Sunday, October 15, 2017

What do you do With Your Horses While You're Gone?

 Riding with Niamh and Scout the day before I left for school.

A common question that comes up is what do I do with my horses when I have trips for work?  My work trips can vary from a few days, to a few weeks, to a few months.

My answer has always been the same over the years, nothing.  They get a staycation.  The first time I had a work trip come up in my career was right after I had started Klein.  This trip was four months long.  I could have had her in training while I was gone since I had just backed her about two months before I left, but I didn't want to.  I never want to.  I don't want people riding my horses even when I am home, so I definitely don't want people riding them while I'm gone.  I have only let one other person, ever, ride Klein for real, and that was one ride.  I say this because I have let my mom and my brother walk around on her.  That doesn't really count.  I let a GP jumper rider/trainer take Klein around for a jump school once.  Other than that, I'm the only one that has ever ridden her.

Mochs, well, Mochs is a very sensitive ride.  Since I have owned Mochs, my mom has walked around on her when she came to visit me.  I let my dressage instructor in Georgia get on her a few times to get a feel for what I was working with, to get the most out of our lessons because Mochs is a complicated little ride.  The same GP jumper rider/trainer that I let on Klein, I had ride Mochs once too.  But, that's it in the five years I have had her.

They're good mares, they don't go feral, they don't forget anything they've learned.  Sure, their fitness falls off a bit but that is a non-issue that is very easy to get back with consistency once I get home.  I knew Klein would never be an issue because when I came back from that first four month work trip I got on her the first day I got home and walk, trot, and cantered around.  She was totally fine.  She didn't forget anything, despite her first ride, ever, being six months prior.

Mochs proved the same to me this year.  She was a very green little mare when I first bought her.  I taught her a lot before she had her year and a half break due to the navicular cyst drama.  Once I got her going again this year, I started trying out things I had taught her before she got hurt.  They were all still there.

Even if there is a show that one of these trips, my decisions stands.  No one gets on my horses.  If it is a short trip, Klein is not the kind of horse that needs to be ridden every single day up to a horse trial or whatever other kind of show.  She can take a week off before a show and be ready to roll, no problem.  You're not going to lose fitness at one week.  It is typically two weeks before it begins to drop off.  If it is a longer trip that gets in the way of a show I had planned, well, there is no show that matters that much to me.  I'm still not letting anyone get on my horses, I'll just not go to the show.  Problem solved.  That is an easy decision.

I am currently on a weeks long work trip that is mandatory for my career. It is a school I have to go to that is required for career advancement.  This school falls at a time that made Mochs' lay up get an extension.  That's not bad news though, another five weeks of rest will only benefit her.  I'll be back to square one with her, but that's fine.  We worked through it this summer, and we'll do the same again this fall.  All this does is gives me more time to get her ready for spring shows.  Oh, wondering how her hip feels?  Here, let me show you.  This was the day before I left for school:

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Notice she is kicking out with her left hind, that is the hip that was injured.  I repeat WAS, because it clearly isn't bothering her.

The Other Half is fulfilling his single parent duties right now and doing an amazing job as always.  I never worry about anything when I have to go somewhere.  I do have a very trusted friend on stand by right now for back up help should he need it if there is some kind of injury while I am gone that he would need help with.

For previous work trips I have also had a very trusted friend (the one I visited in Vegas earlier this year) take care of Klein when she was still an only child.  This friend and I were on the same page about pretty much everything from horse care to our opinions on non-horse related things.  I miss her terribly and wish we were closer.  I never worried about being gone for a couple months when she was taking care of Klein. 

It usually takes about two weeks for reality to set in for Klein that she really is on a break.  Here she is throwing a fit about it.  This was a few evenings after I left.  And how adorable is Wes trying to get in on the mares losing their minds?  Normally he ignores them and acts like he doesn't know them, like he does in the video with Mochs taking off.

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And part two of that ridiculousness:

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The real downfall in all of this is leaving behind The Other Half after he JUST got home and having to wait for more fun rides with friends.  The day before I left Niamh and Scout met Klein and I at a local park and we had an awesome time.

Klein and Scout being model citizens.

She is super close to us now and we have A LOT of adventures to go on!  I'm also dying to get back on Mochs.  It took a lot of restraint to not hop on her bareback before I left and just walk around at the least.  I had to remind myself there wasn't really a point and since she was going to get an additional five weeks off anyway I might as well just leave her be and let her get the full benefit of complete rest.

Despite what Klein thinks, it's also not a bad thing for her to have an extended break here and there.  That mare would run herself into the ground if I let her.  She has no chill when it comes to work.  It benefits her physically, no matter how much she thinks it doesn't.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Guess Who Came Home!

Some of you already this from the FB page, or the IG account, but about a month ago The Other Half came home from his work trip!  I picked him up late at night and one of the first things he did the next morning was go out and hug each pony.

They missed their dad.  They love him very much.  They listen to him and Mochs comes in when he calls her.  Klein's list of humans she likes is quite short.  She tolerates about 98% of humans, but actually likes a few.

My family is complete again now that he is home. 

Of course The Manny is BEYOND happy his dad is home.

The Other Half had a short list of chores when he got home.  He did them by the second day he was home.  One of the first things I needed help with was Wes' stall door.  About a week before he came home it came off of its track and I couldn't get it back on.  I could NOT get that door to budge and I decided that I would just wait for him to come home.  Wes has a stall guard too, so it wasn't a big deal if it wasn't fixed for a week.  The first morning home I pointed the door out and he walked over to it and had it fixed in about...45 seconds.  Seriously.  Things I had given up on, he fixed in less than five minutes.  This is why I also call him my ultimate life hack.

He fixed our riding lawn mower I was having a war with while he was gone.  He trimmed all the long branches on our trails and mowed them.  He also walked around with me in our "ring" and told me to point out any branch I thought was getting too low, and he cut every single one of them.

He also decided we need a drag and went and got one from TSC.  This thing is magical.  Now my "ring" will be dragged as well as the pastures!  I don't know where he comes up with these ideas, because that was all him.

I'm happy to have my family complete again and have my Heart Human back.  Everything is more fun when he is home. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Total Saddle Fit Girth - Improved Dressage Girth and a Two Year Review

In January 2015 I had to see what all the hype was about over the Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth.  I bought their dressage girth first for Klein.  Here is the review for that one:  Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Dressage Girth Review.  As you will read in that post, I was immediately a fan, and Klein clearly approved.  From there I bought her a Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Jumping Girth, which I also reviewed here: Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Jumping Girth Review.  Not long after, Mochi got her own set of dressage and jumping Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief girths.  We have lived happily ever after ever since.

In the two years I have had these four Total Saddle Fit girths on my two mares they have been nothing but awesome.  I have NEVER experienced any rubs, sores, or anything even remotely close to either of those.  Neither of my girls have ever been girthy with them.  There was a time when Klein got a little girthy with a previous jumping girth and that has never happened with these girths with either of the mares.  Both mares feel amazing in them and completely comfortable.

As far as durability, I have put these girths through their paces.  These girths have been in muddy, sandy, wet conditions and gotten caked with footing of almost every type.  They have been drenched from splashing around in rivers and water complexes on cross country courses.  And truth be told, though I am not proud of this...I don't clean my tack as often as I should, and these girths took that abuse like champs.  Surprisingly, despite that, they also clean up extremely well and quite easily.  In addition, I have not had one single failure of a stitch or any other piece of leather on these girths.  The padding in both the dressage and the jumping girth is still just as good as it was on the first ride. 

I knew they had come out with their Stretchtec Dressage Girth since then, but I recently learned that they also improved their original version of their dressage girth.  How can you improve a product that already works so well?

The improved version of the original is still the same design with some refined details.  The leather is still buttery soft on the padding side.  The padding has also been increased, which is noticeable.  The billet keepers have also been reinforced, though I have never found those to be an issue on either of my previous dressage girths.  Klein had to test it out, of course.

We did lengthenings in the trot and canter as well as lateral work to make sure we could test some range of motion.  Klein was as free as ever in the front.

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On their main page you will see the phrase "Ridiculously Effective Creations."  I'd say that is pretty accurate statement.

Here you can see how the girth provides room for freedom of movement in the shoulder.

I never felt the girth under my leg during our ride.  

As Klein continues to advance with her dressage work, this kind of girth is essential for her.  I absolutely believe that this girth has played a part in her advancement in her dressage training.

Total Saddle Fit also still has their 30 day 110% money back guarantee.  In the past couple years, their popularity and demand has grown so much they know have a western version as well as a synthetic version of their dressage girth.  They also make shimmable half pads and sheepskin covers for their girths.  Their full product line can be found here:  Shop Total Saddle Fit.  Take a look through that link.  You will also be surprised at the price of their products.  For a product of this quality and effectiveness, I would expect to pay more than what they are priced at. 

This company continues to impress us and I have a feeling Klein and I won't be able to resist giving their Stretchtec girth a try as well and compare the two.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ollie's Surgery

This morning I read a heart breaking post from our local feed store that has had me upset all day.  The Other Half and I know Ollie, the sweet boy that used to live at the feed store until one of the people that works there took him home to her family. 

Ollie is having some significant, painful, health problems that have required emergency care and will require ongoing vet care.  Please take a minute to click on his Go Fund Me Link:

If you can help with a donation in any amount, please do.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Don't Call it a Come Back, Part 3 of 3

Prepare yourselves for some disappointment.  I would say I was prepared considering the down time Mochs had until we got her going again.

The morning of July 23rd I went out to feed.  On the weekends I put them in their other pasture for the day.  I throw their hay in it and then open the gate for them to go into the other pasture.  Mochs normally comes trotting through because she's a foodie and can't wait for the next feeding time.  That morning Klein and Wes were waiting at the gate but Mochs wasn't.  If she's out not paying attention as soon as she hears me take the chain off the gate she'll come trotting in.  I took the chain off and there was no pony trotting in.

Klein and Wes went over and started eating and I turned around to see Mochs walking in slowly.  She stopped in front of the open gate (which she never does) and just stared at me.  I immediately knew something was wrong.  She wasn't limping at the walk, just walking super slow.  I put her in a stall and took her temperature first to see if she was starting to get sick because she will act like that if she has a fever.  Her temp was normal so I started looking and feeling all over her.  When I went around to her right side I saw a mark...a kick mark.

 Kick mark on day 1.

It was still wet with a little bit of blood.  It had happened just before I went out that morning.  I knew instantly it was from Klein.  There is no way Wes could kick that high if he wanted to, and I have also never seen him try anything like that.  He'll make ugly faces, but that's about it.  He doesn't have the rang of motion anymore to kick that high either even if he did decide to act like that one day. Klein on the other hand...I have seen her take aim and fire on Wes and Mochi.  Though it's normally warning shots but they are serious warning shots not just a cow kick in their general direction.  She threatens with double barrels.  She has lightly connected with Wes in the chest before.  She doesn't chase them or corner them or go on the attack, just gets pissy, squeals and fires her warning shots.  If she wanted to connect for real, she absolutely could and she knows it.

Since Moch was walking I decided to give her some bute and sprayed that left side with liniment.  Then I let her eat her breakfast hay and watched her closely all day.  I was supposed to go to a friend's that day but I stayed home and watched Mochs all day.  My biggest fear was that the damage had not set in yet.  I didn't want to leave and come home to find her on three legs or worse.  However, in about an hour she was wandering the pasture like she normally does.  Though she was resting her left hip a lot.  She had no problem putting weight on it, but she would rest it at a standstill.  The kick mark was on her right hip, yet she was VERY sore on her left.  She was obviously kicked into something.

Waiting for the bute to kick in 30 mins after I had went out and found she was hurt.

Day 2.

Also day 2.  She was already standing on it normally and not resting it so much.

As I watched her throughout the day she was as mobile as normal, eating, drinking, and pooping fine.  I was also worried about some internal injury because she's a 14 hand pony that took a kick up against something by a 17 hand horse.  She is basically a small person that took a punch from an MMA fighter and somehow didn't get knocked out.  Since she was for the most part acting normal aside from resting her left hip I decided to just bute her for the next few days then have the chiropractor out for some acupuncture and to straighten out whatever got jammed up.

Mochs on day 1.  I left her in with Wes and Klein to see if she would move around with them, which, she did.

Kick mark cleaned up on day 2.

Throughout the week she continued to improve and gradually stopped resting that hip.  If for any reason she would have started going off her feed or becoming immobile/lame at the walk the vet would have been called immediately.  She seemed to just be very, very sore, which you would expect.  But she also noticeably improved with each day.  The following Saturday was our acupuncture/chiro appointment.  It trotted her for the chiro so she could see how she was moving and she was very obviously off in the left hip.  She was still so sore the chiro actually did not want to adjust her for fear that she may have a fracture in that hip.  Well if I wasn't worried enough already, that did it.  Cue panic and extreme worry.  She did do the acupuncture though and Mochs relaxed with it. 

Pony acupuncture.

Mochs in lock up, listening to her radio.

After that visit I stalled Mochs and called the vet because if the chiro was worried about it then I need to make sure of what we are dealing with.  In that day that she was stalled a lump formed under her belly back by the sore hip.  There was visible swelling in that side and that swelling was now pooling and forming that lump.  It was soft, you could tell it was fluid.  It wasn't hot, and she didn't care if you touched it.  That lumped form because I restricted her movement.  The whole reason for me not stalling her to begin with is because I didn't want her to get stiff, and walking would help loosen that up and keep the blood moving around that area.

The small circle is the lump, this was the first night it appeared.  The big circle is where the tightness, soreness, and swelling were.


The lump two weeks in.  This is the biggest it got and then it started to disappear over the next week.

The vet was out Monday and examined her.  I trotted her for the vet and she graded her 2 out of 5.  She had improved throughout the week.  The vet said it is possible she could have a stress fracture on the end of her hip which is good because you don't need that part for anything.  She did not feel a rectal exam was necessary because there were no signs of a pelvic fracture (huge relief).  She said we could get a referral and go for a bone scan at the hospital which may show our issue but the treatment would still be the same, rest.  Six weeks of rest and being separated from Klein and Wes was in order.  No stall rest, another huge relief.  One thing that is on the top of the list of things I don't like is stalling my horses.  I hate it.  I feel a little piece of me die inside every time I have to stall them for some reason, which is only when there is a medical reason for it.  We decided to just do the six weeks of rest unless she took a step backward, then we'd go right to the hospital.  The vet also gave me a tube of Surpass, and anti-inflammatory gel to put on her hip.

Enjoying a drink together after the vet left.  I sat there with her and drank a couple margaritas.  We were both relieved by the news the vet had for us.

At first Mochs seemed to enjoy having a pasture to herself.  As the weeks wore on, you could tell she was ready to be back in her little herd.  She would kind of watch Klein and Wes.  They were just a matter of feet away from her too.  She wasn't separated to where she couldn't see them, they could see each other at all times, but they were not sharing a fence line.  The reason for the separation is that the vet said IF there was some kind of tiny fracture and she was even just slightly bumped into something it could do damage.  The six weeks of separation would ensure that didn't happen.

I felt bad for her because she was having such a great time being back in work and going all over the place.  Every time I would pull the truck and trailer up to take Klein somewhere, she stands next to it and whinnies over the fence to me.  Some days she'll throw a little fit and run around.  She misses work already.

As far as her going back with Klein and Wes, I am not worried.  My girls have lived together for five years now and nothing like this has ever come close to happening.  I think Mochs was just in the wrong place at the wrong time when Klein and her attitude showed up.  I have never seen Klein attack any horse, or corner them, or go after them in general.  I 100% believe that Mochs was near a tree or in a stall or something similar when this happened.

Throughout her six weeks of rest she continued to improve weekly.  I trot her once a week to see how she looks and make sure there hasn't been a step back.  So far so good.

2.5 weeks after she was kicked and she was bringing that bad hip forward almost normally.

 I have also used my Equisports massager on her to help loosen up that area.  She ground ties for this and lets me do as much as I want.

We are a couple weeks past the six week mark now and she is still not sound.  She is very close to it.  I think more rest will take care of it.  She was unbelievably sore on her left side for almost three weeks, I would think there was some very serious bruising in that area due to the visible swelling and the lump that formed from the drainage of the swelling.  The lump disappeared weeks ago.

 Mochs has also been wearing her Back on Track mesh sheet at night and will continue to do so.  Now that the days are cooling off, there are some days she wears it throughout the day as well.

She will take some sounds steps and then have a couple stabby steps.  This was pretty devastating to me at first, but then it transitioned into being very, very thankful it was not worse, because it very easily could have been.  She was just going so well, but I got her going extremely well this summer and I will do it again after she is healed from this.

I am about to have to go to a school for work that is five weeks long.  The plan is to get on her when I get back.  I think she will be sound then, if not, we'll have the vet back out.  I think the extra rest will be what she needs because she took a hard hit.  Here she is the other night, obviously she feels just fine.

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Oh and naturally, two days before this happened, The Other Half bought me this for her since I had sold her jumping saddle a while ago.  That's ok though, it will be waiting for her.

When I get back from my school and assuming she is sound, the plan is to start getting her fit slowly this fall/winter and work on our basics with dressage and jumping, then come out swinging when spring rolls around.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Don't Call it a Come Back, Part 2 of 3

The dressage show I entered Mochs in was early in July.  I just put her in two Intro classes in the Starter Horse division.  Intro A and B.  At that point she had not been to a show in almost two years, and she is the type that needs to go a couple times and have everything be very easy and low threat.  Her little pony mind can get wound up easily.  Intro A and B are both walk, trot.  Doesn't get any easier than that.  This would be a great way to let her have an easy day in the ring and let her just be around the commotion of a show. 


She was her usual excited self as soon as I got on her to head over to the warm up.  I let her walk around on a long, loose rein for a while in warm so she had enough time to get her bearings before we started our warm up.  She didn't really care what was going on, which was great.  She warmed up nicely.  When we went in to start circling the ring and wait for our whistle Mochs was a little looky.  It was just something new for her and then when we went down the center line she was a bit startled by the SUV the judge was in, which was a bright silver SUV with the sun reflecting off it and directly into our faces.  I think she wasn't sure why she had to keep heading straight to this blinding thing and was above the bit and a little unsettled. 

Unsettled or not, it didn't matter to me, I took her there solely to just be there and go in the ring.  I really didn't have any expectations, except to ensure it was a positive, non-stressful time for her.  The majority of that very short test was just trying to keep her attention mostly on me.  She made it through with no significant, ugly issues.  We had one ride between our tests so we went out and just waited by the ring.

When we went back in for Intro B I kept her in the 20m area before the entrance and instead of letting her relax to look around that time, I put her to work and she did start to shift all of her focus to me. All of a sudden she started to relax and seek contact.  That was a victory for me, she was focusing on me and her mind wasn't running off with her.  This time the SUV didn't bother her either, thankfully she is a pony where once she identifies something as not being a threat to her, she doesn't care anymore.  It gets filed away in the pony brain as "does not eat ponies."

The second test was noticeably better.  She was more focused and relaxed.  After that I walked her around a little bit more to let her watch the other horses warming up for jumping and dressage.  Then I took her back to my trailer to untack her and have her wait on the trailer.  I also wanted her to have some time just hanging out on the trailer.  She started to talk to the horses in the trailer next to us, but then she went back to snacking on her hay and minding her own business.

I walked up to get our tests and was surprised to see they were both 60+%.  She was second and third.  As I thought, the second test was better too.  Overall, a complete success.  Funny thing, people I know were there and I rode right by them on her, completely undetected.  I felt like I was undercover because no one up here really knows her.  It was kind of nice.

Spotted mare crew!

The next day I had plans to meet with Jen from Apping it Up for some xc schooling.  This would be Mochs' first xc school in almost two years, well if you want to call it that because she would be jumping the tiniest stuff they had out there and 98% of that was going to be at a trot.  I just wanted to get her out to another place she hasn't been, so why not trot some tiny fences?  Jen also just happened to have a MW Stubben jumping saddle that she was looking to sell.  How convenient...Mochs is a MW.  

My goal with Mochs being sound is to event her.  That is the path we were on before this whole Navicular cyst drama started.  Right now I'm trying to find out just where our limits are, and there is only one way to find get our asses out there and get to work now that she is very comfortably sound.


The Stubben fit Mochs great, though it felt a little small for me.  We warmed up in the stadium ring over some cross rails and tiny verticals and Mochs felt GREAT.  I was SO happy!  She went right for everything out of a trot or canter.  The canter she would land in was also very balanced and light.  That wasn't consistent though, and I wouldn't expect it to be because she is still lacking in the strength department.  She needs to be in regular work longer and that strength will come back.  The fact that she even had that canter at all blew me away.  I couldn't have been any happier with her.

After all that down time she was still her little pony self that goes on the attack to fences.  I actually forget just how viscous she can get to fences.  She LOCKS onto stuff unlike anything I've ever ridden.  She CAN come to things in a balanced, organized, domesticated manner, but excitement and lack of strength contributed to her rushing a little bit right now.

Umm, yeahhh...when your pony locks on and launches you in your too small saddle.  This would be a good one for #failfriday


She was happy to go for anything.  She jumped logs, a ditch, a little brush fence, down a bank, went through the water, etc... With the bank, Jen and Mia were schooling the bank and I wasn't planning on doing anything with Mochs on it.  But, Moch started to pull me toward it after seeing Mia go off of it.  So, I let her go off of it. 

Happy pony after another adventure.

We had a great day!  Jen and Mia were planning to show at the same place the next weekend.  We had tried to plan a show together the month before and it didn't work out.  So, I decided to put Mochs in the smallest CT for fun.  I mean, these are tiny stadium fences she could walk over if she wanted to.  These don't require much strength/balance and the dressage test was just Intro B.  I knew it would be another good opportunity for Mochs to be around the show atmosphere as well.

I borrowed the Stubben to try out the rest of the week and despite it fitting Mochs so well, and how badly I wanted it to fit me, it just didn't fit me.  Then I found out why...we thought it was a 17.5.  I measured it because I've never felt so wedged into a 17.5 and thought if that is how a Stubben 17.5 rides than I need to look for an 18.  Um, no.  It was a 17!  Oops...

The too small for me Stubben.

The next weekend we headed out to the CT.  My mom was also visiting so that was fun to have her here for a show.  Mochs was distracted that day, from as soon as I got on her at the trailer before dressage.  I got on her earlier than needed so I could walk her around on a long rein and let her just take the sights in.  There were two dressage rings going and stadium along with the stadium warm up ring.  There was a lot for her to look at, which was exactly what I was hoping for.  The show was a full one.


She started to settle when we started our warm up.  I was really happy that again I was able to get her to focus on what WE were doing.  Our test was not as settled.  She was distracted because the stadium ring is right next to the dressage ring we were in.  It is actually a little higher so she was able to look down into the stadium ring.  As we were in our test too someone was taking planks and rails in their round and so Mochs would look over at what was going on.  She tried her hardest to be present in our test but couldn't help but see what else was going on.  We ended up with a 37.5 in dressage.  That's not great, but in dressage land it is still a 60+%.  Though I was not there with any intentions of being competitive.  My victory was getting her attention to come back to me.

Stadium time rolled around and we headed to the warm up.  I knew she didn't need much of a warm up for that.  Either you can trot/canter tiny fences or you can't.  I wanted her more to be around the commotion of the warm up ring.  She was great for me in there.  She was with me and focused on what we were doing.  I trotted her over the warm up fences and landed in a canter.  I continued that canter back around to them again then just walked around until it was our turn.

And here she has hit her "I'm not impressed with any of this circus anymore" point.

I had her stand by the gate a couple rounds ahead so that she could just watch and be patient until we went in.  The EMT that was standing by the gate couldn't get over how cute she is.  Ha, adorable until you unleash her around some jumps.  I trotted her to the first one, landed in a canter and went to the next.  I did bring her back to a trot between some of them because she would get a little excited and I didn't want her getting all strung out and falling onto her forehand the whole way around.  Even over tiny stuff, she needs to be organized.  She was thoroughly enjoying herself and I had a smile on my face the entire round.  She is just so much fun, I missed riding her so much!

Not thrilled about being brought back to earth here.

Um, I think you cleared it Mochs.  All I see here is her ability to clear a pretty decent sized ditch out on the xc course.

She was having a blast out there and would have gladly went around the course a couple more times.

Surprisingly, she ended up winning the mixed CT division by .1 of a point.

After that show we continued to work on our dressage and she continued to relax and go better than she ever has since I have owned her.  She really enjoys having a job.  We started working on our canter after that show as well.  I was jumping her just a little bit once a week with plans to gradually increase the effort on those days.

Dressage at home.  She continued to improve with each ride.

Getting a little jump school in despite being in a down pour.  She was slightly offended a rain drop had went in one ear.

The red chair caught her attention when we walked into the ring that day, so it stayed, and was filed away in her head as another thing that "doesn't eat ponies."

I had planned to take her to two dressage shows in August and maybe do another small CT.  But that all went right out the window on the morning of July 29th...