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Friday, March 20, 2015

Returned

Yeah, life has been super busy. Again. Shocker, I know. Of course, this means I've fallen off of the blogger bandwagon. Again. As much as that fact annoys me, it's really probably a good thing. If you're not busy, you're not making cool dressage stuff money. Right?

Little Miss Blaze Face 
Anyway, I figured doing a quick catch up and, hopefully, a look into some future posts would be good. Even if it takes me a year, I will write these posts DAMN IT!

1. Garrit-Claes Bierenbroodspot clinic.

She can go so nice when she wants....
Loved it! Learned a lot! My friend took a few pictures and hasn't had time to edit them yet, but I will try to get a post up about the clinic soon.

2. Indy

She was absolutely awesome for the clinic and continued to be afterwards.

Getting driven on a day that I couldn't muster the energy to ride.
For a couple of weeks. Then, in typical Indy fashion, she decided that she really doesn't need to work that hard just because I ask her and turned to her efforts to pick a fight so that she has a legitimate excuse to act like a heifer. I've been really good about being patient and fair with any corrections, but I've also spent a lot of my rides with every cuss word in the book quietly coming out of my mouth. Hey, I need to vent and it's a lot better than losing it and going bat shit crazy on her. Whatever works. I have no problem getting after a horse when they need it, but doing it in a fit of rage isn't going to help.


On a good note, her ass is looking fantastic!
J is awesome and understands how frustrating it is. Her lessons help so much and she has been really good about helping me remember that I just have to keep riding Indy through it until the little brat figures that she is just making it harder on herself when she acts like a jack ass. I swear this horse is either going to make me or break me.

3. Winn


The rainbow after the storm. Let's hope it's symbolic.
His feet are still sore, but he is starting to get better and I think I can start riding him again soon. All I want is to be able to ride my sweet (and trained) boy.

4. Racing



We have gotten some new horses in and some of the ones that had a break are starting to get fit again. We've had to sell/are selling some of the lower level horses to have room for the new ones. We're actually down to fourteen horses right now, but have one more coming back in from being turned out along with three two year olds that should be making their way to us soon.

Yeah, my chances of getting a vacation in the near future are pretty much nonexistant. I'm certainly not complaining about the business, but I am so DAMN tired! Like the crawl out of bed and partially collapse a few times type of tired. It's not necessarily the physical work, but the mental aspect on top of it. Constantly thinking about what you need to do, what you need to remember, what you need to get, etc. 24/7 for a barn full of horses for years catches up with a person.  Rarely having more than a few hours away from the track can be brutal. There are no breaks, no vacations, not even a day off, to look forward to. Just more work. Every. Single. Day. For the rest of my life. At least, it is feeling that way right now.

At least Butters gets plenty of rest.


There should be a lull between Denver and Phoenix this year, assuming we don't go to Zia (please God, noooo!). Fingers crossed that we can turn all of the horses out for a couple of weeks and get some time off.

Oops! That one got longer than I intended. Apparently, I needed to rant a bit.

Hirsch knows that I'm a complete sucker for him. Even the fiancé admits how much this horse likes me. After we bathed him before his race, the fiancé was holding him out in the sun and Hirsch kept trying to drag him to me. Love this guy so much!

Anyway, I want to do a post about some of the new horses and the challenges they present. As much as I complain about being tired, I do love my job. It's interesting, challenging, and I love the horses.

5. Projects


Hopefully I don't need either trailer in the next couple of days.

I have been working on an art project and a craft project for a couple of friends. Sorry, Jess. I will get it done eventually :) They should be done and shipped soon. I'll post them when they are. Provided that they don't suck, of course.

6. New Blogger Series

I wouldn't forget about you guys :)
I haven't forgotten about all of you awesome newbies out there. I will be getting in touch soon.





Completely off subject here, but to the idiot that cut half of this horse's forelock off: I do not like you. At all. I've never even met you and you make me crazy. That is all.


That's pretty much the general gist of my life lately. Hopefully I can start finding the time to blog more soon.

28 comments:

  1. So glad you're alive and well! Our assistant trainer got her new horse off the track with that charming forelock cut also. He's growing it back out pretty fast, and I'm kinda loving his unicorn/mohawk thing he's got going on right now. But that is probably because in fifth grade I cut my bangs off like that and had to live through five months of a unicorn/mohawk growing out soooo ya know.

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    1. Haha! I can totally relate to that :)

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  2. You're alive! I mean, I knew you were but it's good to hear from you. :-) Barn work is all consuming when it's not your primary source of income. Can't imagine being responsible for that many on my own. Here's to a fun vacation! (Or at least a day off.)

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    1. Thanks :) Fingers and toes crossed.

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  3. Glad to hear from you! I think Indy will make you, but that's just me rooting for y'all because she's so purdiful. Also those glitter racing reins are kind of amazing, but the missing forelock is not. That is all for now!

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    1. Aw thanks! I'm more hard headed than her (I think) so hopefully we get through this. The track helps me meet my bright color/glitter quota ;)

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  4. You're back! Hooray! I was wondering what sort of shenanigans have been going on over there. And horrible bridle paths, forelocks, etc drive me NUTS.

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    1. Not too many exciting shenanigans, but I may have to remedy that soon :) Aren't they the worst?!

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  5. oooh! Yes! Please talk about the track ponies! :)

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    1. They're all pretty cool :) I'm really excited about them!

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  6. glad to hear from you - and sounds like you've been up to lots of exciting stuff, even if it's been exhausting. looking forward to the in-depth recaps!!!

    also - i totally trimmed part of my mare's forelock a while back and it's still only like 2inches long and i kinda hate myself every time i see it haha

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    1. As long as you didn't cut 50% of it off, NBD :)

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  7. You're back! We missed you!!! Miss Indy looks fab-u-lous! Would love to hear all about the track ponies (love Little Miss Blaze Face). Butters on the polo wraps is adorable!

    I don't know how you do it! I can't even read about your schedule without getting tired!

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    1. Aw thanks! It involves a lot of caffeine.

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  8. I haven't even realized you haven't updated for a while since I follow you on other social media. Glad to see you are back! Interested to hear about the race horses

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    1. Hopefully I start getting more posts up soon :)

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  9. That first picture with the blaze face is like nothing I've ever seen before! I feel like it needs a speech bubble: "Why yes, I am that awesome!" or something oozing with attitude. And great rainbow shot. Fun reading your post!

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    1. You totally just described her personality. She really DOES think that she's awesome! Thanks!

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  10. I love those blue sparkly reins... I think B would enjoy them. Or at least fake it. Indy looks great! Glad to hear you're doing well at least with the ponies!

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    1. You can never go wrong with blue, sparkly reins :)

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  11. Happy to see your post! Butters is such a cutie! Hopefully you will have more time to blog/relax/sleep in future :)

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    1. The little heathen sure thinks he's cute :)

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  12. I'm glad you are well and up to exiting stuff. New horses coming in is exciting; I can't wait to read about them. Are you planning on taking any to big races?

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    1. Thanks! No big races as far as graded stakes (I wish), but we will have a few to run in stakes this spring and summer and we may be hauling a couple to Santa Anita to run soon.

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  13. Haha! No rush. :) I'm glad your horses are being good, but I'm sorry you're so worn out. Run off for a quick vacation in Virginia!

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  14. Woah you have been a busy bee, wish I could help in some way. Hopefully you get some downtime soon & can recharge the batteries.

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