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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

Photo Challenge - Day One

I have been having a great week! :) Life is super good. I was tagged by On The Bit to do a photo challenge. The challenge is to take 9 pictures a day for 7 days. OTB wrote: I love that she is blogging again! She went though a no post phase and it drove me NUTS! She and her mare Dreamy were recently in USDF Connections and she didn’t even have time to blog about that. I miss reading all about their adventures and I hope that this is a nudge in the right direction. She has gotten back into blogging and I hope she keeps it up!

So, thanks OTB! I am honored not only to have been tagged, but also because you enjoy my blog enough to miss me when I do not post! LOL! ;D

So here goes! Today was an abnormal day because I took a personal day from work. The vet came for fall teeth floating for the mares, therefore I had to stay home to accommodate the appointment. Not a bad reason for a personal day, huh?

It was a VERY cold morning here in Maine! Thankfully we have a super warm outdoor wood furnace that heats our old farmhouse. I took this around 7:45 AM after I had dropped my son off at school and returned home.

The BEST DOG EVER aka Lucy. It was a chilly start to the day, but at least the sun was shining! She is not allowed to run around while I do chores (read: when I am not paying attention) because she indulges in the cat food and her favorite delicacy, horse poop!

Good morning Ms. Dream Girl! Are you awake???

Reva the Super Filly polishing off her hay pile. She makes the biggest mess with her flakes, but does eat every stem!

Sparky Mare eating her hay. The idea behind the blue thing is that she would not ingest sand when eating her hay. Yep, that works. :P She just pulls the flakes out and eats them on the ground.

So I took pics on my way out to do stalls. And, here is what was waiting for me in Reva's stall. LOL! She had pulled the crosstie into her stall, chewed the heck out of it (hard to tell, but it is covered in green slimy chew marks!) and then deposited the end in her water bucket. Nice! :P She is certainly a super filly, but man, does she have her baby horse moments! LOL!!!!

I finished my stalls fairly quickly, checked email and FB, and debated taking a nap or Getting Things Done. Of course, Getting Things Done (caps on purpose, of course) won out. So while waiting for my vet to arrive, I took a quick trip to town to get the mail and buy shavings!

I have to copy OTB and admit I am a ribbon ho (LOL!), so here are just some of the ribbons hanging in my tack room. Of course, I had to show the blues! On the right are all the seconds, in the middle are the thirds, and on the left are the fourth, fifth, and sixths. I have all my year end awards and all trophies in the house.

All three mares did well for the vet and their teeth had no major issues. Reva had a cap that was hanging on by a thread so my vet extracted it. Here is her baby tooth! :) Kind of exciting to have one of her baby teeth! LOL! It was completely packed with grain and hay, indications that it was starting to impact and cause discomfort. It smelled kind of icky too. I cleaned it up but it still has some tissue stuck on the underside. Kind of gross, but also very cool!

The underside of the cap.

Whoops, I think that was 10 photos. Oh well! See you all tomorrow! :)


  1. Oooohhhh, LOVED it. I am so glad you are back blogging, I look forward to reading them!
    Lucy is adorable, what a pretty girl! How old is she?

  2. Nice to see your day in photos! I think horse teeth are very interesting - the old horse Blackjack has had several removed recently - they were dead - and I kept them as souvenirs.

  3. I am so glad that you chose to do the photo challenge! That tooth is so gross! Ewwwwww. I love how fantastic Sparky looks! She looks like a 15 year old. And I think it is skilly that you chores on your day off. Everyone deserves a little down time now and then. Oh, and yes, I am VERY jelous of all those blue ribbons!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing your day. Nice photos... That is quite the ribbon collection you have going!!! :-)

  5. Hahaha, now I'm going to get a steady Standie fix from your blog, hurray!

    If you put that tooth under Reva's pillow, will there be money the next day? Or just another slimy crosstie? >g<


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