Monday, July 25, 2011

Just Another Manic Monday

   


Today is just plain chaos at work, same as last week as my boss's are away and I am holdong down the fort.  I am working 2 hours later than normal, and on top of that trying to pack as Jesse and I are moving this week...not enough time in the day!  I may have not been posting as much as I want to because of this :( (sad face). 

  On another note, I took Archie to Equus 3D Event this weekend and will have that report up shortly!

Here are some pics I ordered of MyT Chi (Archie) from our show season so far this year:

 
  
Dressage @ Canterdown

Dressage @ Canterdown

Canterdown Entry
  
Canterdown Entry
 

Quinte Cup Harpers Run


Quinte Cup Harpers Run


Canterdown Pre Entry


Canterdown Entry

Quinte Cup Harpers Run - Wee!

 
Photos courtesy of  Perfect Shot Photography (I have purchased them).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What Do You Get When You Cross a Dressage Horse with an Event Rider?



 A hunter Champion, apparently...


  I took my moms horse Ace to a local unrated hunter show this weekend.  This isn't just any hunter/jumper show though, this is the Abydos Summer Classic, where they offer $6,000 in prize money....Yay!  In an effort to continue to make Ace a more rounded horse we decided to enter her in the hack and the green hunter division.  My friend Dana is back and feeling good after her bad spill a few weeks ago so we buddied up for the show.  Pleasantly, the show was at the beautiful Abydos Farms which is only about a 15 minute drive from my parents place.

  I prepped myself to enter the world of hunters yet again, but was not quite prepared for the 30 horses which entered the hack division.  30, YES 30 horses.  The classes were split in two group of 15, then the top 10 were called back into the ring.  Ace has never been in the ring with other horses other than the warm up ring at shows.  This being part of her problem really.  This show was sort of an experiment in that sense.  First class was show hack.  Luckily for me, I used to train with a hard core hunter/jumper coach when I was a young eventer.  She did wonders for my jumping.  Anyways, I learnt what the judges want to see in hack classes, this is my secret weapon (Also, quarter marks, YES for hunters).



  Our Show Hack class was going great until we all had to canter.  Simple right?  We picked up the canter but the minute Ace caught wind there was a horse behind her we were head in the air mach ten up the long side of the ring.  I had absolutely no control.  I contemplated pulling up and just excusing myself from the ring but I was finally able to get some control and continued on with the class.  We reversed, the canter on the opposite rein was a mirror image.  I was horrified, what a bad pony.  You couldn't really blame her though since she has never been in this scenario before.  This is a learning experience I told myself.  I left the ring and just laughed with my mom.  Then the whipper in called me and said I was  to wait as I was being called back in.  Was I being punished?  Was I that horrible?  No, we actually were being called into the top ten.  Did the judge possible not see that nonsense, or was I for the first time on the good end of subjectivity in the hunter ring?



  We went back into the ring for the hack off.  Ace was better but still kind of a dink in the canter.  Our collected trot was beautiful, our collected canter was too.  We lined up for the judge.  Our number was called first, we won the class.  I gave a disconcerning eye to my mom.  For real?  We won?  Howwwww is that possible?  I guess she does make a pretty flashy hunter pony, chrome and all.  She was first out of THIRTY horses.  We were pretty proud.  First time in a hack class.  Super pony.



  Our next class was road hack, where we had a re-peat of the show hack.  She was pretty much the exact same, except this time she added some lead changes in the mix.  We placed 2nd.  Out of THIRTY.  Does the judge really love Ace this much??  Or are the other horses just THAT bad.  My mom said not a single horse was showing a difference between a strong, working, and collected gait and that is why Ace did so well.  I can't argue with that because I didn't see the other riders, I was too busy trying to control this slingshot underneath me.  I guess riding a dressage horse in the hunters pays off.


 Our final hack class in this division was Pleasure Hack.  I tired as hard I could to look pleasureable with the nose poked out and relaxed look but alas, she is just not trained that way.  She was the most behaved in this class though, which is ironic because we did not get a call back.  We didn't make the top ten and we didn't place.  Oh well, we still somehow managed to take the title of Hack Division Champion.  Seriously.  Dressage horse with eventer takes the Hack title over 30 horses.  These were decent horses, with many trainers in the area riding.  Pretty big moment for my mom and I.  Oh ya, and Ace too :)


Super Pony!
:)


We had a break before our next class...hunter pairs.  I will let the video speak for itself:



4th out of 7...somehow, remains a mystery

  Onto the Green Hunter Division.  Our first class was the flat class.  I will spare you the painful details for a third or fourth time about the hunter flat class, but I will just say that Ace was much better behaved. Or, maybe, I just figured out how to ride her?  She swapped her lead several times, but we still ended up second out of about 11 horses.  Our first over fences class was a disaster. We had schooled at Abydos the day before but can you imagine, not EVERYTHING was the same as the day we schooled???  How dare they change things!


   Ace just HAD to see a few of the jumps before she went over them.  Normally I would really push the horse to get over the fence but since Ace is; A) very green over fences as in having jumped only a handful of times, and B) unpredictable and C) untrustworthy, I decided to be conservative.  After a look she popped over all the fences nicely.  Needless to say we didn't place with 3 refusals.  Consider that a throwaway score.


  Our second jumping (and last thank god with this heat) class was a handy hunter.  Ace was an absolute superstar and jumped everything beautifully.  She did her halt, and trotted the last fence.  We missed a lead or two and ended up third.  I was soooo thrilled with her ride.  This horse has barely had any schooling over fences compared to all the horses there.  She gets jumped about once a month over brown poles.  She jumped a coop, gate, hay bales, flowers, astro-turph roll tops, you name it!!  She was such a good girl.  She was Reserve Champion in the Green Hunter out of about 11 horses, and only placed in 2 classes which shows how inconsistent the other horses were.  I have videos and they will follow in a  few days!


Ribbon Hound!
 Dana also had a great day with a first, two seconds, and handful of other placings in the top 5.  What a great day we all had, spirits were high much like the temperature.  I told my mom she should be very proud for creating such a well trained mare.  To leave the comforts of the familiar dressage ring, to beat 30 horses in the hack division and be Champion, and jump round nicely and be Reserve in the Hunters is impressive.  It was a great weekend.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop - Stop EBay Classifieds from Selling Pets



Courtesy of Two Little Cavaliers, a special edition of the Saturday pet Blogger Hop;

  "E-bay might not allow the sale of live animals through their auction section but they do allow the sale of live animals through their Classified Section. Either way selling animals this way is not ok. It was my understanding that E-bay would not allow the sale of any live animal on their site PERIOD. Since the start of the petition in January little has changed in the Ebay Classified section. A link to their rules and regulations and what it means to be a responsible pet owner. They claim to screen those selling animals via the classified section and that buyers are informed about what the decision to get an animal means. Last I checked a Reputable Breeder who cared about the health and well-being of their puppies would never use a site like this. Are we supposed to think that someone who is selling PitBulls or Chihuahua Puppies in an area that has BSL is doing the right thing? Whether or not we agree with BSL is another story but to sell something that is illegal to own, purchase, or posses well that just shows the kind of trash that use the site to sell their animals. I personally had to point out the problem to E-bay several times before giving up because it kept happening which means they do not even go through the listing to make sure the animals being sold in the local classified sections are legal to own in the area.


  If they claim to safe guard the puppies and make sure they are sold to their new owners healthy and free of disease and not taken from their mothers too early. So E-bay you are visiting all these puppy sellers to make sure no puppies are sold and leave their mothers before 8 – 12 weeks old or are you leaving that to the discretion of the sellers? Are you making sure the sellers are socializing the puppies before they are sold or are you making sure the buyers meet the sellers before a transaction takes place. Or maybe you check in on the sellers at their homes and places of business on a yearly basis to make sure things are sanitary, the animals in their care of healthy and fit, and they can clearly identify each of their animals through MicroChip or tattoo to prove the age and name of each animal. Are you requiring a standard health certificate in order for these animal sellers to list their animals on your site?

Ebay did take notice of the petition and their GM of the Classified section left a long note on the Change.org petition page:
Deepak Thomas
eBay Classifieds’ response to Change.org petition
Dear
Change.org: We understand your concerns around the re-homing of animals on eBay Classifieds and we respect opinions and feedback on the subject.
The inherently local nature of eBay Classifieds fosters in-person meetings and offers a safe way to find a new pet. People hoping to find a pet can meet directly with the current pet owner or breeder face-to-face. This personal interaction provides the opportunity for pet seekers to see where the pet comes from and gives shelters and pet sellers the chance to meet the prospective new owner and evaluate whether the new home and family will be a good fit for the animal.
Unlike many other classifieds providers, eBay Classifieds offers consumers a range of educational materials including
pet ownership guidelines that we developed with input from the Humane Society of the United States. To help new pet owners, each pet ad on eBay Classifieds includes a link to these “Responsible Pet Ownership & Adoption” guidelines. Additionally, through a partnership with Petfinder, nearly two-thirds of the pets listed on eBay Classifieds are from shelters.
We do not condone the unethical treatment of animals, and we take measures to identify and block irresponsible breeders from our site. We listen closely to our community for reports of any unhealthy animals being sold by our users. A user who is found to have violated eBay Classifieds’ pet policies will face disciplinary action, including suspension or prohibition from the site.
It is important to eBay Classifieds and to the animal lovers that frequent our site that ethical and legal requirements covering the breeding and sale of pets are followed by our users. In accordance with many state laws, eBay Classifieds prohibits the sale of puppies or kittens under 8 weeks old. Any ad in the pet category that does not comply with applicable laws, including laws set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as well as the Animal Welfare Act will be removed immediately. eBay Classifieds will suspend any user who is found to have a history of non-compliant inspections with the USDA.
We hope eBay Classifieds can be used to find forever homes for animals in all situations.

Thank You,
Deepak Thomas
GM eBay Classifieds US
  Its clear they still don’t get it. So now that the petition has reached 100,000 signatures and with the help of Change.org we are asking for another massive push for signatures in order to put more pressure on Ebay to shut down the classified section. Here’s is what you can do along with a blog post. (Leave the link to your new Blog Post in the comment section so I can pass them along to the Editor over at Change.org that I work with so you will be mentioned in their post)


On Monday July 18th
1) Tweet the following: Hey @eBay: 100,000+ people oppose pet sales on @eBayClassifieds? Help #endpuppymills http://chn.ge/eJAPwC

2) Visit Ebay’s Facebook Fan Page Wall you can even leave the same message or one of your own:
Post/Comment on eBay’s wall (http://www.facebook.com/eBay?sk=wall) Be prepared for your comment or post to be deleted by eBay shortly after it goes up. At least that was the way they played it last time around.


3) Send a polite request to eBay Classifieds’ Help Desk and ask them to stop the sale of animals. Be respectful but let them know why you feel it is a horrible practice. http://info.ebayclassifieds.com/helpcenter/ticket.php?cmd=add
4) I will be on Twitter @Felissahadas starting at 8pm – 9:30pm Eastern Time tweeting with the #endpuppymills hashtag if you would like to join me for an hour and a half please feel free to do so.
I will be doing this also @jealoushe
5. If you have not already done so please sign the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/ebay-classifieds-stop-selling-live-animals  "

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Welcome to Canada! We Do Not Have Igloos All Year...



  Welcome to Canada!  Did you know that we have almost 8 months in Ontario without that nasty white stuff we call snow?  It was 36 degrees Celsius here all day.  Hot, sticky, and glorious.  I love the heat.  I take as much of it while I can since I have to spend 4 months buried in snow and ice.  It's still about 30 degrees and time to go to bed.  I have no A/C.  I made an ice bandana for Broo and soaked an old tank top of mine and put it in the freezer.  When it was all hard and frosty I put it on him and he seemed very happy (and sytlin') walking around our apartment.  Luckily, we have a tonne of windows so some breeze does blow through.  The dogs seem ok.  


 Here is the final video of Ace and my mom at the dressage show from the weekend.  This was their Second Level Test and I believe they placed second...we didn't actually wait around for the results since the scorers went to lunch.   




  I don't know if everyone is feeling the heat we are.  All I know is I am DAMN happy we already did our hay...first cut anyways.  Keep cool and carry on :)



Monday, July 11, 2011

Ace Does Doornekamps Gold Dressage Show - Video #2

  Not much to report today, however I trotted Archie out tonight and he was completely sound.  He must have just pulled a muscle in his shoulder or something along those lines.  Not exactly sure, but happy it's not looking to be anything serious.  I swear this horse needs to be wrapped in bubble wrap.  He is rarely off, and when he is it's always shoe related since he has typical crap Thoroughbred feet (although they are improving), but he constantly comes in with slashes and cuts.  He has a 20 acre grass pasture...I don't know how he does it!! I went ahead and poulticed him and will give him a few more days off to recover.  It's too hot to ride anyway! 


  My mom is a fan of Bollywood movies, random right?  She requested some Bollywood for her next video.  I found some great music on youtube but I couldn't get ahold of it ANYWHERE so the best I can do is some Jai Ho!  This is her and Ace doing First Level Test 3, they were second in this class. Enjoy :)



Ace Does Doornekamps Gold Dressage Show

  
  Saturday I groomed for my mom and her mare Ace at beautiful Doornekamps farm in Odessa Ontario.  Ace who is known to be quite rude in the warm up was a good girl and kept her wits about her.   She did two first level tests and one second level test.  She was a bit of a brat in her first test and had one big bobble, but progressed in each test and her last test - the second level test was her best.  She finished with a sixth and 2 second places out of a good size field, only beat by her coach in the second level - not bad! One of three videos...2 more to come :)






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  I had to cancel my plans to take Archie dressaging on Sunday.  When I got on him Saturday evening he was off and didn't want to move forward.  I jumped off, took him back to the barn, removed his tack and grabbed the lunge line.  I lunged him for a minute in the arena and it was clear he was sore in the front - but where?  I picked up his feet, no bruising, no tenderness.  I checked his legs, no heat, no swelling, no sensitivity.  I thought it might be in the shoulder since he was just taking a little short of a step and there was no other indication to be seen anywhere.  I decided I would cold hose, poultice his legs and wrap him for the night and see how he was first thing in the morning.  


  I jogged him on the lunge early Sunday and he was not as bad but still slightly stiff on the left side.  Again, there was no heat or swelling.  I cold hosed his shoulder and leg again just in case and let him out for the day.  I hosed him again mid day, and then again when he came in for the night.  By bring in time his should looked like there was a bit of fluid in it and slightly bigger than the right one.  I wrapped him again and put him to bed.  I am not positive it is his shoulder but I have a good feeling that's what it is.  He must have twisted it, or bumped into something out in the field as he was %100 the day before.  I will give him a few days off and see how he is, if no improvement I will have to have the vet out but let's hope it doesn't get to that!


  I was disappointed as I really wanted to do some dressaging but honestly my attitude these days is just, "this too shall pass"....so I went and gave back to the equestrian community and volunteered at a local Trillium Hunter show.  Always an interesting time that is certain.


  Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!
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