. They were great. We did a really nice 12 miles at a rapid clip. They are both looking fabulous! We bathed them and then headed up to our room to change and go to town. It was more or less a half day as far as activities go.
Jeremy got a KY haircut. It was long over do. It turned out pretty good. After the haircut we went and fed Kingley. He is doing good. After all of this we headed back to the hotel and have been relaxing ever since.
It is now raining and there is a pretty good thunder storm going through. Our dog Daisy would hate it as it scares her to death. Lucky for her she is in sunny CA.
Today we had a few issues with day riders getting too close with our horses. There was one who let her horse into Monks empty pen to drink from his water bucket and then proceeded to stand on Monk's hay while bathing her horse. Luckily Lindsay saw all of this and was able to scrub her water bucket and discard the hay before Monk went back in. Also there are now 3 outside pleasure horses housed in our barn. I really hope that the USA team doesn't miss the WEG because of the Flu virus.
Any how it is a bit stressful to say the least. I am now going to go try to relax while watching a movie downstairs on the couch with the team.