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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

The Big Scary Tarp.....is not that scary!

This past Sunday I had only enough time to groom everyone...though I desperately wanted to ride, it just wasn't going to happen.  I groomed all three mares and decided to play for a few minutes with the Big Scary Tarp with Reva.  It is not really that "exciting" to introduce new things to her, because quite honestly nothing bothers her.

I thought I would find something to "work on" with the tarp.  

I spread it out on the ground with big rocks on each corner.  I brought her out and took her for a quick walk around, briefly allowing her to walk past the tarp.  She didn't look at it.  I asked her to halt, back, pivot, all the normal in-hand stuff we practice. 

Then I led her up to the tarp.  I'm all ready to let her sniff it, maybe put a foot on it, and I am even ready to pick it up and allow her to "chase it" in case she is really worried about it.  I have a six year old son who would be MORE than happy to be asked to run around with a tarp!

Yeah well.....she touched it with her nose, lifted her head, and proceeded to walk right over it.  I was standing a bit off to the side, allowing her room, and she nearly walked by me.  LOL!  

So yeah.  Tarp not so scary.  I made her walk over it twice from each side (LOL) and she walked over it each time like it wasn't even there...until she finally gave me That Look.  The withering look she has perfected...."Seriously, Mom?  I'm not scared of it!  Can I eat grass now?" complete with a huge bored sigh.

OK, gotcha.  Walking over tarp lesson complete.  I did let her graze for a while on the nice green lawn.  :D  Next the tarp goes on her head (didn't think of it at the time).  I'm getting the feeling it might not be a huge deal.  :)

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  1. Nice to have a horse that isn't scared by much!

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