sunday at the farm

007080 084 085Another weekend has wrapped up around here and I have a few more photos to record for posterity. The girls finally got on their horses and had a riding lesson from their Grandma. With a little encouragement, they were both convinced to walk, trot and canter. It’s a big deal to get back on a big horse after months of not riding and convince it to go fast.

It’s a big deal most days to convince me to walk fast. I haven’t been feeling great lately, but keeping busy with the house and kids keeps me motivated and moving, which is the biggest challenge when the first instinct is to sit still and rest. MS hits me the worst with season changes, and add to that any kind of bug that the kids bring home from school and kindly share with us, and a full blown exacerbation usually follows. Hopefully this one eases up quickly, but in the meantime I will keep things as normal as possible (just maybe at a slower pace).

The small squeaky kid is riding Dillon, a pony who may or may not have started out life as an expensive show pony before he changed owners several times and came to live at the stable where we purchased him. He is a calm and gentle pony who seems to know his dressage moves. The tall hormonal kid is riding Dali, a celebrity in his own right. His previous owner wrote a book about him, called Little Horse of Iron. He’s also pretty quiet and gentle, but then he’s an old horse who moved to the country to retire.

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21 thoughts on “sunday at the farm

  1. Fairy says:

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling your best at the moment. Thinking of you and hope that you soon feel better.

  2. That was a lovely blog. It was nice to be introduced to the girl’s horses. As for you, I hope your condition improves and you are back to being at your best.

  3. Heidi, I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. I hope this flare-up passes quickly and you are soon back to feeling like yourself . “You can’t keep a good woman down” as the saying goes–that goes for you, too. I enjoy so much seeing your pictures of the girls and their horses…precious.

  4. Heidi, I hope you are feeling better soon. For me winter takes a toll on my body and then spring I need to work to restore things to working order.

    I love seeing the girls with their horses. You can see how much they missed each other. Looks like you had a beautiful day for riding too.

  5. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    What lucky, lucky girls! AND Grandma’s their riding instructor, how cool is that?!

  6. Thank you for sharing your activities with us. I will pray for you!

  7. Kerry says:

    Looks like they’re having a blast! Lucky girls…Take care of yourself in the meantime – I have JRA and know how those season changes can affect my body as well.

    • I didn’t realize.. I guess you would know the aches and pains well. I’m sorry to hear that.

      • Kerry says:

        Ironically it has actually been a huge blessing in my life. I would definitely not be the person I am today without having gone through the trials in my most painful years growing up with the disease at its worse. (pregnancy is like a miracle drug for my body!! yay! for adulthood!!) I am, however, seeing another ankle surgery coming on in a year or two – cartilage is worn out. Blah. Had my first foot fixed 17 years ago. So I guess “yippee” that the other one lasted this long!

  8. Hope you feel better soon. Season changes can be tough for so many people battling health conditions…
    I love your gorgeous ponies, and I have to admit, I’m sooo jealous of the girls. I have to drive 40 minutes each way and pay through the nose for my weekly riding lesson 😦 But hey, I suppose I don’t have to muck out!

  9. beautiful pics of your girls and the horses–what a lovely thing for them to be able to ride horses–hope you are feeling better soon–((hugs))

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