Wind Goes To School
The week of April 15th Wind got to spend a week on the farm at URI. She was there to be used in the ELLs (Experiential Learning Labs), see URI offers an Intro to Animal Science class for non-Animal Science students to take as a Gen. Ed. and these students are required to participate in an hour long lab, learning and interacting with the animals on the farm. Now we don't have horses on the farm at URI (crazy I know) so for the ELLs a horse has to be brought in for that week, and since I was required to help out with these labs for a grade I volunteered to bring Wind for the week and teach about horses.
Miss Wind was a very good girl while at school. It took her about a day to settle into her paddock, which was located between two flocks of sheep. All but one of the sheep were afraid of her and ran away when she went near the fence, but this one young ewe (female sheep) who ran right up to her and hung out by the fence next to her all day long. It was too cute!!
|New Friends Meet|
|Awwww Kisses <3|
For the first two days Wind was afraid of the run-in that she had in her paddock, because of this I was a bit worried about her not getting any sleep or being protected if the weather turned nasty. Then on the third day I went out and checked and found that she had used the run-in! I don't think that she laid down at all, but there was at least one new poop pile every morning. The fact that she was using the run-in made me feel a little more at ease, though I couldn't be completely at ease with her being at school overnight, being the over protective, worried mama that I am. hehe.
|Making friends with Sully|
As for the pigs, the pigs never made it onto Wind's friends list, and it wasn't for lack of trying on the pigs part. Every time we tried to get near they would get up and run over to the fence and follow her where ever she went, but Wind wanted NOTHING to do with them and kept rejecting their friend requests. She just snorted at them and stared, on alert, and then tried to run away. What totally turned her off of ever considering becoming friends with the pigs was when we were walking and one of the boars started breeding to one of the sows and there was lots of squealing and moving, and with that she lost what ever last brain cell she had left.
All in all Wind's week at school went really well. She was a very good girl, except for when it was time to go home. On the Friday, a storm came in and it got really windy and began to rain, and by the time my brother-in-law came with the truck to haul her home, it was dark out. So, with all that combined, Wind did NOT want to get on the trailer. It took almost 2 hours, 2 halters, 2 lead ropes, a bucket of grain, and a pitch fork to finally get her on the trailer. Besides that she was a very good girl.
|Staring at the Sheep|
|What Wind thought of sheep poo|
|That sweet face|
|Wind has Rhody pride!!|
So, I had the chiropractor out to adjust Miss Wind and he was very pleased with how well she was doing since her last adjustment. Like every adjustment, the chiropractor checked the fit of my saddles, and this time he had some bad news for me. Neither of my two saddles fit Miss Wind anymore, I am extremely bummed about this. Now I have to buy two new saddles, which I cannot afford, especially since I have to buy a new truck. So, as of right now I have no saddle, though my amazing friend Kate has let me barrow and try out her Stubben for a little bit, and I can't buy another saddle until I sell my Dressage saddle, which I am having a hell of a time selling. So, until I sell my Dressage saddle and get a new saddle our competition dreams have to, once again, get put on hold.
So, thats pretty much whats been going on with us, not much riding, but hopefully that will change very soon. As always we will always have adventures and I hope I can share them with you all.
For now, Where the Wind Blows is Where The Wind Goes.