, thank you! I'm glad I got to ride so much too :) and YAY about the float! Sucks you can't compete, but a break sounds nice too!
, I'm glad too! But yes, the storm was brutal. I hate feeling trapped in situations like that. And yeah, Nick allowing that to happen was driving me crazy because it's something I had to fix. He's learning though! The cows are super sweet this year. I'll miss them when they go back home! Sucks about you're brother. I'm not super close with my brothers, but I enjoy visiting with them, on occasion we do talk on the phone. But we all live super busy lives. Why on Earth did you boss turn off the air?! That's insane!! If coworkers are cold.... tell them to dress warmer! I'm ALWAYS cold. Always. I have a jacket on, and I truly have a blanket on my lap right now. I FREEZE. But I don't ask anyone to turn off the AC! Sucks about the farrier, but I'm glad you were able to find a new one! That long without a trim is absolutely unacceptable!
, guess they just wish they were related haha! And yeah, I was not excited. Nick stood watching while I hid haha yay for getting out and getting your second celebration! And I hate getting caught in conversations! I'm such an introvert that even talking crazy long with friends starts getting me anxious for alone time. And gosh, you are SOOOO abusive! I'll have to turn you in for this *shakes head* I can't believe you LOL least you made it up with some food for the bigger horses.... I've gotten better with back trailers that aren't the goose neck, but not before I dented Nick's truck... thankfully he wasn't mad at me at all (he was my ground person....). And ugh, I hear you on the rain forest comment though. It never ends!!
, oh Tuya. Such a naughty girl keeping those babies from the water tank! At least it was caught! I'm glad she settled quickly having them removed. And of course she didn't pay any attention to the stallion haha! I'm glad she's back to holding up her hooves and that they are looking in good shape! I'm sorry you didn't get to ride though. Ugh! I'm glad her lameness is gone, but man about the cough. I hope it clears up soon!
, I think he looks pretty good! Maybe a touch chunky, but nothing to be concerned about! Awww to the seals! CUTE! I am so sorry about the bus drivers!! I can't believe they would be such jerks!! i feel bad for you and all the teachers and parents! What a mess!
, yay for good rides!! Amazing how life gets so busy!
Whew, we had Sydney's birthday party Thursday. Can't believe my little girl is 5! She enjoyed her party and hanging out with her cousins!
Friday we left for a horse show about an hour and a half north of us. Hauling up went fairly well, so that was good :) Saturday morning I helped at the Dressage ring, which was a bit of a mess. Most of the horses HATED that ring. Just too much I guess. One girl even came off. Thankfully I was blocking one of the only exits, and was able to keep him from coming out. But it was rough. Saturday night was SHIH. Diego was a total jerk for Nick, so Nick was upset with him. I told him hardly any of the horses liked that ring. Izzie was perfect, but it's Izzie....
Sunday was under saddle classes. I hopped on Diego, and he was tense and upset right from the get go. Worked to get him to relax and calm down, and I thought I'd succeeded enough to not have him be stupid in the show ring. Boy was I wrong. He went in and got more tense as the class went on. The stands were right alongside the arena as you walk in, then opened to a gate that had people standing at it. Had weird plexi glass panels on some of the boards (why, I don't know). An open door that was immediately met with banners that did flap lightly. He was so unhappy. Cantering was nonexistent. Instead we bucked. For all of the canter work. Both directions. He was SO bad. After the class, we went to the warmup ring to see if we could get him to relax and work even a little bit. Nope. We walked in, and the horse and rider we had to wait to pass before entering had a whip cracked on his butt, which sent Diego in a semi bolt forward. Tried to work a bit more, but they allowed lunging in the arena... and his brain just kept melting further and further with all the whips cracking around him. I finally called it, had Nick take him back to his stall, and I went to scratch his remaining classes. It just wasn't going to work. At all.
Izzie though... so last two shows we thought walking was 100% stupid. This time we were walking fine. Then had to reverse and walk... right into the banners and open door. So we walked... but it was sideways. Everything else was perfect though. Took 4th out of 8 in our first class (against a few BIG horses; one of which has at least 3 National Champion titles (ridden by my friend from my last big show lol) and a horse that has multiple full siblings that are National Champions), so I felt that was a decent placing. The second class I had a horse spook INTO us at the walk, which sent Izzie into a tizzy. Judge didn't like that... 6th out of 7 or 8 for that class. Next up was Show Hack with my friend. Izzie was outclassed by far in that class, but she still rode well. People laughed when she was hand galloping, had a small cough, and tossed in a tiny buck like "WHEEEEE!" I even laughed because it was so Izzie haha! Final class was the championship against a horse I'd already beaten once that day. Judge commented Izzie was much straighter that class (she was; a lot) and that it paid off. Then told the other girl her horse was way too far on the forehand for his liking. So we won the championship class :)
Monday, Diego earned a work. He wanted to be a butt at the show, well he gets to work the day after! So he was tossed on the lunge first. He tried doing his bucking fit again, and was reprimanded and driven forward. Then he tried kicking out at me. Which then caused a sterner discipline and more driving. By the end he was begging to be done. I HATE working them like that, but I remember having to do this with Izzie at this age. I don't know if it's all horses, or just Arabs, but I absolutely hated Izzie when she was 5 and 6. It was her rebellious teenager years. I just have to remind myself we'll get through it with him. I hopped on him after the lunge for a walk trot canter and he was perfect. Called it a night and brought them back to the barn. Turned them loose while we worked on the electric for the barn :)
Yesterday Diego was worked again. He thought about kicking me once on the lunge, and was sharply reprimanded. Didn't dare put a foot wrong after that. Hopped on and he was super good. Then Nick hopped on. We needed pictures for his trading cards, and I think we got some good ones. I told Nick under no circumstances was he allowed to canter. I wasn't willing to risk him trying the bucking fit again. Nick listened to me, but honestly Diego looked a bit tired and not up to putting up a fuss. It blows my mind his former trainer told us he could never get him tired... makes me wonder what they did because while Diego WILL keep going, it's very easy to see when he gets tired.
No riding tonight since storms are moving in. Again. Maybe tomorrow, but doubtful. Then bath day again Friday, show Saturday morning. Then a break from showing until Regionals end of the month.
Of course I have pictures :)
Love my girly <3
I really feel like Diego's weight is about perfect now. He needs muscle, but he actually has a belly on him now.
And our adventures yesterday :) this sure looks like a really bad pony, doesn't it lol and please be kind about Nick. We all know he's green and is a work in progress. I'm proud that he's TRYING to learn.
Love riding my girl bareback in a halter and leadrope. You'd never know she gets hot as heck when showing haha!
He's so handsome when we were getting ready :)
And almost forgot one of my favorites! Family picture :)