You just have to know where to look! We have had a lot going on at Sierra Ranch as of late. But first a bit of an explanation.
I know I have not been posting much recently. That is kinda a two part problem. First and for most we have been working really hard at growing Rijas Services. Going to gun shows most weekend and spending other free time doing the necessary paperwork while still holding full time jobs has been challenging.
Second has been my health. Nothing bad, just learned a month ago that my thyroid was not producing enough hormone. When that happens I don’t have the energy to do much of anything. I had been basically slowing down since about January. I went in for a check up and suggested a blood test, because just too many things were out of whack. Luckily, I was right and the meds are working wonderfully. I have even had the energy to mow parts of the yard with the push mower. Something a month ago I would never have dreamed of doing.
As I was saying we have had a lot of visiters at the Ranch recently. Dalia has brought several of her friends and family out to the Ranch. Dalia graduted from Rhema Bible College May 21 and will be shortly going to Kenya on a mission trip. Dalia rides several of our horses with Reddie Whip being her favorite. Lately, she has been riding Charming Starr to keep her in shape for Michelle, one of our boarders.
Dalia brought Vince and several friends out to see the horses. To get riding privileges they have been working on the place helping us with some mowing and cleaning up around the pasture. If you go to our Facebook page you will see more pictures and even videos of the events of the last few days. Dalia is great at taking pictures and I have learned how to get them from her.
Then we had a teenager find us on the web and come out to ride horses. There were first three teenagers, and we put them on the safest horses. As you can see Melanie looks very thrilled. Maverick is always patient and Sarge is just Sarge!
Soon they were all switching around trying to determine which was the best horse. Allison decided that she liked Sarge the best and her friend Crystal rode Maverick the next time they came out to the Ranch. And from the pasture was heard well, of course your are going faster… I am on the older horse! Crystal had to be corrected that Maverick is only 20 and Sarge is at least 10 years older. They were shocked!
So, Saturday rolls around and everyone wants to go trail riding. Dalia brings Vince and Kayla. Allison arrives at the Ranch. And one of our gun customers says he wants to go also. We have a five horse trailer, but needed six. The first ride out Saturday was with Dan, and then we switched riders later so Kayla could ride.
Dan is a 62 year old Vietnam vet. He had not been on a horse since 1965. Yes, I typed that right. 1965. He got on Maverick and rode the trails at Oologah like a pro. Maverick was wonderful with him. Dan was back at the house this morning having a gun repair and was not worse for the wear. What a trooper!
The first picture is Vince, Allison, and Kayla on the trail. The second is Vince, Kayla, Allison and Rick on the trail. All had a blast! Allison even came out again today (Sunday) to play with Sarge. I think he has found him a girl for at least a little while. Until she gets riding better and wants a more powerful horse.
Hope you have enjoyed a bit of the happenings from the Ranch. I hope to keep posting news articles and other happenings of the area. We will not be home on a weekend again until July 4th, however lessons are available during the week. Just let us know when you want to ride!