9.June – happy news! Jesse’s last scab came off this morning. I doctored him and turned the ponies out into the pasture they share during the days. I’m guessing I’ll have a pretty good idea how soon we’ll be moving again by tomorrow morning when I see how it’s progressing.
8.June – I think we’re getting close to being able to hit the trail again. Jesse’s back is looking great except for one remaining scab and as of tonight that one’s hanging by a tag. Yeah for Corona (lots of lanolin). I’m deep in the dark southern literature – seems appropriate. Loving these long summer evenings – and fireflies!
24.May – at Meriwood Farms in Lawrenceburg, TN – Jesse is looking better every day. He and Finehorn are loving their pasture but I can tell they’re ready to be moving on again soon. There are many Amish in this area and it’s fun to see their leggy bay driving horses and black buggies around town when we run errands.
11.May – grateful to have a good place to be while Jesse heals. i’m doctoring him twice a day and got new saddle pads rather than risk having the fungus come back from being in the old pads. had a great visit today with my very first riding instructor – i haven’t seen her in 35 years! tomorrow we’re going to a Renn Faire where i will get to see live Jousting for the first time. also grateful to be catching up on sleep – it’s not entirely a bad thing to have some enforced rest days – fretting won’t help anything so it makes more sense to be grateful for the upsides of this situation.
5.May – sitting out tomorrow as well, waiting out the storm (which hasn’t been as bad as i’d been anticipating – but the herd and i all really did need a real rest!) then heading out Tuesday morning towards Summertown, TN and probably north from there…
3.May – day one of a blessed 3 day rest. Ponies in a 100 acre pasture with a creek 5 miles east of Waynesboro. I’m in a cabin in the woods w/ no cell ‘phone or internet access – came up the hill on a borrowed ATV to check in and get some food for Snooper, a funny little “loaner dog” that i’m thrilled to have as a companion for a few days. Planning to ride out again on Monday morning, assuming – the storm is past by then.
2.May – yesterday a long day – much construction on my route so i took a back road which turned into a jeep trail – which eventually led me back out to a road (the very one i was aiming for, exactly where i wanted to be – but the last 1/4 mile i was riding IN the creek! landed in a sweet spot behind an old barn, ponies tethered on good grass. time to pack and ride out – looking for a place to take a day or two of rest with the herd as this will be day 5 in a row of making miles and there’s a spell of bad weather forecast.
30.April – getting very warm weather lately – ponies and Rhydr a bit grumpy with it. We will adjust. Tonight i’m in a comfy bed in Olive Hill, TN with the ponies tethered out mowing and fertilizing the lawn. Yesterday afternoon we were offered a ride across the Tennessee River into Savannah, TN which came with accommodations, all most gratefully accepted. Trying to ride on the sunny days so we don’t have to on the stormy days. The last stormy day was spent tenting in a back yard with a dead dog. Yet another story for the book! It beat dodging the lightning…
25.April – mounted escort today across 4 farms and into tennessee! beautiful weather, great ride on back roads, warm welcome into state #8! Ponies in a paddock w/ good hay and tomorrow we ride out early since a storm is predicted late in the day.
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