2017 Down the Drain

Is it just me, or does it seem like the beginning of this year was eons ago…

Let’s see.. what happened this year? Some of this stuff seems like it happened so long ago… Then again, I have the memory of a gold fish… so yesterday was sooooo long ago! HA!

The big events for Joy:

  • Went on her very first trailer ride.
  • Went to her very first show!
  • Went to her very first lesson in an indoor arena.

 

First show!

The big events for me:

  • Went to my very first jumping lesson!
  • Jumped my very first line of jumps!
  • Cantered over a jump for the first time!
  • Have (almost) overcome (mostly) my fear of cross rails.
  • Audited the Charlotte Dujardin clinic.
  • Catch rode some really fun horses.

Jumping!

On top of that, Hubby and I put in some long, hard hours extending the arena. It feels so huge now. I’m loving it!

New arena

Some where in that mix, Hubby changed the paddock arrangement around so Joy would stop kicking Jessie off her food.

Oh, and I had some really fun times hanging out with other horse people this year. I’m hoping there’ll be more of that in the coming year!

On the sad side,  my super awesome dog,  Dax,  died this year.

I miss this big lug.

We had some rough times keeping weight on Jessie coming out of winter,  but sorted her out with a new feed program.

And then more issues with Jessie that lead to more changes in feed,  but I think we may have it sorted out again (I hope!).

I forced hubby to clean the barn gutters and roof,  so people would stop laughing at our gutter garden.

Great job Hubby!

I had some fun trail rides on Ava, and some rather exciting trail rides with Joy.

Ava!

But now it’s cold,  and there’s too much snow,  and all our equipment is breaking..



My back hurts, I can’t ever seem to get warm, my body aches, and there’s always fresh snow to shovel the next day.

I had to shovel snow just to open/close and close the gates!

I’m seriously over this year!

But… the optimist in me is looking forward to a fun filled 2018!

I’m hoping to get Joy to a dressage schooling show this spring (at least one), and I’m looking forward to riding with friend’s more this year. I’m also secretly hoping I can get Joy going over some low level jumps, and I’d like to get Ava out and about to go trail riding with friends or maybe even to a lesson or a show with her.

Which ever path you take, embrace the adventure.  Unless it’s snowing, then STAY INSIDE!

Stay safe everyone, and Happy New Year!

 

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It is bitterly cold. The kind of cold that makes your fingers numb within seconds, the snot freezes instantly in your nose, and the air hurts your lungs to breathe. Touching anything metal without gloves on is a sure fire way to lose some skin.

Everything is a massive undertaking to accomplish. Even just letting the horses out into the main pasture has become a slog.

 

I’m becoming convinced that the only way to handle winter is through inebriation.


 

I’m seeing people post pictures of themselves riding in indoor arenas, wearing their posh riding attire, while riding their perfectly clipped horses…

And then there’s me….

If I go much more redneck with this, I’ll be disbarred from the dressage community entirely.


There’s a facebook group I belong to where real life vet’s answer common people questions about horses. One of the questions was when is it too cold to ride. Vet made it seem like anything above 5 degrees was fine to ride in.

If this is true, this removes my most common excuse not to ride in the winter. Which is good, right? Except, Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

I keep trying to convince myself I’m more of a badass because I ride outside all year long, but secretly I really just want to tuck myself into an indoor for the rest of the winter.

frozen