Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Re-cap/ April Goals

My March goals were a stretch - it certainly wasn't a surprise when I planned them. With the increased work-load, impending monsoon season (so jealous of everyone who has an indoor!), and a large chunk of time off visiting the parents, I knew riding and working the horses would take the unfortunate back-seat. But, I prevailed and surprisingly, knocked quite a few of my goals off the list.
 

Wrapped stirrup leathers cause my legs are so short.
And no, that isn't my jumping length.
March Recap – Suzie

  • Showmanship. We worked on this a bit and she was pretty good for the times I did practice it. However, we didn't practice it more than twice. So, this is a fail...
  • Work on her "separation anxiety” she seems to get when Spud leaves. Dose her with Rescue Remedy for the next few outings and see if that makes a difference. She is much less resistant when leaving and despite being still antsy to get home, she is behaving and listening to my requests. I did not need to dose her with Rescue Remedy or alter her state of thinking in any way either.
  •  Stay on top of her weight. I did put her on beet pulp but not every night - she was fed it once every two days and she beefed up a little more, which was nice to see.
  • Trail ride with other horses again. This was a fail - schedules didn't match up and some days I just wanted to ride alone. 

April Goals - Suzie
  • Start working on a topline and w/t/c. Rhythm and balance are of primary importance, but also start to establish a connection and cadence at all three gaits.
  • Go on an outing (with the trailer).
  • Showmanship - polish the skills and start getting some quality work. Pivots, jogging, etc.
  • Veterinary and chiropractic appointments/ work ups.
  • Trail ride with other horses - I really want to see if this is another area that will cause a hang-up for her and want to address it.
  • Play around with front shoes only - see if it's her fronts that only need the support.
  • Start Suzie on the gastro/ulcer medication and then start the preventative supplements. Also start her on the Farrier's Formula and see if it makes a difference.


March Recap – Spud
  • Continue with the progression in harness, if time allows. Start to get more quality work from him in the means of pace, rhythm and balance. I am hesitant to cross this off the list, as it is a work in progress. Although, we DID work on it thru ground-driving.

  • Clean/condition harness; cause it’s gross. Hooray, this was done!

April Goals - Spud
  • Buy a new, better fitting harness.
  • Practice our turns - more bending and turning thru the body.
  • Work on connection, straightness, and rhythm. But be aware of his "sticky" moments and push him forwards instead of hindering him (ie. the threatening to rear shit).
  • Desensitization and manners. Ground driving over tarps, thru scary things, over poles, etc. Also work on having him move over when asked.
  • Take him to an outing and do some fun in-hand stuff.



March Recap - Barn "Honey-Do" List
  • Purchase a new hose for the barn. Ha! Didn't need to! The old hose still works well and reaches just fine.

  • New lights for the middle aisle of the barn. Boyfriend installed a new light in the hay room, so it does the job!

  • Re-organize the tack room. Yes, I re-organized it a bit but it isn't perfect just yet. I have to bring my standing saddle stand out and move some other stuff around, but it is much better.
  • Fix fences. Most, if not all have been repaired. There is one that is needing a bit more work.

  • Go through tack and separate what I need vs what I don’t need and either put it up for sale or donate to a young riding kid). Went through and put items up for sale on Facebook!
  • Manure removal. This process has already been started, but not finished.



April Barn "Honey-Do" List
  • Fix remainder of the fences.
  • Get rid of the large, gross manure pile that built up over the Winter.
  • Get a new broom for out at the barn (I broke the last one after swatting Spud on the ass [to be fair it was a very OLD broom handle!]... lol. Long story).

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like you were still able to get some stuff done despite everything else. Give yourself a nice pat on the back! Hopefully April is more cooperative!

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  2. love that Spud face! nice work staying on top of everything through that crazy weather!

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  3. Tackling "separation anxiety" is such a pain, sounds like you guys rocked it in March. :)

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    1. Thinking it was more of the Spring Sillies than anything!

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  4. I think you accomplished a good amount :) Spud is still adorable (because I like to state the obvious again and again). Seriously, he's so dang cute!

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  5. I think you accomplished a good amount :) Spud is still adorable (because I like to state the obvious again and again). Seriously, he's so dang cute!

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  6. You've accomplished a lot. There never seems to be an end to chores though. I just repaired some fences yesterday. Spud is adorable as usual.

    Happy Easter!

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    1. No, there certainly is no end to the chores!

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