, trust me, I was anxious too. Particularly since they've been getting locked in at night (in separate pens) so I can give Izzie her allergy meds. It's a huge relief to have that done! And it'll mostly be a total break. Izzie and Diego will do the local shows around here next year, but nothing major. Like, Izzie will do in hand only. I really don't want to overdo anything with her. Diego honestly needs quite a bit of work to have him really competitive, so that's my aim. With Nick getting a tractor, I'll finally get an arena put in. So I can work on consistency with Diego, and get him to use his body even better. He's a long way from where he was, but still a far cry from where he should be for his age in a dressage horse. He'll get there :) and I'm excited about Izzie baby stories too haha! I have like a year and a half left to wait lol and this heat has been brutal! Haha! I'm sure those buys were less than pleased with all the closed gates! That is sad about all your heirlooms :/ you never think about that kind of stuff before you need to though. Goodness! Your mom is quite stubborn! Such silly horses! Glad you had a good lunch with your friend. And the image of you under TJ's belly haha!
, it was well spent! I'm glad that part is over! Soon it'll have electric! Dying for that to happen! I'll try to get it on camera! Someone may have on Sunday, but it's not as nice as he's been out in the field lol and this heat needs to break, ugh. I'm glad River will finally be moving! About time! And yay to the farrier trimming them! Jealous of the swimming!
, thank you! I'm proud of him! Only one spin, but it was over something that didn't surprise me. I didn't anticipate, but I understood why he spooked. We got him past it a couple times before we called it a day with it. And I love my barn now! Dying to see how Nick makes the hay racks! Yay Phin and George!
@Tuya Girl, I'm sorry this is a hard time of year for you :( I'll be thinking about you. Hope everything ends up ok. I'm so glad you got to ride miss Tuya! That should help your spirit a bit.
, how scary! I'm glad you're alright!
Man, I'm ready for my camping vacation this weekend haha!
Thursday night Nick and I hurried to bathe two horses and haul them down to the horse park. Worked both in the arena, and they were great. Diego was perfect for Nick, so I was thrilled!
Friday came with swarms of people. It was nonstop all day long. Our demo was originally supposed to be around 2. I think we went at 2:30? They were just so backed up it was terrible! Diego was tense and tight with me. He walked in calmly with Izzie, but was NOT OK with the gigantic crowd. I kept him from bolting, but it was kind of a "just barely" kind of deal. He stood wonderfully in lineup, then had another "OH CRUD" moment when the costume horse galloped up behind him as we were exiting. We kind of cantered in place. I safely got him out and dismounted soon as I could. He stood well for all the meet and greets.
I'd been torn though of who Nick should ride. Diego is strong, but not anywhere near Izzie strong. Izzie drug my best friend down the center of the arena for sport horse in hand, thus showing him it's not always me that makes her hot in the ring... in the end, I opted to have him ride Diego. He warmed up well in the insane make up arena (no joke, Breyerfest was NOT nice to us exhibitors this year), and was nice and calm with Nick. I told Nick we'll walk in, and if he feels ready to trot, to go ahead and I'll follow suit. I had Izzie purposely on the outside, and we shot for halfway between the wall and the middle of the arena (as requested so everyone could see us). Diego was high headed, but a total superstar with Nick! It gave me great relief to see him so relaxed with Nick!
Saturday night we brought Izzie out into the ring to let others try and ride her. Another friend brought her Fourth Level dressage horse out to play too. The first rider on Izzie was at least bold enough to ride Izzie, but Izzie is just rude lol I let her hand gallop her in the large arena though, which she thoroughly enjoyed! The second rider... well, she made me anxious a couple of times. She's been trained a different way, and doesn't know how to use her seat like a dressage rider. Izzie is not at all forgiving if you just hang in her mouth. So there were a few tense moments, but by the end she did get her to stay in the gait she was asking for. I think her and her trainer gained new respect for me though... the rider said she never realized just how hard Izzie was lol I said I always try to tell people it's not always me making her that way! Next was my favorite walk trot rider. I was a bit nervous since Izzie had been allowed to dictate the last ride, but I shouldn't have worried. I did have to keep reminding the girl to put her hands forward. Izzie's favorite thing to do is to make her head look like it's pretty, but she's shoving the underneck out. I WISH I had recorded some of her trot though. The girl had a really nice extended trot on Izzie :) then her mom hopped on to cool her out lol Izzie wanted to trot because there was a rider with legs on her, but my friend was able to keep her at a walk AND stay out of Izzie's mouth. I knew her daughter got her riding ability from somewhere :) I also got to ride the Fourth Level horse. I've always been a fan of his, but I'm even more of one now haha! And it showed me I haven't become THAT bad of a rider! I worried my riding had full on deteriorated because of only riding Izzie, but I did an alright job I think on this guy :) least I understood what she wanted when she'd say to open my hips to let him move out. He was so much fun, and his canter is WAY smoother to sit than Izzie's! So YAY! I knew I hadn't lost my canter seat; Izzie is just that hard to ride the canter on!
Sunday Nick ended up cantering him in the ring on accident. But Diego never got out of control. I think he was tired and his little legs couldn't keep up with Izzie, who wanted to extend. Diego took care of Nick though, so it ended up working out well.
The meet and greets were long and hot, but so worth it. Everyone loved the horses! We even had a couple of ladies on stilts come down our barn aisle to see the horses, and Izzie and Diego made them laugh! They later came back when they weren't on their stilts to come meet them for real. One of the girls was afraid of horses, but I promised my two were super sweet. And they were :) I was proud of them!
Both are now SUPER happy to be outside, where they get the next week off from riding haha!
At the stalls:
The jugglers on stilts!
Nick and I :) (I know one is blurry, but still <3 )
Hilarity of the day lol the bay is the Fourth Level horse, and he's owned by my friend :) we are going to Nationals together :)
And the entire Arabian group (minus one who had to be back in her stall so her owner could go tend to her store). There was 15 of us total!