I'm pretty sure I mentioned that Sara, the BO's daughter, is home from college for a few weeks and she brought her horse, Maggie with her. It's nice to have a riding buddy even if Charlie and Maggie are now convinced that they are in love.
So I guess I have to start at the beginning - a week ago, we (Sara and I) went XC schooling at Long Shadow Farm which is on the SC/NC border. It wasn't awful but it certainly wasn't great. I decided to try the 3-ring bit hoping it would help with picking his head up when he gets a little low. To say he hated it is putting it mildly. I started out with the reins on the second ring, quickly moved them up and even that was waaaaaaay too much for him. I couldn't take a hold of his mouth at all - as soon as I touched the reins, he felt like he was hollowing out through his back and running. I felt like his balance was all off and as a result, my eye flat out sucked. I couldn't see a distance to save my life. Not a good feeling. I had to take the cheek pieces and attach them to the bit ring (should have taken a picture because I'm pretty sure I'm explaining this poorly). Once we got the bit situation figured out, things went a bit better. While Long Shadow is nice, the fences are sort of a mishmash. It's tough to put a course together because they don't really have a course. There are approx 3-4 BN jumps, maybe 3 N, a few T, 1-2 P, etc. The farm was originally built for Michael Pollard so there are A level jumps as well. Needless to say, it didn't give me a ton of confidence for our show that happened yesterday but I'm getting ahead of myself.
|Barn aisle of the most beautiful barn ever (Long Shadow Farm)|
|Stalls in the barn|
|Charlie being cute and curious after eating dinner. His nose is grubby - I think it might be getting a bit sunburnt. Maybe it's time to start slathering him up with sunscreen.|
|Charlie eating - this is his chubby shot. The greasy looking stuff is MTG because once again he seems to be contracting rain rot. :(|
|Maggie eating. She's super cute - she's a bit bleached out right now but she's really pretty and a really awesome jumper.|