One lesson down

Well we survived! After our first lesson back after almost 2 month off O and I were both exhausted! She was one sweaty girl (the weather didn’t help) and I’ll admit that when I dismounted my legs buckled a bit when I hit the ground. But overall it was a success! Lots of transition work, with some collection at the canter and trot to encourage to be more and more aware of my aids. We responded well until about 30 minutes in. I found out later than O had been sighted running like a loon in her pasture that morning…for over 30 minutes. So I’m chalking up our “fizzle” out to the fact that she was just wiped out.

Fingers crossed that it stops pouring rain long enough for the outdoor ring to dry someday soon. And that we can start easing O back into some jumps-baby x’s to start! As of tonight she jumped the canter poles like they were going to eat her.

Check out the sunset! Gorgeous huh?

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Back in Action

Oh my. I am deeply blessed to typically have mellow, straight hair that does, for the most part, what I ask. Especially if I ask with hairspray in hand. But no. Not this season. I have had the most ridiculous hair the past few weeks…to the point where my husband actually got the nerve up to ask me if I was “trying something new” out. Yeah-no. Just continuing bad hair days! Thank god I can hide out in the evenings under my riding helmet or trusty ariat ballcap. Even braiding can’t seem to tame it. Urgh!

On a positive note, O seems to be enjoying herself and has been going on swimming adventures in the pond with all her friends. Not sure how I feel about that, but so far her shoes have stayed on…. I haven’t been there to witness the act; I can just see the water/mud line on her body when I groom her. At least she’s staying cool so far, it’s going to be a long summer! Still debating about going with a fly sheet or no. Anyone have any advice/opinions?

We started back into full training rides this week, and O has been acting like one classy little lady; which is fabulous because I am still getting my wind back after her time off lame. I admit that I got all puffed up and proud yesterday when someone mentioned how grown up and hunter-like she was turning out to be! We’ve just got to get more consistent, and we might have a summer show in our future! You never know!

Plans for this week:

1. Do not cut off my hair in frustration

2. Rock at our first lesson back in training (tonight)

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She was not excited to leave her friends yesterday-hence the super blurry, long distance picture!

Liebster Blog Award

As a newbie to the blog world, I was SO excited to hear that I had been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Sparrowgrass!  Thank you so much!! liebster award   HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each bloggers page and let them know you have nominated them.”

11 random facts about me:

  1. I have a bright blue parakeet-he hates me, but loves my husband
  2. I don’t consider myself fluent-but I can wing a little bit of awkward Spanish if the situation called for it
  3. I have more pictures of horses at my work desk than my husband (sorry honey)
  4. I have seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  5. I do NOT like ice in any drink except for water
  6. I read or ride to relax
  7. I was a lifeguard for years growing up-best job ever!
  8. I have a degree in Public Relations/Marketing
  9. I love Dan Brown books
  10. I like sweet/chewy candies like starbursts, laffy taffy etc.
  11. I’m pretty dang tall for a girl-but wear heels almost everyday to work anyway 🙂

My 11 questions from Sparrowgrass were:

  1. What is the last childish thing you did?  Urgh, I definitely bite my nails when I’m nervous!  I hate it!
  2. Where have you walked (or run or ridden) today? I walked around a bunch shopping the Memorial Day Sales, and then I’m going for a run tonight in this fab weather.
  3. What are you most proud of? My ability to make people comfortable (I like to be there for people, to help them and make things better)
  4. How much sleep do you need? At least 7 hours realistically…I need my sleep!
  5. What do you wish you had more time for? Riding and being with my husband
  6. What makes you laugh? It doesn’t take much-I’m easily amused
  7. Routine or spontaneity? I tend to be very habitual and routine.
  8. What’s the weather like where you are at the time of writing? It is in the 70’s and sunny, although it’s supposed to rain on and off…makes for muddy horses.
  9. What’s the last thing you made? Lemon bars for date night
  10. What’s the one question you wish I’d asked you? Ha, um…what is one thing I can’t leave the house without?
  11. What’s the answer to the one question you wish I’d asked you? Chapstick or lipgloss, I’m totally addicted.

My 11 questions for those I nominate are:

  1. What do you notice first about someone?
  2. What was your first job?
  3. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  4. Any bad habits?
  5. What is your dream car?
  6. Mac or PC?
  7. What was your favorite subject in school?
  8. Where was the best vacation you ever went on to?
  9. What are you most passionate about?
  10. Do you have a favorite thing to cook or eat?
  11. What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

I think it’s a little funny, and very predictable that in this case I am nominating all horse themed blogs for this award!

1.  Collecting Thoroughbreds 

2. Cob Jockey

3. SelahShepard

4. Equestrian At Hart

5. Alchemy Eventing

6. Sprinkler Bandit

7. From The Horses Mouth

8. Bits, Belts, and Breeches

9. All In

10.  Poor Woman Showing

11.  The Misadventures of Icarus

Once again, thank you to Sparrowgrass for the nomination!  And Happy Memorial Day to all!

Knock on Wood

After O and I got clearance from my trainer (and the vet), we started working on getting her back in shape and ready to go back into her program. First step-let’s find our neck again. O really prefers to hollow her back and poke her nose, no matter how much leg to hand exercises we do-it is definitely our weak spot. After getting on I was shocked and so pleased to find that O was totally into the workout and seemed to find everything I asked to be very important. There was no tossing head, no extreme laziness; in fact she acted like a grown up horse and carried herself like an angel at the trot, and even for a bit at the canter. We didn’t do as much work at the canter as I could hear the huffing and puffing she was doing by the time we got done wrapping up our bending and collection at the trot. Sadly enough I was in WAY worse shape than she was, and found myself to be panting like a dog by the end of our workout. I don’t want to even think about how red-ish/purple my face was. Yikes!

O was such a joy and got lots of loves and neck scratches today! The part I loved the most is how much she seemed to enjoy the ride just as much as I did-her big ears were perked or listening to me and she had her “swag” trot going on.

After the ride O got a full bath-which she loved-her ears were flopped and she couldn’t stop yawning. Being back in work is tough business she thinks!

I have no idea what got into my green little horse, but I love it. Maybe a few weeks of was good for her? I’m knocking on wood that this isn’t a fluke event. So proud of her!

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Finally

Not to jinx my luck-but this past Tuesday after I dragged my vet back out to the stable, O was sound as a rock. There was much jumping and celebrating when i got this text! Yay! Off to the stable I went.
I’ll admit that the whole first ride was a throw away-I let her poke her nose, and bully a bit during our circles. But it didn’t matter! She was finally sound and was in such a perky mood herself I couldn’t bring myself to scold her! What was really sad was how badly we were out of shape, both of us huffing and puffing the whole way thru. Not to mention her girth was noticeably tight when I tacked her up! But those are things we can work thru together. What matters the most is that she isn’t hurting anymore!
If these past months off have done anything they have definitely strengthened the bid between her and me. I’m just so glad to have her, even with all the quirks and fat grass belly! Ready to get back to work tomorrow! Woot!

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Lazy Sundays=Youtube Surfing

Since the hubby and I busted our butts and got so much accomplished yesterday, we are spending this sunday being as lazy as possible.  That means that I have caught on up on a my People magazines, painted my toenails, read some Practical Horseman, and aimlessly watched some Netflix.  Somehow I ended up on Youtube, and of course was searching my favorite horse topics.  I found a few that I thought would be fun to share! 

First off-how AWESOME is this save by Mr. Nicholson?!  That man is brilliant. 

Or perhaps you are in dire need of a cuteness fix?  Check this out.

And for all of those who’ve ever dealt with a pony…this kid deserves an award!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend-it’s stormy here today.  Love that we are getting all this rain.  Hate that this humidity has turned my normally tame (some might say boring) hair into this weird, wavy mess.

Giving It Time

Well the big day had finally arrived!  I tacked up O, put on my fancy britches, tall boots, and headed out to the ring with her in tow.  After 6 weeks of varied treatments this was the day she was ‘supposed’ to be sound!  I honestly think that I felt the urge to get completely decked out because I was hoping it would somehow give us a better chance of being sound?  Kind of pitiful.  But you do what you have to!

As you may have guessed already, she was still not sound.  And from the look on my trainer’s face when I halted in front of her, she was as confused as I was.  I tried laughing it off, but was crushed inside-so much for our easy fix.  I just focused on rubbing my hands up and down O’s neck while my trainer and I talked over a few more options.  The first one on the to-do list-give it more time. 

I do not flatter myself and claim to be a patient person, and it’s so much worse when it’s your baby (as O is to me)!  I wanted her to be all better, to be sound, and to be back on the road we started on together just a few months ago.  I know 6 weeks is NOTHING compared so many equestrian injuries, but it really does feel like forever when you start out.  The plan is to let O have a few more days off, and we are hoping that maybe the last round of meds and her new pads just haven’t taken effect completely.  She does look better, my trainer yelled as I left the ring.  Better than her crazy, 3-legged, head throwing trot from Monday?  A small victory-I’ll take it!

I’m still postiive though, and appreciate all the good thoughts you could send my way!!  Fingers crossed for luck.

No riding means more time for O to graze, get groomed, and have lots of baths!  Her life is so tough!

Cute pie!

Cute pie!