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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…

Riding at Different Times of Day

Yesterday morning my dad took C for the morning, so I was able to ride at 9AM. Dreamy loves routine, but I never gave this any thought when I went to ride. We usually have to wait and ride after dinner, so being able to ride in the morning sun was a treat for me.

Dreamy was SO UGLY at me. She would not stand on the crossties, she would not stand to be mounted, and was so foolish under saddle as soon as I mounted. So I figured we needed a fitness day anyway......we did trot sets and TONS of bending at the walk and trot. I made her snotty little self WORK and WORK SHE DID!

By 30 minutes into our hour long ride, she finally settled. As if to say, OH all right, I guess I can behave now. I finally did not have to DEMAND her attention, as she gave it willingly. It was a good ride eventually, but we both had to work hard to make it happen.

Then tonight.....I go out and ride at our usual time of 7PM. She was all lazy and statue-like on the crossties, had an easy warm up, and was completely paying attention. Now I realize horses can have off days and yesterday may have been her day.

BUT....I got to thinking that maybe it had something to do with the way Dreamy craves routine and get VERY annoyed when things are altered. This is weird to me, because Sparky is so laid back and new things/new routines do not bother her at all. Actually I think Sparky kind of likes new routines. Example: Sometimes I would switch the mares' paddocks for a day or half day. Sparky LOVED this and would explore the new paddock, eat the remnant hay that Dreamy deemed unsuitable for consumption, and generally have a perky attitude. Now Dreamy on the other hand, would get wound up and trot around the gate for a while, finally eat some hay but always have a nervous edge to her movements. She would keep her eye on Sparky and HER paddock. One horse was very obviously happy and the other was really annoyed.

Tonight we did some trotting poles and an easy gymnastic series. Dreamy LOVED that. I plan to do some more gymnastics with her this week and set up a full course to do on Wednesday or Thursday in preparation for this weekend's SPHO-ME show (June 1).

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