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Course Brook Farm Horse Trials - July 28, 2019

After a successful first-ever horse trial with Ellie in the spring, I decided to try a new-to-me venue for our July horse trial.  I also felt we were definitely ready to move up a level, from Introductory 18" to Elementary 2'.  Honestly, could we jump higher and do a more difficult dressage test?  Yes.  But I am a firm believer in setting my horse up for success by not over facing her, and knowing this would be a true cross country course through the woods, I didn't want anything to seem hard or scary to her.  I wanted us both to feel confident by having a positive experience.
Ellie and I traveled down to Course Brook Farm in Massachusetts on July 28, and while it was a long trip there, Ellie unloaded and settled in easily. Traffic had been heavier than I anticipated, so while we were not running late, I definitely had no extra time once we arrived. I did not realize this venue was actually A LOT bigger than I imagined, with 160 (!!!!) horses competing that day.  Ellie had…

Day 9 - Any injuries that occurred from riding

I have been lucky that besides sprains and aches, I have not injured myself from riding. Now that I say that in a blog post, we all know what will happen....!!  :-(

My fall off Dreamy at a fox hunt in November 2012 gave me extremely sore ribs (though not broken) and a sprained ankle.  At my fall at a horse show in April 2010, I ended up with just a sprained ankle as well (yep, horse tripped at the canter and I tumbled off front - very undramatic and I still placed fourth in the class LMAO).

I do think that as I age, my body doesn't bounce back as it once did, so after a long show day or lots of no stirrup work, my muscles ache a bit.  But it is nothing that a little Advil doesn't help.

So, this was a boring post haha, but here are cute pics of Ellie being brave and staying behind me and the ground so I don't get any injuries!  ;-)

Hacking out in her grass pasture/jump field, because even though she is out there every day, it can be scary when you are under saddle haha!

Ellie still thinks the steers are the devil, but at least she now looks at them in disdain rather than fear!
Being brave on her first time going up and down the driveway!


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  1. oh yes as we age it gets harder and harder to bounce back. I love Ellie's ears SO CUTE. And glad except for a few things you havent been hurt. I am always amazed i havent ended up in a body cast :) HA!

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    1. Yeah, I definitely have started being like WHY AM I SO SORE THIS IS BULLSHIT about everything from riding to just waking up some mornings LOL! Gettin' older ain't for sissies (and I am not quite yet forty but my body sometimes feels 80!) ;-)

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    2. And I know, right? Riding is such a dangerous sport! I tend to be brave but cautious, which helps!

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  2. Our egos tend to hurt the worst after a fall :)

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  3. awww happy ellie hacking out!!! i've likewise been pretty fortunate in my falls. a couple badly hurt fingers... maybe a concussion or two. a pulled muscle and some very sore body parts. but nothing really bad, thank god. it could always happen (accidents are like that) but so far so good!

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    1. Isn't she the cutest, though!? Ohhh yeah, I have totally hurt my fingers in the barn slamming them in something or in other stupid ways! There are too many unknown factors with horses to not stay safe!

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