Following the Anthony clinic in June, we headed our way into yet another clinic (bc the grind don't stop). In Day 1 of the Derek clinic, we addressed that Annie likes to hesitate prior to changing gaits and thus, it gives her the opportunity to pick up the wrong lead and/or cross-fire. Day 2 was more of the same, but focused on power and dropping the neck - we even played around with some counter canter and Annie was awesome!
We also took a friend and Spud to one of the local cross country skiing trail systems to trail ride at and had a wonderful afternoon despite the fact my ribs were absolutely killing me (I was still recovering from my biking accident) from Annie flailing her head around and rooting the reins out of my arms from all the flies.
Mid-July we went to Percentage Days and played around at First Level for the very first time. Annie was tight, but we did it and I was so very proud of both of us!
|Also, I didn't blog about it, but we did some bridleless riding this month.|
Blogging was yet again delayed, but Summer is always a bit of a whirlwind. With the lack of hay in the area due to poor weather and delayed crops, I was busy running around trying to source other avenues of hay and whatnot. It was a complete and utter disaster - and I wasn't the only one.
Early August we took part in our very first show of the year - a Dressage only show - wherein we branched out into First Level for the very first time and came out with some pretty good scores! Immediately following the show, we went into a clinic with the Judge of the show, Lynda Ramsay, and ended up having two progressive lessons wherein we worked more on riding Annie like a broke riding horse vs a green horse. It was a wonderful weekend, as a riding bestie from Alberta was up and managed to watch my lessons and video them all for me!
Rounding out the month, I finally got around to announcing that I had finally upgraded Spud's cart to a new (to us!) Frey Superlight! I had been lusting after this cart for years and came across a fantastic deal I just couldn't pass up. I happily rehomed his old cart and it took a few weeks of adjusting him to his new cart to get things tickety-boo. I still have a few alterations to make, but that is for the future!
We also went to the BVX this month, but I didn't blog about it until later!
September was a pretty quiet month on the Blog-front, as I made a grand-total of two posts, haha. My creative juices were just not flowing and I didn't seem to have much time to sit and type out riding-related posts.
|The cutest speckle pony <3|
However, I did blog about Spud and I's 5th anniversary and finally got around to posting about mine and Annie's time at the BVX, starting off with re-counting our Dressage and Halter classes. Overall, the BVX went well, but there was still a lot to be improved upon. The Dressage was tight and tense, but we managed to waltz around First Level and get some decent scores.
In the beginning of October I was still recounting our BVX journey, and rehashed our Flat classes and Dressage Freestyle that happened in August.The Freestyle was a bit of a bust, but the Flat classes went super. Annie was very rideable and did wonderful in a very busy arena and busy show atmosphere. I finally finished my BVX posts for the year after blogging about our foray into the Hunter ring, which surprisingly went really, really well.
|Tired Hunter ring pony with her braids already pulled <3|
I kept up on updating, recounting some back-logged posts that I never got around to finishing, and divulged into some of the things that had happened since the BVX in August. Some of these things included: giving Annie some downtime, cleaning the horse trailer, vacationing to Mexico, taking some hacks around the subdivision, driving Spud, and doctoring a sick pony.
After eluding to said sick pony, I blogged about what happened to Annie and the whole "swollen eye incident" which led to a round trip of 500km in one day. Thankfully, Annie recovered without zero complications and I was able to get her checked out for a persistent cough I had noted since the beginning of August (along the same time she got a horse cold).
And finally, I started my three part Maizey series: the first post entailed the background history of Tristan (the stallion) and how versatile and valued his prodigy are. It also talked about the sweet colt I looked forward to owning and his untimely loss. The second part highlighted Maizey a bit more, and how the Boyfriend and I made the decision to bring her into our lives. The final post in the series welcomed Maizey home and formally introduced her to all of my readers.
The end of October was spent integrating Maizey into the herd, which was completed successfully and I started to get the little filly to trust me a bit more.
|Tall to Small :o)|
Rounding off the month, I got around to posting about the Two Horse Tack bitless bridle and what Annie and I thought of it. (We both love it!).
November was another quiet month as the daylight hours dwindled away and my motivation to write heavily took a downward spiral. However, despite the lack of blogging, I was out doing quite a bit with the horses and did a bit of a "all in one" post recounting some ponying I did, as well as hacks with Annie.
|There WAS some glorious sunshine tho.|
And as November drew to a close, I posted one of my favorite posts of the year - an ode to the self-boarding or non-boarding owner. It is kind of a tip of the hat to all of us who go through laborious lengths to keep our horses happy, healthy, and comfortable.
In December, I relived the terrible two weeks in November with Maizey wherein she was beyond crippled. Thankfully tho, it turned out to be a giant abscess (and not a broken bone like the vet was eluding to!).
With all of the likes I had received on the Ode to Self-Boarding post, I started my own mini-series called "The Self-Boarder Chronicles" which I am planning on being a monthly thing to showcase and document trials and tribulations of those who self-board and considerations for those who may be thinking of being a barn-owner themselves.
|The cutest Santa ever!|
Like other bloggers, I took part in the 10 year challenge and posted some late Christmas-y photos of the horses. Things have continued to chug along and I've managed to get in a handful of rides as the year closes, but I've been taking a lot of time to focus on myself, my schooling (which is done now, hooray!!) and the dogs. With the vet reccomendation to keep Annie in "light work" I've done just that, but haven't branched out beyond quiet hacks and a few stretchy trots every couple of weeks. The weather has been miserable and the lack of daylight makes it tough. I am still embodying my mantra of "letting it go" and patiently waiting for the New Year and new goals :o).
Happy New Year, everyone.