E's trampoline is officially for sale. We have had some terrible wind lately. I woke up the other morning and asked J how things were going. He said, "not so good, the trampoline blew over and I can't tell if it hit the truck." That's not what you want to hear first thing in the morning.
It looks like another escape attempt, the gate is pushed open,
but the truck was safe. Close call though.
Luckily, it caught on the hitching post, otherwise I am sure it would have rolled into the truck.
We have managed to re corral it after its 4th escape attempt. So now it is officially advertised for sale on a local Facebook yard sale page. Someone already asked if I wanted to trade it for a 15 foot inflatable pool, I don't think so, no.
It's official, her APHA registered name is Otoe's Golden Asset. Today's name is Draper (location of where she was born)
Calling her Draper sort of reminds me of Sweetwater, but that is where the comparison ends. She is so calm and smart. Do something once and she knows it.
Today we went for a little walk about outside of her lot. She was the perfect young lady. Curious and alert yet polite and listening.
I've done a little more with the tarp and had no resistance. I can now drape it over her and lounge her and if it falls off she just stops and sniffs it.
I have also shown her the plastic milk jugs. I drug them around so she would be interested and follow along.
Even without a halter she didn't spook when I rubbed them all over her.
She has been making friends with Hank who is hanging out around the barn now. He prefers grass to hay and the only grass left is around the barn. He never really bothers anything else so as long as he behaves himself he can finish trimming up around the barn.
Since E aged out of 4-H a couple of years ago I haven't had much opportunity to help out with any judging contests. But now E is in Block and Bridle and on the college horse judging team. The class she is taking to be on the team required that she judge in the contest. And I, for some reason, got a last minute request to take reasons.
There was a beautiful class of Saddlebreds that I got to hear the Jr. FFA reasons on. Luckily I got to see the class because I would know nothing by listening to the FFAers.
I heard unusual terms like "torsion" - used in a sentence, "one had better torsion which is good." I have no idea what that even means. Also, apparently one horse had a "back and belly that didn't align." And surprisingly, in a halter class, 3 kids thought the horses cantered. Half the kids read their notes, one girl even reading her name and where she was from. And one girl had such a bad panic attack I thought she was going to pass out. She left the room in tears. I get that reasons are hard but I wish that the coaches would practice with the kids more. It is a great skill to have that translates to so many other areas of life.
I don't know what E got for her grade but she looked pretty relaxed judging. And, she is getting to go to Oklahoma to a contest in the spring.
I have been working hard recently to rid my house of extraneous items. The problem is, what exactly is the definition of extraneous? E helped out by going through a lot of her stuff to donate to the thrift store. I have managed to add to her pile with some of my own stuff. I've made two trips with the back of the car loaded so far. I have also tried selling a few things too. Since I have a page set up for Wrangler's paintings I thought that if I added a few other things maybe his art would get more views.
It may have worked because another painting sold last week.
I have a ton of Christmas ornaments so I thought I would try to cut back some. I placed this one on eBay and it sold in 10 days.
Then surprise, my "Lucky Horse Shoe Plaque" sold today. Packaging to ship is a bit of a pain but at least I am getting paid to clean out my house.