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I visited Dalton yesterday!






Dalton is in training with Thru-Rider, Gillian Larson.  You can visit her website here and  Instagram here.

DALTON

Dalton is doing very well in training!  He is up to 5 hours on his trail rides!   He has spent most of his training time learning how to navigate the trailriding world and balance with a rider.  Now that he is a semi-pro and the riding part… he is now learning stamina and trails.

Gillian’s place is 1.5 hours from my house, but the drive is beautiful and my favorite fruit stand is on the way – bonus!

When I arrived, Dalton was nose fighting through the fence with his neighbor.  Of course.

Most of my photos didn’t turn out very well because once he saw me, Dalton was in my face, literally.  I had such a tough time holding my camera and pushing the button while simultaneously pushing his nose out of my hair.

Not complaining.

Having a horse love on you is one of the best feelings – ever.

We hung out.  I scratched him profusely.  We met his neighbor and squealing ensued.   We took a walk and met some of his new friends.  We dunked for watermelon and we read together.  Well, I read, he listened while munching on hay.

It was a great visit.

MY PHOTO JOURNAL

My boy.

He has a new neighbor, Cricket. This is one of Gillian’s trail horses. She is keen on Dalton. A lot of squealing happened when I arrived and took his attention. (The big brown thing on the left is Dalton’s nose.)

Right across the way are 3 resident mustangs who are also being trained for through riding by one of Gilllian’s Thru-Riding friends. (Thru-riding is not endurance riding.)

Dalton is helping me read and also checking my pockets.

I guess storytime was over because he took my jacket and upturned my chair when I left to speak to Gillian.

So we went for a walk… and met Gillian’s trail mule. she is very pretty.

After our jaunt, we played a bit more.

Then we played “Bobbing for watermelon”.

As the visit came to a close, we walked Dalton up to his usual turnout which is several acres with the 3 long yearling fillies. He loves them!

My kiss goodbye.

 

OCTOBER BUCKET FUND HORSES! A wild filly with an impaction, a beaten-up young filly and an old man with a lung/sinus infection weeping through his eye. Please share!   Click here for story!

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Big Sexy needs his eye surgery!  Our poor filly needs so many bandage changes and healing meds…

We are not quite halfway to our goal!


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Do your dogs insist on HELPING you feed? Yeah, mine do, too!






I don’t know about  you… but my dogs INSIST on helping me feed morning and night.

I cannot even think about being late for this task because a full hour before it is actually time to feed, they are letting me know that the time is upcoming.

Dogs:  Whine.

Me:  I know, I know… but we still have an hour.

Dogs:  Whhhiiiiiinnnneeee.

And so it goes.

You, too?

FEEDING TIME

When it is actually feeding time, as I open the door, they eject themselves like jet propelled rockets and fly out to parts unknown.

Once I saunter out, I catch glimpses of them poking their heads in the cat doors, running around the sheds, checking gopher holes and gooberly taking huge gulps out of water troughs.

As soon as I get to the hay shed, they both jump on the bales and bark at each other.  As I shoo them away, they run circles all up and over the hay, and then run off barking at each other.

They are SUCH a help.

And as I walk towards each eager horse with arms full of hay, my dogs rush around my feet (thank you very much) and continue to run around – to the bottom of the 10 acres and back up –  before I can even offload my arms.

They are pretty amazing…

WHEN I’M DONE…

They always seem to know when I’m done feeding, even if I change up the routine.  I have no idea how they sense this, but as soon as I’m done, no matter where I am, they appear and run with me into the backyard and back inside where their cookie awaits.

So, did they help me?  Well, not with the task at hand.  They didn’t help me feed the horses at all.

However, they did amuse me.  They always amuse me.  They always warm my heart.

And for that, I am grateful.

I guess they insist upon helping me feed because as dogs, they know their job… to love me and fill my heart.

 

 

OCTOBER BUCKET FUND HORSES! A wild filly with an impaction, a beaten-up young filly and an old man with a lung/sinus infection weeping through his eye. Please share!   Click here for story!

TO DONATE:  click here!  All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you in advance!

 


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