Bill and Juanita, owners of Allenspark Lodge B&B, are living their dream...

running a successful business and riding as often as possible.



Friday, November 30, 2012

Just One More .... Then Gone

Yesterday was our scheduled day to release the horses for some winter pasture fun.  We were fortunate enough to actually find a really nice sized, treed, mountain side for the gang to hang out for the next 4 - 6 weeks.  But a certain Beel kept dragging his feet about bringing out the trailer.  When asked what the problem was, he said, "I really want to go for one more ride on the mountain."

"It's sunny, but there is a darned cold wind out there.  Are you sure?"

""Yep!"  So we grab the two boys and head out with just halters and bareback pads, on the premise of looking for our herd of Rocky Mt. Bighorn Sheep.  It was a great time once we got past the windy meadow part.

Then .... today we loaded up the whole crew of four - Ranger, Jesse, Washoe, & Estes.  We discovered that by removing the stall separators in the trailer, all four could just walk right in and stand side-by-side without even being overly crowded; certainly nothing like the sardine can situation that happened when we used to put our three horses in a two horse straight load.  And off we went for their new adventure.  They have never been in this area, although it is mostly across the road from another one they liked.... and only 15 minutes drive time from us, so we can hike in to see them weekly (or more).
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It became obvious pretty fast that this was an acceptable area .....
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We couldn't leave without giving them a good-bye treat.
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Have fun guys.  I miss you already!
Bionic Cowgirl

9 comments:

  1. Awww...they look so happy.

    Even the old girl was moving pretty good. Not as crazy as those greys, but still pretty good.

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    1. Well, the greys are half the age of the other two, at only ten and eleven.

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  2. Love those videos!
    What a neat place for winter turn out

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    1. We are very lucky to get to use this area for a while. It keeps them up here at altitude plus there is a lot of rocky area to keep their feet in good shape.

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  3. Lucky, happy ponies! I loved the videos. Hadn't realized how much I missed the sight of horses celebrating together, now that my horse is part of a goat herd.

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    1. Doesn't your horse chase the goats? Mine would just for kicks and grins.
      Juanita

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    2. Oh yeah, he chases the Goaty Girls, & he cuts up on his own, but he no longer has another mischief-minded equine to egg him on. All in all, I'd say the goats-as-company-for-horse experiment is going wonderfully.

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  4. They all look so happy :) Love the videos. :)

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  5. I'm really glad some of the videos turned out; umm, we won't talk about some of the ones that didn't! We went back at dusk to check on the horses and couldn't find them - which was a good thing because we didn't want them hanging out in that pasture that has already been grazed. There is a lot of graze in the trees and Ranger is notorious for making a herd keep moving. They are on 80 acres and there are several more of those valley/parks for them to choose from, and 3 running water locations. Tomorrow we will spend as long as it takes to locate them.
    Juanita

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