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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

Happy Birthday Grown Up Filly!

Happy 6th birthday Reva!  It is hard to believe that my filly is growing up!!  I have owned Reva for almost three years now!  WOW!  She came into my life as a three year old back in July 2009.  She has grown from the Super Filly to the Fancy Show Horse.  Ha ha ha ha!  What a good mare! Reva was obviously impressed by her pretty pink party hat today!  LOL!!!  ;-)

Very cool freestyle

I have many updates, but no time to write!  Ahhh!  :-p In the meantime, here is a great video of Heather Blitz and Paragon's recent winning freestyle.  I got to ride with Heather twice back in 2010 and had a great time.   I love the choreography and the final halt!  Very neat!

Shot reactions :-(

This is the first year in a while that my horses have had reactions to their spring shots.  My thirty year old mare, Sparky, was just fine, but that is because we front load her with IM Banamine before the shots, and then I give her a half dose (500 lb.) that evening and then another half dose in the morning.  At her age, I don't even want her to look at me funny after getting her shots!  I don't mess around with a geriatric mare who is prone to colic anyway.  So my is in totally agreement to my desire to give her the Banamine regardless.   Thankfully, Reva and Dreamy's reactions were pretty mild.  Reactions to vaccinations are common and usually resolve on their own fairly quickly.  The morning following their shots (Tuesday), Reva acted as though she felt "yucky" and had a fever of 102.2.  Reva is probably the least stoic of all three mares and it is very obvious when she does not feel good.  I swear she does the horse equivalent of a sick kiddo who wants mom

Spring shots

My veterinarian came out today for spring shots and Coggins.  I had to take a day off from work, which is a pain, but it all works out.  He was supposed to be here by 9AM, but I received a call that it would be closer to 10.  No big deal.  Then he called again to say he would be running closer to 11 because he had to stop and put a prolapsed vagina back into a sheep!  LOL!  Well, OK, then!  I have heard it all now!  I never have a problem if my vet or farrier is running late because of an emergency (especially when they call to let me know!  :-) because I would want the same level of prompt attention if I had the emergency here! I had planned to ride the mares after their shots.  It is good to get them out and moving after a series of shots and a 20 minute walk is pretty laid back.  But because my vet was running late, I opted to ride first.  Not ideal, but if I wanted to fit everything in before I had to pick up my son at school by 2, then I had to ride first. I took Dreamy out

The start of spring conditioning

Because I keep my horses at home and do not have access to an indoor arena, they essentially have the winter off.  I think it was about 10 weeks this year.  I try to ride as much as I can in the snow, but the cold temperatures and ice do me in (and we had a lot of both this winter!!)  While we still have about 14" of snow on the ground, I figured it was time to start spring conditioning today!  The sun came out and it was gorgeous.  It is funny, but I always assume that anyone like me who has to give their horses extended time off know how to bring them properly back into work.  Apparently, this is not true.  And I am not just speculating this either.  Just this past week, as my farrier worked on my mares, he made a comment that left me shaking my head.  He remarked that I was his only client (who has a job outside of horses) that actually understands how to condition a horse.  He made mention of the fact that he dislikes seeing "weekend warriors" and that "the f