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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 Update! With videos!

Reva is still doing great! She is no longer in heat and much happier. :) I am going to add the chastetree berry that I give to Dreamy and Sparky to her grain as well. I think it will help her quite a bit.

Funny thing....I gave her a round black rubber feed pan for her grain. I have a ton of them around the barn, as I use them to grain horses outside and to give Sunday night bran mashes in the winter. I was trying to be "frugal" and not purchase her a grain bucket that hooks in the corner.....yet. :) Well, she kept getting it behind her hooves, stepping on it all the time. No big deal. Then she started getting it outside of her stall by morning. Again, not a big deal.

Well, the night before last I think she was trying out for the Grain Pan Throwing Olympics, because she threw it up OVER the seven foot wall between her and Dreamy. It was in Dreamy's stall in the morning, so I am pretty sure she was winging it around. LOL! I forget what it is like to have a three year old in the barn, seeing as my other mares are 18 and 27! :) I can only imagine Dreamy's reaction....."WTF is THIS???"

So yesterday I broke down and bought her a feed tub that I can snap into eye hooks in the corner. She seems to have no problems with it of course. Perhaps she will take it off the wall....LOL! It did give me a place to put her salt lick, which she likes so much that she pulled it off the wall as well. That is no big deal, because my other mares do it sometimes too. But I get the feeling that if I replace the holder it will get pulled down pretty quickly. Perhaps Ms. Reva needs a stall toy. :D

Here she is the other day for the first time in her grass pasture. She was super good about the fence and had no issues being out there.

Ah, a BUG! LOL! :)

Pretty mare!

Sparky is being very good to her, but I think I will keep them separated for a while. No idea what Sparky might think if they are together.....they would probably get along, but then Sparky would have to eat her grain somewhere else, because she takes so long to eat it all. Might just be easier to keep them as neighbors.

I REALLY need to mow my pastures! This rain has been brutal and they never look this bad!! :(

Here are a few videos from today. It was windy and she alternated between wanting to RUN and wanting to eat. LOL!

I think it is funny how I go "Hummmmmf" when she cantered and jumped over whatever was there in the pasture. I think it was just a low spot in the pasture, since I try to keep branches and such picked up.


  1. She is wonderfully cute - but then I'm a sucker for bays! She sure wins the feed pan toss award!

  2. Tell me more about chastetree berry! What is it used for/indicated for or against?

  3. LOL! Thanks Kate!

    Aarene - How about a whole post about Chastetree berry?? :D

  4. Gee, I am sooo glad she is in Maine and not in Rhode Island with that funny colored beast that lives with duncan and tosses the big jolly ball all over the place. What a wild barn that would be. NOT fun for sure.


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