This morning and some other mornings in the past few weeks there has been a RACCOON up in the rafters of MY barn. I jump and jump at him but he just stares at Mom and me while she drops me off to patrol while she goes to earn dog food money.
The cats and I don't like this visitor one bit. Those horses don't seem to mind but it isn't THEIR food that Ricardo is after. Ricardo Raccoon is VERY husky. He is probably around 20 pounds. Yes, I know I am bigger. I weighed 101 for the second year in a row at the vet but something about those teeth.....
What a weekend. Mom, Gabe (our fast horse),and I went with a friend of hers plus her horse to an Ohio Horseman's Council ride in Morgan County.
Last horse ride was with ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Association) and when we got there we found it was only a six mile event and I wasn't allowed to go along. I was left at the trailer! The only good thing was that another dog there barked nonstop so I had entertainment. I sat and watched him like doggy tv.
Anyway this weekend when we got there we were both delighted to find that I was allowed to run along with the horses on the trails. Well, we left at 9:30 in the morning and returned to camp around 4:30. Yep, I was one tired pup. I dug into the dirt and laid in the cool dirt whenever they slowed down enough. The horse and I drank from every available puddle or stream. Hot. Hot. Hot. I usually run in the front but I did the drag (riding last in the line) most of this ride.
The next day Mom and her friend took us on one of the shortest loops there and we were out a couple of hours only. One of the trails was under construction and we had to back out. The prickers were up to the horses' heads. The rest of the trails were incredibly nice and very well marked. A scavenger hunt was part of the ride but I just picked up ticks.
Mom and I both took a shower and even after tick shampoo, she pulled off about 5 ticks. So this morning the sheets were washed and I am seeing ANOTHER tick shower in my future.
As for now....I am sleeping. We got home and slept from 4:30 to around 8...stumbled around a bit then went back to bed for the night.
Well, I can add my Mom to the litany of injured skinless ones. She was using the high powered (looks more like a push lawn mower) weed eater and a chunk of stem came up and hit her in the eye. It was all bloody but she could still see. Anyway, after seeing the doctor next day for a check up already scheduled she was sent to a vision specialist. She has a scratched eyeball and has to wear her glasses until Sunday. These glasses of hers are out of date so driving is very exciting.
We had to go take a saddle to be repaired about a half hour away. I helped point out the directions as much as I could but she had to call the home when we were on the road. We went up and down and up and down the little road. If she had listened to me wanting to get out and visit with a barking dog we would have been next door to where she wanted to go. people. :) THEN when she got out she discovered that she had forgotten to put on shoes since we have an attached garage and got right in the car. :)! What's the big deal! I never wear shoes.