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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…

Escape!

There is nothing like walking outdoors at 6:15 AM and finding a horse loose in the barnyard. Yikes!  How in the world the filly escaped her stall last week escapes me!  LOL!  Thankfully Reva was easy to catch, following me into the barn when I went to get her halter.  She had no scrapes or cuts, and while she did eat a bit of hay stacked in the barn and leave her hoof prints in the driveway, it did not appear that she did any damage.  It also did not appear that she had been loose for very long.

I fully expected to see her stall door off its hinges, or something to that effect.   Oddly enough, not only was the door fine, but the chain hook was not damaged at all!  Huh???  The only thing I can figure is that she played with the doubled ended snap long enough to unhook it from the eye hook???  (Side note: I don't really like her stall door set-up, but it is safe and works.....most of the time!!!  It is a wire mesh stall gate and the latch is a short piece of chain, with a double ended snap on each end that connects to an eye hook.  I hook the chain around the end of the door.)  Anyway, I went to the hardware store that same day and bought two bull snaps like this and connected them to the chain with links.
Hopefully they will work well.  So far, she has not tried to escape again.  If she is able to unhook the bull snaps, well then I am out of ideas!  LOL!

So apparently, not only does Reva enjoy escaping from her pasture, now she has figured out how to escape her stall as well!  :-p  At least the new hot wire (and taller) fence has put an end to her pasture adventures, and I am hoping the new snap will help as well.   Oh mare!!!

Comments

  1. Johnny and Reva should become friends...Johnny is a complete escape artist, he has to have his stall door buckled shut with a spur strap because he takes everything else off! People under-estimate the cleverness of horses!

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