|Posted by flyingheartsfarm on February 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
If you'd like to keep up with Whisper's training (and more), and my hoof rehab work feel free to check out my blog at www.something-brighter.blogspot.com
|Posted by flyingheartsfarm on August 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
It was a very tough decision - I have many clients who have ridden with me for years and it was very hard to make such a big change here at the farm! But I've decided I need to focus more on training and hoof rehab here at FHF, and so I am currently selling all of my lesson horses. I will be opening up those stalls to partial care boarders only, and I will continue to keep a handful of training and rehab horses here as well. I'm paring my horse ownership down to only two - Whisper and Minerva! Everyone else is currently very sadly for sale. I am still offering lessons to those with their own horses as I very much enjoy teaching - it's just time for me to move on from owning school horses and running a program here. Thanks so much to all of my lesson clients throughout the years, you're all some of the greatest people I've ever had the opportunity to know!
|Posted by flyingheartsfarm on July 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM||comments (0)|
So we've attended three shows so far this year. The first was a local schooling show at Winton Woods, with just Whisper and I. It was her first show, and she handled everything surprisingly well - except cantering. She was great in the chaotic warmup ring, good about the indoor and outdoor rings, loudspeaker, and the people and horses everywhere. She was up, but she was reasonable. Well, until it came time for us to canter in our first class...haha, that's when it got interesting!
So to make a long story short, we spent three classes worth of cantering just leaping and bounding around the ring... we'd get some canter strides in but then we'd go back to leaping. The announcer was a very nice guy who kept telling me to hang in there haha! Pictures this.... my huge strided pinto warmblood mare bounding around a class of breed type QH hunters going half our pace with their heads on the ground... it was a pretty funny site
Overall, it was a success. Well, not ribbon-wise, but in other ways! At the end of the day, we got some 5th and 6th place ribbons!
The second show was the Hamilton County 4-H show. My student Ellie (age 11) and Pepper went and had a fantastic show. Pepper was good as gold, and Ellie rode him well in a few walk/trot and poles classes. They ended up with I think 3 first place ribbons and 2 seconds?
The most recent show was another adventure with Whisper, the Walnut Creek Starry Nights #1 Dressage Show. I decided to keep it simple and just do Intro A, B, and C. Whisper was fabulous the whole trip, minus our awful cantering (we scored 3's and 4's on our canter haha!). But the walk/trot work scored a lot of 7's and 8's, and our best score was a 71.125 % at Intro B - not bad for her first dressage show. We ended up with two blue ribbons and one red, even despite our awful canter lol!
Next time we'll go for Training level. Her canter at home is doing well, it just seems to be the show environment that makes her act like a silly goose at the canter! But I think it was actually harder to just try to do the one 20 meter canter circle at a time in Intro C... by the time we'd get the canter going forward on the correct lead, it was time to come back down to the trot again. In training level we'll have more time to pick it up and keep it going. I leave you with a couple of photos of our 2011 shows!