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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…

UMaine Spring Fling - April 25, 2010

The full story is here now! :)

We did quite well for our first show of the year! Here are the results...

1st Adult 3-Gait Equitation
(only STB in the class!)
1st Adult 3-Gait Pleasure
(only STB in the class!)
1st Showmanship
1st 2' Hunter Equitation
(only STB in the class!)
2ndStandardbred In-Hand
4th 18" Hunter Equitation
4th 3-Gait Command Class
( only STB in the class! And I fell off....more on THAT later....LOL!)

My adult riding classes had about 10 riders and I was so happy Dreamy did so well! :) The in-hand and showmanship classes were HUGE! There were 20+ horses in there! And my jumping classes had around 7 riders. So I am very happy with my girl!

More pics to come, as I am waiting for a UMaine student to send some to me.

So, the rest of the story...

My friend ST and I decided at the last minute to attend this show. We talked about it, but decided to wait to see what the weather would be like. Orono is 3 hours away, and it did not seem like a fun idea to go all the w…

Saddle Fitting with Nancy Shedrick

So I finally had a chance to get a saddle fitter out here for Dreamy. I knew that her saddle was not fitting her quite as nicely as it did two years ago when I got it. But I was pretty sure I needed help to fix it!

Nancy was easy to contact and we set up a time for last Friday. Thankfully she was free when I was on school vacation, making my life easier. She lives in NH and works all over Northern New England. Click here for her info. She was nice enough to come out here (over 2 hours from her) on a Friday when she normally just works in her shop and does not do appointments!

I realized before she came out that I would not be able to do too much to the saddle to make it only for Dreamy since I use it for Reva too! Uh oh...would we be able to fit it to both horses, seeing as they are built so differently? I was a bit worried. LOL!

I liked Nancy immediately. She seemed down-to-earth and very personable. She examined Dreamy all over and found some rough skin and bumps on each sid…

Well, it only took two years....

My horse is a rock star. I know, I know, I say that all the time. But seriously, Dreamy has been absolutely wonderful to ride lately. It is certainly due to a combination of things, least of which is my training skills....LOL! I am no professional, never will be, and sometimes despite the fact that I hear the same thing over and over, my body and mind just CANNOT seem to coordinate its efforts. And seeing as no one else has ever trained her (minus the 10 minutes Susanne Hamilton rode her in a clinic in 2008...), it has taken SO much longer to get her to where she is today than where she could have been if I had my instructor ride her for me. But where is the fun in that? I can say that I trained my horse. She is going so well right now, and I did that. I created this horse under saddle......all the good and the bad! But mostly it has been very, very good.

So what is so awesome lately? Well, she is finally starting to accept the bit and stay connected at all times! This is H…

Big Surprise!

I love getting mail. Like real, paper-envelope-in-my-mailbox kind of mail. In this technology age, the only thing I ever get in the mail anymore are bills and catalogs! LOL!

So it was pretty darn exciting to see an envelope addressed to me with the "Peninsula Farm" return address. I felt my heart skip a beat and I knew what it was as I tore open the envelope.

Can you guess?? :D

Inside was a nice note attached to Reva's papers and DNA typing sheet. The Filly is mine! :D Thank you Mr. Duer!!!!!

I love the new USTA banner!

Someone from the USTA sent this to me today! See anyone you know????? :D

Random Things

Lots of things have been going on around here, but I have been too busy to blog! LOL!

First of all, Reva had a reaction to her spring shots. Poor baby. :( She felt horrible and all I could keep thinking was how much better she would feel if she could lie on the couch and have a Popsicle! LOL! She had her shots on Thursday and by Friday afternoon when I returned home from work, she had a fever of 103.2. Famous last words of my vet....I ask him if we ought to space the vaccines, since I have no idea how she might react. "Oh, she'll be fine. Young horses normally have no issues and she is a big horse anyway..." SIGH Next year I will space them out. :P

A dose of Banamine brought the fever down to 100 within an hour or so (which is her normal temp). She was eating, drinking, pooping, etc. just fine, so I was not that worried. But still, she obviously felt like crap. I made a quick call to the vet, just to check in. The vet on call agreed that I should just monit…

The Super Filly is becoming a Big Girl

More pics of Reva from this past weekend as requested! :)

Spring Tune Up

Spring conditioning is coming along quite well. Dreamy had a "spring tune up" over the last week and a half....first set of shoes for the year (she has been barefoot since late October 2009), a chiropractic visit, a new Mattes pad, and today was spring shots for all the mares! I love having two highly qualified veterinarians to work on my horses...Dr. Jefferson does the chiropractic work and Dr. Judd does my spring shots, fall floating, and is my "regular" vet. They are both excellent and complement each other well.

It is crazy how warm and nice it has been outdoors. I have been working in both the field (my "ring"....sigh) and trying to get out on the trails at least once a week. The footing is great in both! Dreamy has been going well, especially after her chiro visit. She had no real issues this time, just some minor things with her pelvis, hocks, and withers. Her stifles were in good shape but her gaskins were weak...but when I told Dr. J she h…

More later....

Just a pic of Reva from today! Just turned four! My little greenie is growing up!