Thursday, June 30, 2011
Not much has been going on. After I got back from Inavale I felt really sick for two days. Today I felt 100% better and went to ride Jetta. That was fun. She was a complete and total brat, but that's what I get for abandoning her in the pasture for over a week! I had a tummy ache after riding her, so I decided to quit on a semi-good note and not push her too much farther. On our walk back up to the barn I had an allergy attack which confined me to the house until I got it under control. Having trouble breathing is not fun!
We rode around the pasture and she was actually not too, too terrible. She did pull on me a lot and threw in a few bucks when I asked her to canter, but it could have been a ton worse. Of course, with all of that pulling she did (and I did back) I got a massive blister between my middle and ring finger. Ouch. It hurts. What is with me and blisters?! This is my third one in less than a week, geez! But it's my fault for allowing Jetta to pull so much and for forgetting to wear my gloves.
The goal is to ride her every day until next Tuesday, when we head off to a three-day clinic. I'm beginning to feel some major doubts about my decision to sign up because of Jetta's behavior. I'm guessing I'm going to be among the minority - probably the only one with a half-trained Thoroughbred! Two girls I know are taking their FEI level, imported Warmbloods. Sigh... So jealous, I just have to keep reminding myself that I love my horse, I love my horse.
Somewhere in there Jetta's going to get a bath so she can get all pretty and then we need to work on our trailering skills. I'm thinking that is going to be a whole load of fun. It's not the getting in the trailer that's the problem, it's the tying and getting shut in with the divider that's the problem. I will come armed with a head-bumper. I promise I'll take pictures of her with it on because I'm sure she's going to look pretty hilarious with a "horse helmet" on. Heehee :) And we might even squeeze in a lesson with JF sometime this weekend, I hope. I also plan on taking up jumping lessons again with RC, but this summer I will be riding Jetta. That's kind of a scary thought... but I'm really looking forward to developing Jetta into a jumping horse, especially since we now have Inavale to look forwards to next year!
Well, I promise I'll try to post more often!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I was super nervous because this round could have determined if we placed in the ribbons or not. The jumps were incredibly over decorated and there was one that I dubbed "the scary jump". I was scared that we'd have a refusal but I was determined not to let that happen! It was finally my turn and at least I remembered the course! The course was very well designed, it rode super well and was a smooth and fun ride.
Jazz was a little wiggly to the second jump that was covered in flowers but I kept my leg on and we made it over. The scary jump was barely even looked at by Jazz, I think I was more scared of it than she was! The next four jumps went smoothly, then came the "sunshine" combination. I turned pretty tightly so Jazz didn't get a good look at it before we approached so she gave it the hairy eyeball. I crack myself up sometimes - I yelled at her to "git over it!" and she did! We had a time of 1:04 and the maximum was 1:21. Yay!
Unfortunately that wasn't enough and even though most of the other riders got at least one jump penalty, it wasn't enough to make up for all of the penalties I incurred over cross country. But it was a learning experience at least. It was my first event so at least now I know that XC is the most important! Even though I placed 4th in Dressage and double clear in Stadium, XC is worth the most. The second place girl had originaly placed 11th in dressage! At least that means I can stop stressing about my test :)
But even without bringing home a ribbon it was still worth every penny I paid. I had a blast even though I am slightly worse for the wear - covered in bruises and blisters and I think I pulled a muscle in my thigh, lol. I wish I could afford more than just one horse trial every summer, but that would be hard given that the closest trials besides Inavale are in Washington :(
|The "scary" jump that wasn't all that scary!|
|Camera issues = blurry pictures, but this is still one of my favs!|
|First in the sunshine combination - the actual "scary" one.|
|Final jump! So happy that I made it all clear!|
|Such a cute jump!|
One of the greatest things about this weekend was the people. I love horse people and the people at this event were awesome. The first example is just how friendly and enthused about their sport everyone is. Heading for XC I had several people I didn't know wish me good luck and tell me how well the course ran. After I was done with XC a lady I didn't know ask if she could borrow my crop for her round. I gave it to her and told her what row I was in so she could return it. I wasn't really sure I would get it back, but later that day I found it sitting in front of my stall waiting for me.
The last, and most awesome example of how great eventers are, is when my trailer broke. The part that you turn to raise the trailer up and down wasn't working and we couldn't get it to go up. We asked a guy sitting by his trailer, enjoying a beer if he had a wrench and could help us and miraculously he did! He found a wrench and used that and his leatherman to pull apart the thing-y to see if there was something he could fix. Unfortunately it was something deep inside the piece of equipment so he couldn't fix it so he ended up un-bolting the whole thing so we could take it out and get going. It took him almost an hour and when we thanked him he just said "That's what people do - we help eachother." I love these people :)
I can't wait for next year! It will finally be Jetta's turn. The poor horse must be feeling neglected because I've ridden her once since I've gotten home, but I'm sure she's enjoying her freedom in the pasture!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Jazz was just phenomenal today. First up we had dressage at 8:45 - I was super nervous which of course didn't help. Jazz was being super good about being responsive to my leg though with all the excitement going on she was a little tense in her neck and not as bendy as she should be. We had an ok test - she spooked at the letters (very unlike her!) and then was counterbent for most of one circle and had a couple jig steps when we were supposed to be walking. I ended up getting a 34, which I was pretty happy with and I placed 4th in my division! Out of 16, I was pretty happy with that. The comments on my scores were pretty lame though - the only negative comments were "counter-bent" and there was one positive comment for my free walk. Oh well, I know what we needed to work on anyways. But I was glad to get that over with!
Then I walked the cross country course. I had to work yesterday so I only got to walk the course once (this morning). Considering that it was pretty good! The XC went amazing, I am in love with my horse! She did refuse at the second fence (twice! naughty pony) and I don't really understand why - probably a combination of the jump judges sitting close and Jazz was like "what are you doing there!" and then there was a gravel path right in front of the jump so Jazz was looking at that instead of the jump and I don't think I rode her strongly enough up to the jump. Oh well, after I got her over that jump she was perfect! Barely even glanced at anything else. We ended up getting penalized for the two refusals and some time faults as well - we were almost a minute over optimum even though we were booking it! We are now in ninth place. But I had such a blast! I am super exhausted, especially after all that walking. I have a blister on the bottom of my foot and it hurts! I'm being a baby and trying not to walk anywhere because it hurts so tomorrow's not going to be fun. My dad said that I can use the golf cart next year which will be soooo nice. I now really, really want a ribbon. They give them out all the way to eighth so I have to move up one spot in stadium. Usually we have no refusals so we just have to make the optimum time. The only problem is that I don't really have a lot of experience in judging how fast we have to go in order to make time, so we're probably just going to go as quickly as possible without getting out of control :) Wish us luck!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I'm so excited for Inavale!!!! I'm slighly past the I'm-so-excited-I-can't-sit-still stage to the I'm-so-nervous-I- feel-sick stage. But mostly excited! I have dressage tomorrow at 8:45am and XC at 11:11am. Let's hope that it all goes well! As long as I don't forget my dressage test and I hope we have no refusals on XC though there's a pond, ditch and brush box that may be a little scary on the approach. Inavale was mentioned on Eventing Nation - so neat! I'll post how it goes tomorrow!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It's finally decided to be beautiful today! Almost 80 degrees. I feel like I'm going to die of heatstroke but then I think of how it'll feel when it reached 90 or 100 degrees!
Guess what I got in the mail today? A new helmet!! So excited and it's just in time for Inavale this weekend. It fits perfectly. In fact, I'm sitting here wearing it like a dork while typing this, lol. I forgot I had it on!
The horses looked adorable this morning - they were all snoozing and everyone but Jazz was laying down. I'm off to go ride Jetta then ML and I are going to go to a local horse trails park and go scavaging for somewhere to swim. I found this beautiful, crystal clear pool last year that was swam in, tucked into the woods so I hope I can find it again!
Monday, June 20, 2011
It was super funny - they couldn't figure out whether to run or eat first so they alternated - ran a few steps, grabbed a mouthful of grass, ran and bucked a little more, ate a bit more. Very cute.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Don't know what caused it - she's had the same bedding, same hay, same grain. Didn't get turned out in the past two days, didn't get sprayed with anything. Weird. She was sooo itchy too. I ended up not riding her and just gave her a bath so hopefully she'll be a little less itchy. I hope it goes away soon! I feel so bad for her, she just looks terrible :(
In other news, Jazz got her blood pulled for her Coggins today - the Inavale show is 8 days away! Let the countdown begin :) She's going to get a bath sometime this week and another one next week so I can make sure that she looks her best. She got all of her whiskers and bridlepath trimmed up, now I need to get started on cleaning tack and getting everything together. I'm so excited!!! For that and Jetta comes home this Sunday!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
|Mouth ulcers can result from eating toxic plants - this is what |
Jetta's sores looked like.
|Buttercup - part of the Ranunculus genus.|
|Bracken Fern - very common in the NW. Toxic even if it is dried and baled into hay.|
|Milkweed - I think most people know that |
milkweed is poisonous, but if not, take note!
|Red Maple is another common toxic plant.|
|Azaleas are toxic to all animals - including your dogs!|
|Cherry (all varieties) and peach, are toxic because they produce cyanide.|
|Oleander is very toxic|
These are just a few of the plants that can be toxic to horses, just doing a quick google search will turn up a whole bunch more!
Source: Understanding Horse Nutrition - Poisonous Plants
The best treatment is prevention. We mow our pasture to keep the weeds down. Know where your hay comes from and check for toxic plants in the hay. Make sure that there are no toxic trees in or bordering the pasture. If you suspect that a horse has eaten enough of a plant to cause major physical problems or enough to be fatal, don't hesitate to contact your vet for advice and/or treatment!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Anyways, is there someone out there that wants to make me a new blog header? :) I have failed majorly at trying to make one - they're either too big or too small, I need one that's just right! I thought I knew how to make one, but apparently not, lol.
Here's my attempts - I want something similar - turquoise border or text that says:
"TBA - Thoroughbred Adventure
It's not just a horse, it's an adventure!" I can email you the picture files. Desperately need help please!!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
She made up for it though after I lunged her naughty butt for a few minutes. She was super quiet with her head today - no bobbing - and our canter transitions were much smoother than they had been, still a little too fast, but better. Our stretchy trot is really coming along!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I am entered to compete in the Inavale Horse Trials!!! I'm so excited! (Can't you tell?)
I'm going to ride Jazz - sorry Jetta. But this is my first recognized event EVER and I don't think Jetta's quite ready yet. We haven't even gotten to go cross country schooling yet, so maybe next year.
I'm really excited and really nervous at the same time. This is a huge event because it's the only recognized event in our area, maybe even the whole state. Sure, it's only a half star event, but still. I'm so excited!
We are going to compete at Beginner Novice level because while I know Jazz can do Novice, I want to make sure we do it well, given that this is our first time in the "big leagues". I can't convey to you how absolutely excited I am, I hope that we finish well - I don't care how we place as long as we 1) don't get eliminated, 2) do our absolute best that I know we can, and 3) no falling off!
Can't wait to be doing a whole lot of this on a big, rolling course!