Friday, July 29, 2016

Gearing up!




So my trainer has this magic western saddle that fits both Tesla and I like a glove.

It's a Hereford Balance Ride with a Foreman tree.

These saddle are nigh impossible to find ...(I've been looking since last year, when I tried hers in the above photo!) 

and last week, I stumbled on one:



in just the size I needed, in my price range and in pristine condition!

And after quite a bit of convincing the seller that I was legit, and not a scammer, she agreed to ship it to me :D I can't wait to see it in person!

Gearing up for some new adventures with Tesla, and looking forward to mixing it up with our cowgirl roots! (maybe a little western dressage...wink wink)




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"


                      "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed". -- Antoine de Saint Exupery
                                               (taking a cue from L and starting my post with a quote ;)


I got a message on Friday from Tesla's trainer, Nicol, that she needed to talk to me. I wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to say, other than give me an update on Tessie's progress, so I kinda prepared myself for the worst.

I got there early (Nicol was teaching a lesson) so I got Tess out and we shared an apple, she did all her tricks, and I got her ready to ride.

Nicol finished up and came over for a chat. She said that Tesla hadn’t been herself, and she was concerned. Tesla just shut down, and really wasn’t into anything Nicol was trying to do with her - nothing naughty, just had given up. I’ve seen/ridden horses like this before; mentally checked out….so I can see why Nicol was very concerned.

So we saddled Tesla up and went out in the arena, and for the first time since my fall, I took her for a spin.  Tesla and I did walk, trot and canter both directions, and she was very forward, and very BOINGY at the canter, but towards the end we had some lovely movements!!! She was happy to work, ears listening and trying SO HARD. 

Then we went on a trail ride around the property with baby cows and dogs and she was so happy! “She needed to see you” Nicol said. “and know everything is OK”.

I had talked with my folks that if I felt at all too afraid, or unsafe, that we would find Tesla a perfect new home - but I didn’t feel one bit scared (and we were moving pretty fast at times (this girl does have that extra gear or three, haha ;) So I got my clear answer - Tesla is a keeper - and I’m gonna try and find a place for her back close to me come September.

I’ve never had a horse get so attached (My folks and I suspected as much when she lost 100lbs right after I broke my arm and none of us could come out to the barn for 2 weeks.) I don’t even have words for how I feel - this horse was devastated when I didn’t come see her for a week! 






To be chosen by a horse? A great responsibility, and a great honour.

I feel very blessed.



Monday, July 25, 2016

Off-roading with the Porsche



Spent some quality time with the little sportscar this weekend, and took a trail ride to and around the secret lake:


It was triple digits, but there was a breeze, so totally worth it!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dentistry



Both Porsche and Tesla had an appointment to see the dentist, Melissa last week.

The aftermath is always hilarious.



Tess got 2 syringes full of drugs (apparently some breeds can be super resistant to the meds - and Melissa had just gotten stomped on by the previous horse, so she wasn't taking any chances!) She was super loopy afterwards, snoring away, but when we led Porsche away to load her up she started to whinny (her high pitched itty bitty pony whinny: Don't leave me here drunk!!")




Porsche's mouth was a VAST improvement over last time: only teeny ramps, and the wave is looking much better!

Both girls got a bit of chiro as well: with neck adjustments. CRACK!

Quite an exciting morning!






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-bum


I never realize how HUGE Tesla is, until she is loaded up next to Porsche, haha!



Monday, July 18, 2016

Back in the Saddle!



Riding this little sportscar ;)



with these glorious sunsets in the background.

Feels like home :D


Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog Hop: July 10 Questions

So L and Emma posted a blog hop, so I thought I'd get in on all the fun :D

1. Do you actually always pick the horse's feet? Always? Really? 

I would say 95% of the time yes, (and then that absent minded 5% of the time when I can't even remember anything LOL!

2. What is the biggest obstacle/reason preventing you from becoming a professional or competing full time with ease? 

I think I don't have that grit needed to be on top: when I rode with the Polo team, I was always worried about pushing the game oldies too hard (where the great players focused on the game - not so much the liniment and wraps after)

3. Do you think it will ever not be about the money? 

I mean I guess I could win the lottery one day :)

4. Was there ever a horse that you loved and really wanted to have a connection with, but it just never panned out? 

 I've been really fortunate, in that the horses I've known or owned have been a good fit...the most challenging so far has been Tesla, but I suspect all her "flaws" at this point are just inexperience, and that she will only get better and better with age! I had an instant connection with Porsche - she had me at that first trail ride ;)

5. What is one weakness in your riding that even your trainer doesn't pick up on, only you? 

Yeah, My flaws are all pretty obvious I think....

6. What is the biggest doubt/insecurity you ask or tell yourself in your head? 

Right now? definitely a "what if Tesla is too much horse for me?" rears it's ugly head. I've decided to put it out of my mind and go one step at a time...

7. There is a barn fire. You are the first person to discover it and see that the roof is collapsing in slowly, and you can tell it's going to come down any time. Do you call people first or head straight in to save the horses? 

If I can quickly open door/stalls with minimal risk, I would do it!

8. What is one event in your riding career/horse/anything that you're still not over, even tho you might tell others you are? 

That time Porsche almost colicked at the old barn cause the new load of footing in the turn-out area had plastic grass in it that she happily ate....no bueno.

9. If you could tell off one person you just don't like, what would you say? 

Not usually a tell-off kinda gal, more likely to just walk away....

10. Have you ever seen questionable riding or training practices, but let it go/ignored it? How do you feel about it in hindsight? 

I'm sure everyone has seen something off at some time...it is difficult as an outsider, yes? Maybe this is a bad moment, or you don't have the whole back story? I definitely witnessed one gal beating the crap out of her horse for zero apparent reason that I could see as an observer....On the flip side, one of the polo ponies was a total trouble-maker, and when the head trainer went after him after he tried to nail her while she was picking out his feet, the punishment looked intense, but was fair and he needed it!




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: Horze Supreme Grand Prix Womens Fullseat Breeches







I picked these up in gently used condition for $30 (retail anywhere from $76-122). The feel of the fabric is nice - they have some weight and some stretch to them, so they are fairly flattering. I liked the wide waistband which was elastic and stayed in place (even without a belt!). I would say the sizing runs a tad large. All the little details are cute (the white X in the back and contrast stitching)

I got them mainly for the colour: the bright red-orange is great on trails (and just so happened to exactly match my trail riding pad ;) and a navy shirt I had (hooray for coordinated outfits)

Going for something like this....


The only negative point was that the fabric didn't really repel dirt as well as some breeches I've had, BUT they do wash up extremely well. They also weren't too grippy/restrictive.





Monday, July 11, 2016

Vet Check, check!

That evening light....


Tesla went in for her Vet check on Saturday at 8am.  She popped right into the trailer (good girl!) and is such a good traveller! 

She was a little nervous for the vet, sniffing around the examination area (and the fan which was just turned off got a few eyeball looks).

The vet looked her all over, listened for gut sounds, took her temperature, and palpated her back. The vet rubbed her neck vigorously as a reward, and Tesla was a little confused as to whether she liked it, or was getting in trouble, lol.

The diagnosis: she was a tiny bit sore in the back end, prolly played a bit rough in the pasture, but if it wasn't affecting her gait, then some chiro and she should be fine to go!

Trainer Nicol does bodywork (hooray!) so we planned to bring her over that afternoon so she could start summer school, with the caveat that if anything flared up to let us know.



Tesla was a bit of a stink getting in the trailer for the 3rd time that day, but once she decided to get in, she didn't want to come out, LOL!

At Nicol's, we turned her out in the round pen, and she settled in quickly, walked around a few times, totally chill with the tarp on the ground, and then nearly snoozing, hind leg cocked as we drove away. I'm glad she was happy to stay and play :)











Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Best Laid Plans...








Big plans for the next couple of days!

Tesla's vet check: the results of which will decide whether she goes straight to summer school or gets a little more vacation time :P

and taking the Porsche out for a spin (hooray!)

Can't wait to be back in the saddle :)


Monday, July 4, 2016

Golden Highlights





Love how the gold trimmings from PS of Sweden pick up the gold highlights in his coat <3!

Almost makes me wish my girls had a splash of gold ;)

Happy 4th Everyone!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Vet Check!


Have a scheduled vet check for Tesla next week

just to make sure that she has the all-clear to start summer school :)


Has a whole pasture to play in: comes up in the pen to make sure no snacks are missed, hehehe!

She's sound and happy, so I'm not really expecting any dire findings :)