Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Siobhan from Autonomous Dressage! It was such a fortuitous series of events — see, I was randomly matched to be her secret santa from my own blogger gift exchange, so to meet her face to face just a few months later was pretty cool. We had a great weekend, filled with pony things and great conversation.
I feel a bit like a spoiled hunter princess when I say this out loud, but having a “practice” horse is the best thing ever. It’s wonderful to have a horse you have no goals or expectations for — one that you can simply do whatever you want, whenever you want and just enjoy. I know I’m so lucky to have this option available to me, but it’s really changed my riding for the better.
In early January, Trainer left the cold, snowy Midwest to go on a much-needed and well-deserved vacation. While we’re up here dealing with wild temperature swings and so much mud, she’s down in Florida enjoying the sun and palm trees. I’m not quite sure what she was thinking… but she left me somewhat in charge of all of her horses (you know, in conjunction with barn management #thankgoodness). So I’ve been a busy, busy girl taking care of 4 horses these last several weeks.
The concept of “managing” a horse wasn’t something I thought much about before I bought Miles. My first horse didn’t really require any management, he was a yes man and very easy going. Miles is more opinionated, and certainly not a glass half-full kind of guy. Over the last four years I’ve learned that winter is the most difficult time of year for Miles and that it requires very thoughtful management. Part of that is also managing me as a rider… which is a whole ‘nother ball of wax. Each year I’ve tried something different, and while I hesitate to say it out loud in case I jinx myself, so far this year’s plan has been the most successful.
2016 was not a banner year for this blog — I posted sporadically, and there were weeks that went by without a peep. I really want to change that this year, but I’m still having trouble getting back in the groove, so to speak. It’s winter, and in all honesty, not that much is happening. But that’s half the fun of equestrian blogging: ya’ll can totally relate. So in an effort to get myself to sit down and actually write something, I’m starting a weekly series about what’s going on in my life outside of horses.