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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 I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!)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

New Beginnings for Miss Snappy

My regular readers probably remember Snap Dancer, the horse I trained under saddle and then won our first ever under saddle race in September.  Snappy had a disappointing last few starts in harness for her owner, and I knew her time was limited.  I worried and worried about Snappy, afraid she would be shipped or sent to an unknown fate.

As luck would have it, I was given the opportunity to have Snappy this winter.  She is boarded at a very nice Standardbred training barn here in my town and they are giving her impeccable care.  I have been grooming and working with her and she is so happy!  She seems to be sound and comfortable, which is important to me.  She was always such a "crabbypants" mare, but now after a week and a half she has started to show her true sweet side.  

I don't know why I got so attached so quickly to this horse.  She is just a special girl.  :-)


Gorgeous remodeled barn!

Happy!

Cute mare!

Taking a spin on the new track

Modeling her new halter and cooler

Snappy's little herd.  She is second from the right.

Oh, she loves to roll in her stall!  LOL!  That was fun to brush off!


Pretty!


Comments

  1. Yay for Snappy! :) Did they give her to you? Or are you just wintering her over?

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  2. She's cute :) I'm glad she's ending up in your hands.

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  3. Totally jealous of the pretty barn.

    Totally NOT jealous of your weather--I can see by your "outfit" that you've got much colder temps than we have here in the Swamp!

    Totally happy that you and Snappy are hanging out again. I know what you mean about cranky mares. They don't come any grouchier than my Dragon, and yet...I'm unduly fond of the big grump.

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  4. Aw, what a cutie! That barn looks gorgeous!

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