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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…

Sparky Update!

I know I do not often write about my wonderful 27 yo Morgan mare, but she is doing great. She is living the life of luxury as my retired horse. She gets plenty of hay, her senior grain, and lots of turnout. I brush her and keep her trimmed up, because even though she may no longer show, she still deserves it.

I took some pictures today and I am really pleased with how she looks. There have been times in the past when she has not looked "good" to me, but right now I am pleased with her body condition. Of course, having owned her now for over 16 years, I remember a much younger horse, so to me, she looks OLD. She has grayed out so much over her body, especially her face. :( But she is young at heart and still gives me the evil mare face each morning. So I know she is feeling good. :)

There is nothing quite like your first horse. <3 :)











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  1. She looks really good E. Having had the honor of meeting the Miss S I have to say she is one grand old lady.

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  2. Sparky looks great! Yet another example that old horses are not "supposed" to be skinny!

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  3. She does look good! It's good to keep weight on the old ones - that's often their biggest challenge.

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  4. She looks great! You know I always bug you about updates because Sparky is the best! Thank you for putting up pictures too...She could be the poster child of an aging horse she looks so good!

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  5. Thank you guys! I do think she looks good and I am proud of that. :) I am so careful with her it is crazy. She is my best girl! :)

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