Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Even Hotter, Still Fun

Poor lazy Wizard in the photo above -- you can't blame him for dragging his hooves a bit when the temperature climbs to 100 degrees!!  Misty's rider is taking a peek back as if to say, "Hey, hurry up!"
The latest campers, from Louisa County Parks & Recreation, were terrific sports during a tough week.  All 8 campers, and my fantastic assistant, were patient and good-natured despite really challenging heat and humidity.  Penning up the sheep, to hold them in the shade, is a good strategy -- and makes it easy to feed those tasty oat bars (which lets us hang out in the shade for a while, too). On the hottest day, we moved our riding to the driveway in front of the house, which kept us away from the withering sun in the regular ring.

We cooled off with a visit to the creek, where we had an up-close encounter with a giant heron who nearly landed on top of us!  Perhaps that was better than the first week's wildlife encounter -- a black snake that Martha had to remove from the gate with a pitchfork.  Black snakes help us out by killing rats, so we carefully released him a ways down the hill:
On Independence Day, the farm was closed, and Martha took a field trip to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.  They were holding the 50th annual naturalization ceremony for 84 brand new American citizens. Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci was the featured speaker, and there was music from a full band as well as these fellows with fife and drum.
It was tremendously moving to hear these newest members of "Team USA," as Ms. Comaneci put it, relate stories of the countries and conditions they'd fled -- civil war in Somalia, never having heard of the right to vote, wanting to join their families, thanking US military for protecting them....for more pictures and information, click here.