I started a new label called "I (heart) Michigan"
Reason being, I was born and raised outside of Chicago on the North Shore. It's one the my favorite places and I miss it although my family still lives there so I get to visit (not as often as I would like) and we are only a 5 hour car ride away. I've lived in Michigan since I came here for College and ended up staying on accident. It's taken me a bit of time but as of lately, I've grown to love and appreciate it. Especially in the last couple of years when we've been so trashed on and people out of state make horrid comments of living in Detroit. Granted, I don't live in DETROIT, but in Metro Detroit. I want to show you readers that actually, it's a beautiful place to live.
One-we have amazing public parks in my town of Royal Oak.
Friday evening, I took Mason there for some Mommy-Puppy time.
You see, before my Husband, Pudgie or Laz..it was just Mason and I
So our alone time is important for me to give to him...or so I think :)
Frozen solid water from melt a week ago
And since I can't jump my horse, I have a hunter/jumper Lab...
Such determination and bravery... ;)
Look at this scopey Pup!?
7 yrs old and what form! He even flipped his velvet ears just so, held a frisbee and managed to jump in perfect form. If Mason was a horse.....oh boy.
(I can't imagine what neighboring people were thinking if they saw me, lol)
On Saturday afternoon, the skies cleared up, the snow stopped falling and Laz and I had a great 45 minute ride!
Nothing beats riding the fresh pillowy snow!
winter time rides!!!
They are so peaceful. Laz, Mason and I enjoyed a quiet ride all together. Mason finally decided that walk around the arena with us for almost the entire time. It was funny. I could tell Laz liked following him and felt calmer with him there. At one point, Laz gave a tiny hump of a buck and threw out his front legs along with a head toss at Mason. He literally wanted to play with Mason. Mason was thankfully clueless and just trotted along but I circled Laz and backed him up. Although the baby buck was funny and cute that he wanted to play, he needs to remember manners during a ride and none of that is appreciated. But it was cute!
Is there anything better that when your rehabbing horse has happy perked ears?!
I'm so happy that Laz enjoys his work
After our ride, we did some Parelli games.
I needed to work again on the Porcupine game which is encouraging your horse to come into your allotted space, and out of. Laz has a tendency to crowd and it's part of his wanting to dominate. He did great and was awarded with his slurpee. Which when I bring him his bucket of soaked beet pulp with Aloe juice, he knickers so loudly, his whole belly shakes. This is when the Porcupine game comes in handy too as he started to get really rude and pushy wanting his slurpee. I now make him back up, stay out of my circle and wait with unpinned ears for it.
He learns so lightning fast that I have to keep working on manners so he doesn't develop bad ones.
And because this post isn't long enough ;) a couple of funny dog videos
Pudge and Mason with one of their new disgusting Xmas toys..a skinny possum that they adore