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Here’s boarder Jill, on her young horse.  It’s hard to believe that this is only their eighth time over fences; look at the confident expression on both faces.

We don’t do jumping here any more, so Jill goes out for lessons.  Our insurance agent would have kittens; we can’t have jumping, rodeo rough stock, or jousting.  But jumping is beautiful, when done well.  It’s hard to believe how far this young horse — only five; that’s very young for a jumper — has come.

I had an interesting experience a couple of days ago.  I was headed out to the car when I heard an agitated squeaking.  The next moment, a big red-tailed hawk rose up not ten feet away, with a limp ground squirrel dangling from its talons.  It had taken it from its refuge under the tackroom, right next to the house.  That’s a pretty bold hawk.  Unfortunately, seeing me so close flustered it so much that it dropped its catch in the brush across the road.  That’s too bad; the squirrel was already defunct, so it didn’t get away, and the hawk missed its dinner.  Well, the squirrels are so many and so brash that it won’t be hungry for long.

But I sure wished I had my camera!


Posted July 15, 2012 by stablewoman in Horses

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