Butterflies on our trails…

I love our trails. They are different from week to week…month to month…season to season…..And they never get boring.

One of the things that has always surprised me here in Florida is that you almost always see butterflies while riding the trails.

Here are some of the ones I seen, whose picture I have taken…

key west nov 2013 159…Monarch Butterfly…..

.Ebay Nokv 2011 046….Giant Swallowtail….k

Key West Nov 2011 010s…..Gulf Frittilary….

Key West June 2013 022….Zebra Longwing, our Florida State Butterfly…Key West June 2013 027

Key West Nov 2011 013s….Common Buckeye…

 

Key West 2012 059 …Duskywing….      Key West Nov 2011 017w

Key West Nov 2011 020s…and a Great Southern White….

Of course I wasn’t on horseback when I took these pictures…photographing a butterfly is surprisingly difficult because they never seem to sit still. But, once you are aware of them, they are easy to spot as you’re riding along on your horse. Enjoy!

Paso Fino Valentino don’t rear no mo’…..

When we first got Valentino, he was still a stallion, and one of the fun things about him was ability to stand on his hind legs in an beautiful controlled fashion.

…Perfectly balanced, like a pro…..Valentino rears….Paso Fino horses are just the coolest…!

……..it was a really fun thing to do with him………Tino and Me

But now that he is no longer a stallion, he’s very lackadaisical, and  can’t be bothered to do it any more…..

Clyde may occasionally be prompted get up on his hind legs for you….clyde and olivia…he’s a Paso too….

….and here he is with Olivia….

The rest of the horses only do it when they’re playing.

Here’s horseplay between Casanova and George….Ebay October 2012 018 while Valentino and Clyde stand

in the background, looking bored….. Ebay October 2012 022….note George does it all with his tongue hanging out!

Trail rides go better with Spanish Moss……just ask Montana and Willow….

All of our horses like Spanish Moss.

Normally when you are trail riding, don’t let your horse stop and eat. It is the horse’s way of gaining control over the ride….and they will want to do lots of stopping and grazing and very little walking…..if you start out letting them do this….rewarding them with a treat after the ride is a better way to go! But then there’s Spanish moss…

Horses love it….

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So, if you want to reach up and get them a piece….IMG_2631

They won’t mind a bit, and they’ll keep right on trucking…IMG_2632

………..Yum!……..

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Nelson loves Gatorade

Nelson, our palomino paint pony, loves Gatorade. He’s a treat hound anyway….

….. and will wander around begging for snacks when he’s loose…IMG_2179 ….but Gatorade is particularly yummy! Especially when some nice person…

….. like Montana…..

……. pours it into her hand and lets him drink it! IMG_2184

And how can you refuse him? He’s SOOOOO cute! Just look at that face…IMG_2225

What Jeremy and Gypsy do on their days off…..

This is Relish enjoying a cool bath in a nice big puddle with her baby….

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This is Jeremy going for a trail ride with Gypsy……..

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They spot Relish lounging in her puddle……..

IMG_2086………and give her a heart attack!

They scare her away……….IMG_2087……..and when she goes running off…….

……they take over her puddle!!           IMG_2093

Unfair!!!………..IMG_8051

Buddy Stirrups – a great invention !

Horseback riding can be a bouncy business…especially when the horse breaks into a trot and you are so little that your feet can’t reach the stirrups…

Hence the invention of buddy stirrups: a set of small, kid-size stirrups that hooks right over the saddle horn….and voila…a small person’s ride on a big horse is suddenly a lot more comfortable!

IMG_1841    ….Works great…..IMG_1844

 

….just look at Lucas and Apache !…   IMG_1863