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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…

Refugees

Listen, it don't really matter to me, baby. 
You believe what you want to believe, you see. 
You don't have to live like a refugee..

Yeah, my horses sort of look like refugees lately, a la the Tom Petty's song.  :D  Between the awful fall rain causing tons of mud and the 39497345795 things in my plate lately, they are lucky to be fed.  LOL!  Today I finally got the chance to groom everyone, as I am on school vacation for Thanksgiving!  Wooo!  Best part of being a teacher!

It was super windy today, with gusts up to 30 mph.  At least the sun was out, but with the temps hovering around 35, it was brisk out there!  LOL!  I forgot how rejuvenating the wind chill can be!  :-p  I broke out the winter riding pants and boots for the first time.  Sigh.  I knew Dreamy might be a bit fresh, and she was.  Ha ha ha.  She is not bad and is really easy to control when she scoots and leaps in her excitement.  It is more like she scoots and I am right there to steady her, so she sighs....awww, OK Mom.  She is predictable and by keeping an eye on her ears, I can anticipate any of her maneuvers.  After our first trot, she settled in and was fine.  

We had a productive ride, actually, and I was happy with our trot and canter work.  Being slightly "up" made for some really nice forwardness into the bridle.  She was steady and happy, despite being on her winter break.  I only rode for 30 minutes, fully aware that she is not in great shape anymore.  But I am glad I did ride.  I almost chickened out, thinking that my nice warm house would be a better bet.  Once I got grooming, spending three hours outside this afternoon was really nice!

I knew better than to get on Reva.  LOL!  She probably would have been fine, but I thought I ought to play it safe since I was home alone. No use falling off and having a bad experience.  Maybe in the morning I can get on her before I have to be at my family's Thanksgiving dinner.


At least everyone is clean tonight.  By tomorrow in turnout, they will be caked with mud again.  Ah well.  :D

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