Thursday, 21 March 2019

Educating Myself


April is going to be kind of fun, I think!

I kick off the first weekend of April auditing a Severin Pederson clinic. Sev is super positive and great with nervous riders and young horses. Since I'm in a baby horse training frame of mind, I'm sure I'm going to pick up some useful tips. I hope to take Sophie to one of his clinics later in the year when she's ready to go a little under saddle. Until then, I watch and I hopefully learn.

Bridget is glad I won't be interrupting her field time with such ambition.

The second weekend of April a barefoot trimming clinician is coming. I've booked a consult for myself and Sophie. Long term, I'm expecting to always use the available farrier, and I'm always open to shoes, but learning and practicing trimming is fun too and will hopefully alleviate my worries when there is not a farrier near to us.


So enthusiastic


The third weekend of April I signed up for a first aid/bandaging clinic. I'm pretty confident I know the basics, but a refresher is always good!

The last weekend of April, I'm planning to move Sophie to Bridget's barn. Yay!

Come on Sophie, let's go!

On the side, I've also signed up for some design courses once a week throughout April and May to (officially) benefit my work, but they will hopefully (unofficially) pay dividends down the road on this blog and the photos I post too.

And, never fear, my favorite person providing equine education is still available and I haven't given up lessons and showing forever. I plan on lessons with EC (my riding coach on the South Coast) making a return later in the summer after her busy competition season has slowed down and my budget is replenished. I'm crossing fingers she can help me get Sophie going in the fall, but even if Sophie is not ready, resuming lessons on Audrey would be good prep for me as well. Ideally, this time next year, I'd like to be planning Sophie's first summer of baby dressage shows and have her boarded with EC so I can take weekly lessons.

Fingers crossed she likes her future job

We're a month away from my new work schedule and a season of baby Sophie boot camp! Poor Bridget will be stuck in the role of babysitter, so expect lots of random outings for her this spring and summer because I'm pretty much going to sign her up for anything and everything available locally so she can drag Sophie with her.

I'm excited, because I actually love introducing babies to the world. It's the 4/5 year old 'why should I?' stage I dislike!
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    1. I'm excited - it's been a long winter!

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  2. wow your april sounds better than mine (Work travel for me) HA ! Enjoy!! sounds like such a gread month and I cannot WAIT TILL SOPHIE IS GOING UNDER SADDLE (Sorry B)! HA

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    1. Ha, my priorities are a bit suspect - I turned down work travel and conferences in April because I'm 'so busy' at home ;)

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  3. Dang April is going to be full of fun! How is March almost over already damn.

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    1. I accidentally posted this a week early, but yeah...March is flying by!

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  4. What fun! Like your own Pony Club education!

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  5. Wow, you have a packed month ahead of you!

    Cannot wait for Sophie-cation posts!

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    1. Sophie-cation. Perfect! I'm totally using that :)

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  6. oooh fun stuff to look forward to! i'll be curious about any neat tricks from the bandaging clinic! i've kinda had to figure out some stuff by necessity with charlie, but every time i watch a vet do a wrap, i learn something new haha

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    1. Right? I remember one put a pressure wrap on my girl when she had a nasty cut too old to be stitched. He told me to not touch it for a week. I'd never have that kind of confidence in my wrapping skills, but sure enough it healed without a scar :D

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  7. Sounds like a busy and fun month ahead!!

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    1. We have so few professionals coming here I've made it my mission to support and participate in everything! Kind of fun how it all happens in April :)

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  8. Learning is always fun and your plans sound perfect.

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