|Rhio and Red sharing breakfast.|
I had the good fortune to overnight with C., a good horse/endurance friend, and we made a trek to Fleet Farm (whoop! whoop!) and Rhio got a new hay bag (I "only" own about 4 hay bags currently, but I couldn't find a single one of them for the trip!). After a good night's sleep, we were off for the barn in the pre-dawn darkness. Rhio won't eat hay in the trailer while it's moving, so I like to get a big, wet beet pulp mash into him before we head off. Also, I put him on a preventative ulcer medication for the whole trip, and definitely noticed a difference in his appetite. Yay for a happy tummy!
|Ready to roll.|
We went to bed early, on our partially-inflated air mattress (it worked well as long as we were both laying on it - if one of us got up, the other sank down to the ground as all the air migrated to the non-occupied side), listening to the horses munch their hay. Rhio was relaxed enough to lay down to snooze (a very good sign with him - he loves to lounge around) - there was only a stiff canvas type panel separating our prone selves from him. Talk about bonding with your pony!
|Rhio in his stall at the event center. I had to put his hay bag in the back right corner so he could look out the door.|
|M. and Ring enjoy the lush grass in Lincoln, NE. (Eat up, ponies! The grass in Colorado isn't nearly this green.)|
Rhio ate some beet pulp, took a big long drink from the stock tank, and trotted off across his new huge 16 acre pasture to meet his new friends. They weren't quite so excited to meet him; I think he spooked them, actually, and they all took off galloping. Rhio clearly thought a nice run was fun, and quickly took the lead with his tail flying in the air. The five resident horses kept to themselves, and Rhio was only allowed to graze within about 30 feet of them, but everyone settled down quickly without any outward jostling for hierarchy position.
|Turned out in the pasture for the first time.|
|Rhio's new buddy.|
Coming soon...the story of our first ride in Colorado!
|Rhio says, "Hey...watcha' lookin' at?"|