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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

Reva Gets Her Hooves Trimmed

So, my farrier came out and was able to make Reva's hooves look MUCH better.

Here was her near fore before:

And here is the same hoof after he trimmed her:


Off fore:



Both fores:


Hinds:

Normally her usual stance on the crossties is every single leg is splayed out in a different direction. Oh boy. But after he trimmed her, she was standing perfectly SQUARE on the ties.

Yes, my farrier is a ROCKSTAR. :D

I feel a lot better about improving her hooves. I mean, I knew they would be better by the time I wanted to really start her under saddle, but the different in just one trim was just awesome. No hoof, no horse, right?! :D

On another Reva note, she got her own blanket and bridle yesterday! :) I dropped off my winter blankets to be cleaned at a feed store, which was only a few miles from a REALLY awesome tack store called Double G. There was no way I could pass up an opportunity to browse in a tack shop without a child (my son was visiting his Grammie, my mom, for a few days and came back this afternoon...) so I had to go. :) I found her a used Centaur Irish knit "Wickster" sheet for only $12!! I had to get it! It is an 80-82, light blue in color, and it is a little big for her right now, but I know she is not done growing. It will be perfect to use for when she is wet or as an underlayer for a rainsheet or blanket. Plus I found her a decent training bridle for only $30. I took a picture but they all came out like crap in the barn last night. The lighting is good, but with the flash the exposure is awful. And then without the flash they are too dark. But she got her first bridle! :)

Comments

  1. Reva's hooves look great. Are you bringing her back to NJ in Aug?

    Enjoy her she is going to be great!

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  2. Thanks! :) I am not planning to bring her to Nationals because I cannot afford to bring two horses! Plus she would only be in the in-hand class, so really not worth it. :)

    Next year.....or in 2011 for sure. :D

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