We had quite the late night yesterday at the horse show but it was definitely worth it! Cool hacked around a little and jumped a few small jumps. He was super good about getting on and off the trailer (something he can be really bad about) and settled in fairly well at the horse show. BF walked him around the warm up and the show ring when we first got there to calm him down and it really seemed to help. By the time I went to get on him he was pretty quiet as far as not spooking at anything, not that he's really spooky anyway. He was a little "bucky" at first but nothing bad...just dropping his head and hunching his back. Here are some photos of him!
Cool jumping his first fence with a person on his back!
Well, it's been raining all week and today is the day! I got a chance to finally turn Cool out yesterday for the afternoon before it started raining again, so hopefully he won't be a total looney toon. I tried to clean him up last night the best I could but it's far too cold outside to actually bathe him so he's going to need a really good grooming before we leave tonight. I cant stand taking horses anywhere out in public when they don't look their absolute best! My biggest dilemma is: what on earth do I do with his mane?!?
His mane is suppeerrr long and gorgeous and BF refuses to let me cut if off (I don't really want to anyway because its just so pretty) but it's pretty...non fashionable for a hunter ring. Not that he's showing tonight or anything, but I also don't want him to look like a black sheep. One of my friends suggested just putting it in a bunch of long braids but would that look even worse then letting it be long? Any suggestions?
BF is going to be taking pictures tonight...I will post them this weekend!
Of course it's been raining all week, which has given me basically zero opportunity to ride either Cool or Emmy this week.
I lunged Cool over a jump Monday after school and he was pretty good...very fresh and light on his hind legs (lol) but he actually picked up his feet to jump!
This Friday, my friend C and I are taking Cool and her 4 year old Canadian sport horse George to a local hunter/jumper barn to school. They are having a schooling show there this weekend so the course is open to school Friday evening. Cool probably wont be jumping much, but it will be good for him to get out and about! My boyfriend is going to come too and take some photos and videos! I would really love to take Emmy there but I think that Cool will have a meltdown if she leaves him alone in the barn. Oh the tragedies of having only two horses!
We will see how it goes...its super windy and POURING rain out right now so Cool is going to be REALLY fresh on Friday!
Here I am, back again with an update following the end of summer and they start of fall. I hope this time to come back to this blog more consistently now that I have some time on my hands.
I got Johnny back for about 3 weeks this summer when the people who had taken him on loan decided that they couldn't keep him. It was a glorious three weeks and it made me realize just how much I really did miss him! Unfortunately, sometimes money confines what it is that we really want...and with Emmy's expenses being totally covered by me (no more half lease) I just couldn't afford to keep him.
My boyfriend put a stall up in our barn basically overnight in order to give Johnny a place to stay, at least for a little while. It would be one thing if our horses could just live here at home year round, but our barn is no where near ready for winter (we brought the horses here this spring and before then the barn was never made to house horses) seeing as that we still have hoses run out to it from the house for water (no water line) and really no good place to store enough hay or bedding. The other problem is that BF refuses to drive his truck in the winter on the salted roads. His baby (the truck) came from South Carolina originally so there isn't a spot of rust on it and he wants to keep it that way. Geez...boys. So that would mean that we would need to get shavings and bedding delivered...which our driveway isn't entirely conducive for either. See? It's kind of a mess.
BF and I had previously decided that we would solve this problem by just boarding the horses out at a local farm November through May, just to make our lives easier and give us an actual place to ride. If we could keep the horses at home, Johnny could have stayed here forever, but I can't afford to board him and Emmy and neither can BF. I toyed with the idea of leasing one of them out, and then advertised both him and Emmy for half lease, but we live so far from my college (my main pool of horseback riders!) that no one wanted to drive almost 40 minutes to go ride a horse. During that time, a woman with a little lesson barn contacted me, having seen one of my ads for Johnny, and asked if she could try him.
I rode Johnny twice before he left, enjoying the feeling of being back on his back again. Cool warmed up to him eventually, but Johnny and Emmy's relationship was never quite the same. They used to be inseparable, but with Cool in the equation now, Emmy barely wanted anything to do with John. It was really a little sad.
My best friend and I dropped Johnny off at his new home late at night on a Thursday for a two week trial. I kept in touch with the woman every day, drove down there twice myself (announced and unannounced) to check on him. He actually settled right in and seemed happy as a clam! They started him in lessons the second week he was there and he took to it immediately! The barn owner updates her facebook almost every day with pictures and videos of him taking young riders around the arena over jumps. They have promised to never jump him higher than 2'3." I stop at the barn to see him once a week while I'm out that way doing my internship for school. He seems to really be content and I'm super happy with the care he's been getting!
Registered name: MRF Voyager Barn name: "Gimli" Breed: Miniature Horse/Pinto Pedigree: Unknown Date of Birth: July 3, 2013 Gender: Gelding Color: Sorral tobiano __________________________
Registered name: Silver Lining Barn name: "Gus" Breed: American Quarter Horse Pedigree: Hot Diggity Joe (Blazing Hot) x Dancin in Blue Time Date of Birth: April 14, 2005 Gender: Gelding Color: Dapple gray, snip __________________________
Registered name: Take Me Im Cool Barn name: "Cool" Breed: American Quarter Horse Pedigree: Call Me Phenomenal x Cool Take (Ima Cool Skip) Date of Birth: March 17, 2004 Gender: Gelding Color: Sorrel, blaze, front sock, hind stockings. __________________________
Show name: Emmy's Last Dance Barn name: "Emmy" Registered as: In Vogue Breed: Thoroughbred Pedigree: One For All x Last Spook (Buffalo Lark) Date of Birth: April 16, 1987 Gender: Mare Color: Bay, small snip __________________________
Show name: Walk The Line Barn name: "Johnny" Registered as: Scoreoneforjohnny Breed: Standardbred Pedigree: Final Score x Gypsy Leebrook Date of Birth: April 24, 1993 Gender: Gelding Color: Bay, white hind sock, small star. "7" branded on neck
- Reserve Champion (Ellrick Farm) - Limit Hunters (Cool) - 3rd place, Hopeful Hunter Over Fences, Chagrin Valley (Cool) - 3rd place, WPQHA Novice Equitation (Harlansburg, PA) (Cool) - 2nd place Hunter Under Saddle, Chagrin Valley Farms (Gus) - 4th place Hopeful Hunter Over Fences, Chagrin Valley (Gus) - 4th place, WPQHA Novice Equitation (Harlansburg, PA) (Gus)
~ IHSA Region 1 Qualifier ~ 4th place - IHSA Region 1 Finals (Painesville, OH) ~ Adult Reserve Champion (Emmy) - Chagrin Valley Farms ~ 1st place (Johnny) - Chagrin Valley Farms W/T/C Over fences ~ 3rd place (Johnny) - South Farm Combined Test
~Reserve Champion Rider Overall - LEC IHSA Horse Show ~5th place individual - IHSA Tournament of Champions ~8th place team - IHSA Tournament of Champions ~Zone 6 Regional Champion - Novice Equitation (Region 1) ~Reserve Champion - Zone 6 Championships (Detroit, MI) ~5th place - IHSA National Championship (Nashville, TN) ~1st place - Brecksville Kiwanis Horse Show Pleasure and Equitation