Still not much excitement around here. LOL! :D The past weekend was fairly warm and sunny, so I was able to ride. Unfortunately I felt under the weather so only rode on Sunday. I had time (and had planned) to ride all three mares. I rode Dreamy first and still felt icky, so I ended up just grooming Reva and Sparky. Truthfully, I don't think they mind hanging out. :D I did do more in-hand training with Reva, and I must say I am proud at how quickly the big mare has figured out how to stand square. :) Smart girl. Sparky pretty much just wanted the cookies, though she does like a good curry session. LOL!
Anyway, the sun was out and there was fresh snow in the field, but the footing was still excellent. It was deep, so I limited our ride to about 25 mins. We walked, trotted, and cantered with only a bit of "energy" when first cantering to the left. ha ha ha ;-D Dreamy was obedient and easy to ride, which was nice. Her canter was bouncy and SLOW. I know much of it is because of the snow, but even when on the "track" which is flat, her canter is really excellent. I am excited and hope this continues!!! :) Such a well trained mare! And her neck reining is just about perfect now........!!!!!! ;-D
I really hate this time of year, with the cold temps and no indoor. :( Every year we make it through, but man, it gets old. The worst part is that even if I had an indoor, there are many days where I would not even want to ride.....as I have said in the past, there is no use riding a horse with COPD in sub freezing temps! I know others may do it, but I just don't take chances like that. We can both just be stir crazy together. :P
I am so looking forward to the return of warmer weather and more daylight in the afternoons. If I can just get through February, the long and slow miles of conditioning will begin in earnest in March! :) That should not be too hard. February is a short month anyway, and will be full of fun things. This coming weekend is the Maine Dressage Society banquet, which is always a good time. I have two good friends coming with me, which makes me super happy! :) Dreamy and I have two horse shows to attend (part of a winter series, yay!) as long as the weather is cooperative for those two Sundays.....here's hoping! There is also a full week vacation for me from work! Yay! There are a few perks of being a teacher....LOL! And there is the long awaited weekend trip to New Jersey for the SPHO-NJ banquet! I am so excited for this trip! Good friends, good times. :)
Dreamy gets her first influenza shot for WEG this coming Monday. We had to reschedule twice already because of the weather. UGGG! :( Thankfully my vet has FEI horses in his practice, so is familiar with the routine of doing international show shot requirements. Plus his assistant is possible more organized than me, if that is possible! LOL! She has already typed up a full outline of what we need to do and we have already scheduled appointments. I fully expected the extreme regiment of shots, etc from WEG, being an international event and all, but the one funny part was the deworming requirements! LOL! My vet said this was a first for him, too. He actually has to deworm my horse and make record of it. Sounds silly but it is to prevent the spread of ticks, which does make sense. At least Dreamy did not need an FEI passport.....that would have been $300 I would NOT have wanted to spend! :P~ Luckily the WEG equine village folks realized that asking the demo horses for passports would be kind of stupid. Thank god people do use their brains at times! LOL!
Things for WEG are coming along well. I am very excited about this event, of course! We have an exciting idea for the jumping demo, and I have found Jessica from the USTA to be very easy to work with. :) Yay for promoting the breed! :)
We got a TON of rain yesterday, but thankfully most of the ice is gone because of good sanding (thank you husband!) and some warm weather/wind today. I hope the field is still in good shape to ride. Right now it looks OK, but who knows how it might hold up to horse hooves. :( Now if I can get through February, life will be good! Even when we get snow in March, it melts pretty fast. LOL!