With Canada Day this weekend, it meant for a long weekend ! Long weekends = more pony time.
A group of us from my barn made plans to head out to the local trail system nearby. Found out the day before we left that a couple of spots were closed due to hazards and an other one had a passable (ish) hazard. So we changed plans to go to a different staging area.
Luna hopped right into the trailer like a prob. Strange trailer with a pawing horse and she didn’t even look or care. I think it’s safe to say I no longer have a bad loader !
Someone had ants in their pants and jigged a good part of the way out on the trails which is unusual. But there were lots of trees down…which meant jumping. Or in dressage horse land, not so gracefully stepping over them 😂
We managed to it so gracefully on my part, actually jump a log and canter away in a giggle fit. This horse and my lack of skills amuses me some day.
It was so nice to get out again and enjoy he warmth and good company. Pony had her fast pants on and kept passing everyone while we were trotting, until her legs were going to fast for her chubby body.
We also managed to squeeze in a visit to the kids barn to see her new ride ! What a cutie he is !Lexie tagged along to two barns and is currently snoozing somewhere upstairs because she is exhausted ! Hope everyone had a good weekend !
I’ve had high hopes the last 2+ years to get out and do more shows and it just hasn’t happened. Work gets in the way, life gets in the way and mostly, the funds just are NOT there.
Its been over two years now since we stepped out into the show ring – I don’t think I was even blogging at that point. Those were also our first (and only) couple of shows we have ever been to. The second show was also Luna’s first time being in a stall for more than a few minutes – which you never would have guessed with how good she was.
But I’m not gonna lie – showing isn’t the most fun thing I have ever done. I get super anxious, stress out over EVERYTHING. Are my glasses clean? Is she actually gonna go over that fence? Do we look ridiculous? Did I close the fridge? See…everything. What’s the fun in that?
I don’t remember having this much anxiety when I was showing through High School on the local circuit at home. That was with Calika though, and I never really had to worry about whether or not she was going to do something, I just worried about asking her to do the right things. I really don’t have to worry too much about Luna either, but I still do.
big biggest issue is the money. I make a livable wage for sure, but adding on horses, having a car payment now because of my accident last year, mortgage etc. it all adds up. The excess money I do have leftover after bills goes into my savings so that you know, when I get old, I can retire comfortably. I am also a hoarder of money so once the money goes INTO the savings account….I rarely want to take it OUT of the savings account.
Could I direct some of that money to a “Horse Show Fund”? Sure, I could. But I haven’t. Maybe next year will change that a bit. But then what else is going to jump up and get in the way of showing? Horse issues? More money issues? Or will I just not want to?
An average Gold Level Dressage show around here would cost me around $500 without trailering to do 2 tests a day, over 2 days. Most of my friends that I ride with Event, the one friend that does Dressage doesn’t really show. The show scene around here is a little off-putting as a spectator sometimes. I know lots of people because of the side gig – but I don’t really KNOW them. So is it really worth it to spend the money there?
Don’t get me wrong, I DO want to show. I want to show off all of the training I have done with this horse, who I started by myself. I also like pretty ribbons. It just isn’t my top priority nowadays.
So where do you stand on showing – do you scrape by to have the budget or do you put it on the back burner? Is it always worth it to you to get to that show?
I haven’t done one of these in a while. Mostly because who wants to read about dressage lessons, but also because my last couple, while still good, have been full of struggles.
We’ve been asking for more and more correct work – both in her body and mine – and its made one hell of a difference. Did you know if you stay solid on BOTH sides of your body it really helps keep your horse straight and steady – who would have thought eh?
I’ve been having issues feeling like I was sitting even, and knew it was an issue with my right side, but my attempts to fix it on my own haven’t worked. I just ended up either leaning right or putting to much weight into my right stirrup which was actually just pushing me left more. It felt like I was on a teeter totter sometimes and that is not a fun feeling to have.
When we start the canter work is when I really start to notice it so on Friday I stopped and explained it and Coach came over and manipulated my body a bit and showed me where the issue really was and then explained how to fix it. Having that simple little explanation like that made a world of difference.
Did Luna like it?
No not really, because she couldn’t push me around and be able to go which ever way was easiest for her.
It was literally like night and day. What a change. I sat on my right side, and firmed up that whole side and the left canter departs were quicker and sharper. The canter improved in a huge way going both directions. The trot was rounder and bigger. Everything was so much better.
The few rides since last week’s lesson have been short and sweet since it has been so incredibly hot here, but she learns so quickly and already she isn’t trying to swing me around in the saddle and pull me to the left as badly.
We had an other lesson this Friday and one of the other ladies that rides with my coach was watching and she said it was so nice to watch a horse that gets it so quick. Proud horse-mom moment right there.
All these little changes are just a small part of the bigger picture, and with what Luna has shown me lately, I cannot wait for whats to come!
This weekend we went camping with my parents. Which meant no dressage lesson and no ponies at all all weekend !
Most of the time I would rather do this then go to a show. My mind needs a vacation from everything and getting out into the forest is one damn good way to to reset.
It also means we get to see my parents a few more times a year then we normally would. Plus camping with them means staying in a nice, DRY trailer !
We headed north to Lesser Slave Lake. The weather started out fabulous and ended up being rainy the last part of Saturday and all day till we left on Sunday but it was sooo good to get out of town !
Now onto the pictures. That mostly involve Lexie because she is the cutest beagle pup ever.
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekends!!
A couple of weeks ago !
My adventure buddy picked us up for a planned trip out to Blackfoot, which is only a few minutes away from the barn for a day of trail rides and pony time. There was supposed to be 3 of us…but someone just HAD to cancel.
We haven’t been out since this time last year. I am pretty sure my horse is as bored as I am and misses going out and doing fun things, instead of being bored and stuck at the barn – reason #1 why I need my own horse trailer.
Onto the fun stuff now – PICTURES !
I am seriously just so proud of this horse and how far she has come with loading/being on the trailer. She hasn’t been anywhere in a year or so and she hopped right on by herself, stood nicely while I loaded up and once we got there too. She was a little pushy when we got back to the barn after but a little reminder from her auntie and she remembered how to be good !
The trails were dry and a bit hard, but otherwise pretty decent. Luna had not had her shoes put on yet at this point but nothing phased her and she trucked along w/t/c without any complaint.
3 hours and over 17km traveled and we were all pretty pooped. But we can’t wait to get out there again!
I am going to leave you guys with this gem of a video that Renate grabbed at the end of our ride…
Hope you all get to go on some adventures with great friends this summer !
Like anything I buy for Luna, I had a problem with finding a fly mask that had ears that fits. Going up a size in other fly masks meant that the rest of the fly mask was just WAY too big! Enter this fly mask…
The Fit : If you have a horse that is usually on the small side of being Full/Horse, you definitely need to go down a size. But for us, the full fit pretty good, even a little BIG in the ears! There isn’t a lot of adjust-ability in the traps at the chin and throat so you do need to make sure you are getting the right sizes if you want to keep this on your horses face. I did find that with the extended nose piece, it was much longer then I wanted…and it wouldn’t stay on. Which I think is because it is too long. She doesn’t have a white nose so it just stays off.
The Longevity : This is our third or fourth season using this, and I am only just starting to see some wear and tear on it, which is from her trying to rub her face from the looks of it. The straps are holding up amazingly and the velcro is still super sticky – haven’t had to take a brush to it at all. Other than the slight rub spot on the hoop, there aren’t any snags or tears in it at all.
The Design : The obvious, in your face design feature is the hoop that is integrated into the mask to help keep it from caving in on the eyes. No one likes scratchy fly mask material digging into eyes! This is definitely doing its job incredibly well and I haven’t really had any issues with it caving in. Sometimes under the hoop will push in a little bit but not anything that would be bothering her eyes. I also like the two strap closures it has, I find that most other fly masks either have one, or two poorly placed straps and never stay on her face – there has only been one instance of a missing fly mask when I have gone out to get her.
Overall, I really like this fly mask. It does its job of keeping the bugs off of her face and out of her ears and fits her quite well. It is also still in one piece and looks great!
Definitely gets two thumbs up from us!