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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

NaBloPoMo Day #9

Day #9 - My horse's social life

All three of my horses are completely different when it comes to how they interact with other horses.  It is kind of funny; I have the social butterfly, the loner, and the easygoing friend-with-everyone horse.  LOL!

Reva is a social butterfly.  She loves people, she loves other horses, and would probably enjoy more of a social life, if only I had the right horses to turn her out with.  Right now, everyone is turned out alone, with smaller mud dirt paddocks and larger grass pastures.  Reva likes everyone, but Dreamy would beat her up and Sparky is just too old to really have a turn out buddy who is 5 years old.  Once in a while this summer, for short periods of time, I would put Reva and Sparky together to graze.  They both loved it.  But Sparky would very obviously get tired of Reva moving around SO much, so I would put them back into their respective spaces.

Dreamy never learned how to play with others in kindergarten.  She was (probably) not turned out much as a 2 and 3 year old racehorse, and then she became a baby making machine, only turned out with her foal.  So she has never learned the manners appropriate to having a social life.  She kicks the living snot out of everyone I have tried to turn her out with!  Dreamy has always been a bit of a loner, whether that is her natural personality or just has become her personality due to her lack of interactions.  The only horse Dreamy has ever really taken a shine to is McKeever, my friend Shelly's gelding.  McKeever has his own bad manners at times, having been gelded late in life.  However the two of them are in love, and we often refer to them as an old married couple.  They have traveled many, many miles together in the horse trailer and stabled together at many shows and events.  They actually get along great, and I bet they could even be turned out together if the situation ever presented itself.
Sparky has been turned out with many horses over the past (almost) 19 years I have owned her.  She gets along with everyone and she hates being left alone.  She has been at the bottom of the pecking order, the top, and in between.  Her best buddy was my grandfather's Standardbred Volo.  They were seriously two-peas-in-a-pod.  The best turnout for her was when I briefly boarded her back at the farm where she was born; she was turned out with her mother and full sister.  That was a pretty neat experience, because based on the way she acted with her dam (also called we called them "Sparky Sr." and "Sparky Jr." LOL!) it was clear that they remembered each other.  At almost 30 years old, Sparky has earned the right to her own space.  I think she enjoys having her own paddock/pasture and loves to stand close to Reva with a fence between them.