Friday, January 16, 2015

4 Long Years

A little over four years ago, I sat on a very special little mare for the first time! She was green, hot, so uneven and crooked it felt like she stopped trotting and started pacing every time you'd go to the right, and she whipped her head up in the air every few strides when she cantered. She walked in circles around you when you attempted to bridle her, pawed incessantly, never stood still, and was the narrowest thing you ever did see. But to me, she was perfect.
 Meeting Cadence, & first ride
She was light, sensitive, and athletic. Every movement was graceful, every jump was powerful. We've had our fair share of ups & downs. In December of 2011, Cadence had a 3inch piece of hoof wall removed from her leg. She was out of work from December till February, and it wasn't until about July that we were back to where we were before the accident. And this past summer, I fall off the Mare more than I stayed on- a dangerous habit when you've got Mono.
If you'd asked me four years ago where I thought I'd be today, I'm sure I would have said that we'd be popping around CCIs and that by 2020 we'd be rocking around Rolex.
Totally Cadence & I. Or maybe William Fox-Pitt.... hard to tell.
While we may not have made it to Rolex yet, we've had some ups as well. Cadence and I won the first event we ever completed, and have continued our track record by placing in all but two of the events we've completed. We placed at champs both years we attended, and have racked up numerous ribbons in the dressage world as well,
Completing her first xc course! She went on to win her next show too.
But more important than any of that are the accomplishments you see on a day to day basis. I have a mare that will follow me around the ring. She schools second level dressage like a rockstar, & jumps 1.30m like its no big deal. I trusted her enough to put my precious niece on her as a 2y/o, and Cadence gives her pony rides just about every time they visit.
We've had the opportunity to ride with some amazing people too. When we went to North Carolina in 2013 we rode with Denny Emmerson at his farm in Southern Pines, I've also had the privilege of riding with Canadian team riders Hyde Moffatt, Belinda Trussell, and Jessica Phoenix (one from every discipline!) along with countless other talented and inspiring professionals, including my own coach.
Lesson with Ian Roberts
Lesson with Hyde Moffatt
I'm so thankful for all that this wonderful mare has given me, and if in four years time I can look back on our journey with the same joy I feel today, I'll be a very lucky person. Thanks for a brilliant 4 years Psycho Mare, and here's to many more to come.
Have a great 2015!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Back in the Tack

Cadence had two weeks off in December while I wrote exams and visited family. Then, starting Christmas Eve, I began to recondition her. I can be a little obsessive about reconditioning, but I'd rather go slow than risk an injury. Unfortunately the down shot of this plan is that Cadence puts fitness on really quickly, and within a few lunge sessions she's ready to rock, even if the musculature isn't there. So I've had a wired, under muscled nut job to deal with these past few weeks!
Oh how I long for the days when she would canter calmly!

She's starting to improve though, to the point where I popped her over a little x on Thursday, and it was all quite civilized! We did have a minor sore back to contend with this past week, so she's getting a massage tomorrow and a long lining session to get her working over her back a bit better.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mare Memoirs- Over Fences

I did a post a while back with some of my favourite "oh sh*t" moments over fences. As much as I love all those pictures (I really do... they crack me up & remind me not to take life too seriously) I thought I should add a compilation of my favourite "good" jumping pictures. Just so y'all don't judge us too harshly!
 She certainly can jump :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Favourite Quotes

After a clean run around Kentucky's advanced course, Denny Emmerson galloped up to the final fence. Unfortunately, getting his greens & blues mixed up, Denny ended up jumping the Prelim course's's final fence. 
Not realizing his mistake, Denny was cooling his horse out and telling everyone how awesome the course was, when Jack LeGoff comes up to him and says "Denny, when the gods rained stupidness on the earth, they forgot to give you an umbrella"

Friday, October 17, 2014


pirouette is a two-track lateral movement performed at either the walk or the canter in which the animal makes a circle with its front end around a smaller circle made by the hind end, while bent in the direction of travel.

pirouette (literally "whirl") is a type of dance turn on one foot. It is performed with turnout in ballet

When people were asked to send in their pirouette videos for world ballet day, I desperately wanted to send in one like this:
After all, it's still a pirouette!