Catch-up Post 3: Sister time

My little sister was in town for a work conference and we had previously told her we’d take her to the Safari park for a past birthday if she ever got her butt down to visit us. So she took this opportunity to get down the weekend before her conference and visit us.

Sunday, we took her to the animal park where she was extremely happy to pet the goats. We both did 4-H growing up and she had two pygmy goats that were her babies. One of them was extremely dog-like and loved her to pieces. Unfortunately, animals don’t live as long as humans so she was missing goats a lot. The petting zoo is meant for kids but we are kids at heart right? 😉

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After seeing the wild animals for a few hours, we went and rode Scarlet during the evening. It was quite fun to see someone else ride him. She hasn’t ridden in quite a long time but did pretty well. Her helmet almost flew off at one point due to her head being super small compared to mine. She got a bit of good trotting out of Scarlet after really working at getting him moving forward.

It was good to have someone to take pictures of and to watch ride Scarlet. I don’t get to see him move very often as I’m always the one on him. It looked like he was swinging his hips out a lot on the left lead canter but I’m not sure if that was the angle I was sitting at, her riding or him actually doing that. But it was cool nonetheless. And again, media!!!

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Catch-up Post 2: Bigger Jumpies

Continuing on the vein of we are awesome, more jumping happened.

On a weekday evening, I wanted to do some more jumping. The jumps were set a bit higher than I normally set them. Not a lot, maybe a hole or two. But I’m pretty conservative about setting my jump heights. It’s my biggest fear that I will set them too high and we will crash and Scarlet will get hurt and it will all be my fault. But after successfully doing the grid, I felt more confident that Scarlet and I were in sync about our jumping.

We had a good warm-up and I took us over a cross rail first. Scarlet’s gotten really good at just taking on a jump in a line and listening to me when I say to turn off and not go over the second one. We do that a lot when there are oxers or high jumps set on a line. After a couple of jumps, I turned us to a purple verticle set up on the short end of the arena. Scarlet jumped over it like it was nothing. I took it another time or two before heading to a verticle set up on the diagonal. This one was about a hole higher than the previous verticle. It is also about 3-4 strides off of the rail so the turn doesn’t leave one much time to prepare.

I was a little concerned about this one and wasn’t super sure that we were going to do well. I grabbed mane and…. took my leg off. Scarlet responded by slowing down and ending up with no momentum at the jump. He gallantly launched his whole body upward and levitated forward over the jump, saving my ass. Hanging on and praying was the wrong response. I appologized to him and we did it again, this time with me doing my part. And it wasn’t lovely, we didn’t hit the prefect stride to take off from but we made it over.

We did that verticle and the other one a few more times and Scarlet was just… so pleased. He kept launching himself well and with some effort even though we didn’t get it right each time. He definitely told me that he likes the higher jumps more than the smaller jumps. Okay buddy. I’ll try to put my big girl pants on and get us jumping bigger things with more frequency.

Catch-up Post 1: Grid work

Hi all. It has been a while since I’ve posted which is unfortunate because I had a lot of really awesome things happen with Scarlet that I’m really happy with. But the other things in life *cough*work*cough* have been burning me out so much that I just couldn’t make myself get on the computer to write about them. So the next few posts will be some catch up work.

First, let’s talk about some gridwork we did!

Scarlet and I had never really done gridwork together. I’ve never ridden it in a lesson before and didn’t really trust myself to set it up. We’ve ridden lines where there is a 4-6 stride length between two jumps. We haven’t done that much either as Scarlet has a tendency to rush jumps. We have been working on getting that to go away and he has gotten better on single jumps but two still gets him quite excited.

I was out on a weekend morning (no exact date is what happens when you delay too long Alex! SHAME!) and there was no one else out at the barn. There was a diagonal 1-3 line set up that I’ve been wanting to try with Scarlet for a while but haven’t had the guts to do with it all set up. Since I was alone, I thought this was a great time.

I took down all the jumps except for a small cross rail at the beginning, leaving the other two as a pile of poles. After a good warm up, we headed over the first jump. I tried very hard to get a good turn. The turn for the side with the one stride is a little tight from the corner but I wanted to go from the 1 to the 3 so we would have more time to regroup if we totally biffed it over the one stride. I got a decent turn with enough balance and Scarlet locked onto the fence. I did my best to just think forward and straight and not interfere otherwise.

He did great. We just cantered right on through. The one stride is quite long for small little Scarlet but he was quite happy to stretch for it and then rock his way through the three stride.

I had us to the first fence only again with a higher cross rail as I set it at basically ankle height the first time. He had no problems so I added the second fence. The turn was a bit sharper that time so we had a bit of an awkward stride into the one stride and it took a lot more jump to get over. I took us around it again and got a better angle. Scarlet happily hopped over both fences.

Then I put up the third fence. And Scarlet powered through it. I was so freaking proud of him. The one stride is a long one and then the three stride is pretty accurate. Scarlet really had to push for it but he didn’t feel like he was speeding up or trying to rush the fences. He did such a great job for me as he rocketed over them. I was so so so proud of him. And really disappointed no one was out there to really watch.

There was a girl lunging her horse in the round pen and I was so happy with Scarlet that I told her what we did and that we’d never done it before. She said “Oh I missed it! Go do it again!” So I did. And she watched. And she saw how awesome my little horse is.

It felt a little silly to want/need someone else to tell me how awesome we were but I’m okay with it. The grid was something we did on our own, no help, no instruction and we rocked it. I’m looking forward to trying it again and doing more jumps like this in the future.

The Focus is on Fun

I’m definitely focused on improving what I can while riding Scarlet. But I also want to make sure that I am not drilling him. Scarlet can do a bit of repetitive work but drilling ends up making him tense and anticipatory. He stops listening and just tries to do what he thinks comes next. So I want to make sure that I mix up my rides and ensure that he is doing things that he has fun with as well.

Friday, Holly happened to be riding the same time as I was. We both warmed up and then hopped around some jumps. I specifically kept us to the itty bitty ones and focused on either grabbing mane or exaggerating my release. Scarlet was happy to canter around and go over more jumps so it looks like he is not holding a grudge about being yanked on last time. Even so, I didn’t want to push it and decided we were done with that so we could have good progress.

Uno lept over a few higher lines of jumps and one ~3ft oxer. He was feeling it and kept playing after the fences. Once Holly got a line where he was good and didn’t play too hard, she called it quits as well. Then we agreed to go around the trail as a cool down.

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Buddies!

Scarlet was so behind my leg while we started out but he wasn’t misbehaving. Uno actually had a few problems of spooking and spinning while we were out there. And guys? Scarlet did nothing. He was so unbelievably chill while Uno freaked that I have no words to really describe my feelings. He just stood there and waited for him to calm down, then we walked off again. We have probably 3 of these incidents and in all of them, Scarlet calmly waited without getting worked up himself. I was so impressed with him and just so happy that we could go around the trail without getting tense or feeding off the other horse.

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GIANT thistle we rode past.

Saturday I wanted to ride a bit of bareback again so I put the pad on him and off we went. Scarlet really seems to enjoy when we do a warm up lap around the barn. I like it as well because it adds something new to our routine. After we warmed up, I had us trot around the back arena. I worked really hard on feeling the rhythm of the trot and not pulling my legs up. I think I got it down fairly well because Scarlet kept trying to speed up in the trot. Not like he was trying to run away but like he wanted to go back to a normal trot speed, not his slower sitting trot. I’m hopeful that I’m getting better at it, even if I still feel like a potato sometimes.

I really focused on using my seat and legs for turns and keeping him forward. I think that I should probably do more bareback riding, even if it’s not as good of a workout for Scarlet. I really focus on myself and my position a lot more when the possibility of falling is imminent.

Bonus: I got this little guy in the mail from Pony for a Pony this weekend! XD He is so cute and I love him so!

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Holy Lateral Movement Batman!

Scarlet was amazing on Sunday! I went out with the plan to maybe try a bit of shoulder in and some spiraling circles at a trot to work on stretching and lateral movement a bit. We haven’t been working on lateral movement much since I have been more focused on moving forward and feeling like he is lifting his back lately. But I want to make sure that I practice different things and work on other skills. Especially since my rides have been getting a bit monotonous lately.

We were able to get the back arena to ourselves on Sunday morning. People leave barrels and jankey poles lying in that arena all the time. Most of the time, I just ride around them but this time I wanted to be able to actually use the middle of the arena and not have to worry too much about steering around anything. I turned Scarlet out in the arena while I moved the stuff around. He got a good roll in and then just watched me move stuff. He didn’t want to come with me to the gate so I just left him there and got my saddle and stuff out at the crossties. The grain comes from the same tack room so he was tricked into thinking I had grain for him and came to meet me once I came back.

We warmed up at the walk and trot. I wanted to make sure we had lots of walk breaks since it was so hot but I still wanted to get some good work in so I decided to stick the shoulder in work during the walk break rather than after cantering. I had to correct my aids a bit but he figured out that I meant for him to walk somewhat sideways pretty easily. One side is always better than the other but we got a good half of the arena length in each side. So much better than the few steps we had done previously. I decided to ask for some leg yeild work since we were already doing lateral movement. He moved quite easily off my legs (a real shock). Our walk lateral problem has generally been that he goes too sideways. This time, we were able to get a bit more forward in there.

After the walk work, I asked him to pick up a canter and we warmed up on the right lead first. I was able to do lots of 20 meter circles at any point in the arena since I had moved all of the stuff out of it. We were in the center doing a circle when I thought “Can he spiral at the canter?”. And so I tried it. First I asked him to move toward the outside of the arena. We did, though not at as steep of an angle as we can at lower speeds. I think he wasn’t entirely sure what I was asking him. Then I asked him to spiral inward. We got to quite a tight circle before I allowed us to go back to the rail.

I was pretty stoked with his movement and decided to be really bold. I asked him to attempt a leg yeild while cantering. Now, I was really expecting almost nothing from this. I have never asked him to do this and I was not expecting him to just do it. Lateral work is hard. But he did! Not fantastic but we got about a quarter of the arena over. Twice! I was so happy with him. I let him take a walk break and then we did it on the left lead. This time, the spiral in and out was easier as he understood that I was actually asking him to move sideways. The leg yeild was about the same but I was so flipping proud of him.

After another walk break, we did some trot leg yeilds across the arena. Those could use a bit more energy but he worked so hard and listened so well that I was just super happy with the ride. I gave him a bath afterward as he was really sweaty. He didn’t appreciate that but I’m sure he felt better. He definitely liked the treats I shoved into his mouth while we were bathing.

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Terrible lighting but look at how long his mane is!

The Heat of Summer

It looks like summer has fully come upon San Diego. It was weird/nice to have high 60s for a while during May. It was quite nice for riding but definitely weird. Its been 80s for a while now with an occasional upper 70s day.  Since I ride after work, for the most part, it’s been a bit more difficult. I’m trying to make sure that I manage Scarlet’s walk breaks a bit more. He handles the heat way better than I do. I think its the Arab in him. As long as he has had enough water during the day, he sweats and stays cool. The only effect the heat seems to have is that he gets a bit lazier.

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Partial side eye

I’ve been out riding a lot lately, much more than the past few months. I’ve been getting consistently 5 days a week for a while now. Scarlet has been behaving consistently well and listening to me. I’ve made a concerted effort to be quiet with my lower leg when riding and to use leg aids before hand aids and it seems to have made a difference in his responsiveness. I also changed how I wear my spurs. At my last lesson Trainer D moved my spurs beneath my stirrup rest so that I can give spur aids only when meaning to. I’ve kept them there and I really prefer it. I’m not good at asking with my calf and use my heel for most of my aids. The way my spurs sit now, I can ask and then really insist on the aid. I’ve felt like I’m getting much better responses during rides.

Scarlet and his buddy Uno got turned out a bit together this last weekend. Holly and I were both there to watch to see if they fought. They had… so little reaction to each other that we felt silly for being so overprepared. Scarlet ignored Uno and went straight to roll. Uno was a bit more interested and Scarlet squealed at him as he came up while Scarlet was down. He was able to roll again later in order to really get that good scratch. Then they just stood next to each other and played bitey face. Scarlet kinda herded Uno around a bit. I never would have taken him for the dominant in a group but he was trying to take that role. Holly and I are going to do another supervised turnout or two and then we will feel pretty good about allowing each other to just grab the horses and throw them out into a turnout. It will be very good for them.

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Uno (His other eye was removed when he was young).

We had a flub up earlier this week when we were jumping. I was thinking of connecting two jumps in a curving line. They were crossrails and I thought Scarlet wouldn’t have a problem with it. However, the directions to jump in that I normally take would require us to change leads over the jump. I’m not sure I can do that. I haven’t asked Scarlet to land on a particular lead off of jumps (something on my list now). So I considered it and thought we could probably make a different slightly tighter turn than normal and stay on the right lead for both jumps.

I turned us in and we met it so terribly. I didn’t hold my position well and jerked on his mouth as well as flopping hard on his back. He was very good and launched us over it anyway. I apologized to him and circled so we could approach the jump from a normal angle from us. We cantered up and he just stopped. Not dirty, not hard, no sideways movement. He just said, “No, I don’t really want to do that one again.” I was a little shocked and circled to trot over it. He tried to stop again but I had enough leg that he had to hop over it awkwardly. I jerked on his mouth again and felt terrible. So I cantered us around, loosened the reins and grabbed mane. He jumped that one without as much hesitation and I kept out of his way. I called it a day after that.

Literally all of that was my fault and I felt/feel terrible about it. I was just having fun hopping over things and I wasn’t doing my part to make the jump really happen. I need to practice holding my position at all points over the jump. I don’t hold it enough on landing. I need to just practice the two-point more. I also need to make the release a much higher priority so that I don’t yank on his face. All things to work on for me, not him.

He didn’t seem to hold a grudge though and we had good rides after without any issue. Thursday we had some freaking amazing trots right off the bat. He was light and connected and moving forward. I was so happy with it. The canter wasn’t as good, very up and down. The canter is still very hard for us to improve. I would love some instruction on what is good because his canter feels good as long as it isn’t up and down but I don’t think he is trying very hard or lifting most of the time. Always something to work on.

Question for those of you who ride with dressage whips: how do you switch sides with your whip when you switch directions? Or do you not? I like having the whip on the inside side to give a bit more enforcement if I need it though I can do it with the whip in one hand. But when I change, any connection I had gets lost when my reins move around to change.

Long Weekends

*All pictures posted are with the permission of the kids’ mother*

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend (if you got it off). I love long weekends because I can still be productive and have a full day of being lazy without feeling guilty.

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Saturday our friends came down to visit and the mom and kids went with me to ride Scarlet. They’ve been out once before and seemed to have a lot of fun. I tried to see if the used tack store had any children’s stirrup leathers as they are so much shorter than me. They did not so we had to resort to shortening my stirrups all the way and then putting their feet in the leathers on top of the stirrups instead of in the stirrups proper. It worked well enough for a 5-10 minute walk in circles.

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I rode first to make sure Scarlet wasn’t feeling too good. He wasn’t, per normal, so I threw their mom on the lunge line and had her just focus on riding the gaits. Scarlet’s trot is… hard to sit if you aren’t able to get him lifting his back at all. So I ended up having her walk and canter for a bit. She used to ride when she was younger but has forgotten how much effort it takes. 🙂

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After she rode, I stuck the oldest kid on. Last time, I just walked them around on the lead. This time, I wanted them to focus a bit more on actually learning to ride. Since they both wanted to come ride again, I took it as a good sign. We worked on her starting and stopping Scarlet. Unfortunately, my saddle doesn’t make it easy for her legs to signal to Scarlet but we managed to get a light pony kick and vocal commands to work out pretty well. After that, I had her practice it in a circle around me on the lunge line. I then had her let go of the reins and practice moving her arms out and around to help her remember that she had balance without holding onto the saddle. She even trotted a bit, though that was pretty bumpy and she didn’t like it as much.

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Afterward, her little brother got on. He is super enthusiastic about grooming and giving Scarlet treats. It’s really funny to watch because he is so small that he doesn’t even clear Scarlet’s legs but he will stand there and give it all he’s got. Scarlet had a bit of trouble figuring out that the small creature had food at first but afterward he would constantly sniff him to see if he had treats. I ran through the same process with him as I did with his sister, here is how to go, how to stop. We practiced that a bit and then I had him balance on his own as well. He did very good with that. He wasn’t as interested in trotting but he did do about half a circle. Trotting is pretty overwhelming and while Scarlet is a small horse, its a long way off the ground for a kid.

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We called it a day there and put him away. Scarlet was glad because he kept giving me side eye as each new person got on. I could practically hear him saying “Again? What on earth are you doing to me cookie lady?!”

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Saturday I took a completely lazy day but I went out Monday morning. Holly happened to be out lunging in the arena so I took Scarlet over after tacking up to say hi. He and Uno sniffed each other over the fence and played bitey face a bit. It was all completely friendly and not too enthusiastic. We are pretty confident we can introduce them over the fence another time or two and then put them out together after a ride and supervise. We think they would just play but play can get dangerous if they get too into it. We’d rather take it slow and then be able to safely let them have some horse time than get too ambitious and end up with injuries.

We had a good ride after that and I felt pretty satisfied with my weekend overall.

Riding Lesson (Five months delayed)

When life gets busy, the non-essentials fall off the wagon. In my case, work got crazy and I only had so many spoons to use. Those did not get used for scheduling riding lessons, though I had time to do so. I went out and rode during those days, which takes just as much time as a lesson. It doesn’t, however, require a text message to schedule a lesson. Sometimes, that extra step is just too much to handle.

But! Now that my work and life has slowed down a little bit, I got a lesson scheduled for Tuesday!

I got to ride Brad again. I didn’t bring my saddle this time because I wasn’t sure if I should. (Not sure why I didn’t. I think I had some idea that it wouldn’t fit or whatever) Next time I will bring my own saddle and that will hopefully work.

We started off on the flat over some ground poles to warm up. We were going to head to the big jumping arena but there was another lesson finishing up so we had to wait a bit.  Brad was reluctant to move out at first because hey, working is hard. I got after him a bit and we got marching. At the trot, I was able to get more of a rounded frame than Trainer D was expecting. 🙂

We trotted and cantered over some ground poles set on the outside lines. Trainer D wanted me to keep the same pace and weave over them as I saw fit. She wanted me to focus on pace, where my hands were and that I didn’t lean forward. Basically, keep focused on pace and not anticipate the pole.

We went out to the jump arena since the lesson was concentrated on a few fences on the right. Trainer D told me to be careful of the guy who was taking the lesson as he isn’t safe to ride around. She said he would run you down without a second thought. That was disconcerting to say the least but we didn’t really have an issue.

Trainer D had me work on getting up and down from my two point at the canter and not removing my calves from Brad’s sides. If I did, he would break from the canter to the trot. He is a very honest horse. He is completely willing to do anything but I have to tell him correctly. He will literally do anything so I cannot mess up because it shows what I am doing. It’s a great quality for a lesson horse because my flaws and habits really get worked on.

After I got that under control, Trainer D had us canter over a crossrail a couple of times. The first time, I didn’t lean forward. I generally have the habit of anticipating the jump but this time, I didn’t lean forward enough at the jump. The next time over, I relaxed and trusted myself to sit back enough and followed correctly. Trainer D switched it to a vertical and we hopped over that as well. Then we did two verticals in a row away from the barn. That went okay. I had to keep the impulsion up through the turn and not slack on my legs through it. Brad glanced at the shadow in front of the tiny vertical and ended up chipping a stride in there. We went through a second time and he remembered that shadows don’t need to be stared at.

We went through it going home and Trainer D suggested we get it in 9. We did, but the last stride was a somewhat hastily added one as Brad had sped up toward the barn. The next time over, I asked for him to slow down and had to ask twice as we ended up getting a deep spot to the first fence and landing longer than I had expected. But Brad listened well and we made a nicely fitting 9 strides.

I’m so glad I got to take another lesson and I’m going to do my best to take another one next month instead of waiting five months again!

Working on Feeling

I was able to ride three times last week before I had to fly up to Sacramento to prepare my parent’s surprise party for their 30th anniversary. I’m trying to make sure that whatever we work on is still very focused on stretching and bending. I’m always concerned that Scarlet’s age is going to cause him to suddenly stiffen up to the point where he cannot work anymore.

Monday, I just wasn’t feeling riding much but I needed to get out there because he needs the work. I decided to try a walk-trot only ride, which we don’t do very often. It allowed me to just focus on my posture for the posting trot and do lots of bends and serpentines. It was a good change to a much calmer ride overall.

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Tuesday, I really wanted to work on keeping his weight off of his forehand. I’d noticed recently that when I worked on transitions within gaits or coming back to a trot after a canter, Scarlet felt a lot more downhill than normal. I worked on half halting as well as transitions between gaits to get him shifting his weight back some more. It felt good, but I’m never 100% sure I’m feeling the correct thing. But, the subsequent rides have felt less heavy so I think I’m on the right path.

I also worked on ensuring that shoulders followed the bend on circles, both him and mine. My balance and position have gotten lazy recently and I noticed it when I rode M recently. Keeping Scarlet’s shoulders between the aids is difficult but adding my shoulders on top of that makes it mind-blowingly difficult. It’s funny how many things you need to do to ride that become super difficult if you focus on them. Thinking this way, it’s quite impressive that I ever got to the point of being able to do multiple things at once on a horse.

After we worked, I decided to jump a bit. None of the jumps were set tiny, which I wasn’t in love with. I like to trot/canter Scarlet over a bitty jump as a “hey we are jumping now” warm up. But I’m also lazy and didn’t want to get off to adjust any of them so I had him walk to the smallest cross rail and take a look at it.

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He really wasn’t impressed.

He hopped over it without any shenanigans. And then I turned him and went over a few decently sized verticals. And then called it a day. I like doing just a bit of jumping with him pretty often when he isn’t in great shape. Also, it enforces that this is fun and not something that we drill.

Friday it decided to rain which was weird. It wasn’t really rain, more like spurts of heavy mist but still weird. It was very cool, in the upper 60s. It had been 90 recently so this cold weather really got all the horses excited. Scarlet was mostly pretty good but he definitely was feeling himself. I didn’t ask for too much from him as he was doing his best to just listen. It was good to get out, even if it was weird weather.

This week, Scarlet’s dinner had another flake of alfalfa in it. I’m not sure if I mentioned it here, but Scarlet has been getting a bit porky looking. I thought it was due to my lack of riding in the recent months, though he has been out 2-3 days a week on average if not more. Then, I was out when they were feeding dinner (which is normally about an hour before I reach the barn) and saw that he had alfalfa in his feed. Scarlet gets a flake of alfalfa and a bunch of grass in the morning and then all grass in the evening. He doesn’t need more as he is a) an easy keeper and b) not working super hard. It turns out Scarlet has been getting alfalfa twice a day, which definitely contributed to the preggo belly he is sporting right now. I complained to the barn owner and she said she’d talk to her guys. I can’t get out there early enough to check on it but I started watching for alfalfa remnants in his feed. This week, I was able to see half of a flake in there. I emailed her again.

I got an email response that said she talked to them and it was the other guy this time and it probably happened due to most other people having alfalfa fed at night to keep their horses warm. Did I want to change my feeding? I almost said yes.

But then didn’t.

Why should have to change my horse’s feeding schedule? He isn’t getting anything complicated: 1 alfalfa in the morning with grass and grass at night. A and G on the signs. It’s not complicated. So I said no, I want him to have it in the morning. Definitely ruffled my feathers a bit that her suggestion wasn’t to enforce that the horse gets the correct feed when this has happened multiple times but suggest that I change to match. I’m not the only one that feeds different hays during the day. Everyone has their own personal balance between alfalfa and grass. It should not be a problem which order it is in the day.

Hopefully, this will not keep happening. I’m working on uping our riding time with some longer trot sets to get him burning off some of the fat he has stored. If he goes back to his normal food schedule, that should be enough to get him back in shape. Fingers crossed.

Del Mar Grand Prix

Saturday was the Del Mar Grand Prix. I went last year with Karen and I knew that I wanted to go again. It was so much fun last year. I’ve been hanging out with a few people from my barn more often. In light of that, I thought that it would be fun to gather a group of people together for the show. It ended up being Holly, her bf, Kristen, and Karen. Unfortunately, Karen ended up not being able to make it suddenly the day of.

We all met at the fair and wandered around the vendors a bit. I got a rootbeer float and some kettle corn as a treat. I got enough kettle corn to share but everyone else didn’t seem interested. They each only had a few pieces and I ended up eating about half the bag myself.

This year was a lot warmer than last year. I brought a big jacket but I didn’t need to put it on at all this time. Oh well, at least I was prepared in case it had gotten cold.

The first part of the show was a celeb ultimate trail course. A few of the riders for the grand prix were in it. A movie star/tv star that Holly recognized and the CEO of the fairgrounds rode. It was pretty funny to watch as they all were doing their best but not quite getting the precision you’d see in professionals of that style. A lot of the horses had glitter on their butt. One horse had glitter all over his body. He glowed like a holographic picture under the arena lights.

The show was awesome. The course had a lot of turns and long distances that you had to push for followed by lines that rode shorter. It was amazing to watch everyone go around. There were a lot of noisy people in the audience behind me that either were drunk or just really really into the show as they yelled during at least 50% of the jump attempts.

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Michelle Parker and Cupilor were the winning pair after a 9 pair jump off. The top three pairs at the finished ended up going one after another and each one beat the previous time by a large chunk .5-1 full second. It was amazing to watch these people fly around these long distances and clear huge boxy oxers at speed. It was awesome to watch and I had a lot of fun watching with friends.

I didn’t take as many videos as I did last time and I don’t have anything from the winning pair but here are two videos of the main course for your pleasure.