This week I took Sparks to the Bartow County Saddle Club to participate in an obstacle clinic organized by my good mustang trainer friends Stan Smith and Rebecca Bowman. I was delighted to spend some time with my friends Cavin Graham and Cindy Brasfield as well. I tried something a little new with the vlog this week, providing extensive commentary on my training process throughout the day. I hope it is interesting, enjoyable, and maybe even a little helpful.
In the first of my Q&As, I answer the questions (1) how many horses do I have? and (2) how do I fit the right fit between horse and rider? I rode Sparks for the first time this week. There’s still a lot of ‘spark’ in him (you’ll see he kept me on my toes), and I need to be patient with this one, but it is really great to see him progress as we establish mutual trust.
As I was preparing for Christmas last week, I made a terrible discovery: a rat ate the glass balls right off of my Christmas tree! In less weird and more interesting news, I continue to make great progress with my newest mustang Sparks through ground driving desensitization and confidence training. I received an amazing gift box from Buckeye Nutrition filled with all my favorite candy bars. Super yummy. And I finally tell Johnny’s story and share some details about our plans for the coming year.
With visits from the vet, the chiropractor, and the massage therapist, this last week was basically one long spa day for the ponies. Fledge made an excellent all-terrain vehicle as we come to the rescue of a vet stuck in the mud, and I welcome a new mustang to the farm. Sparks has a lot of potential, but for right now we’re focusing on reducing his anxiety with a little bit of ‘equine therapy.’
This diamond in the rough will hopefully be a girl’s best friend. In this episode, I introduce my new Retired Racehorse Project project, Henri, and talk a little about what I look for in a horse.
After two years of wearing my diamond wedding band in the barn, I finally lost a stone. Lesson: the only diamonds you work with in the barn should be of the equine variety.
This week I went to Washington, DC to attend the USEA Annual Convention. I did some sight seeing and a little ‘shopping’ while I was up North. Thank you to Shannon Aukema from Soteria Equestrian Safety for making sure that I am outfitted with equipment that is both high performance and safe.
The struggle is real. In this week’s vlog, I visit Free Form Farm for a mini clinic, celebrate Thanksgiving with my family (the struggle is real), and get some magnawave therapy from my friends at Horses ‘n Motion. I also talk a little about my Jack Russell Ty Ty, who’s gluttony has gotten him into a lot of trouble over the years.
Hwin (aka ‘Sassy Britches’) completed her first training-level event at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida. She did great, especially considering that she had not competed since July. I’m really excited about this horse, and have my eyes set of doing prelim, and maybe even doing a one star with her some time in 2016.
I finally got the results back from my MRI. My foot is ACTUALLY broken, but life on the farm must go one.
Want to know how you can tell if your horse has stopped growing, and how to estimate how tall they are likely to become? Corteo (aka Tata aka Potato) help be to demonstrate the ‘rope test.’
Putting in some milage on Corteo and witnessing some serious mustang antics from goober-head Rune. As I drive down to Ocala, I explain a little bit about my love for mustangs, and why I ceased my breeding program to dedicate myself to the promotion of mustang adoption. Oh, and I also get an MRI on my broken foot and quench my thirst with some delicious pickle juice.
My first vlog! Learn about my feeding philosophy and get introduced to mustangs Arlequin and Emit.