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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 I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!)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

NaBloPoMo Day #4

Day 4 - My horse's favorite thing to do

Well, this is a hard one.  Just because I think my horse "likes" to do something does mean I am correct!  LOL!  ;-)  But I will make my best guess.


Reva
I would have to say that Reva's favorite thing to do is to be the center of attention and go fast!  She is a complete "pocket pony" without being rude or pushy.  She ADORES people.  I have seriously never been around a horse who loves people as much as she does.  She follows me around any chance she gets, she will stand forever to be brushed and scratched, and she will leave her grain to give me smooches.  I think it is pretty impressive for a horse to leave her GRAIN just to love on her human.  :-D


The other thing she does appear to love to do is go fast!  She loves to self exercise in her field, running and leaping up the big hill, bucking and farting around her hay pile, and then speeding back down the hill to start again.  She is playful and enjoys acting like a kid!  (Well, she is only 5, so I suppose this is to be expected.)  She seems to like learning new things under saddle, but the one thing she is pretty sure she ought to do if be FAST.  Her trot is super fast but she is learning how to respond to half halts so I am not constantly having to "rate" her speed.  I think she enjoyed showing saddleseat this year for just that reason...I let her trot faster than I do when she is going hunt seat or dressage.


Dreamy
Dreamy's favorite thing to do is probably grazing and trail riding.  I think she enjoys showing to a point, but I also think she much rather be home relaxing.  Trail riding on the buckle or cantering along the trails seems to be when she is most relaxed and happy.  And I think Dreamy would enjoy a 50+ acre field of lush grass...she has about an acre to graze on and a smaller dirt paddock (all to herself), but she sometimes gets into moods where she will break through the fence (!!!!) to graze on the lawn.  Arg!  She has been doing this lately and it drives me nuts!  LOL!


Sparky
Sparky seems to love her stall, relaxing in the sunshine, and eating cookies!  She always preferred driving to riding, but now she is mostly retired.  She never used to like being groomed and fussed over, but I have noticed in the last few months she is enjoying grooming much more.  Maybe she misses the more frequent attention she used to have when she was in constant work.  It has now been five years since she was retired from the show ring.  But Sparky's favorite thing is treats!  She loves horse cookies and I feed each mare a "Rounder" cookie after chores while they are eating their grain in their stalls.  Sparky has me trained; she will stand and wait at her door for her treat each night.  :-)

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