This past weekend Ray and I went to the Illinois Horse Fair with the American Standardbred Adoption Program. Our original plan was to take some horses, but when we saw what the weather was going to be, we opted to leave the horses at home, and set up a booth inside the Expo Hall. The temperature was about 45 degrees on Friday, 35 on Saturday, 25 on Sunday, and today it is about 5 degrees. Sunday morning Springfield got hit with the northern edge of that storm which raced across the middle of the county. However, by the time we left the fairgrounds, the sun was out and roads were dry. By the time we got home to Wisconsin, it was -5.
While at the booth, we got to talk to lots of people about the Standardbreds, and why they are such great horses. On Sunday, we were given permission to bring Pongo into the expo hall. Otherwise she would have had to sit out in the car in the cold and wind.
Today was a beautiful day for February. Mid to upper 20s for temps, sunshine, and little wind. We worked with Kay and Scarlet. There is a lot of ice on our driveway, so we moved our portable hitching post (the ruck) around to the back of the barn. There is still about ten inches of snow on the ground, and with the warm temps we had on Thursday, there is a crust on it. Ray used the truck to mash down a path to make it easier for the horses to walk.
We just walked them, since the snow was deep, and they were working hard to get through the snow. Both horses behaved well, other than a mare fight at the beginning. I had saddled Kay and was sitting on her back while Ray adjusted the girth. Scarlet stepped too close to Kay, and Kay lunged at Scarlet. Both mares bared their teeth at the other, and pinned their ears back. No one got hurt, and I was able to move Kay away from Scarlet.
Today we worked with Kay and Scarlet. There wasn’t much snow, but there was enough for the sleigh. The snow had a firm texture to it, but it wasn’t slippery. It was about 22 degrees.
I rode Kay while Ray drove Scarlet. When we started, I was sitting on Kay while Ray hitched Scarlet, unsnapped the lead rope, and got in the cart. Kay did some grunting as if she was getting bored with waiting for Kay. There is no love lost between these two, so we try to keep them apart. Both horses cooperated fairly well. Scarlet did some trotting and would let Ray direct her past the garage. This is progress for her, as she used to throw a bit of a fit if you tried taking her past the garage. Pongo supervised at first, but then we put her in the house, as she gets a bit excited if a horse is trotting.
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