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Happy Chloe

May 21, 2013

Just a quick couple of pics of Chloe. She’ll be ready for her first show in June and I think she’ll do just fine 😀

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Sometimes you just need to ride through

April 27, 2013

The Child’s summer job is to be my groom. Today was her first training day.

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She has to retrieve horses for me…

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She needs to groom them and get them tacked up…

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She needs to cool them out (and hack Magic!)

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Then she feeds them a bucket and puts them away.

I’d say she and Magic got along famously 😀

Of course she won’t be riding Chloe but she’ll be doing all the rest. Chloe is getting quite good about being groomed.

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You can see your reflection in her coat! 😉

I didn’t lunge her at all today. She had some moments of short circuiting but you can see and feel her trying her heart out. She’s got some “bad tapes” to erase but she has moments of lovely relaxation… She seems to appreciate being given room to breathe.

I just need to ride through the hysterical moments and pretend they’re not happening…

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The more I do that, the more she just melts into a coppery puddle of sweetness…

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What a difference a day makes

April 25, 2013

Yesterday I did not have anyone to record Chloe being the biggest drama llama ever. She ran herself around on the lunge line for close to an hour, screaming her head off. We did end lovely and relaxed but drenched with sweat.

I hoped today she’d come around to her senses a little quicker – and she sure did!

It's hard not to be a drama llama! Someone has to be on guard!

It’s hard not to be a drama llama! Someone has to be on alert! (I am the one on alert, Chloe – you just chill!)

Snuggles make everything better

Snuggles make everything better. Perhaps it’s ok to not be zombie patrolling all the time.

Relaxed and straight - SUCCESS!

Relaxed and straight – SUCCESS!

Chloe learned right away that it’s much nicer to just relax and stretch and get lots of “Good Girl!!” I have no worries about this one… in a few more rides we can actually work on real dressage work. Once we have this chillaxing thing down-pat 😀

And then FINALLY I got my Magic out – and of course he was lovely and sensible and just the coolest horse EVER.

Forward and into the contact - can ask for much more from a baby!

Forward and into the contact – can’t ask for much more from a baby!

And, more importantly, Magic is officially a family horse. He did not disappoint!

The 6'2" Husband looks right at home on the 15.2hh Dark Horse... :D

The 6’2″ Husband looks right at home on the 15.2h horse.

Clearly, Magic was not too concerned about The Husband’s less than centered seat 😉 We’ll work on that another day.

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Chloe-go-round

April 22, 2013

I’m sick but we needed to be productive and little Missy needed out of her stall

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I caught her enjoying being groomed just a little.

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Her head is just stunning…

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Not bad considering it’s a new and scary indoor…

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A little better with side reins, but she was always listening to me. Even with moments of giraffe-racecar she always whoa’ed when asked. The couple “bucks” were simply laughable. I look forward to those under saddle 😉

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Proof she wasn’t actually riled up! I think she was just trying to impress me with her brilliance 😉

Sorry Fi and Magic… mommy is sick. Carrots will have to do for today.

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Acclimating Chloe

April 22, 2013

Yesterday Chloe got a fair glimpse of what life is going to look like in her immediate future. 

1.  Emily really likes to groom horses and cares not if red-headed mares think they don’t like it. My desire to have SHINY PONIES far outweighs grouchy faces and threats.

half a mare was curried off

half a mare was curried off

2.  Emily is lazy therefore prefers to ride out silliness rather than have to lug a lunge line to the arena.

(after all – they are sooo heavy 😉 )

all rides end like this no matter how they start

3.  Much of life out of the stall/pasture involves standing around while I yell at people ( 😉 ), take pictures, and do a variety of non-productive non-training-ish things. Patience and chillaxing are virtues and skills.

Magic had his first full ride under someone else – Jess!

4.  We always end on a good note under saddle, on the ground and afterwards with a bucket.

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Chloe is really incredibly sweet. She’s definitely a mare – but she’ll soon learn that she can be a ladylike mare.

The other two got baths and played with Jess and Maggie… my trusty sidekicks.

Magic’s first bath was just about as exciting as every other new thing. *Zzzzzzzzz* 😀

Life cereal is clearly the greatest treat in the world according to Fiona

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Bridal Chatter

April 20, 2013

Chloe has arrived. After 7 hours in the trailer she walked out like she was home.

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She is beautiful – so feminine and all Thoroughbred.

I’ll let her settle tonight. We’ll see what were working with tomorrow.

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Ah… the ole quarantine stall pic 😉

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Two weeks

April 18, 2013

The state of affairs summed up in one picture:

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Thank you Kitty, Hoyt, Scott and Molly… I owe you all forever…

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