Saturday, January 31, 2009

Meeting Tim Riley

Howdy all! So my bestfriend, Timothy Riley, came up to Las Vegas last weekend and we went to see Willie Nelson at Buffalo Bills in Primm, Nevada. Great show! Willie still has it and you would never know that so many years have gone by. He sounds the same and is still a master with his guitar. Tim is an Apple Farmer from Oak Glen, California. He and his family own the Riley's Log Cabin, a "living history" farm where you can experience the joy of picking fruit, pressing cider, making rope, stacking a log cabin, and many other activities that bring-to-life the farm ways and customs of long ago. Its a wonderful experience, so make sure you make a visit the next time you are in the Southern California area. Tim has made a few trips out this way, but we always stay in the city and never had a chance to make it to the ranch. Well, finally it all worked out. Augustus and Tim got along great, and even had some fun playing chase together. Jenny and her daughter, Grace, stopped out as well and took Wishes out so she could play with us. Tim may be an apple farmer, live in the mountains, and have horses on his property, but we always joke around and say that he is more of the "infantryman" than the "cavalryman". He had lots of questions about wild horse gentling, their current issues, and of course Shiloh Horse Rescue. It was really fun to spread some of the knowledge. Thanks to Jenny for the awesome pictures! :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Augustus, Dakotah, and Tooth # 2

WOW! Man, time has just been flying by! I just realized that the month is almost over and I haven't stopped to write a thing. Its been crazy busy this month, lots of stuff going on.

Augustus and I have been working frequently with tacking up and being under saddle. All of his new Aussie tack has been delivered and put together. He looks great in all of it and he knows it, ha. Last weekend, my friend Dakotah jumped up on Gus' back. I kept ahold of the lead line and we walked around the arena for quite some time. Dakotah was a bit nervous at first, but after a few minutes he knew he was safe as Gus stayed very calm and collected. This was a really cool moment for me, as this was the first time someone else had ever mounted my horse. The moment was also not wasted on Dakotah as he realized the work that has gone into Gus and knowing that he was once completely wild. Awesome, awesome day. I don't know if I mentioned it previously or not, but Gus also lost his second tooth. The new permanent is nearly all the way in, and like before, I cannot find that damn tooth! He still had it one day and the next day it was gone. I searched all over the pasture again, checked his favorite hang out spots, the water troughs, etc but no luck. He probably swallowed it.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome to 2009

Hello all -
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and was able to enjoy some drinks with loved ones last night to bring in the new year.

I am looking forward to 2009 and what it will bring. Augustus will be three years old this year! I know he is still young, but I am excited to see just how much he will mature and of course being able to say that he is "saddle broke." So, we definitely have a big year ahead of us. I am also looking forward to more fun times with our friends at Shiloh Horse Rescue, both horse and human. We are all like a family out there at the ranch and I look forward to becoming even closer with everyone. Augustus and I are so lucky to have so many wonderful friends and I am sure this new year will bring many more memories for all of us to share.

Happy New Year!
Eric, Augustus, and Sawyer