Boy what a busy weekend!
Started with meeting the farrier at 8am on Saturday. Found out that she has early stages of white line disease and therefore pulled her front shoes off and decided to leave them off for a while. So now I got to clean her hooves every day and treat them with lysol every other day. That's not so bad, right?
Then it was off to the schooling show; I had just missed Dante's ride but got to see my RI debut Prince at training level twice. Dante won Intro (no surprise there, he got a 9 on his entry!). I was really surprised to see how low key the schooling shows are and how novice the riders are...I could have totally showed Ana at Intro level and gotten a good score. It gave me the courage to really consider entering schooling shows THIS year instead of NEXT year.
While I was there I ran into a lady that used to board her horses where I board and she started to tell me how much she loves the new place and how she's getting ready to show her horse. That got me thinking, maybe it is worth it to spend the extra $ and upgrade to better boarding facility.
From there it was off to the tack store to pick up 2 more trial saddles. Then I raced back to the barn for the BBQ and to throw the saddles on Ana and take a few pics. I was hoping to taker her for a spin but then it started raining and pretty much rained and stormed all weekend. While there the BO made some comments that were concerning...if saddles get stolen it's not his fault, anybody could just walk in and steal them, he may not get the arena done until much later this year etc.
After the BBQ we decided to check out the other boarding facility that the lady at the show had recommended to us. What a nice place. But it is a H/J barn and is crawling with children. Not that I have anything against children but it just results in a different atmosphere and experience.
Today I ran back to the barn and grabbed all the saddles I had stored there as I'm now concerned that they might get stolen or damaged. So now my kitchen looks like a tack shop, but the added bonus is that it smells great. Don't you love the smell of leather?
I'm a little worried about Ana now. What if the BO is not taking good care of her? She looks a little haggard and has all kinds of marks on her. Is it the food? Are other horses picking on her? I'm still not any closer to making a decision on a saddle...they are either too big, too small, too narrow, too wide, too long..you name it anything with a "too" in front of it....sigh...I would like to put this saddle thing to rest soon. I'm going to test ride both of them before I make a decision.
The vet is coming out to see her on the 27th - I will check with him to see if we need to change her feed, or increase it or? She might just be burning a lot of calories cause she's out on a huge pasture and I'm sure I'm riding her more than the previous owner. I'm hoping that's it.
Anyway, I've been debating all weekend what I should do next. Should I move her to a different barn? Should I try long distance saddle fitting? Should I keep riding her in the Pessoa and wait for our saddle fitter to return? Should I start to feed her myself to make sure she's getting enough? Should I enter the schooling show in April or wait until summer? Should I add a hoof or coat supplement to her feed? So many decisions to make.