Right As Rain

My name is Rainy. I'm a spectacular, big, friendly Percheron-cross gelding. I have a wonderful mind, and I'm not bad looking, either! I'm 6 years old this year, and I'm spending the summer in the mountains, where I'm learning to be a proper grown-up horse!

Follow me on Twitter, too: @RainyTheHorse

Apr 25
Look! I can fly!

Look! I can fly!


There’s a big arena here in the mountains where I can run like the wind!


Look! I’m staying in the mountains for the summer. This is my new friend Fuego.


Feb 16
My human took lots of photos of our big weekend. We worked a lot on not pulling on each other. She needs to keep her hands still, so I can figure out where the boundaries are. It was kind of frustrating, because when I’ve pulled on the bit in the past, my rider always let go of the pressure. But now the pressure stays until I stop pulling. I think I’m starting to get it, but at first I had to try a lot of things. She’s the one in purple. The same photos are at each link: The collection of photos, on Flickr 

The slideshow (recommended - much less clicking): 

And here’s a slideshow of some photos of me and Yukon Jack playing Grabby Face.

My human took lots of photos of our big weekend. We worked a lot on not pulling on each other. She needs to keep her hands still, so I can figure out where the boundaries are. It was kind of frustrating, because when I’ve pulled on the bit in the past, my rider always let go of the pressure. But now the pressure stays until I stop pulling. I think I’m starting to get it, but at first I had to try a lot of things. She’s the one in purple. The same photos are at each link:

The collection of photos, on Flickr

The slideshow (recommended - much less clicking):

And here’s a slideshow of some photos of me and Yukon Jack playing Grabby Face.


Feb 15
I had a big weekend. Huge! I spent two days away from home, made a new friend, got to play in the best sand footing ever, and learned all kinds of important things from some humans named Mark Rashid and Crissi McDonald.

But the most important thing first! I got to play hours of grabby face with my new friend Yukon Jack. Yukon was there for the horsemanship clinic, too. We both brought our humans, because they needed some help giving us direction in a way that is easy for us to understand. More on that later.

When I arrived at the ranch, Yukon was already there, in the corral next to mine. I could tell right away I was going to like him, and I did! He’s very bold, but not mean - the perfect grabby face sparring partner. We got each other all spitty from play-biting. Yukon went home last night, but came back today, and we had a great time playing all over again.

And see that arena just behind our corrals? I got to run loose in there today! It is deep sand, and not slick or hard or rocky. Perfect for really digging in and charging around. After being cooped up in a corral I was ready, too. I ran and bucked and kicked, and then I ran and bucked and kicked some more! And then, even though my human yelled at me to “Get away from there!” I reached through the rails and grabbed a mouthful of grass, but there was Stinging Nettle in it. Maybe I should listen to her… After running around some more I got to go back to my corral for a while to relax and eat and drink lots of water. And hang out with Yukon.

Yukon was working in the arena at the same time I was, today. Tonight when the clinic for our people was over, he got into his trailer, and I got into mine, and we left. I hope I get to see him again!

I had a big weekend. Huge! I spent two days away from home, made a new friend, got to play in the best sand footing ever, and learned all kinds of important things from some humans named Mark Rashid and Crissi McDonald.

But the most important thing first! I got to play hours of grabby face with my new friend Yukon Jack. Yukon was there for the horsemanship clinic, too. We both brought our humans, because they needed some help giving us direction in a way that is easy for us to understand. More on that later.

When I arrived at the ranch, Yukon was already there, in the corral next to mine. I could tell right away I was going to like him, and I did! He’s very bold, but not mean - the perfect grabby face sparring partner. We got each other all spitty from play-biting. Yukon went home last night, but came back today, and we had a great time playing all over again.

And see that arena just behind our corrals? I got to run loose in there today! It is deep sand, and not slick or hard or rocky. Perfect for really digging in and charging around. After being cooped up in a corral I was ready, too. I ran and bucked and kicked, and then I ran and bucked and kicked some more! And then, even though my human yelled at me to “Get away from there!” I reached through the rails and grabbed a mouthful of grass, but there was Stinging Nettle in it. Maybe I should listen to her… After running around some more I got to go back to my corral for a while to relax and eat and drink lots of water. And hang out with Yukon.

Yukon was working in the arena at the same time I was, today. Tonight when the clinic for our people was over, he got into his trailer, and I got into mine, and we left. I hope I get to see him again!


Feb 14
Boy, what a day… I took my human to a horsemanship clinic with Mark Rashid, so she could learn to be a better horseperson. There was a lot to do all day! I ate breakfast in the trailer. When we arrived I got my own corral, next to a very nice new friend. We played grabby face for an hour or so. He rears a lot, so I tried it some, too. Then I got brushed, and we went uphill to a roundpen. I ran around a little, and looked at everything, and then it was our turn to work with Mark.

Well this guy has some strange ideas, I’ll tell you. I kept bumping my human with my nose, and walking across in front of her, and he didn’t think that was OK! So he explained to me how to stand back, and stay there. It was easy, but it took me a while to figure out what to do. After that we worked with another trainer on turning this way and that. 

When we were done, everyone left, and I went back to my corral. And then my new friend left, so no grabby face tonight. I whinnied a little… I hope he comes back tomorrow. My human fed me my hay and goodies and brushed me a little, and then left. She says we have another day of training tomorrow. She left me with a lot of extra hay, but I’ve already stomped a lot of it into the mud.

I’ll explain more after tomorrow. Right now I have to rest up from my big day!

Boy, what a day… I took my human to a horsemanship clinic with Mark Rashid, so she could learn to be a better horseperson. There was a lot to do all day! I ate breakfast in the trailer. When we arrived I got my own corral, next to a very nice new friend. We played grabby face for an hour or so. He rears a lot, so I tried it some, too. Then I got brushed, and we went uphill to a roundpen. I ran around a little, and looked at everything, and then it was our turn to work with Mark.

Well this guy has some strange ideas, I’ll tell you. I kept bumping my human with my nose, and walking across in front of her, and he didn’t think that was OK! So he explained to me how to stand back, and stay there. It was easy, but it took me a while to figure out what to do. After that we worked with another trainer on turning this way and that.

When we were done, everyone left, and I went back to my corral. And then my new friend left, so no grabby face tonight. I whinnied a little… I hope he comes back tomorrow. My human fed me my hay and goodies and brushed me a little, and then left. She says we have another day of training tomorrow. She left me with a lot of extra hay, but I’ve already stomped a lot of it into the mud.

I’ll explain more after tomorrow. Right now I have to rest up from my big day!


Feb 10
I’ve been doing some thinking, standing around in the rain the last couple of days. I’m turning 5 this month. It’s time to start taking myself more seriously. My friend Peggy has been saying so for a long time, and now my friend JC says so, too. They are smart people, and they know what’s what. 

I’m still going to run and play and splash, and have all kinds of fun, of course! But it’s time to put my goofball days behind me. I’m a smart, strong, good-natured horse, and it’s time I started saying so! (My friend Jane Savoie will back me up on this, too, I’m sure.) I even changed the top of my blog, ^^^ see up there?

Besides, I get to work with Mark Rashid this weekend, and I don’t think he lets goofballs into his clinics, so I need to step up. Big time, here I come!

I’ve been doing some thinking, standing around in the rain the last couple of days. I’m turning 5 this month. It’s time to start taking myself more seriously. My friend Peggy has been saying so for a long time, and now my friend JC says so, too. They are smart people, and they know what’s what.

I’m still going to run and play and splash, and have all kinds of fun, of course! But it’s time to put my goofball days behind me. I’m a smart, strong, good-natured horse, and it’s time I started saying so! (My friend Jane Savoie will back me up on this, too, I’m sure.) I even changed the top of my blog, ^^^ see up there?

Besides, I get to work with Mark Rashid this weekend, and I don’t think he lets goofballs into his clinics, so I need to step up. Big time, here I come!


Feb 9
It rained and rained today. Later it was sunny, and later it rained some more. And then there was bright sun and it was raining at the same time, and I saw this rainybow! My friend from Twitter, @vcarson, told me when to look for them - when it’s sunny and rainy.

I ate grass in the rain today, but the donkeys spent most of the day on the porch of the barn. They hate getting wet.

It rained and rained today. Later it was sunny, and later it rained some more. And then there was bright sun and it was raining at the same time, and I saw this rainybow! My friend from Twitter, @vcarson, told me when to look for them - when it’s sunny and rainy.

I ate grass in the rain today, but the donkeys spent most of the day on the porch of the barn. They hate getting wet.


Feb 7
Here are Eeyore and Clementine in their new raincoats. It’s been raining and raining and RAINING today. Eeyore and Clementine hate getting wet. I think they are learning to like their raincoats.

Here are Eeyore and Clementine in their new raincoats. It’s been raining and raining and RAINING today. Eeyore and Clementine hate getting wet. I think they are learning to like their raincoats.


Feb 1

Look what I saw on the computer just now! I want to be this horse when I grow up.

My humans went to Equine Affaire yesterday and saw this horse and rider. His name is Big John, and his human is Jena Bengtson. I think he looks just like me, almost, except that he is a whole 12” taller than me, and a few years older. Otherwise it could be me! Except that I can’t do those things yet. I’ll bet if my human could ride that well, I could look that good!


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