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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…

Dreamy's STB Head Toss

Dreamy has a signature head toss. I have only ever seen other Standardbreds do this...specifically Volo who I wrote about here.

Anyway, on Monday night this week, I took the camera out with me when I did night chores. Of course, after a few pics the camera ran out of battery (typical), so I was unable to get her head toss filmed. Ah well....here are the pics I was able to take. She totally does this as her way of flipping me off. She does it when I dare to be late when feeding her. She does it in the winter when she is bored and not ridden enough. She does it in the evening when she is waiting for her treat. Both mares have me trained so that I give them a treat after they finish their grain. (They each get carrot chunks IN their grain....but then they get a cookie afterward...LOL!)

Interestingly, she only does the middle finger head toss for me. :p

So Dreamy finishes her grain first and proceeds to flip me off. I wait until both mares are done before I distribute a cookie to each of them. And because Sparky is a slower eater AND gets more grain, she has to wait.....hence the head flipping.

Funny story....when I was at EA in 2007 for five days....S took care of the mares. On the first night he told me something was wrong with Sparky. My heart dropped. He said that she finished her grain and then stood there staring at him. She was not rude, did not kick the door, but would not eat her hay while he stood there. He figured it was not colic, since she ate her grain, so he went out to do a few things in the yard and went back. She had eventually gone to her hay, but when she spotted him in the barn again, she went back to the staring thing.

Well, I was laughing by the time he finished telling me this.

"Did you give them each a cookie after their grain?" I asked him.

"Um........no. Was I supposed to? That was not in the directions," he replied hesitantly.

"Well, Sparky was waiting for her cookie. That's all."

Oh, too funny. Apparently Dreamy did not flip Shawn off when he forgot the cookies. She just saves that for me. :D

THE WIND-UP:


THE TOSS (you can sort of make out the way she does it.....it is a very specialized figure eight toss....again I have only observed this in STBs.)


ANOTHER WIND-UP:


AND THE EVIL EYED TOSS:

So attractive, Dreamy!

Here is a pic of Sparky.....would have taken more but my camera died.

And here is one of my crazy kittens. Too funny.

Comments

  1. Haha! Yep, Standardbreds have their own patented brand of head flipping. My friend Kirstin (who has the Fluffly Files blog) calls them "helicopters" -- she adopted two STBs this summer and they are the only ones in her menagerie that do it. Willie does it when he sees me coming to get him out in the field, like a "Hurry UP, Ma!!" He also does it if I'm working around the barn and not paying attention to him. The foundation horses would do it when they heard the food-Gator start running.

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  2. Could be a race horse thing because from the looks of it it looks like Gen's move also. Although Gen used to do it while being ridden because he was able to flip both reins to one side of his neck and bolt so whoever was riding him had no control!! He never got the best of me though! I know that you are supposed to have one rein on each side :P Take some video though because maybe they are different head flips.
    oh...and not post related but guess what my verification word is? Pacer!!! I thought that was neat.

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  3. Duncan has a whole routine when he comes out of the barn in the morning he sort of runs around his paddock lifting off his fronts a bit squealing and flipping his head. Too funny for sure.

    Also I want to wish duncan a happy 15th birthday today.

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