This blog is about my life, a 28 yr old filly; working in the city, balancing her career, passion for horses, dogs, and the life they deserve. Following my dreams, and getting there takes a lot of patience and a sense of humour. This is my take on life, and the amazing and stupid things in it.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our New Foster - Rookie




  I got a message last week asking if I was able to foster another dog.  It's been a while since our last foster, and I was just thinking about how I was missing it so the timing was perfect.  He came to the farm yesterday and boy - what a sweet heart.  A young Australian Shepherd.  His name is Rookie, and he sure is handsome.  He has been well behaved but has a total lacking of manners.  He is a really smart boy though so I don't think it will take long for him to learn the rules around here.  Broo, Bentley, and Ozzy have all welcomed him.  This one will be hard to let go.  He will be available for adoption through Poets Vision Aussie Rescue.



{ This post is day 15, letter O of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Natalie Smith Clinic




Tomorrow, Jessica and I are taking William and Mia over to Alaynes place for a clinic with Natalie Smith.  Natalie is a hunter jumper rider and trainer from the Toronto area. I had the opportunity to ride with her once last summer and really like her teaching style.  I think she is pretty knowledgeable, and she reminds me of my old coach who I attribute to being the one who really taught me how to ride.

  Since it's Good Friday, I have the day off and that means a fun filled day of ponies of course!  I am very excited to see how William goes and what help she can give me with him.  Sunday we are going to a little schooling show in the area so this will be a good prep prior to show day.  Looking forward to some pony time.

 Happy long weekend everyone!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miss Piggy



She is just chillin'.




  { This post is day 13, letter M of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Lessons - Immediate Inspiration Blog Hop



 From Viva Carlos, another Blog Hop!

Most of us take lessons, whether its a couple times a week or a couple times a month. Some of us have more then one instructor. Why do you train with your trainer? If okay or possible, share a picture of your trainer riding.

  I ride with both of my coaches (dressage and showjumping) for similar reasons.  One, I love their teaching styles.  I understand them both fully and always feel like I am coming away with something after a lesson.  I trust them and their judgement.  They are both active riders and competitors and although this is not important to many people, I do feel like a coach needs to be an active rider.  They both take lessons themselves and thus are always learning, trying new exercises, methods.

  I look at their students results, and if they are successful.  I personally find that one way to judge a person's coaching skills.  Of course this is not a solid rule, but it does usually reflect coaching quality.  They both demand perfection - and explain their reasoning for it.  They are different teachers but yet they are both so effective.

  Another great thing about my coaches is their ability to understand and work with Thoroughbreds.  The ability to understand an ex racehorse and amend your training methods accordingly can mean the difference between success and mass frustration.  Riding with Daphne helps me set clear attainable goals to work towards, and she gives me the skill set to achieve it. Riding with Rick is painful (physically) and an absolute blast which usually starts or ends with me busting a gut - he is hilarious.  I can't even explain how hilarious.  I always ride better with Rick, that says something to me.








An InLinkz Link-up


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Kicked


  A picture says a 1000 words.  I only need one.




{ This post is day 11, letter K of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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JESSICA - Thanks for the Pictures!!!!!!! Fallowfield Dressage Show Recap



  Jessica, my friend and boarder requested I do my J post with her in mind - so here you are Jess!  Thanks for the great pictures, and help at our dressage show this weekend! hehehe

  Alayne and I took our red horses; William and Lyra to a schooling dressage show.  Hallelujah it was 16 degrees out!  I wore a t shirt, I sweat under my show jacket, my horse was naked - YAY!  We both entered two classes, Canadian Eventing Entry Level dressage test 1 and 2.

  We had about 20mm of rain the night before, and we have had a lot of surface water around here with all the snow melting, but the ring was still decent.  There were puddles but it was ride able.  We are eventers, we are not afraid of a little water!  William has not been going the greatest as of late.  He was really bad the last few weeks when I realized his teeth were an absolute mess and it was a good thing the vet was coming because boy did he need a fix.  With his new teeth, a new saddle (Butet cc I found for a steal yay!) and the Micklem, he was like a new horse.



  I had a lesson on Saturday with Daphne and we really worked through some long standing issues.  When I got on Sunday I felt like I had a new, happier horse under neath me.  I was more and more surprised as my warm up went on with just how well William went.  Daphne and I set a goal of having 5 good moments of William accepting the contact and being in front of my leg in the first test.  If we were successful then I could raise my goal to 10 good moments in the second test.  We are just here for the schooling, people.

 William blew me away once we entered the ring and stayed in front of my leg and into the contact for nearly our entire first test.  The judge remarked that he was an absolutely lovely horse with a lot of potential - just keep working away and I will really have something here.  This is almost 3 years in the making. Finally! Our second test was not as nice, but I was overall still very pleased.  As there are more transitions in Test 2, we had some moments behind the leg and lost marks there.  Our biggest struggle in staying into the contact and in front of the leg is corners and transitions so it was expected to be harder for him in that test.  The judge once again complimented William.  She said once we can sort out our transitions, we will top of the scoreboard every time.  Whoa, was not expecting that!





 Regardless, he surpassed my every expectation.  In Test 1 we scored a %69 and a few 8s, along with an 8 on our gaits :)  In Test 2 we scored a %63, with a 5 for submission which really brought our score down -  but was deserved.  Overall out of 7 riders we won the first class and were 4th in the second.  Alayne was 2nd and 3rd respectively.  What a super first outing of the season!

 Thanks again Jess for all the great pics!



Lyra and Alayne




Lyra at her first show away from home - good girl!

we canter - weee

Eventer salute


look at my horse - my horse is amazing



Love this because it looks like he's smiling :)


Team Red rules


Alayne and Miss Lyra

Love my pone.

{ This post is day 10, letter J of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Friday, April 11, 2014

I am Pumped!


  Yes, you are seeing this right - that is sand, and an outdoor ring that is ready to go!!  I am the first of many friends who can finally ride outside, and tonight my mom and I were able to ride outside at her place.  First outdoor ride of the year - feels so good.  I love Canada but I absolutely hate our winter!!  Until next year winter, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out ;)

Mia the border modelling the snowless ring!!

{ This post is day 9, letter I of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hurting Horse



  Penny was being a little funny when I started her back into work after the frigid cold snap in late February and early March.  On the lunge she was doing a bunny hop every few strides, then racing off and kicking up her heels.  I knew something wasn't right so we scheduled the vet to come do the horses spring shots and take a look at Miss Pen Pen when he was here.


  The good news is it's nothing in her hocks or stifles.  The bad news is, it is in her sacroiliac joint.  So there is something not right there, but it is something that we can fix with time and a little tlc.  The vet prescribed another chiro visit, some bute to help inflammation, an acupuncture treatment, and a magic bag heated before I ride, then icing the area after I ride.  I can start legging her up to get her back into work lightly.  She will need a month or two before I can try working her regularly.  We will see where she is at mid June and go from there.  If things get worse than we can explore more time off or injecting.  If things get better then she is healing and I can continue to build up her work.

  Right now I am just concerned about my girl.  I want to get her comfortable and healthy again.  I hate the idea of her hurting.  We are not sure how she did it, but most likely in the field over the winter.  The absolutely freezing temps, heavy blankets, and ice everywhere was surely no help.  Thankfully, we are heading into warmer temperatures finally, and that should help with our rehab process.


  { This post is day 8, letter H of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Greedy Tack Whore - or Me Joining the Blog Hop: Our Commericial Moment


  From Viva Carlos: "So fellow bloggers, What are you buying next? Not your "Wish I could" list but your actual practical pony shopping list. And if its a high ticket item you are saving for what is it and when do you expect to order/get it?"

  I am pretty bad with refraining myself from horsey purchases.  I am always on the lookout for a good deal...and to complete my collection of never ending needs (wants) for my horses.  I sort of have an excuse - with 4 horses and 3 of them in work - I technically do need a lot of tack.

 My upcoming purchases are hopefully:


  •  A dressage saddle - Amerigo Cortina (when I find the right size for sale used).  Also need black leathers and new stirrups (hello Rolex)
  • Another Ogilvy pad - a memory foam built in dressage pad for William for show (waiting on eBay auction to end!!)
  • A nice drop noseband bridle for William (hello again Rolex)
  • A leather halter with name plate for Parker (see above :)


Some fun things I recently bought...

  • Blue Ecogold non-slip jumper pad used - $60
  • Fleeceworks hunter pad used - $30
  • Set of 4 used Boogaloo event boots for Parker for schooling 
  • Navy Blue Charles Owen Hampton NEW - $50




What can I say, I love a good deal...

{ This post is day 7, letter G of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Fandango



  Fandango was a pony I owned and loved dearly.  I sold him to a riding school a few years ago and lost the contact number for the lady who runs the school.  Oh how I miss him every day.  I hope he is happy and taking care of little riders in his new life.  He always was the barn favourite...I'm sure the kids adore him.




















Proof we did pony selfies way before the smart phone game!


















Our first time jumping a course



Our first dressage test at an event:


Our first event;


{ This post is day 6, letter F of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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