Operation Bronze Medal: Partway There!

We’ve had crazy amounts of rain over the last week, and I was kind of glad I wasn’t entered at an event because there was no way we would have run.

But I didn’t really expect the brand new fancy all-weather rings at Morven Park to be unrideable on Saturday.

I’d entered the PVDA Spring Dressage Show, and had planned to do two first level tests on Saturday and two second level tests on Sunday to knock those scores out and start really working on the third level tests for my bronze medal.

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Things I’m Loving In May

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Rambo Plus Fly Mask

Oh So has decided this year that he can’t simply be bothered to wear a fly mask, so I’ve been trying a couple of different brands hoping to find one that will stay on.

I thought for sure the Rambo Plus Fly Mask would be “the one,” but alas, he got it off too! Maybe it’s because he knows he looks so silly in it? Either way, I still like the mask, no matter how dorky it makes him look. You’d think the raised eye area would alleviate any irritation around his eyes and ensure he wouldn’t try to rub it off, but nope! But I still like that it doesn’t sit so close to his eyes. With other fly masks I’m concerned about trapping dirt so close to his eyes when he rolls in mud and it crusts on.

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Badminton: Checking Off The Bucket List

I gave up a trip to Kentucky this year so I could check off a big bucket list item; going to the Badminton Horse Trials!

I’ve watched my VHS tapes and DVDs of the event from as far back as the mid-90s and never dreamed I’d ever go, but I decided this was the year.

A photographer friend who’d always wanted to go met me in London, and we started with a quick adventure in the city. It’s strange since I was just there in November, but I had a pretty good feel for how to get around.

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We Made It To A Recognized Event! Loudoun Recap

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It was looking iffy that we would make it to the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials last week with Oh So having time off for his injury and losing some riding time, plus tons of rain the week before, but I’m happy to say we made it!

I walked the course on Saturday evening because Morven Park is literally five minutes from my house! The footing looked a bit deep in spots, especially at crossings, and I thought for sure Lisa would say we shouldn’t run, so I mentally prepared for the disappointment of just doing a combined test. To be honest, having not done a recognized event at any level for nearly two years, even some of the novice tables looked kind of big to me!

He stayed in overnight to keep clean, and I was there bright and early the next morning to braid, which I also haven’t done for awhile!

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Product Review: Battling Skin Issues

I recently tested some fungal and anti-bacterial products for COTH’s Untacked magazine!

Oh So actually had a pretty good winter skin-wise, despite living in a horrible paddock of mud. Now he’s starting to get a few knicks and scrapes being in a bigger field, so some of these products have come in handy!

Here’s a few items that have become staple items in my tack trunk.

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Farewell Sam

On April 20 my family said goodbye to Sam. Over the last few years he’s developed severe arthritis in his right knee, and  while he was still full of life at age 24, his body just couldn’t keep up, and we were unable to manage his pain.

We’ve never euthanized a horse before, so this was a new and emotional experience, but I’m happy we were able to choose his time. He’s now resting peacefully in his paddock overlooking our farm. He always did like to know everything that was going on in his domain.

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