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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

Happy Birthday Grown Up Filly!

Happy 6th birthday Reva!  It is hard to believe that my filly is growing up!!  I have owned Reva for almost three years now!  WOW!  She came into my life as a three year old back in July 2009.  She has grown from the Super Filly to the Fancy Show Horse.  Ha ha ha ha!  What a good mare!


Very cool freestyle

I have many updates, but no time to write!  Ahhh!  :-p


In the meantime, here is a great video of Heather Blitz and Paragon's recent winning freestyle.  I got to ride with Heather twice back in 2010 and had a great time.  


I love the choreography and the final halt!  Very neat!


Shot reactions :-(

This is the first year in a while that my horses have had reactions to their spring shots.  My thirty year old mare, Sparky, was just fine, but that is because we front load her with IM Banamine before the shots, and then I give her a half dose (500 lb.) that evening and then another half dose in the morning.  At her age, I don't even want her to look at me funny after getting her shots!  I don't mess around with a geriatric mare who is prone to colic anyway.  So my is in totally agreement to my desire to give her the Banamine regardless.  


Thankfully, Reva and Dreamy's reactions were pretty mild.  Reactions to vaccinations are common and usually resolve on their own fairly quickly.  The morning following their shots (Tuesday), Reva acted as though she felt "yucky" and had a fever of 102.2.  Reva is probably the least stoic of all three mares and it is very obvious when she does not feel good.  I swear she does the horse equivalent of a sick kiddo who wants mom to…

Spring shots

My veterinarian came out today for spring shots and Coggins.  I had to take a day off from work, which is a pain, but it all works out.  He was supposed to be here by 9AM, but I received a call that it would be closer to 10.  No big deal.  Then he called again to say he would be running closer to 11 because he had to stop and put a prolapsed vagina back into a sheep!  LOL!  Well, OK, then!  I have heard it all now!  I never have a problem if my vet or farrier is running late because of an emergency (especially when they call to let me know!  :-) because I would want the same level of prompt attention if I had the emergency here!


I had planned to ride the mares after their shots.  It is good to get them out and moving after a series of shots and a 20 minute walk is pretty laid back.  But because my vet was running late, I opted to ride first.  Not ideal, but if I wanted to fit everything in before I had to pick up my son at school by 2, then I had to ride first.


I took Dreamy out onto th…

The start of spring conditioning

Because I keep my horses at home and do not have access to an indoor arena, they essentially have the winter off.  I think it was about 10 weeks this year.  I try to ride as much as I can in the snow, but the cold temperatures and ice do me in (and we had a lot of both this winter!!)  While we still have about 14" of snow on the ground, I figured it was time to start spring conditioning today!  The sun came out and it was gorgeous. 


It is funny, but I always assume that anyone like me who has to give their horses extended time off know how to bring them properly back into work.  Apparently, this is not true.  And I am not just speculating this either.  Just this past week, as my farrier worked on my mares, he made a comment that left me shaking my head.  He remarked that I was his only client (who has a job outside of horses) that actually understands how to condition a horse.  He made mention of the fact that he dislikes seeing "weekend warriors" and that "the foxh…