What a weekend!! As usual, I am late in sending out the Ellie video for week #10, but I have a good excuse. I was a little preoccupied with some intense competing! Aspen HT was this weekend, and this year did not disappoint! Suzy and Jon put on a class act show, Thank you for all the hard work!
Cochlear has always loved it at Aspen and Caber – two shows that make sense to his careful personality. He always finds the show jumping difficult, no matter the course, but he really likes the cross country at both those venues. Lear has not been the easiest of horses to train, he is so careful that he is nearly his own undoing sometimes. But I think I got the timing right and I know that he was prepared to make the big move up from training to preliminary. We had some really good points to the weekend and there were two points that I wish I could undo. But I only want to undo them because it would be best for Lear, but I cant protect him from all the lumps and bumps as he progresses down the path of education. All in all, I am thrilled that Lear made the step up, he was brave, fast enough and clean enough on xc. We will work on his form and perfection after a few more goes at prelim and he gets more comfortable with the height and complexity.
Now… back to Ellie:
Drum roll!!!!!….. Ellie will NOT be for sale at the October 5th Thoroughbred Show!!! Why, you ask?? Because Ellie is going to remain with me and continue her training to becoming my next fun event horse! I will continue with the blogs (but perhaps not weekly ;)) and give updates on how she is progressing. She will of course, be at the October 5th show to strut her stuff and show off her skills!
This week’s video focuses on a basic exercise that is beneficial for all young horses to practice every month.
and… photo above is by Jenn Hogan!
Other posts in this series...
- Ellie Week #13 (September 27, 2013)
You can tell by my latest video that the seasons have changed..... parka on, rain cover is on my saddle, and the arena has absolutely no dust. My quie
- Ellie Week #11 (September 17, 2013)
This is going to be a short blog and a short video is going with it. Ellie went to the Horse Park to get a few great rides in at a new venue. I did no
- Week #10 and Cochlear (September 9, 2013)
What a weekend!! As usual, I am late in sending out the Ellie video for week #10, but I have a good excuse. I was a little preoccupied with some inten
- Ellie Week # 8 & 9 (August 30, 2013)
First of all - look at that canter photo!! Isnt she uphill and fancy? Nevermind the sloppy screen shot! Click HERE for the video link! (now the normal
- The Last Say Week #7 (August 20, 2013)
This time of year, I wish I had a more calm job, not a different one, but one just a little less crazy. From here until October, I am going to be swam
- Panda and Ellie Week #6 (August 12, 2013)
I have written in the past about most of my horses: Dino, Boogie, Lear, now Ellie, and one funny one about Panda. And the blog was funny because Panda
- Ellie Week #5 (August 3, 2013)
Im back! and after a lovely week at Rebecca Farms I was so incredibly happy to come home and ride Ellie, Boogie and Cancun. Three exciting young horse
- The Last Say Week #3 (July 21, 2013)
And we are back! This week, Ive cut down the video to half the time.... hopefully I will gain more friends from this. I know that I often dont have th
- The Last Say Week #2 (July 14, 2013)
Hello everyone! I am really excited about this week's video. I am totally thrilled with how Ellie responded to this week's training, and I think its f
- Ellie Week #1 (July 5, 2013)
Week one is almost done, and I am really, really happy with Ellie! She is more lovely than I imagined, and I can tell that she comes from a home where she was well loved. She looks to everyone for cuddles and is very comfortable around people. Often, when I get a horse from the track, it takes a few months for the horse to realize that our stall cleaners are nice and won't boss the horse around. Similarly, when we feed food, that there is no reason to be defensive or worried. And it takes those a while to adjust to having a more friendly, working relationship with their humans.