Day three: Frozen weather

This is the third day! Today was even colder than the second day we went out to the horses. It wasn't foggy, but it was so cold! Simeon was with me and it was hard for him. He was so cold and almost wished he didn't come.  He forgot to bring gloves and he didn't have a hood, so his hands and ears where really cold. My nose was the only thing that was really cold and felt like it was frozen. 

When we got to the EQ center, Mrs. Fenwick was already carrying the two nets of hay. 

We walked with her to Lena and Peppy and we saw her husband. Just as Simeon and I started with the poop scooping in Peppy's paddock, our mom and dad came. We knew that the Fenwicks were in a hurry to leave so we didn't go and greet our parents.

 But they left soon anyways so we took a break when we were done and pet Peppy. He was so soft! And warm! I let Simeon use the gloves when we where poop scooping so my hands were cold. 

So it was so nice to have my hands on Peppy's warm coat! Then we went into Lena's paddock and finished that. It was kind of cool to see the water with a thin layer of ice.

 In fact lots of things where frozen! Even our hands! When Simeon and I dumped the load of horse poop, Simeon noticed that the gloves I let him use had frosted ice on it. We couldn't do any more help right now because the Fenwicks had to leave. And there wasn't really anything else to do!

So we climbed Rattlesnake Hill back home. The sun was out so it was nice, and it warmed our back on the way up. And we were even hot by the time we were at the top. So that was all for today. 

Day two: Foggy mornings

Day 2: 

(Picture took by Noelle Harris)
Foggy on the walk there

This morning Simeon and I got up early to leave to the horses. It was really foggy which was very cool. We couldn’t even see the big barn at the horses until we got very near it.

 When we did get there, Mrs. Fenwick wasn’t there yet. But her husband was so he showed us inside the big barn where everyone at the EQ center kept their hay. 

We got two nets full of hay and we started to walk to the paddock where Lena and Peppy were kept. But then Mrs. Fenwick came up with her bike and we all walked together. 
Mrs. Fenwick showed us how the horses eat from the hay nets.

 She hung them in the little stable and Lena would eat from the hay net by taking little bits of hay in between the net. Mrs. Fenwick went into the other paddock and hung the other net for Peppy while Simeon and I scooped the poop.
(Picture by Noelle Harris)

 It was kind of fun scooping the poop, and when we were done we pushed the wheelbarrow to the poop pile that was framed with wood all around. We emptied the poop all by ourselves.

 Then we went back to brush the horses. Mrs. Fenwick showed us how to brush the horses and showed us where the parts on the horse that are sensitive so we have to brush lightly. Then while we were brushing she cleaned the dirt out of the hoofs. 

She said they have to change their shoes every 8 or 10 weeks. After brushing we fed them pieces of apples. 
We had to make our hands as flat as we could so they wouldn’t eat our fingers too. Peppy was allergic to carrots and some other grasses, so they had to give him shots once in awhile so he wouldn’t get sick. 

So we had to go after that but we learned a lot. Mrs. and Mr. Fenwick were going to have visitors so they had to go. 

Learning on the first day

Day 1:

Today my brother Simeon and I went down to the equestrian center to see Mrs. Fenwick. She is going to teach us things about horses, like not to go behind them, how to scoop the poop easier, and so on. 

First we scrubbed two big troughs of water and made it clean.
 She said tomorrow we can brush the horses! She even showed me how to lead a horse and to keep my feet not too close to the horse’s feet or they might stepped on. 

I had boots but Simeon didn’t, so I was allowed to lead and he wasn’t. He was wearing tennis shoes so Mrs. Fenwick told Simeon it would hurt bad if he got stepped on by a horse. Mrs. Fenwick had two horses, a brown horse and a gray horse. 
The gray mare’s name is Lena and she is 10. The brown stallion’s name is Peppy and he is 9. But he is bigger than Lena and likes to go faster. Lena can stand still better and doesn’t want to always gallop. 

Mrs. Fenwick had a cookie tin full of rocks and shook it near Lena. Lena hates that tin because of its loud sound. She would jolt away and get very scared, but after awhile of training, Mrs. Fenwick got Lena to relax when she shook the tin. Even when she put the tin over her back and shook it, Lena stood still. 

Then she told us that she once took a tarp out to see if Lena was scared of it. Lena wasn’t at all scared of the tarp and walked right over it. Peppy on the other hand was really scared of the tarp.  He wouldn’t go near it. But when Mrs. Fenwick tried the tin with the rocks, he didn’t mind at all. So Lena and Peppy are different in many ways. 

They're both really great and I don’t know which one I like more! She showed many ways of training and my mom even came down to watch. One of the training she did was she put Lena in a round ring and she made her go around and around. She pointed her finger one way and Lena followed that direction always going around the ring. 

Mrs. Fenwick could even make Lena go faster or slower, or signal for her to come in. She said that when she goes around the ring, horses always have their right foot leading when they are galloping if they are going the right way. When she makes Lena turn the left way around her left foot leads. She has been telling us many things about horses! So I can’t wait until I get on one! She said we need to get used to them, and they get used to us. 

So that is what I have learned the first day! And there are more days to come!

(Picture took by Noelle Harris)
(Picture took by Renee Harris)