Yesterday was a half day at school for the kids. It was the first time we’ve seen sun in about 8 days. So I decided there was no better place to be than outside at the barn. I detached from every digital thing I own. All. Day. Long. Unplugging from electronics on a regular basis is slowly becoming a necessity for me to stay sane.
I did groundwork and rode Savez most of the morning. After school, the girls and I hung out with the horses until dark. We literally just hung around and did nothing but lounge with the herd outside. Might sound crazy, but it was wonderful. Nature and animals are my sedative.
Our pony, Marlee, with his mommy.
This is Tajha [pronounced Tay-hah]. She belongs to one of the boarders at the barn. Tajha loves children.
The feeling is mutual.
Savez doing what she loves best.
The mares (females) and geldings (males who are “fixed”) are turned out in different parts of the property so there isn’t any funny business. Yes, there is still flirting even though the boys are fixed. Geldings will fight over females. That gets pretty dangerous.
Here’s Zeus watching the mares. He’s in love with Savez. Zeus is a talented show horse – very dashing in his jumps. He and his owner, Ashley, almost always win champion in the shows. I love him because he’s sweet.
Savez must have noticed he was watching.
Here is what geldings do all day. Eat. Then play. And play some more. That’s Frank on the left and J.T. on the right. Look how dirty Frank is from rolling in the mud. Boys.
Here’s what mares do. That’s Savez on the right and her friend, Belle, on the left. Don’t let the innocent faces fool you, when those two get an idea, they are our biggest trouble makers at the barn…very crafty. Last week they broke into the tack room and ate a big bag of horse cookies.
Frank has gorgeous blue eyes. He’s named after Sinatra.
Maybe being outside all day yesterday wasn’t the most responsible choice; I came home to 181 emails, a bunch of texts and calls and piled up laundry and dishes…but I had a great day with my girls and a happy heart. I think a regular unplug is a good thing.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite way to unwind?