Wednesday, 7 April 2021

A nice week

 We’ve been having fun since my last update, with more to come - I’m on vacation!

 So far, the weather has been very kind and we’ve had sunshine and warm spring days. It’s still too cold at night to really go wild planting the garden, which just means more barn time! 

Sophie’s still being worked a few times a week and thriving. I admit to second guessing myself this winter and comparing her to the other 4 coming 5 year olds already doing all the things, but I’m so glad I waited. She’s finally looking more like an adult horse ready for a job and she’s come back stronger and ready to go. She’s retained all the basics she learned last summer/fall and just looks good.


Here’s where I let you down by only having trailer and Bridget media. I’ve been trying to focus on the moment with Sophie and if I’m being honest, I low key dislike people taking pictures of me. So, I’ve left the riding media distraction off the agenda this week. But, Bridget is adorable, right? 😁

I’ve been keeping it low key on her - I am mindful I am not really brave enough to push the boundaries. Despite all my best intentions I find myself sending her little signals that maybe I don’t mean it: “Go forward, but my tense body says maybe not TOO forward, thanks!” Especially in canter, but I’ve caught myself doing it in trot too. Sophie’s generous enough to adjust accordingly, but I’m aware such riding might eventually lead to inadvertently shutting her down. That’s where R comes in! I’m very lucky to have someone willing to hop on and canter all around our giant club arena, letting Sophie find her balance with a rider with zero stress. ( I am far too prone to worrying about all the things going on in or around the arena and making excuses for why it’s not an ideal time to canter the baby horse) 


Resident deer was more interested in inspecting the new trailer than my horses ;)

Started organizing the tack room, realized I own a lot of blue items lol

There was a clinic this past weekend that I had on my calendar to attend, sadly I just couldn’t justify spending another $500 on horse things right this instant. But, there is always a silver lining - it was at our “home” arena and there was plenty of space to share. So, we took Sophie and accomplished many of the things I had wanted from the clinic - riding in a busy arena with other horses coming and going, and a show like atmosphere outside. 

Took no time at all to fill that up...and this is just “spare” stuff. I may have a problem.

In short, Sophie’s coming along really well, I am taking a bit of time to get my confidence on her, but it’s coming. We’re good.



I’ve been riding Bridget quite a bit to get back riding fit after my very slow winter. B is doing just fine. She’s having a little spring allergy flare up but still enjoys being a part of things. I’m forever grateful I’ve got my “old faithful” to fall back on when I struggle a bit with a young horse.

Trailer driving has been happening. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned I actually haven’t towed a trailer in years...and “back in the day” it was a boat with a pretty easy shot to the boat launch. So...this horse trailer thing where I can’t see over it is different and new. I’ve been practicing without the horses. I’m confident driving around, but backing up around corners is not a thing I am that great at yet. My husband is easily able to back it into tight spaces, which I appreciate, but I don’t want to be “that girl” getting the guy to park the trailer for me. So, I will keep practicing!







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  1. Sounds like you are making great progress with S. Nice trailer too!

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    1. She's back to being a good egg. This winter was challenging, to say the least :D

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  2. Sounds like there are lots of positive steps with Sophie!
    As always, B is such a model <3
    And A+ for practicing your backing skills - for the first year I just parked in spots that were easy to get out of or asked for help lol.

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    1. Where they are boarded the only way I can turn around is by backing into the driveway. The driveway is shared with a busy muscle car restoration place, so I feel extra pressured - not only with the traffic, but all the car guys standing around watching, lol

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  3. I feel you on the mixed messages - I'm at least more aware now and try not to do it but it isn't always easy!
    I'm still the worst at backing up the trailer, but I at least figured out how to maneuver it into my designated spot at the barn and I hardly ever have to back up with a horse inside.

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    1. If I ever have enough room, I'm building a circular driveway so no one has to back up, lol

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  4. I'm having the same issue re photos right now. Trying to focus on my horse and working in the moment, and also can't get/don't like pictures of me riding. It's a real struggle for blogging (:

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    1. Yes! I've made it this far with minimal riding pictures, but it's a love/hate thing for sure - I really love photography in general, and I wish I had more pictures of all the fun memories - BUT I am equally likely some days to look at the pictures/video of my riding and play mean girl to myself. I'm sorry you struggle with that too...we're our own worst critics for sure - you and Poet are a gorgeous pair.

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  5. Glad to hear you are getting to enjoy your ponies!
    The backing up just takes some practice - preferably without a horse on board. I watch this video every year as a refresher - he describes really well how to do that 90 degree back-up.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpRj8hGjOkI&t=91s

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    1. THANK YOU! Helpful video like that is really useful to me. I did my first efficient 90 degree back up this weekend thanks to his tip! (Then I immediately misjudged the next and had to go back and forth a bit, but it's coming!)

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    1. Thank you. It's not fancy but it seems very well built and will hopefully last me a very long time.

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  7. I also find myself making excuses about why I should wait to do the scary thing. Thank goodness there are people with less anxiety that can help us when we need. Also, super jealous of the trailer!

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    1. I've really let my anxiety get out of hand this winter :( So I very much appreciate R just hopping on and having fun. Slowly but surely, I am getting back to feeling more like myself.
      The trailer is so exciting to me - two plus weeks later and I still can't believe I actually own one!

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