After a busy 3 1/2 day weekend, I decided to stop down at the ranch and give Rosie a quick visit. I had someone ride her a couple of days while I was gone so that she wouldn’t be too hyper from sitting around all week, so I was able to just saddle her up and go. The farm had been hosting a campout for the previous few days, so Sunday was kind of a ghost town around there as everyone got their fill and headed home. The weather was strange in the Tijuana River Valley — the humidity was higher than usual and the temperature was in the 80’s (pretty warm for a coastal location). There is a nice little loop behind the ranch that I love to take because it’s off the road, takes only about 30 minutes, and has narrow parts where ATVs can’t really fit without a struggle.
Rosie was a good girl. She had one spook at a rabbit that ran out from under a bush, but it was a “spook in place” so it was no big deal whatsoever. We came up on a family (mom, dad, and daughter) who were out riding and in search of some nice shady trails so I directed them toward the canopy trails. I was surprised that Rosie was totally willing to walk away from their group of horses and continue home on our own, because she can be rather herd sour. She did very well and I was super proud of her. I love having the opportunity to leave the ranch with her and try new things. I’ve definitely grown into a more confident rider over the past few months, and I’m proud of how far my mare has come. She’s such a special horse!
I’ve decided to switch her back to a mixture of Bermuda and Alfalfa hay, because the quality of her feet has degraded so much. Her farrier says that hoof health is contributed greatly by the nutrition the horse is eating, so even though she’s on a number of supplements and I put topical treatment on her hooves — I think she should be getting the extra nutrients from the alfalfa hay. Plus, not having to buy my own orchard hay will save me around $150/month, which is definitely a welcome bit of savings considering how many supplements she’s on nowadays.
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