Sunday, July 5, 2015

things i did instead of my lesson

As previously mentioned, our lesson with Dan last week was cancelled due to 'damaging' storms and rescheduled as an epic cross country lesson instead. The original lesson day ended up being a long-ish barn day for me anyway and for one reason or another I felt compelled to document all my various activities over the course of the day.

-Like hand grazing Isabel around the kid's play area (that mysteriously appeared one day - likely some parent wanted this stuff OUT of their house and the barn seemed as good a place as any to leave it?)



izzy wonders if maybe there's food in there somewhere?
-Or watching Isabel doze in front of the fan (it was near 100* at this point) while getting her tootsies did. 
she looks peaceful, no?
-Oh, and watching the storm too. We spent a WHILE doing that - with all the kiddos who were there for their weekly horsemanship class, and of course those of us (ahem, yours truly) who were still clinging to hope that our lesson wouldn't be cancelled,  all huddled inside the barn (horses too!) during a tornado warning...
the arena light highlights all the crazy rain
more rain
yep.... still raining!
just drizzling now - but see the flooded arena?
or more specifically, see my lattice gate FLOATING AWAY next to the X????
-Then there's walking all the fence lines for damage before turning horses back out. Lesson officially cancelled by this point :(
appropriate accessories for checking fences while it was still lightning out intermittently: fubarrys and a beer. check and check.
luckily all fences escaped unscathed. only one small tree down in the driveway
looking back up the hill toward the barn
-And finally riding anyway bc eventers ride in the rain and flooded arenas dammit, even if we can't have a lesson! 
figured i'd test out the hackamore for actual focused flat work too. verdict? brakes are WAY too good given my  noisy hands. mare did not likey!
-But then freaking out bc the sky was doing weird things and everything - even the very air itself - turned this ridiculous cartoonishly bright neon pink even tho it was 8:30pm. 
cloud patterns were pretty....
but also felt somewhat ominous.
these photos don't really capture the color right - it was REALLY strange out.
whereas this photo captures the color perfectly. no it is not edited. yes it was really this pink out. creepy, right?
In any case, hope everyone (at least readers in the US!) is recuperating nicely from any 4th of July shenanigans!

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  1. Fubarrys, beer, and pink skies are all wonderful things! Sometimes just hanging out and enjoying the horses and barn people is the best :)

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    1. i agree completely! it's so easy to get wrapped up in training and planning and making every moment matter, so it's kinda nice when that whole control aspect gets taken away and i realize - well, this is nice too! haha

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  2. We have an orange sky today! Pink is much prettier :)

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    1. it was very pretty! very strange.... but pretty!

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  3. In Congo it would often get pink like that at sunset. It was crazy and I didn't understand why, but somehow the humidity and light interacted to make just gorgeous pinkness every dusk. So pretty!

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    1. interesting! and perhaps the proximity to the equator played a role? idk, all i know is it kinda freaks me out when the sky does strange/unusual things... tho it was objectively very lovely haha

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  4. In Congo it would often get pink like that at sunset. It was crazy and I didn't understand why, but somehow the humidity and light interacted to make just gorgeous pinkness every dusk. So pretty!

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  5. Sounds like a really cool barn day :)

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    1. it wasn't what we planned for, but it ended up being just fine anyway

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  6. Do you think the child's play area and the weather were related?! Maybe ghosts put out the equipment and then had a ritual cleansing of it!? So in theory, the equipment should be completely ghost free now.
    But in all seriousness, what a freakish day. Weird colored sky and those clouds look like something's falling from the sky. But I did appreciate the beautiful farm set up there. Looks nice!

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    1. lol idk. the child's play area is straight up weird and nobody knows where it came from. myyyyyysterious haha. plus a barn mate who recently moved from the midwest said the sky looked like tornado weather, even tho the storm had already passed. all in all quite freakish!

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  7. The floating gate is pretty impressive. You might be an eventer if you see that and still think "yeah riding weather". ;-)

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    1. lol well at least we cancelled the lesson? but honestly, one corner of the ring is eroding like a bitch and the whole thing drained quite quickly. so the footing was actually just fine and it would have been perfectly doable for a lesson.... oh well!

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  8. I had a good giggle about your lattice gate floating away

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    1. lol me too. it's not exactly overly heavy, but it's made from two big 2x4s, so it's not exactly light weight either. i was really pretty surprised that it got swept away like that!

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