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        05-16-2013, 01:03 AM
      #21
    Trained
    I am leaving Monday to start moving into the camp I work at.

    I've worked at a summer camp since 2007. This year I was promoted to program staff (basically, department managers) as head counselor and in charge of outside groups (we have groups that rent our facilities that are not otherwise associated with our camp itself).

    Among other areas of activities, we have horses, so Abby and Kaja are being hauled across the state on Sunday by a friend/another member here. Abby has been to camp in 2011, but I was only there for 2 weeks last year due to other preoccupations so I didn't bother hauling her. Kaja has obviously not been there since I've only had her since October.

    I wanted to take them both to a local show or two just for kicks because, from what I saw at the one I went to last year, I might have a shot because neither of my mares have a problem with rearing. (It was a really interesting experience..A yearling mini was the only one out of about 10 to successfully complete an in-hand trail horse without a blow up.) Buuut I will be out of town for every show scheduled.

    We have some goals for the summer though. We have real hills at camp unlike where they're boarded, so both will be lunged on said inclines to build back and butt muscles. At least for Abby especially.

    KAJA however is going to actually learn what being ridden is all about. I haven't ridden her in a couple of months because the only saddle I had access to that remotely fit both of us was a dressage saddle. I can't even ride my broke horse well in a dressage saddle. I let her have time off to mature more after she blew up because I coughed (granted, I felt that was very tense and I didn't think about myself coughing). At camp, I will have access to many western saddles and a roundpen rather than a decent sized arena, so any blow ups will be far more contained.

    Sooo yeah. Much less internet access though. But I don't mind it; it's rather liberating.
         
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        05-16-2013, 02:04 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Summer plans.... Well, other than my plans to lose some of this awful fat on my body, haha, I want to finish training Envi and start taking him on some trail rides in the wash by the house we're moving into, get Geronimo into shape and teach him a few new things (So far I've decided that if nothing else happens, I'm going to work with him tackless), start looking into jobs and costs of moving out for college with my horses/ plan what I'm going to do with them, go on a trip to Washington DC (I won a contest and my art piece is going up in the capital, I get to go see it ) and get some good lessons with my trainer in. Also, possibly volunteer at a really nice facility, it's on the other side of town but it's a wonderful place and I'd love to work there a bit. I've already gone there once and I loved it! Overall, I just want to relax this summer, and spend a lot of time with my horses before I fully enter into the World of the Grown-Ups...
    That's basically everything, besides, of course, mentally preparing myself for college, which I'm having horrible anxiety about, haha.
         
        05-16-2013, 02:39 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    I have planned to take 4 days off every month during the summer so I can spend even more time with the horses. No planned vacations or anything. My best vacations are staycations! I'm hoping for good weather but I'm okay to ride in the rain if needed. Planning on team penning more this year with Joey. Last year was our first and I missed a lot of dates at the end of the season as my dad was in the hospital.

    Also getting the floors in my kitchen and sunroom changed from ceramic to hardwood. Can't wait for the mess to begin! Yuck!!! Also, new contertop and sink in my kitchen coming next month. It's been over 20 years without any major changes so I'm looking forward to it.

    Hope everyone has a great summer! Or winter depending on where you live!
         
        05-16-2013, 07:16 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    Go on an overnite (maybe 2 or 3) with the wife. Teach the wife that it is okay to go more than 24 hrs without a shower ( using the PTA bath method). Maybe go on a hog hunt or 3
         
        05-16-2013, 08:21 AM
      #25
    Trained
    My plans are to show in 2 circuits and hopefully qualify for the provincial finals, BC Heritage, in not only the English division, but the Western as well. We are half way there from last Sunday's show where we cleaned up in English but only placed 4th in one Western class, the rest were lower placings which don't count for the provincials but I do pick up points for the other circuit. I have 2 more shows to correct that before the championship show, so my coach & I will be doing all Western schooling with a bit of English tune ups. For the first 29 years of my life, I only rode Western, you'd think I would be better at it, lol.
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        05-16-2013, 09:56 AM
      #26
    Started
    We're going to an APHA ZOR Memorial Day weekend to show Lily in longeline for her first big APHA show. Then in June we are going up to Pinto World Championships in Tulsa with her for longeline. We peaked her out early so she'll be done after that until next year.

    Then I need to get Poppy ready for the fall shows in LL and IHT all summer.

    I also really need to get a better job and move out. And find some way to start riding again. I've been fitting up two yearlings, but I'll have two 2-year olds to start next year and I haven't ridden at all.

    We also have the Seaway pipeline splitting our property in half starting some time in June, so that's really not going to be very fun. :/ I hope the horse acclimate to construction equipment quickly.
         
        05-16-2013, 04:26 PM
      #27
    Foal
    What are your summer goals with your horse/s?

    My goals are pretty low key, I am entering a few photo contests with him, ride at least 3 days outside of lessons a week, find a trail group. I don't own a trailer so we will most likely be staying at the barn.
    I have never shown and I don't think I am this year either. Something always goes terribly wrong right before I try and show every year. Lol I am giving up while I am ahead.
    This will be my first summer with my new horse so let's hope it goes well!
         
        05-17-2013, 07:20 PM
      #28
    Foal
    This is a cool idea...i mostly love it because I have exciting plans that I want to share with other people who like horses...my friends don't understand my excitement...;)..
    So it's not actually that exciting compared to most people's plans! But this year (since September) is my first year taking riding lessons! I have ALWAYS wanted to but it took 15 years of begging to convince my parents! Anyways I have riding experience before that, summer camps, trail riding, ocassional lessons, but this is my first time taking actual consistent lessons every week! This summer I am definitely volunteering and possibly actually working and being paid at the summer camp at my barn! I will get riding in exchange and get to start jumping!
    I am just so excited because before this year I only got to ride a few times per year and this summer I am going to be at the barn several days per week and riding a few of those!! I can't believe I might also be paid to do this! When I was volunteering at the march break camp the BM came up to me and told me she really likes the way I work, I am responsible, eager to learn etc. And said she might like to actually hire me for the summer camp! I couldn't believe it I was so excited these words tranfered in my ears as "i am very impressed, you are enthusiastic and helpful at doing what you love, why don't you come back in the summer and I will pay you to do what you considered yourself lucky to be doing for free!!" I just feel so lucky!
    Thanks for reading my life story!! Hahaha!! Sorry if I bored you! I'm just glad I had someome to share with! :)
         
        05-17-2013, 08:49 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    Hmmm, horse goals for summer go as such:

    - Train Raina at the canter so we will be balanced, easy and softened
    - Train Sabee into a super pony for my sister. He's already half way there by himself!
    - Further my daughter and niece with their riding skills
    - Ride in at least 3 local state parks
    - Attend some fun shows for exposure
    - Scope out the local trails and find the one with the least hills so I can take my parents riding
    - Take my cousin on a trail


    It should be a really fun summer!
         

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