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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…

You Can Always Go Home

Moving back home in November 2013 was an interesting experience LOL!  I had not lived in my hometown since I went to college in the fall of 1997.  As much as I loved it, so much had changed.  I still taught at the same high school and my son attended the same school (both in the same district), so we were commuting an hour one way each day.  That was tough, but it was definitely worth it.

I experienced so many emotions, but the two things that kept me grounded were my horses and my son.  No matter what, I was committed to doing the right thing for my child because no matter what, he came first.  And I was determined to keep my horses.  My father and grandfather were so generous and amazing, I truly do not think I could have done this without them.  I had boarded my mare, Sparky, with my grandfather through much of high school and all of my college years, so it was literally like "coming home" in every way.

Dreamy's stall at my grandfather's farm
Sparky and Snappy at my grandfather's farm.  He had to rebuild these two stalls for me when I asked him if I could move my horses to his farm.
The horses lived in the bottom level of the barn.  
The feed area

One of the first mornings at my grandfather's farm
Sparky and Lucy (my dog), with Snappy to the side

Annual bareback Christmas ride on Sparky.  She almost bucked me off when she cantered through the snow!

Snappy enjoying the new snow
My grandfather's farm at sunset.  Nothing like driving down the road and three sets of eyes watching you.
Finally the snow melted and everyone got shiny and dapply!  This is Snappy.
Snappy began learning how to be a real dressage horse...



And learning to jump baby jumps!

And I drove her often on the small 1/4 mile track.  My grandfather (and great-grandfather) had bred, trained, and raced Standardbreds for many years.

Dreamy and I explored all the old trails that Sparky and I had ridden on years ago...
And Snappy did her fair share of trail riding, too!
Dreamy being sexy

And Dreamy jumping things...
God, I love this mare!  She was sooooo fun to ride that summer.   

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