Brolio is back to work after a few weeks on "light duty" to allow a green osselet to set. We did take X-Rays to be sure the joint space wasn't compromised (it's not!), he seems happy to be back in work. I am treating him for ulcers using Pop Rocks, I've suspected for some time and decided to take the plunge. He seems to be responding favorably to the treatment so far. Bro also got kicked out on turnout board to give my bank account a small break, he seems OK, but I do think he misses his stall... I may have to give in when one opens up again. His canter is just fan-freaking-tastic, sooo adjustable! If he ever fails as an event horse, the show hunter ring would be a good place for him. I plan on just schooling him xc this year with lots of hunter paces and hacks with a "soft goal" of doing GVRDC HT in August, either Intro or BN.
He did go on his 3rd field trip to Mendon Ponds Park (with Sandy Castle and 7 other horses!) this past Sunday as it was warm and sunny and perfect. Of course, everyone else in Rochester thought so too, so he got to see lots of hikers, dogs, kids on a playground, boats, bicycles and lots (!) of motorcycles which he took in stride like an old trail plug. We got in some ditch and water training in too!
Sandy Castle: She has been doing fantastic with her owner, going on lots of field trips (even out fox hunting!). Bro and I took a lesson with her and her owner a couple weeks ago where she finally picked up her feet and JUMPED over the fences (she had been clobbering them for a while...)! She's great to have around and love having her at the barn.
Our Helen Wheels (Fiona): Can I say I wish I was smaller so I could've bought this horse? Fiona is in training at the barn and wow! She is one scopey little mare, knows exactly where her feet are. I was lucky enough to jump her at her first 2 field trips (one a lesson with a local h/j trainer, one a schooling session before a hunter show) and a few gymnastic lessons as it is easier for my trainer to set the exercises and have someone capable(me) ride the horse. She was excellent for the field trips, jumped everything without hesitation! I've even started to call her "Mighty Mouse"! Her owner has been out more often now, as she has her other horse boarded with Fiona, and loves her to bits!
Genuine Offer (Bella): I haven't seen her go personally as much, as her owner is usually at the barn opposite of me, but I hear from our trainer that she is doing well. She did go to her first show in March in the Hunters, it turned out to be a great schooling opportunity! She is one athletic mare! I can't wait to see her at the end of the year.
Pizzaria: He's owned by a PC kid who lessons with our trainer. Unfortunately, his rider injured himself (not horse related) and is still on the "injured reserve." So Pizza came for a few weeks of training. This horse is a serious athlete... His canter is phenomenal to watch, he's not even relaxed and supple yet and his hind foot is already almost under his girth!! Trainer says if his front end is half as nice as his hind end, watch out world!
One Classy Lady: I get reports from her owner that Lady is really starting to shine in her lessons and is starting to work on 2'9" courses! Her owner is planning to take it easy, showing wise, this summer with Lady and will hopefully compete her in eventing next year or possibly this fall.
Bailey & I are going to GVRDC Combined Test this weekend to break out into the world of eventing. We'll be doing Intro. Then GVPC Spring Event doing Intro a couple weeks after that. He's been doing so well at jumping, it's like it's all finally clicking with him. We went on our first small trail ride last night too, and he was wonderful.
Not sure yet. I might if I can find a ride. Our next trip for sure though is GVPC Event on the 25th doing Intro.
Bailey did his first Intro at GVRDC Combined Test yesterday. He was a really good boy for our first time out. Warmed up great, but once we switched rings, his ADD kicked in. We got a 36.5% in dressage, which I was happy with considering he was really distracted & I tried my best to bring him back down.
He rocked stadium. My stupid insecurities flared up during warm-up, but my trainer got me laughing, and we went in and jumped everything clear....with 3' to spare, lol. I actually started to relax & laugh halfway through, and started to have a lot of fun.
buffalocolleen's Darkness Falls went to the Hamburg Equifest in March to ride in a dressage demonstration presented by Kathy Wood-Copa.
The atmosphere in the arena was waaaayyyyyy crazier than the video imparts! Tilly contended beautifully with fizzy friesans and spinny-frothy hanoverians, to say nothing of loudly cracking microphones and the general melee of everyone watching and equifesting around the edge.
She was a really good girl and just let me quietly steer her around through it all. What a good girl!
This past weekend, I finally rode my own FLF, Time Piece, in a hunter show! It was Timer's fourth show overall, and his first this year. He was such a good boy -- never peeked at a thing, just marched right around. I had a lot of rust to knock off, since I hadn't shown in the hunters in about 5 years, but Timer gave me a lot of confidence. A few rough spots to smooth out -- late lead change, jumped in to one line too slow -- but all in all not too bad a beginning of our show career together. These little jumps are just too easy for him!
Here's a video of one our our trips: http://youtu.be/6G_yyjvR3t8
Amastrike, we will be going to CR doing the Beginner Novice combined test, and cross country schooling if they have it on the 18th. Will you guys be there?
Yes! We're doing the Intro CT, and Intro B and C dressage tests.. C might get scratched if we can't get canter transitions better, we'll see on that. I might see about XC schooling if it's available, but that'll depend on how he is and how brave I am, lol. We'll have to do an FLF photo. Dr. Lignom is going, too.
ADVICE WANTED: Tips on getting canter transitions to be not terrible? It usually takes several tries and lots of very fast trotting before getting a canter. I'm asking the way I always do--sit the trot, inside leg at the girth, outside leg back a little, and I'm even using voice commands (which I very rarely do). Does he not understand how I'm asking? He does nice transitions on the longe without excessive effort on my part (say "can-TER" and wave the whip). I've been trying extra hard to keep my body up and relaxed so I'm not getting in his way or giving conflicting signals. We have 7 days to get our canter transitions halfway decent... or at least get them on the first try, lol.
J, The Jolly is pretty much my favorite mare ever. Shhhh, don't tell my mare!
Oh hey I'll be at CR! My friend is bringing her FLF (racing name was Personal Case) named Top Gun, who is another awesome horse. We will both be doing the Training CT and an extra Training dressage test. My super hubby Paul will be there with his camera
I remember seeing Top Gun at quite a few events I jump judged! I'm so excited you guys are coming! I didn't think you'd come all the way to Buffalo area when there's so much in Rochester. We'll have to have an FLF party!
Just a small update after Chestnut Ridge CT. Bailey was fantastic. We got 4th in Beginner Novice. His dressage test was the most focused it's ever been, so proud of him. He was great stadium, had a rail due to my own fault. Need to work on my confidence over fences. But overall, I was super happy about how we did. On to GVPC Spring Event next weekend doing Intro.