Big Moves

Now that the news has been shared with all of the right people in person or more privately I get to share it with all of you… 

 We’re moving to Tenessee! Kyle got an incredible opportunity and it’s going to be quite the adventure!

Goodbye Bluegrass State… Hello “Volunteer State” or “Big Bend State”. Definitely less catchy state nicknames for TN that is for sure!

There is a lot to figure out still but I am very excited. The only not so awesome part of this big change is that we have to sell our house that we just finally started to settle into. 
 We are still trying to iron out all of the logistics but the plan for now is that I will keep my job and work remotely from home. We will be renting for awhile hopefully downtown and then once we figure out how long term it is we will start the process of searching for a house. 
I am really excited about the fact that I will be slightly closer to an awesome trainer that I have gotten the chance to ride with once so far. I’ll have to haul out to her but I think between getting a lesson on a schoolmaster and help with Annie it’ll be well worth the drive. 

For those of you that recently moved with horses and dogs in tow do you have any tips? If you had to sell your home before moving how did you deal with when to give barns notice during that limbo? (My BO knows already but still) Or how early do you find a new barn? Also for any other bloggers in Nashville or that have lived there in the past any good tips for me? Feel free to email if you think that’s easier. Any and all insights are appreciated! 😊

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Leg Yielding A Greenie

On Thursday I finally was able to get on Annie again. First ride in almost 2 weeks and she was great. I did throw her on the lunge like for about 6-7min just to get her sillies out.

 She was pretty darn good. I am always impressed with her brain. During this ride she really seemed to get leg yields. Obviously I’m not asking for anything intense but I do want to get her to move off my leg well. Mission accomplished! 

Her green started to shine as she lost her cool, calm, and collected self as the gerbils fell off the wheel in her brain when I asked her to canter. She was not bad at all. She just got a little bit squirrelly. I laughed about it and kept trucking on. All of our rides are short and sweet and I make sure we always end on a concept that is easy for her. Given how infrequently I have gotten to ride lately the only goal for my rides is happy and calm. We don’t drill and most of the concepts she picks up very quickly. Always surprising me!

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Busting At The Seams

  
Do you all ever have moments where you so badly want to write or share something but you can’t for some reason or another? Something like that is going on for me and I am just waiting until the minute I can dump the news. It’s all good stuff and my fingers are crossed next week things will settle.

   

  

 In the meantime I haven’t gotten to ride Annie in over a week and a half because of all of her hive stuff as well as work. Her skin seems to be mostly clearing up thankfully. Still some funny scabs but overall I’m pleased. 
I am going to try to reveiw my various options for scab removal/ treatment soon. Happy Thursday!

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Wordless Wednesday: Round Pen

Things have been pretty quiet over here. Bumpy skin persists and I am weening Annie off the Dex since it’s now just residual scabs. Eqyss MicroTek baths happened last week and I am waiting for my latest order from The Herbal Horse so that I can try out her shampoo on the delicate flower.    
    
 

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Weekend Wrap Up: KY National

This weekend was a pretty fun one complete with a horse show, tack ho purchases, and pony time. After the week of skin funk and back pain (mine not the ginger) I was excited to get up to the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday to watch my friend show in the Low AO jumpers.

Naturally my first stop was to the tack shop as my friend was course walking when we got there. One thing lead to another and before I knew it I was walking out with a new helmet. Whoops. In my defense my CO has been giving me horrible headaches which I am guessing is primarily due to the fact that I have about 12 inches more hair than I did when I purchased it.

Embrace the awkward helmet selfie. What stinks most about this is that my mom bought me a CO AYR8 Leather Look last fall that I literally wore one time before I stopped riding… When I started up again it made more sense to keep using the one that was already used. Given that they are the same size my hopes that the headache would go away with the unused helmet were unrealistic… I am a bit skeptical of selling a helmet to someone for liability reasons so I would probably only sell it to a friend and that would really only work for someone with a huge head like me.
While at the horse park I also bought a container of Squeezy Buns from FarmVet. I contacted the company with some questions on the consistency of the treats because I am a little disappointed… I bought them as the advertised “pliable pill pocket”  for shoving dex into the hive covered ginger and mostly have found them to be crumbly and dry. I will report back with more details but I will say that I am super impressed that “Uncle Jimmy” himself emailed me within 30 min of filling out the contact survey.

Hopefully everyone else had awesome weekends!

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Wordless Wednesday: Treeless

Not a lot to report so this will be mostly wordless. The delicate flower has hives and is on a lovely dex regime. Fingers crossed it takes care of our problems. The treeless refers to the fact that we had some large trees cut down from around our house.    

 Goodbye jungle hello house!

  
 

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Weekend Wrap Up: Learning

Something that I knew going into the “buying a baby horse” adventure was that I definitely wanted to lesson on going horses and continue to improve and advance on my own as a rider. 

There have been a few road blocks to that general goal but I finally got to have a lesson again yesterday with a really great trainer. She isn’t local but she’s worth the drive! 

She totally nailed all of my main issues within the first 10 minutes. She called out my nervous habits (not in a mean way but more as a hey you’re doing this) and really gave me tips for how to correct the problem. There may be hope for my equitation and effectiveness after all!  

Sonny and his new GF
 
The horse I was riding was a won’t take any lies kinda guy. If you asked wrong he wasn’t about to do it correctly. I appreciate and respect that though because a lesson would be much less beneficial if I was riding a horse that allows me to get away with murder – even if that would be easier!
My primary take always were:

  • Shoulders up and back – don’t let my nerves get the best of me and have me crouching forward in a guarded position 
  • No swinging legs! Legs at the girth are better for sending messages and more secure
  • Hands up – you can’t do very much when they are in your lap
  • Ride my outside aids more effectively
  • Learn how to ask for lead changes again… Dur (luckily I was able to get my stuff together toward the end)
  • I have more time than I think I do between fences and don’t need to be rushed
  • Don’t second guess myself – when we started my first distance attempts were pretty ugly… I would get it right and then last minute nope and go for the long spot PULLS HAIR! I need to do lots of pole work and get my eye back and gain confidence again

I am really grateful that I was able to take this lesson and hope to have many more in the future. 

Lots of stuff going on for us so I apologize for the radio silence. Hopefully I will be able to open up about some of the news later this week 🙊.  

baby horse is a free jumping star
 

On the Annie front the baby horse continues to impress me. She had a definite ginger tantrum last week but honestly it was expected to happen eventually… Instead of getting intimidated or scared as I would have 3 years ago when I was bringing Houston along I just trucked along and continued the ride. It made me feel very solid that I made be right decision and that I can infact bring along a green(er) horse again myself (with help of course). 

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Training: 3yo Workload

Having never had a horse as young as Annie I have been doing a lot of research on what I should be doing with her. In that process I have been defining some reasonable expectations.
 Given that she is so young and green I want to make sure that I keep things light and easy. WTC – straightness – and hopefully some trail rides… She will likely get most of the winter off and then come back to light work in the spring.

For those of you that have either gotten a young one off the track or raised your own what did their 3rd year look like? TIA for any insights!

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Weekend Wrap Up: Field Trip

This weekend Annie got to go on her very first field trip. My trainer friend was planning to go schooling with her daughter at the KHP XC schooling day and asked me if I wanted to join. At first I was hesitant but I figured this would be a safe place to get her off the property and there would be no pressure. A sane pony and a horse that regularly fox hunts seemed like the best company I could ask for!

K and her friend/ roomie came to visit/ watch/ document this monuments trip and I am so grateful for all of the pictures and the video. As far as first outings go I don’t think I could have asked for anything more – except maybe a cooler day – it was blazing Saturday!  

Annie got to walk up the babiest of banks, school through the water, and even meandered over some logs. What I was most impressed by was her general cool cucumber demeanor about everything. Horses were wizzing past us and it was kind of chaotic at times but she just went about her business.

What are some other fun things those of you with young horses have done to get some exposure? I am going to try to meet up with a fellow blogger at some point to go for a trail ride (I’m lookin at you Karen) and will hopefully get to tag along with the friends I went with yesterday again. Nothing too stressful or very often but I think that getting her out and about would be good for her.

I am pretty happy with my little filly that’s just less than 2 months off the track. Given that she’s got about 12 rides max on her I would say that’s pretty darn good.

And no – I’m not aiming to event long term but it was a good opportunity to get out and about inexpensively. Given that my area is saturated with eventers and not so much hunter/jumpers I will be taking her to any and everything I can get to for exposure/ experience in the coming year.

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Tack Lockers

I have always been at barns in the past where there was a tack room and everything was in the room. Saddles on racks, bridles on racks, and some kind of cabinet for other items. 

Our new barn does not have a tack room (or the barn I’m in anyways) and everyone seems to have magical trunks that their saddles and other items fit in. I don’t even have a wooden trunk let alone something that my saddle would fit in. 

Cue interweb searches… There are not as many options as you might think out there for tack lockers. I searched Smartpak and Dover and eventually broke down and ordered from SaddleLockers.com.   

 The locker will be the most expensive peice of storage furniture I have ever purchased myself but I feel like it will be worth it. All of the plastic ones I saw didn’t have various things that I wanted and I actually like the fact that my locker will be difficult to move. I don’t want something that can be rolled away easily!  

Once I ordered the locker I realized that it had to be shipped as freight… For those of you that haven’t had that happen it’s a treat… The company sent me pictures of the locker and how it looked when it shipped out… And advised not to accept the shipment if I saw any damage (but that shouldn’t be super likely).   

I finally was able to WAH to meet the shipper… And they try to deliver me this:   
   
Needless to say that was not going to fly and I sent it back. Not on the supplier but didn’t change my frustration… 3 weeks later now I am finally supposed to have a new locker tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Do most of your alls barns have community tack rooms and the option for a standard trunk? Anyone else have lockers similar to this style? 

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