@Finalcanter, I'm getting in the showing I can now since after this year, we'll be taking a two year minor hiatus. We will do a select few next year, but next to none the following year. We are breeding Izzie, so super light year for showing. I do enjoy the local shows though, and I think you'd have a blast with them!
@phantomhorse13, I can tell you I'm quite exhausted from it all haha! I'm pretty happy with how we did :) and the horses are working really well lately! We miss the kids, but it's kind of nice to have the house clean after cleaning it haha! I'm so glad you were able to meet up with one of your friends for a ride! Link is looking so good!
@JCnGrace, story of my life as far as being busy haha! And yeah, we uncovered a few things I need to work on, so that was good. Always something to learn! Oh lord lol then maybe it's not a good idea haha! I hear ya on the heat though! It's awful! And the flies have been terrible here!
@TuyaGirl, haha, you are right. She's a butthead, but she's my butthead lol I'm glad Diego is improving so well! And nope! Fake tails are not permitted in Arabians. Instead, they typically wrap them in a tail wrap and grow them as long as humanly possible. I'm not a huge fan of the look, but it's a to each their own kind of thing in my mind. Diego had a long tail when we bought him, and it was the first thing to go when we brought him home lol we did enjoy the move! And yes, horses enjoyed their vacation! I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbor :(
@PoptartShop, ugh, I know. She's such a butt sometimes. But thank you! I'm looking forward to it more now! And thank you! I'm excited by our roses :) I am very proud of Diego! He's come so far :) I'm so jealous of the pool time! Ugh, I want to relax in the pool!! YAY for all the riding! The piggies look so cute outside :) and of course Promise is looking good!
Well my weekend flew by! I did have to work Friday, but mostly just tooled around online lol
Nick and I went to see the movie Wednesday night. It was good, but I was a bit lost on some of it. Some I felt was a bit overdone, but overall a good movie.
Thursday Nick and I decided to saddle up a couple of horses and went for a trail ride - off the farm. Nick got lots of practice mounting and dismounting from Izzie in a bunch of different places. I didn't trust Diego enough to get on and off too much for his first go around off the farm for a ride. He did spectacular though! We did about an hour and a half I think of putzing along, which was nice. All we did was leave the field and walk up to Nick's uncle's farm and ride around his property for a bit. He's the one who owns the cows, and it's the old family farm. He doesn't mind us riding out there at all as long as we follow the rules of if you open a gate, you close it behind you. All we did was walk, but the ponies were drenched by the time we got back to the barn. They fully enjoyed being turned out for a good roll!
Friday we didn't really do anything because Nick worked late, boo.
Saturday we spent ALL day on our barn. I had put my foot down and said it was time for kick boards to go up. There weren't any kids to whine about us being down there for so long, so I wanted to get such a huge project out of the way. It took us about 7 hours, but it's done! I think it looks fantastic! In the pictures you'll see wood that goes quite a bit higher than the rest. This is where Nick is going to build hay racks for them. It'll be nice to have the hay up off the floor!
All that working in the barn burnt me out on being outside though, so no riding as planned. I asked Nick if he was opposed to getting up at 7 am to get a ride in on Sunday, and he said no. So Sunday we got a ride in! Both horses were pretty darn good. Opened up a few things I need to address with Izzie, but I adore where Diego is right now. Someone shot up in the hind end this week (no joke) so I'm not asking him to come off his forehand at all. He physically would be unable to do so right now.
In addition to riding, I got a whole bunch of laundry done as well as cleaned up my house. It was nice to get a lot of that done! We leave Thursday night for Breyerfest. This is our last demo, most likely ever. Then just one show, a month break, then Nationals!
Diego being butt high...
Our barn :) he also cut off the extra pieces sticking out from the trusses. It's nearly ready to hang up gutters!
Then onto riding!
Fourth of July riding :)
Nick and Diego riding :) I'm very proud of watching these guys! Nick gets frustrated with learning his diagonals, but overall he's doing well. I'd worked entirely on just forward with Diego before Nick rode him. Right now I'd prefer him to be a bit quick in his tempo as opposed to the slower trot he had when we got him. Also quick note: this is Diego's stiff way. Getting him to relax into the contact is super difficult, and I had told Nick he has to make sure his inside leg is on for support. I think he did a good job :) he even cantered him, but I didn't catch that on camera!
For reference sake, this was my first ride on him at home at the trot. And I had to leg and leg and leg him to be that forward in the trot.