Friday, April 20, 2012

A Step Up

I think I mentioned before that stone work is like tattoos. Once you get one, you've got to get more. I don't have a tatt, but seriously, have you ever seen anyone with just one?



Cecil and Rigoberto Aguilar of Aguilar Stone Masonry were out earlier this week building a couple special projects for us. Blossom quickly signed on to help.









She loved watching Rigoberto and the noise didn't bother her one bit. Heavy machinery and lots of noise? She's there!







But by the end of the day, she was pretty tuckered out.

So what were they building? Well, I was going to title this post "Growing Old In Style", but I have a few reliably smart mouthed friends who'd just take that and run with it. Shut up, Debbie! ;-)



They were building me and Hickory a mounting block. Doesn't he just look thrilled!



Good boy Hickory for standing still while this old lady steps on.

20 comments:

Michelle said...

See? I KNEW all the rich horse people live in Kentucky!!!

Off to ride my leased horse after mounting from the arena fence....

;-)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Oh, I've paid my dues with free "project" horses and upside down five gallon buckets ;-D. Enjoy your ride!

gtyyup said...

Great idea!!!

Karen said...

Makes me wonder, since it's been quite a few years since I've ridden, if I've reached the point of needing a mounting block. Love yours!

Michelle said...

Karen, to me it's not about MY need, it's about the horse's. A saddle tree exerts pretty extreme pressure when you put all your weight in one stirrup; I've seen images from pressure-sensitive computerized saddle pads to illustrate this. Unless there's NO other option, I always mount in such a way as to put my leg over without using a stirrup, and I train all my horses to stand quietly next to whatever I choose in order to do so.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I agree. Especially for those of us who aren't little string beans with leaping gazelle legs any more. Much kinder to our ponies :-).

Alice said...

Quite an elegant platform on which to mount! A great safe way for you and the horse to start or finish a ride!

Maybe next... A barbecue pit out of stone, or stone seats for a campfire ring...

Linda said...

I need one of those........in about 50 places;)))

Terry said...

Well, that's the nicest mounting block I've ever seen!
Blossom is growing already.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Blossom made the perfect supervisor, and made sure the job was done right!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Perfect! Blossom is a great supervisor:)

Lori Skoog said...

Outstanding! Was this your idea? All horses deserve to be mounted this way. I agree with Michele.

Mary Ann said...

That's a great mounting block, and I know your horse appreciates it!

Nancy K. said...

I LOVE it!

gowestferalwoman said...

AGGGHHH! And all this time i have been lusting after a cheap plastic three stepper from dovers...I think you just gave Mr. Foresterman a project - esp. with all the scorio we have waiting for the patio~!

Looks absolutely lovely :)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Blossom is too cute. Love the pictures thanks for sharing.

Annette said...

What a great mounting block. Stone!! Wow!! It's beautiful and functional. I have serious stone envy.

small farm girl said...

Oh how wonderful!!!! If I was still riding, I would sooooo want one of them.

Ed said...

Very cool, that will soon be a king of the hill toy for Blossom..:-)

farmlady said...

Now all I would need is a HORSE.

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