Friday afternoon we discovered that one of our broody hens had managed to hatch 12 chicks on the coldest day in May EVER. So we rounded them up and moved them into the heated greenhouse under a heat lamp.
Ivy has created a “scratch pan” for the chicks to enrich their aquarium environment and Steve has set up “Chick-Cam 2013” so that we can sooth ragged nerves by watching baby chickens being baby chickens – way more entertaining than goldfish.
On rainy Saturday, the stage was set to celebrate Sydney’s birthday at the Rocking C. We gathered for lunch in the Tack-Room and had birthday cake. Sydney got to share the candle ritual with Jennifer who had neglected to tell anyone that Saturday was her actual Birthday – the truth will OUT – so we partied and then had the Party Lesson.
Later that same day, in between a few lingering sprinkles, Ester and Kinsey came to the Wild O Ranch to visit and ride the ponies. Kinsey loves Splash and Ester has a thing for Diez, so the girls started their ride under the rainbow and finished when another shower made the horses turn their rumps to the wind/rain and expressed their desire to head to the barn.
Sunday was still gloomy so my original plan to trail ride was a washout. After a lovely lunch with Cindy and her mom, we headed back to Patty’s so Ivy could work Blue – they are making some headway with speed control but there is still a lot of head tossing. Sister, by contrast, is looking a little better but doesn’t have the jumping quite as smooth. Ivy will ride Blue for English and use Sister for Western as well as Halter and Showmanship. Sunny is looking pretty good over all and losing some of that pesky hay belly he worked on all winter. While we were at the Rocking C on Sunday afternoon, Patty was working Prince who is coming along nicely with his training.
We have missed Mallory and Roxy that last couple of weeks while Mallory was with Arty in Texas at a Clinton Anderson Clinic. They made their way back to OK on Sunday and will, hopefully, share a lot of learning with the rest of us.