Fall in the air, soon!

The bright light of dawn silhouetting Bruno this morning.

The bright light of dawn silhouetting Bruno this morning.

The weather from May to October in south Texas is often an indistinguishable blur of humid, hot days.  Another dawned today with highs expected near 90 degrees, again.

I find myself surprised when I see the calendar or write October on a check, that it is indeed fall.  Seems like the extension of summer that just goes on and on.

But fall brings changes and Lauren and I are preparing for them.  Pixie is due home from the trainer soon and will make six horses in the barn.  It is unclear right now if we will sell her or keep working and training her.  I asked Lauren to do an inventory of horse blankets.  I know I replaced Mickey and Kid’s last year but I am not sure if I have the right sizes for the two ponies, Pixie and Snow, when the weather changes.

Bruno got a new turn-out sheet in the mail yesterday.  It is over seven feet long from one end to another and sports a fashionable, yet masculine print.  We tried it on him last night and I had trouble reaching to get it up over his high, broad back.  Boy scouts could camp under this huge sheet.  As a thoroughbred, Bruno does not grow as heavy of winter coat as Snowboy or Mickey.  The turnout sheet will be waterproof and windproof as the weather starts to look more Chicago-like than Miami.

While Saturday is still in the 90’s, the low on Sunday will be 51!  I am going to have some crazy horses.  The first cold snap of the year always is exciting and stimulating-typically the barometer drops as well.  I plan to stay away from Bruno and not get caught up in any running hooves.

It may be a great time to try to update my blog cover photo which still shows a very dappled Feather, and long gone Leo and Sabrina.  I have no doubt running horses will be sprinting across the pasture.

Fall will bring us back to the “A” show ring with Feather.  Her first attempt at the rated show ring found her sick and returned home within the hours of the show start.  This time Lauren and Feather will show in the jumper ring.  I have no doubt they will continue to progress and pick up some ribbons for their efforts.

Our new roof over the barn, instituted to keep the summer sun at bay, will be an asset as the fall rains begin.  At least we will have some dry ground to care for the horses on.  And Kona can play ball along the 75 foot covered space, not that he cares much one way or the other about getting wet or cold!

I rode Feather and Lauren worked Bruno the other night.  Bruno usually spends at least the first ten minutes acting a little stupid.  Then some true work can begin.  The Bruno I watched go in the arena in the early dusk, was fabulous.  I have never seen him work so well under-saddle or be so balanced.  We have kept up the two caveletti jumps down the center of the arena.  Bruno has accepted jumping them from a walk, trot or canter as asked.  He was moving down the line fluidly.  His trot and canter brought to mind that of a schooled dressage horse.  I don’t know where old Bruno went, but sure am enjoying the sight of this mature, quiet horse that has shown up in his place.

I enjoyed my ride on Feather as well.  As always, thanks for riding along!

2 thoughts on “Fall in the air, soon!

  1. With such extremes in high/low temperatures in a day, keep an eye out for impaction colic. Make sure the horses are drinking. My vet recommends adding electrolytes and he also suggested a cup of mineral oil dressed on the hay or in the goody bucket. Electrolytes encourage drinking, and the mineral oil is not digested and keeps everything moving right along.

    • Thanks for reminding me of that! We don’t often get many extreme temperature variances and I don’t think about colic as it can be associated with it. Knock on wood, we have been really lucky with colic (since I lost my barrel horse years ago). I will be sure to push fluids and keep an eye on everyone as the temperatures rise and fall. Thanks for reading and riding along with us in Texas!

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