Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Who Wore It Best?

  I might have a *slight* love affair with the Rambo Newmarket Stable blanket collection.  Four different colour style options.  They come in a simple stable sheet or a 200 gm stable rug.  You can also get this style in a thick fleece cooler, and a medium weight turn out Wug - which are rare and so cute!

  Every night I put the horses to bed and I wonder - who wore it best?

rambo newmarket, rambo stable rug, newmarket rug, whitney rug

  William is especially good looking with 4 inches of mud caked onto his face.  These horses really just make me laugh every day.

not impressed

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pan Am Penny

  If you follow your countrys' National Teams at all, you may know the Pan American Games are coming to Toronto in 2015.  Toronto is pretty close to us at just over a 2 hour drive.  It was pretty exciting news when Toronto was granted with the games, because that meant we could watch the Equestrian Events in person!  Eventing Championships? I think so....

From the Pan Am Games Toronto website:

"About the Pan American Games
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.
The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 2015, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games."
  A few months back I saw a posting looking for good Showjumping horses for the Modern Pentathlon portion of the games.  I am somewhat familiar with this sport thanks to CoTH.  There is always a lot of talk about the Showjumping portion of this when the Olympics are on.  If you are not familiar with the Modern Pentathlon, it is quite the sport.  I also think if you are a decent rider and good at the other portions - you may have a good advantage in this sport! It works sort of like the University teams, where the riders draw a horse and get some time to work it then away they go.  All the riders have not ridden these horses before. I won't get into the details too much because I am a total noob regarding this but Wikipedia says;
 "The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five events: fencing, 200 m freestyle swimmingshow jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting, and a 3200 mcross-country run.[1] The sport has been a core sport of the Olympic Games since 1912, and since 1949 an annual World Championship has been held.

Originally the competition took place over four or five days; however in 1996 a one-day format was adopted in an effort to be more audience-friendly"
  There is more info on Wiki if you care to read.  Anyways, back to the story!  I saw this post looking for horses and submitted Pennys' info.  The courses are 3'3 to 3'6 and they require horses that are good jumpers and trustworthy.  I sent the application with the videos requested and pretty much forgot about it.  Then about a month ago I received an e-mail saying Penny was selected for further review and they wanted additional videos and information on her character and how she rides, etc.  I replied with the requested information and then just waited.
  Two weeks ago I received this email;
 It's official!  Miss Pen will be going to the Pan American games in Toronto next summer as a Modern Pentathlon Showjumper.  I am excited in so many ways.  Just even being able to attend will be an experience but to have my horse there hopefully helping some athlete possibly win a medal is pretty fun to think about!  She could be ridden by someone from any one of the countries attending!  I have a lot to learn about the sport and Penny and I will be focusing on her showjumping all spring and summer to make sure she is 100% on her game and ready for this.  Not only that but I think we may be stabled with the other Equestrian athletes at the site, so we can rub shoulders with the *Big Guns* and maybe learn a thing or two while we are there!
  Needless to say things around the blog might be a little exciting next summer!  From now on I shall refer to her as Pan Am Penny :p Can't wait for this adventure!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from A Filly's Best Friend

  Wishing you and your family the happiest Christmas time this season.  Best Wishes from me and the gang at A Filly's Best Friend.  Happy Holidays x

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dirk Gets Backed Too

 I last posted about Olivers first ride, but Oliver wasn't the only one we backed that day.  Aimee asked in the comments how Dirk was doing, and it was perfect timing for my next post!  Dirk is still just a baby, but he wasn't handled much at all until I got him.  I have done a lot of ground work with him, and he has worn a saddle, but I haven't done anything too formal.

 Since he is just under two, he is too young in my eyes for anything serious, but I do think it's a good idea to have him backed before he gets too big and it's farther to fall lol.  Jessica and I were out in the field playing with the horses and she said she would get on Dirk since she was already geared up for it from backing Oliver.  I just grabbed a halter and a set of reins  and we led him over to the fence.  We practiced her leaning on him first and he was spooky at the noise her jacket was making from rubbing up against his blanket.  So of course in true Jessica fashion she jumps up and down 20 times rubbing herself against him until he stops caring lol.  

 I then give her a leg up onto him to lay over his back and he does these hilarious little humps and throws her into the air onto her feet.  All is good, she has her helmet and vest on and we just laugh at his little baby humps.  Next time I give her a leg up onto his back and he moves forward but accepts her.  She slowly puts her leg over his side, then sits up.  All good.  We give him lots of pats and scratches and tell him he's a good boy.  After a few minutes we try him for a little walk around the field.

 So the little baby has had someone on him and went for his first little ride.  This guy is just a little ham. He is really enjoying his life here being pampered.  He loves to come in at night and have his nice warm stable rug put on, and get a brush.  He's such a little sweetie, I just love my golden baby.  As you can see below it was clearly a stressful experience for him.

Miss Pen supervising

Dirk and Ollie playing :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Backing Oliver

  We've been pretty lucky this winter, the weather is co operating and I have been able to keep riding somewhat without having to trailer out other than to my jumping lesson once a week.  When the temperature is decent and my ring is still good I try to use the time as wisely as possible.

 As Oliver is unstarted, I wanted to get him going throughout the winter so in the spring we can just focus on schooling and getting him going properly.  A lot of people prefer to back horses in the summer with the belief that the extra heat makes them quieter, and the winter makes them much edgier.

 For me though, I figure might as well do it at the most difficult time, then it's all up hill here from there!  We had a really nice December day and decided we would do some more work with Oliver and see if we couldn't get him backed.  So far he has worn his saddle a few times and started lunging training which he has all taken in stride.  I have been trying to educate Nicole along the way on how to start horses so she can involved and also hopefully take some things away from this for the future.

 Jessica volunteered to be the first one on him and that was fine by me!  We tacked him up and headed to the ring.  Nicole took him around a few times both directions and worked on her in hand work.  Making him halt, backing up, moving off her hand away from her.  Oliver has such a good brain he just as he is told and takes everything in stride.  After that they headed over to the mounting block for the first mounting.  I had already done some laying across him and putting weight in the stirrup in his stall a few days earlier.

  I will let you judge for yourself!  Here he is with his first ride.  

 Could you possibly ask for a better greenie?  After this Jessica took him alone and walked around the ring, circles, and halts.  All no problem.  Then we took him and Parker for a ride down the driveway.  He just followed along and although his eyes were big, he didn't step wrong.

 It's always a bit worrying getting an unbroke horse who is a bit older, but it seems we made a good pick with Oliver.  I am excited for him and Nicoles future together, and happy to have an easy horse in the barn.  Lord knows I have enough difficult ones in my life!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Back On Track Giveaway Winner!

  It's been a busy time at home - organizing and executing our online auction, switching jobs, and getting ready for the holidays.  This results in lack of blogging - but today I have something very exciting to blog about so time must be made to plop in front of the Mac with a glass of wine.

 Without further ado - the winner of the Back on Track Royal Quick Wraps is achieve1dream!  She writes the blog Equestrian Journey.  Big congrats!  Shoot me an e-mail and I will get those wraps out to you! (jealoushe @ gmail . com).  I hope you and Chrome enjoy them!

  I can't thank you enough for all your sharing and support for the Weenie Eventers Silent Auction.  We surpassed our goal by eons - it was a huge success!  We are almost half way to our goal now and we are only one month in!  Looks like Kentucky is going to be a reality :)  Feels like a dream.

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