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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

Lots of riding and no working!

Yay!  I love vacations!  So far my only complaint is that the temps have hovered in the 40's and the sun has been non-existent.  But, I have been riding and not going to work!  Yay!  That almost makes up for it...though I am willing to bet $$$ that next Monday it will be sunny and 60+ degrees out there.  SIGH


So this is week six of conditioning and Dreamy is finally starting to come together.  Her work is much stronger and I am feeling more confident in the idea of trying First level.  :-)  We have had five good rides in a row, April 15 to today, all walk/trot/canter for 40-50 minutes each.  Today we had a lovely canter in both directions.  It was great!  Started with half a circle, then a full circle, and then 2 full 20 m. circles!  Yay!  And finally her trot work after the canter is decent as well.  She loses so much strengthen in her hind end over the winter.  I hate it!  :-(  I am waiting patiently for my instructor to let me know her ring is ready for a lesson...I really had hoped to take one this week but I am not sure if that will happen.  Dreamy will get tomorrow (supposed to rain) and Friday (we are headed to the aquarium!) off.

I have finally put a few rides on Reva this week, too.  I started riding her a few times back in March but she had some serious baby teeth issues (I ought to write a post about that...) and I waited for the vet to come out to float her during our spring shot appointment (April 11).  Now she is 100% better.  On Saturday she was naughty in her baby way, spooking from the wind and being all wiggly and unable to concentrate.  Today she was so much better, soft at the walk, bending again (Oh, I remember how to bend my ribcage, she says!  LOL!), and calm at the trot.  She wants to do her racehorse trot, but is starting to remember that a quiet working trot is just fine with me!  LOL!  Though I have to say, her big trot might be perfect for saddleseat......more on that later!  HA HA HA  :-)

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  1. Good to hear all the work is paying off :)

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  2. "big trot"? Do I hear "big trot"?

    **I** know what to do with a big trot!!!


    heh heh heh. come to the endurance side. we have cookies...

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  3. LOL Aarene! Believe me, if I were closer to you (Maine is faaaaar away!!!) I would totally be tagging along and learning about endurance from you! :-)

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  4. good job!
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