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Swimming the Ponies at the Lake

Over the weekend we decided to take the ponies to the lake for a swim.

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

We brought along Blitz, Minnow, and Ammo the Dachshund as well as the ponies’ barn mate Lilah (for her very first swim).

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

Minnow’s no stranger to the lake, and considering that he was born on an island I think it’s pretty safe to say he loves the water. It felt good to take him on an adventure again as he hasn’t been anywhere since I think maybe pony penning last summer! (that’s far too long!)

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

Blitz is a bit more cautious about the water, and while he thoroughly enjoyed wading out pretty deep we still have yet to see him actually swim! (some day….)

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

But that didn’t stop him from having fun in the lake!

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

Minnow on the other hand graciously gave EVERYONE a swim, even Ammo hopped aboard for his very first swim session on the back of a pony.

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

Swimming the Ponies at the Lake // Painting Pony

I can’t wait to take the ponies back to the lake again soon. It’s the absolute best way to keep cool on a hot summer day!

P.S. Thanks to our friends at My Life, Naturally for providing some of the photos for this post!

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The Chincoteague Ponies take to Sledding

Finally this past weekend I got a chance to do something I’ve been waiting to do for a while now! With some snow that stuck around long enough for me to enjoy it I lugged one of my snow tubes to the farm to go sledding with the ponies!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

We rigged up a make-shift harness with an old breast plate and an elastic wrap to keep it tied around their middle. Now if your horse is already accustomed to pulling a cart than pulling a sled isn’t much different, however none of our ponies have ever pulled a cart.

Having already exposed all three of our chincoteagues to dragging objects behind them (old grain bags, tarps, etc) we figured they’d probably take to pulling a sled too. Boomerang was the first pony we brought out because he’s probably the most laid back and willing.

All it took were a few clicks and rewards to reinforce him for pulling the sled (which I did by walking on the ground with him first) and he pretty much knew the drill.

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

Eventually I hopped on him bareback and asked him for more. Pretty soon he was cantering around happily – in fact he was so ok with it that we eventually broke out the snowboard too!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

I love how the clicker training I use with my ponies has prepared Boomer so well to try anything. When I reward him for his efforts he’s so willing to give me all he can – positive reinforcement goes a long way!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

Minnow was next and despite being a little cautious about the sled at first he was very willing to pull along a passenger. Minnow will always try his heart out for me, and I had no doubt he’d be willing to pull the sled if I asked him.

Blitz took a turn with the sled too, and my mom even hopped on him bareback (something she hadn’t done since she had her accident while riding bareback with him several years ago).

We had so much fun that now we have something to look forward to the next time it snows!

Have you ever been sledding with your horses?

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The Super Painting Ponies

Halloween is one of my favorite “Holidays”, mostly in part because I have always loved creating costumes. None of my animals are safe during Halloween time, and even the ponies got in on the fun the other day as they so kindly allowed me to dress them up as Super Ponies!

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

Our adorable trio make for some pretty striking Super Heroes!

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

Our two brothers, Blitz and Boomer, made for a particularly adorable pair. And I’m pretty sure Blitz was convinced that younger brother Boomer was dressed as his sidekick.

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

Of course somehow Boomer always manages to steal the show…..

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

But Blitz was determined to be top Super Pony, and he showed us just how fast he can fly!

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

I’m pretty sure if I was in need of rescuing I’d want these Super Heroes to save me!

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

Meanwhile on the sidelines, adorable Ammo was in charge of all costume changes….

The Super Painting Ponies // Super Heroes

If you want to check out what Ammo dressed up as for Halloween, be sure to check out his blog post!

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Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at Fair Hill International

Over the weekend I attended the Fair Hill International Event to watch my friends from the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team perform. The Fair Hill International Event is one of the most prestigious international three day events in the world.

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

The Drill team was fantastic, and it was fun getting to watch them perform so close to home.

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

You can check out Ammo’s recap of the day on his blog.

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Painting Before Pony Penning

With our Pony Penning Trip just around the corner (next week!) Minnow has been doing a little painting to get ready.

Minnow the Painting Pony

With Paintbrush in mouth, he’s been creating some special masterpieces to take with us on the trip to the island.

Minnow the Painting Pony

Minnow is all smiles, as one of his favorite things to do is to paint!

Minnow the Painting Pony

Minnow the Painting Pony

Minnow the Painting Pony

Around here we like to think the mark of a true artist is the mess he leaves behind – and Minnow certainly knows how to make a mess!

Minnow the Painting Pony

Minnow the Painting Pony

See you all at Pony Penning 2013!

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