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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Love

My computer is currently dead from a terrible virus, hence the lack of posts.  I am hoping it will be fixed properly this week.  :(  Thank goodness for my work computer!  LOL!

Anyway, just had to share something cute.  Reva is probably one of the most affectionate horses I have ever met, and certainly the most affectionate out of the three I own.  Sparky simply "puts up" with me, her servant, while Dreamy does like to nicker lovingly to me and puts up with minimal fussing.  Reva, on the other hand, is the biggest lovebug ever.  She whinnies loudly to me when she sees me and would quite honestly like to climb into my lap if she could.  While she is very loving, she is not an obnoxious in-your-face kind of horse, thankfully.

So every night after I bring the mares inside, grain them, and all that, just as I am leaving the barn, I give them each a cookie.  It has become ritual enough that they will actually stand with their heads over their doors waiting for me.  LOL!  Sparky gets hers first and dives right back into her grain.  Dreamy gets hers second and then whuffes my face and enjoys a scratch or two on the neck before heading back to eat.  Reva is last and she begs for attention.  She will stand there at her door for as long as I am there, enjoying her face rubbed, leaving her grain and hay.  Sometimes she will even still be standing at her stall door, watching me as I walk back into the house.  It is pretty cute.

Last night she did something new.  I groomed everyone last night before doling out cookies, and Reva was apparently very pleased with me.  She ate her cookie, closed her eyes while I scratched her furry ears and cheeks, and then she leaned down and rested her big forehead on my chest.

SO. CUTE.


She stayed there for a while, too.  Such a love.  It was like getting a horsey hug.  :)  I am such a sap, but it is kind of fun to have a horse who really likes to be fussed with.  It totally makes my inner horse crazy little girl happy.  I hugged her back with my arms up around her face.  She seemed to like it!  LOL!  Her eyes were all soft and happy when I left the barn.  I kissed her cheek and she sighed.  Oooooh horse.  And people wonder why I love them so much!  :)

Comments

Ashley said…
I lovvvvve moments like that :) All those non-horse people out there have no clue what they're missing ;)
Dom said…
Reva sounds like my Ozzy. He prefers my attention to his food.
Anonymous said…
Reva sounds like a real sweetie! Our Dawn will rest her nose on your chest, or shoulder, if she's feeling affectionate. Pie will come up and put his nose next to your face. An affectionate horse is a plus!
AareneX said…
Fiddle sez: food first, then love. Unless there's more food?
Artlady said…
What Ashley said!
Skip would put his head on my shoulder and give great big long hugs (when the mood struck him). I would have to stand real strong and still because his head would get so heavy! If I only knew then what I know now... sigh...but it is all meant to be. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Laura said…
Awww - how cute! I wish my horse was a bit more affectionate - or would at least tolerate some hugs! lol

Hope your computer gets sorted out soon...
Meggie said…
Hi Honey, I loved your Reva story. I love you, mom xoxox
Lilleman said…
This post makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.....
I TOLD you she was an exceptional filly!!! LOL!