Sunday, June 23, 2013

Great horse weekend!! You're the best Kaspin! 4th place out of 17, yeah!!!

Well we headed of Saturday morning to proud Lake for the Judged obstacle course! We have been waiting for summer here in MI, but of course today was going to be 90 degrees, pure sun, and high humidity!! Didn't stop Kaspin and I though! Here is Kaspin all set to go in the trailer. Kaspin still won't load with 1 person still, agghh. So I still give Kaspin an "F" for trailer loading, but he is trying! I end up throwing the rope through the trailer window. Then I hand Kaspin to a friend at the back door. Then I go and jump up on my trailer fender and call and pull Kaspin forward from the outside of my trailer. Why my friend uses a Parelli stick to coax him also forward from the back end. Then I feed Kaspin carrots or favorite treat in the window. While back person puts up bumper bar and shuts back door. Otherwise, Kaspin would just go off of the trailer. I hope to someday have kaspin load himself, stand on trailer and wait. While I do butt bar and then shut door myself. Someday I hope!! 

 Few participants working on their obstacles. 
 I started on the ground first. Since this is Kaspin's only 2nd time this year being out. And I am still healing from my shoulder surgery. So I wanted to make sure I had a cool minded horse before I ever got on. ( AM till 12 pm was all for practice. 1 to 4 pm was going to be the judged part. 

 Just hanging out:)
 The field was nice and huge for lots of room. Of course, only a 1/4 of the participants showed up due to the high heat this day! Was to be 75 riders(like past years). But today there were only 22 in the AM part. 
 Kaspin hanging out by the trailer as long as I was near by to hold his hoof! Yes, Kaspin is my chickenlinger, LOL
 Participants waiting to go into the field to start the judged part from 1 pm to 4 pm. 
 Kaspin checking out the course! And can you believe it! I brought my camera to get some riding pictures!! Well, once I got going on the course, I was so into Kaspin and I. That I totally forgot to get any riding pictures!!!!!!! I was sooo bummed, but Kaspin was such a brave and super boy!!! We ended up getting 4th place out of 17 riders!! Wow never expected that and I was just thrilled for sure!!! What a super way to end a 90 degree hot day!!! We both lost multiple pounds of sweat, but it was so worth the fun, meeting new friends, and the experience being out!! Great day and great end! 

 Then on Sunday I went out to the barn just to spend undemanding time with Kaspin. Kaspin was going to have the day off in the shade while I was with him. He sooo deserved it and it was another super hot day. Here is my selfie with Kaspin in the shade! I decide Kaspin deserved a nice cold bubble bath. To make that mane and tail just shine white again. 
This is after his bath and Kaspin is sparkling! 

 Love the blue shampoo!
 Tail all nice and fluffy again! 
 I love the shine. 
 And how very soft horses feel after a bubble bath. Only last for a few minutes though:( Then they go and roll in the dirt.
 Yes, more awful hair Kaspin ripped out while rubbing on trees!!! Kaspin even can make dread locks in his mane. His mane this summer is a lot shorter already:(
 I love the color of Kaspin's eye's Such a nice mahogany brown with a pretty black pupil. I will have to get a nice shot one day with a good camera! This is just my cheap point and shoot camera. 
 Kaspin NO!!!. I didn't walk you an hour to dry for you to still roll! 
 Kaspin NO! Ok, I got him to stop! Kaspin didn't roll, but I am sure he did soon enough later. 
 Love the clean shine. 
 The nice white mane without the normal dirt streak going down the middle, LOL. 
 Flowy clean tail. 
 Yes, more of the tail. It will be dirty in no time!! So I have to enjoy it while I can!!! 
 My arsenal to keep him clean. Blue shampoo, E-zall for the whole body, and Mane N Tail conditioner and lots of it!! 
I hope you all had a fun weekend with your equine friend!! J9, clean Kaspin, and the late Enzo. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Taking Kaspin out, riding, and exciting news!

Fun weekend ahead. Well at least I hope so! Going to Proud Lake with kaspin this Saturday! Check flyer below:) I cannot wait! 

As for my shoulder healing it's coming along. I am about 2 months out now. I was told 6 months for full recovery. I still need a lot more strength and range of motion. But I did get the ok to ride again!!!! Yeahh!! I have rode the past 2 weekends and Kaspin has been super horse for me(not a chicken like usual). I am so very proud of  him! I even rode him for the first time on a mini trail ride in the back 40 at the barn. Kaspin was brave and handled it great! Even when the grass came to my waist while riding with pricker bushes mixed into it. Not even a scream out of Kaspin to the other horses to save him, LOL. What a good boy! Maybe he can be my super trail horse after all! Picture of me riding last weekend:) 


KASPIN AND I WILL GET TO DO A DOUBLE DAN CLINIC AUG 3RD, AND 4TH, IN MILFORD MI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whooo hooooo!! I am sooooooooooooooo beyond excited! Can you tell!!!! 

Have fun always, Super Kaspin, J9, and the late Enzo

Monday, June 17, 2013

Liebster Blog Award

I am excited to announce I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! I think this is a really great way to share and promote smaller blogs! Thank you so much From The Horses Mouth for nominating me!! Plus, I just learned how to add a link and make numbers, yeahh!!

HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each bloggers page and let them know you have nominated them.”
11 random facts about me:
1. Chocolate is my favorite food group too!!
2. I started riding when I was 5 yrs old.
3. I still have never gotten a flying lead change, but I will!
4. Want to be married someday, LOL.
5. Favorite color is PURPLE too!
6. I think I am a RBI.
7. I work at a table tennis company.
8. Remi my lovely Cairn Terrier gets to come to work with everyday! yeahh!
9. My other job is Pet sitting!
10. I love the ocean, who doesn't?
11. I LOVE photography.
My 11 questions from From The Horses Mouth for me.
  1. What are your colors for you and your horse? Purple and purple.
  2. Do you have any random talents? I play table tennis well!
  3. What is your biggest pet peeve? People who say fir and not FOR.
  4. Who is your equestrian idol? Pat Parelli.
  5. Do you like to read? No. If so, what was the last good book you read?
  6. What is your most embarrassing horse moment? Falling off after forgetting to tighten girth.
  7. Do you have any random obsessions? Talking too much, LOL.
  8. If you could be friends with anyone famous, who would it be? Pat Parelli
  9. Favorite song at the moment? Anything Bruno Mars
  10. What is your horse’s favorite treat? Stud muffins
Post your favorite picture of your horse :) . Okay it isn’t a question, but I like it better than a question. This is my favorite picture!! 

My 11 questions for nominations are....
  1. How did you get your horse?
  2. How did you come up with their name?
  3. How often do you ride a week?
  4. Do you trail ride?
  5. Favorite food for you?
  6. Favorite treat for your horse?
  7. Do you use a helmet when riding?
  8. Favorite horse trainer?
  9. Best horse show you went to?
  10. Future goals for you and your horse?
  11. Best picture of you and your horse:)
Here are the blogs I nominate:
  1. Equestrian Journey
  2. The Jumping Percheron
  3. Trekehner & Horsemanship
  4. Priscilla's Odyssey
  5. Keri and Prince
  6. Life of Riley
  7. Adventures with Shyloh
  8. Sweet Horse's Breath
  9. Just Horses
  10. Drafty Hafy Girl
  11. My Life Naturally!
Thanks again From The Horses Mouth for nominating me!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Great horsey Saturday with lots of pictures!

I AM IN LOVE!!! LOL. I know I have been extremely hurt by losing my past 2 Friesians, both at too young of an age. But my heart is just so in love with this majestic black horse Friesians!! I visited this lovely colt out of Fridse 423 yesterday. He came to this world with a large white star, but he is still allowed to be a registered Friesian. There is only about 100 Friesians in the USA with a white star in their forehead. Any other white on a Friesian is not allowed. This little boy is only 2 weeks old and should mature to 16'2 hands. He really has a sweet disposition and I loved scratching him, taking his pictures, and just loving on him. I could have stayed there forever and just played with him(I really couldn't get enough and I was in heaven). He doesn't have a name as of yet. I'll let you know when I hear:)

I love his white big star:)

I know I can fit him in my car, LOL. 

 Mom always watching over her son:)
 Hey you, pet me again!!
 Your still not petting me!!!
 Ok, nappy time.

 After my visit with the cutest Friesian baby in the world, LOL.  I was off to South Lyon MI to a Jesse Peters Parelli Clinic that was 3 days long. Meggie Andrews my Parelli trainer was also there assisting Jesse. My friend Michele Walsh was there riding her sisters horse also. So I wanted to check it all out. This was my 1st time seeing Jesse Peters give a clinic in person. He seems very nice and has a great sense of humor:) Here was the lovely arena they had.
 Barn isle attached to the arena with 5 stalls and bathroom.
 Great arena and with bits of used old tire mixed in. Very cool. 
 Jesse and Meggie getting Jesse's horses ready. 
 Getting ready to go.
 Meggie riding Jesse's horse.
 Michelle Walsh and her sisters horse. 
 Meggie canter.

 I was sooo happy the rain they called for stayed away.
 Michele looking great.
 Jesse watching over all his students.

I love this shot below. 
Jesse always seems to have a smile on his face. 

 The horse is BO Jangles from Road to the Horse!! 

 Participants having fun!

 Everyone having fun!!

 Office area above the stalls in the arena.
 All 10 participants! 
 Jesse demonstrating.

 Meggie now on Bo Jangles from Road to the Horse. 

 Meggie's time to cantor on Bo Jangles.

After this clinic, I then headed over to Highland MI where my barn is at. I rode Kaspin for the 1st time and I mean I actually rode. I trotted and I played with forequarter turns, hind quarter turns, trotting while staying on the rail. I  also used for the 2 time in my life. My new USED Parelli fluidity saddle and man, I just absolutely love that saddle and I am soooo very thrilled I purchased it!!!! So what a super day!!! Starts with playing with a super cute and sweet Friesian baby! Then to a Parelli clinic for 3 hours. Then to my lovely sweet boy Kaspin to finish off with a 1st great ride, since my shoulder surgery!! Saturdays cannot get any better than this!! I hope you're all having just as much fun of a horse weekend! 

Keep it fun!! J9, Kaspin, and the never forgotten Enzo!! I miss you Enzo!