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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Odds and Ends :)

What a busy couple of weeks! My adorable little son turned SIX last weekend and we had a wonderful weekend as a family and with our extended family. Lots of t-ball and fishing! My seniors are getting ready to graduate on June 6, so classes ended on May 19. Then we have had "senior activities" which I think is more tiring than just teaching all day! LOL! So far, so good. No major drama or meltdowns and overall the kids are handling themselves with grace and poise...well as much as can be expected from 18 year olds! :)

So, with my seniors doing their final exit exhibits, I have been at school very late (6PM) almost every night. Thankfully it has been crazy hot outside, so I don't feel bad about giving Ms. Dreamy some well deserved time off. And most nights when I have been able to squeeze in a ride, it has been after 7PM and a bit cooler.

The horses are all doing very well. They were all a bit pudgy looking lately, so I have cut down everyone's grain. LOL! They are also now out on the grass pastures for part of the day, which is great. (And probably contributed to the pudge....LOL) Normally I cannot start weaning them onto grass until much later in June, but we had grass growing in March this year! They still spend time in their "all weather" paddocks (read: dirt) but within the next few weeks will be out on grass full time. I am crazy careful about introducing the lush pastures! Also, I have some time to relax over the next few weeks before our next show in Skowhegan....the three day Downeast Horse Congress!!! I am hoping for a LARGE turnout of Standardbreds.....the more, the better! :)

Dreamy has been happy to alternate dressage work, trail riding, and basic western work. I have been doing a lot more hacking than I did last year, and it shows. She is surprising me more and more each day with her good attitude and abilities. No longer do we have the fights we used to have under saddle when I ask for something harder or new. Our simple changes are getting better each day. Leg yielding at the trot is no longer a fight and her trot long and low is leaps and bounds beyond last year. Her neck reining is perfect and her jog is almost there. She REALLY likes the no contact thing when we ride western.....LOL! I think I could make her a peanut roller if I am not careful... :P

I still have not dragged out the jumps, which I ought to do soon. We have only used cavalettis so far this year.

Reva is still happy to work. She is solid walk/trot and I have cantered her here and there. I am more concerned with developing correct trot work right now, as once we canter she still just wants to only canter. LOL! But her canter leads are 100% to the left and about 95% to the right. We have a clinic coming up in June which should be fun. I am thrilled every day with her willing attitude, calm demeanor, and sensibility. She is truly a find. :)

Sparky is doing well too! She shed out almost all of her hair again this year, which is awesome for being Cushingoid. She needs a bath, which is the plan for sometime this weekend. I want to start driving her once I am out of school and have time (finding time to work two horses is crazy enough right now!) but I am not sure what she might think. She truly loves being a pasture puff and I do not want to stress her joints or anything. We shall see! :)

Tomorrow we are headed to pick up a manure spreader! Very excited! (Only as horse girl would say that.....LOL)!

Also, I just randomly won a Back on Track contest the other day! LOL! I won a $100 gift card, which was such a cool surprise! I bought a set of hock boots and the no bow leg wraps! They should arrive on Tuesday.

Well, that's the update. I realized today that without show updates, I was not writing anything! LOL! Thankfully, there is not much going on here, as we are just relaxing this long holiday weekend. Lots of fishing and riding planned. :D Not much else! I love being able to spend lots of time with my two boys (and the horses, of course!) after such a busy few weeks! :)

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