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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…

Tom Davis clinic - December 15, 2019

Well, after the two-day clinic with Ashley, I gave Ellie exactly 11 days off and then hopped on her for a lazy hack on Friday the 13th.  We toddled around in the pasture and up and down the driveway, as everything was frozen.  Thankfully, there was no ice but the footing still wasn't ideal for much.

Though I had intended to give Ellie most (if not all) of December off, I jumped on the chance to do a Pony Club lesson with Tom Davis at Swan Brook Equestrian Center.  This is Lauren's farm, the Atlantic PC's coach. It was a bit of a last-minute decision, hence the reason I got on Ellie on Friday haha.  It POURED all day Saturday, so I knew if I wanted a semi-sane horse for Sunday's clinic, I needed to ride at least briefly on Friday.

Spoiler alert: She was fine both days.


Trying to attend anything in December in Maine with a horse is tough.  I was lucky that the day was sunny, the roads were bare, and most importantly, my steep dirt driveway was clear with no ice!  That is even more amazing after it poured all day Saturday, but the temps were in the mid-40s which meant no ice. Ellie trucked down to Swan Brook without issue, and I tacked her up inside the barn. 


We shared our lesson with two other PCer's, one a D-1 and the other a D-2.  It actually worked out fine as Tom was easily able to work with all three of us in the lesson, just raising and lowering fences as needed.  




I like Tom's style and instruction very much.  He honed in on how I have developed a bad habit of putting more weight in the outside of my foot, keeping my toes straight in more of a dressage angle.  I definitely had a better base of support by distributing the weight evenly across my entire foot.
see how there is no weight in the big toe?
yep, that's me 😑
taken from a Practical Horseman article
Ellie was great and I loved being able to do a little something fun despite the fact we are "on vacation" from training right now haha.  

Comments

  1. It sounds like a good experience. I hear you about the roads. I'm wanting to travel out but am worried about ice.

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  2. I used to board at Tom's farm and rode with him a ton from 2008-2012, I'm so glad you liked his teaching style! I think he's a great clinician and especially good at schooling jumping like that.

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