Giving Thanks for a Ride.

Giving Thanks for a Ride.

Post by Brian Whatcot » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 10:32:00


Next Sunday, it's the Christmas parade in town. The theme is a
Storybook Christmas. I have taken pix of previous parades, and
wondered about signing up this time. There are usually many riders;
perhaps a hundred or more, along with the floats.

My horse is now getting to the sensible years, and as a dress
rehearsal, I took him out today in the crisp fifties for a ride round
the section with special attention to the other critturs en-route.

We passed a goat flock with a sheep and a donkey riding
shotgun on them. Easy.
 A herd of cattle. (Stop and seriously consider options...)  
   Main road traffic  from a wide grass verge - no problems.
 Several score of greyhounds, barking and dashing along their runs,
close to and parallel with the verge. Well, OK, but not happy...

Off the main road and past more cattle - no problem - look,
that one is scared of me!
Miscellaneos bird lofts.
Dogs barking from backyards - Look, hesistate, but walk on.
The big test - a setter barking and advancing to his heels,
 but friendly looking. Ignored him completely.
[Phew!]
More dogs barking...then back into the vineyard.
Grand total: four and a half miles -  several hesitations:  two
shiver-in-place  events - one mild 1/8  turn on the hinds.

These days, I indicate displeasure with startles with
a slap on the shoulder. [usual disclaimer: don't do this
at home: I'm a complete stranger, possibly a pimply
 ten year old  or an old age pensioner ?  :-).
Oh yes that's right: I AM a senior citizen]
Seems like this horse is steady enough for the task now.
Where are those gilt jungle-bells?

BrianW

 
 
 

Giving Thanks for a Ride.

Post by Laurel Reddic » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:08:37

On Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:32:00 -0600, Brian Whatcott

Quote:

>Next Sunday, it's the Christmas parade in town. The theme is a
>Storybook Christmas. I have taken pix of previous parades, and
>wondered about signing up this time. There are usually many riders;
>perhaps a hundred or more, along with the floats.

>My horse is now getting to the sensible years, and as a dress
>rehearsal, I took him out today in the crisp fifties for a ride round
>the section with special attention to the other critturs en-route.

>We passed a goat flock with a sheep and a donkey riding
>shotgun on them. Easy.
> A herd of cattle. (Stop and seriously consider options...)  
>   Main road traffic  from a wide grass verge - no problems.
> Several score of greyhounds, barking and dashing along their runs,
>close to and parallel with the verge. Well, OK, but not happy...

>Off the main road and past more cattle - no problem - look,
>that one is scared of me!
>Miscellaneos bird lofts.
>Dogs barking from backyards - Look, hesistate, but walk on.
>The big test - a setter barking and advancing to his heels,
> but friendly looking. Ignored him completely.
>[Phew!]
>More dogs barking...then back into the vineyard.
>Grand total: four and a half miles -  several hesitations:  two
>shiver-in-place  events - one mild 1/8  turn on the hinds.

>These days, I indicate displeasure with startles with
>a slap on the shoulder. [usual disclaimer: don't do this
>at home: I'm a complete stranger, possibly a pimply
> ten year old  or an old age pensioner ?  :-).
>Oh yes that's right: I AM a senior citizen]
>Seems like this horse is steady enough for the task now.
>Where are those gilt jungle-bells?

Sounds like a good ride since you survived without injury <g>.  Brian
you need to do what JJ did once when she was out with Comet.  She
carried a video camera along and filmed as they walked along.  It was
low key, but pretty cool to watch.  Thanks for the story and images.
Laurel

 
 
 

Giving Thanks for a Ride.

Post by Brian Whatcot » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:42:56

On Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:08:37 -0800, Laurel Reddick
...

Quote:
>>Where are those gilt jungle-bells?
>Sounds like a good ride since you survived without injury <g>.

I certainly recognize that motif: "Any flight is a good flight that
you walk away from.   If the plane is still usable, it rates
excellent!"  (WWI motto?)     But recall, I do ride most days - or if
not, groom and handle....

Quote:
> Brian
>you need to do what JJ did once when she was out with Comet.  She
>carried a video camera along and filmed as they walked along.  It was
>low key, but pretty cool to watch.  Thanks for the story and images.
>Laurel

Neat idea. Perhaps a helmet cam? Norma has a JVC mini DV
 videocam I bought her a year or two ago. Incredible optical zoom
available.
She makes it hard to snatch it away on loan however.
Like her Olympus digital cam with ten frame stitch. She is buying me
one, so I won't borrow hers any more.   :-)

 I suppose UTube is the place for home movies - other free sites seem
to offer short time limits

Brian W