Monday, October 24, 2011

Vote For Broo at the Fido Casting Call!!

   
  I have entered Broo in the Fido Casting Call.  Broo is the absolute perfect poster boy.  He has a unique, quirkey look and tonnes of personality.  He also LOVES to talk, which is what FIDO is all about.  You can click the picture to see our entry page, and if you like, you can vote for Broo!  You can vote once a day until the contest ends on November 17th.  Also, every vote donates $1 to a good dog cause! So vote away (for Broo or whoever you like) :)



Vote for Broo!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Beach Day!



  My mom and I went for a beach ride this afternoon.  The weather was perfect, it was a most glorious October day.  Both our horses have come so far in the last year, they were both very relaxed and having fun on the beach together.


Mom had to get her feet wet to get Ace in the water...



Stunning beachery!








Mom and Ace - Trail pros now
I like this shot.




Archie was brave enough to go in this time! 


making faces :)


  I love fall!  I hope it stays extra long this year :)

William After Week 1

 

  I thought I would do a weekly update of how my new guy William is coming along, so I can look back over the months/years and reflect on what we have done.  If you recall, he looked like this when he first arrived;


Day 1

  Since then he has had his feet done, been wormed a double dose, and I have re-backed him and ridden him a handful of times.  I will talk more about that later, but for now I want to show you the video from the first and only time I went to see William before I got him.

  My friend was the one who gave him to me.  She just has too many horses, and not enough time.  She has quite a few youngsters that need to be started and William was just not on her priority list.  She has backed him but had a few bad happenings and it sort of put him at the bottom of the motivation list.  She starts horses for the track on the side, and with that, a full time job, and her other babies she just didn't feel like she had the ambition to work through Williams issues, so she offered him to me.  I went to see him and took some footage.  Here is the video;


  
 What you don't see in the video are the first few jumps William took which were ever BIGGER, and he lifted his end end so high he was practically vertical to the ground.  I looked at my friend and said, "HOW do you even ride a jump like that?!" LOL.  What I really liked was his super duper abnormal quiet nature.  He lives outside, has had a few months work on the lounge a few months back but that is it.  He's dragged out of the field, thrown over some 4' fences and thinks nothing of it.  He has a nice natural gait, a great eye for a stride and pace, and of course, his ridiculous carefulness.  You just can't train that type of form over fences.  Needless to say I decided I would take him then and there.

  So he has been here about two weeks and this is what he is looking like now;

Week 2





 Much improved already!  I have video from my first ride on him which I will share on the next update! Going to be a fun winter :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

NeighFlix




   I was bored searching around on YouTube the other night and got an idea for another blog.  I have started my second blog, calling it "NeighFlix".  The idea of this blog is just to have a huge library of horsey videos that I like and want to share.  Every day I will post one or two videos relating to absolutely all types of equines.  Competitions, training, funny, inspirational, all disciplines and breeds will be show cased.  I want it to be the sort of the place you go on a daily basis to get a dose of horse videos without having to search around on YouTube, or even worse, get stuck on there for hours like I sometimes do.


 Go on over and check it out, tell your friends!  Also, if you know of any good videos to feature let me know and I share them there.  


 Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog The Change - Aviva Community Fund - Building Spaces: Teaching Children Compassion for Animals




 Today is the Blog The Change, this is my first time participating and what better cause for me to support but one that encompasses my career and my love of animals, and passion to protect them and educate society.  The Insurance company AVIVA has a competition for people to try and win money for their "cause".  I chose a local cause which has been entered by the sister brokerage of the brokerage my mom works for.  The Lennox and Addington Humane Society and George Grant Insurance are working together to teach children compassion for animals.  You can visit the AVIVA Community Fund and Vote for their cause, helping them win the funds to complete their dream.




  We all know what the Humane Society can do for animals in the community, let's support one of the greatest organizations out there who find homes for abandoned and unwanted animals, and give them a second chance.


  To learn more about Blog The Change, visit their website http://btc4animals.com/blog-the-change/.  Or, join the conversation on Twitter; BtC4Animals, Jealoushe.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We've Come A Long Way Baby - Touch A Rainbow Fall Horse Trials



Much improved style.
  We certainly have made improvements over the summer, from our first event of the year at Touch A Rainbow.  We went back to the show grounds for their fall addition.  Archie has completely changed into a mature show horse, standing quietly by the trailer all day, not sweating or demanding to walk in circles.  A far cry from the shaking sweat out scared beast he was only a few months ago.


  We put in our best dressage test of the year.  I switched him over to a drop noseband and I think he is a lot more comfortable in it.  Although we had a good test (minus our attempt to walk), we got a total crap score.  In fact, the same score we got at the first event of the year.  How that is ever possible I will never know.  Watch both the videos to compare and tell me I'm not crazy in thinking there is a huge 
improvement.











  Aside from this, Archie was fabulous and jumped clear in both the stadium and cross country.  His stadium was still very energetic but not nearly as explosive as it has been.  It was a big improvement, and it keeps improving every outing which is very promising.  We ended up in 7th out of 15 riders.  The improvement in Archies temperament and confidence at the shows has been uplifting and a huge relief.  I feel like the hard part is over this year.  Just seeing if he can go out and DO it.  Now we know he can, and this winter we are going to train, train, train, and be ready for bigger and better results next year. Go Archie!
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