It's never a bad day at the barn.
Especially when you are greeted by snowy whiskers on a kerflufferson pony
Insert deer snort below...
Laz has such a great winter coat, I'm so happy! I try to not blanket him much. I will on really windy evenings that are below 20 or when it's below 7 or such..it really depends on moisture/wind/etc.
I try to watch him carefully and he's blanket is at the barn if needed for the BO's to toss on for me in case of a quick warm up. He's got great shelter, a fuzzy fur coat, hay often so really, he should be good (says girl with clenched fists researching weather channel 24/7)
Laz anticipating his winter warm salty mash...slurrrps!! GIMMMME!!
Laz and I lunging below in fresh powdery snow last week
(the BO took these from her living room window..ya, don't you wish your living room window had this view? I do!!)
Trit trots..no bigs.
Laz happily leading the way (trust the pony, right Juliette!!?)
On another day, I wanted to do 'free' lunging which I decided would be more of a game than actual exercise
It was blustery so I didn't feel like riding and Laz was showing me signs
of FLIGHT so we did some ground work
Nice curved to the left
This is defiant Laz, see his arched neck below and his stink eye? This is when he wants to defy but it's a playful spirit and not at all mean (Laz really doesn't have much mean in him!!!)
Below is very compliant
Nice extension for him
Love this forward uphill look below
He would listen, then stop and wander off...
Then Pito came in to see what was up...Laz quickly herded him away
If Laz wandered away, I would just stop and wait for him to return (usually within 20 seconds) and I would reward with some cookies
"So ifz I standz here, n trotz, n comez back..I getz a cuukie? Ok..!
Then I guna trotz dis way....
Anna dis way...
Anna you givez me cuukiez..."
Yea, pretty much.
I always want Laz to feel coming towards me slowly and softly is always a good thing
Mason below shows his snow swimming skills
Diving in head first...
Roll entire body into snow
Backstroke PUSH into it...
Wiggle worm back and forth
Back at home, he put himself to bed (in our bed of course) after a fun snow day
Then this past weekend, we had an ice storm which was beautiful ....
But made the ground wet, crunchy and slick.
Not even great for lunging, much less riding in.
So, my visits were of grooming and feeding and doting over
"Deez are ma favoritz dayz nom nom nom nommmmz"