Mr. Wizard, the pony cantering on our current homepage, and Zender, my pinto field hunter, were the featured mounts these last few days. A favorite fan took Wiz for a spin around the new ring's jump course, successfully negotiating the brightly striped crossrails, rainbow verticals, and the . . . whatever we call the jump made from overturned multicolored buckets! Next it was time to hand the reins over to her non-horsey (but that could be changing) older sister, who enjoyed a little bit of Wizard's smooth trotting - and was even steering on her own after a couple of sessions. We also had an adventure ride with Zender leading the way across the stream, down the Burnt Tree Trail, then through the flirty mares to pop over the cedar log in the back field. We picked out a perfect place to build the cordwood cross-country jump, but that's a project for another (non-99 degree) day.
This post's photograph is a pumpkin plant, which recently sprouted behind the house and produced this beautiful blossom. We decorated the front steps with small gourds last fall, so perhaps this vine is growing from a stray seed, dropped by the little creature who ate our display for Thanksgiving dinner.