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SMDA Recognized Show - July 14, 2019

Ellie and I tried her first recognized show in July.  It was quite an interesting experience; I don't know why this has been such a weird year, but sadly it has!

I signed up to ride Training 2 and 3, paying the little extra to have T3 count as a qualifying score.  It didn't really matter since we cannot do enough rated shows this year to qualify for a USDF award, as I want to do horse trials and other things on weekends when the rated shows are scheduled.  But I wanted it to "count" just in case because you never know lol!

I didn't get any media as I went by myself.  Training 2 went great!  Ellie warmed up well and we had a really solid test.  She was calm and rideable, and I honestly thought we had done quite well!  The judge didn't agree and we scored a 62.241%, for third in a class of five.  Not a terrible score, but it seemed lower than the performance.  I figured it was just a difference between normally doing schooling shows and this was rated, so the sco…

Reva Gets Her Hooves Trimmed

So, my farrier came out and was able to make Reva's hooves look MUCH better.

Here was her near fore before:

And here is the same hoof after he trimmed her:


Off fore:



Both fores:


Hinds:

Normally her usual stance on the crossties is every single leg is splayed out in a different direction. Oh boy. But after he trimmed her, she was standing perfectly SQUARE on the ties.

Yes, my farrier is a ROCKSTAR. :D

I feel a lot better about improving her hooves. I mean, I knew they would be better by the time I wanted to really start her under saddle, but the different in just one trim was just awesome. No hoof, no horse, right?! :D

On another Reva note, she got her own blanket and bridle yesterday! :) I dropped off my winter blankets to be cleaned at a feed store, which was only a few miles from a REALLY awesome tack store called Double G. There was no way I could pass up an opportunity to browse in a tack shop without a child (my son was visiting his Grammie, my mom, for a few days and came back this afternoon...) so I had to go. :) I found her a used Centaur Irish knit "Wickster" sheet for only $12!! I had to get it! It is an 80-82, light blue in color, and it is a little big for her right now, but I know she is not done growing. It will be perfect to use for when she is wet or as an underlayer for a rainsheet or blanket. Plus I found her a decent training bridle for only $30. I took a picture but they all came out like crap in the barn last night. The lighting is good, but with the flash the exposure is awful. And then without the flash they are too dark. But she got her first bridle! :)

Comments

  1. Reva's hooves look great. Are you bringing her back to NJ in Aug?

    Enjoy her she is going to be great!

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  2. Thanks! :) I am not planning to bring her to Nationals because I cannot afford to bring two horses! Plus she would only be in the in-hand class, so really not worth it. :)

    Next year.....or in 2011 for sure. :D

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