Saturday, December 19, 2009

"If You Go Out in the Woods Today...."

It was kind of a Teddy Bear's Picnic day in the woods today.

Beautiful sunny Saturday late morning, temperature a balmy 14 degrees F. and no wind whatsoever. I was so torn about what to do with my horse time. It's time to get going on my winter arena program of Buff-Bendy-Bootylicious for Johnny, which requires real work. But the woods looked so inviting!

I decided to work for awhile and then go out in the woods for some fun.

So we rode in the outdoor on a nice layer of soft not too deep snow, and did bending and flexibility work for about an hour with good breaks so he wouldn't get too hot in his winter fluffy bear-suit.

THEN we headed out into the woods, alone.

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

John had his halter bells on. These were a gift from a barn-mate 10 years ago. She gave them to all the other boarders with this message:

"Nobody in this barn exchanges gifts any more. It's so sad. So I made these bells for everyone so I can hear them jingle and just remember, a time when there was some real Christmas spirit here..."

GAAAH passive aggressive halter bells! Should I use them, or bury them with a stake through their heart?

I managed to misplace them for several years but today I dragged them out. I always like John (poor guy) to get used to different things hanging off him and making noise, plus I wanted to scare away the Teddy Bears and deer and exploding grouse.

Look at all the deer tracks on this trail! John was so interested. For the ride out to the exact halfway point (which his inner GPS calculates to a centimeter), we had a glorious ride. It was the perfect day.

For the way home after his little alarm went off "We are heading back now!!", it was hell on hoofs.

Every teddy bear, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

For John those games included:

1. Let's All Run for Home!

2. Let's Throw Our heads Around!

3. Let's Run Backwards!

4. Let's Pout and Stagger Sideways!

He was sure I needed to get back to the barn at warp speed. He assumed I was just too stupid to have realized the brilliance of that idea. So we walked backwards uphill, walked sideways, stood at a halt until we were both bored, circled and circled and circled...

See them gaily dance about.
They love to play and shout.
And never have any cares.
At six o'clock their mommies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears.

He did finally get a little bit tired but man oh man a fit young horse has a lot to offer in the way of "play and shout".

I believe John and I both came out of the woods thinking we had successfully defended the moral high ground. He was sweaty, I was jazzed. He took a big huge roll in the arena with many happy grunts. And graciously accepted his mints at the gate. Because:

Every teddy bear, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today

Here is a photo, taken during one of our disciplinary pauses to put brain back inside head, that clearly shows his drunkard's walk on the outward leg of our ride, and the geometrically straight trajectory of our homeward sprint:

It's lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.

Ha ha. No really we had fun. I swear he winked at me after the last mint.


lytha said...

i love the deer tracks!

thank you for sharing!


Flying Lily said...

Lytha: Thanks for stopping by! I love following your adventures and seeing Baasha watch the snow etc.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh fabulous Post! I love-love-love your pictures of the tracks and shadow rider!
John's antic made me laugh though...yea..had a bitless on the other day when Wa mare decided to turn around..almost couldn't do a thing about it!

I have just one Bear bell..jingle a clinging sometimes..yea...very annoying! Nice sentiment though with the Christmastime a sleigh huh!
Good to see you both...Merry Hoho and Christmas to you!

Kacy and Wa mare~

eventer79 said...

ROFL, I am glad I am not the only one whose horse weaves like a drunken sailor on the way out in hopes that I will give up and leave him in the pasture.

Kate said...

Very funny - glad all ended well!

Petra said...

I LOVE your pics taken from a horseback...

Funder said...

LOL! I know exactly what you're talking about.

Pony Girl said...

Oh too funny! Clever post. I love his idea of getting home at warp speed. Good for you for keeping him minding! Wow, lots of deer! I thought for sure you were going to see a bear, LOL! I think the bells must have been a nice festive touch, hearing them jingle on that snowy ride! :)

Jennifer said...

Great post! Sounds like you had a wonderfuly ride. Sometimes winter rides are the best rides!