Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why we place in the jumper ring...

... but fail in the hunter ring:
Wheeee!  Somebody told me she looked like she'd been electrocuted.  Oh Mare.
We recently got a clear round and a 3rd place (for a little off course detour caused by some scary ring side objects) ribbon at a local jumper schooling show... but in the hunter ring?  No dice.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Post Daily? How 'bout Weekly?

I know, I'm a failure of a blogger...

Life's busy.  The Mare and I hit the trails last week, selecting a jaunt through a local conservation area over an xc school, because her back was a bit tight.  I'd made the mistake of leaving her for 2 days after a show, and not giving her a stretch ride.  The stiffness had all but irradicated itself by our Thursday trail ride, so she got Friday off. Then in our Saturday morning lesson (our first dressage lesson in nearly a month!) she decided that her back wasn't so fine after all, and threw some massive bucks. Not get-your-rider-off type bucks, more I'm-pissed-and-I'm-gonna-show-it type bucks.  It was the first time I'd had a horse REALLY buck in a dressage saddle, and I got popped in the back a few times.  Stayed on, rode through it, and all was well... or so we thought.  The next day her back was SUPER touchy.  She was hand walked, and lunged in the walk and the trot over a cavaletti.  Today, she got a heat pad on her back for 30 minnutes (broken up into 2 sessions, because standing still for 15 minutes is near enough impossible...forget 30) and a light 15 min w/t stretch school.  Tomorrow, more of the same.  Fingers crossed there's some improvement!

If all goes well, Thurs we'll head out xc.  We've now rescheduled this school twice, so third time's the charm. Right?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Belated Canada Day

Happy Canada day to all you Canadians out there. Sorry I'm a day late!  By the time I realized I'd forgotten to post, it was 12:30am and July 1 had already passed me by.  Ah well. I did decide that since July 4 is almost upon us, I'd wish the Americans a happy Independence Day as well.
Hopefully now that finals are over and done with (actually that's a lie... I have an english exam tomorrow... but its a special exam. I mean, it affects my grades, but the course wasn't part of my actual schedule of classes, so I don't count it) I'll be able to get back into the swing of posting.  My goal is to post daily, or once every two days throughout the summer.
As of last Saturday (30 June) Cadence has one 5 ribbons so far this year.  2 First place ribbons, 2 Fourth place ribbons, and one clear round ribbon... because you can never have enough!
As of tomorrow, I'll truly be done with all my exams.
As of Wednesday, I'll be volunteering at the equine hospital one day a week
As of Thursday, I'll have gone xc for the first time since Cadence and my semi-disastrous last outing
As of August, I'll be back to studying in preparation for my next semester of classes...
& now I'm out of things to write and have no cohesive means of closing out this post, so I'll just end it abruptly. Ciao!