- Apple's total destruction of the 'cattle guard' obstacle. The event organizers created a jump using gutters. They laid them side by side, creating a 4' spread that looked like a cattle guard. Apple decided it wasn't worth jumping over and ran right through it. As I looked over my shoulder I recall seeing pieces of gutter flung into bushes and leaning against the trees!
- Socky's indiscretion in dressage where he objected to cantering when and where I asked. He began to crow hop and buck. That little 'fence' along the side of the ring was just something to hop over. Elimination!
- The cattle pen: the course included a strange fenced in area, similar to what cows or sheep might be corralled in, with a chute at one end. In one rally they had us jump through the 'pen' as a two-stride in and out going one direction. We had to turn and jump it in the other direction as a three-stride in and out. Then turn, one more time, and jump the chute as a spread. Apple and I negotiated the first leg with ease. We turned sharply and Apple had to throw in a short little stride on the second leg, putting me a bit forward on his neck. We turned and made it over the spread - with me still being a bit forward. Upon landing you might guess what happened... I was half way down his neck. Apple put his head down and hopped... I was on his head. There is a 30M X 20M (I think that's the size) penalty area around any obstacle. A rider can not 'touch down' in the penalty area, but can do anything outside of it. I hung on for dear life, and did make it outside the zone before I hopped off, remounted and we went on our way.
1. I shared a few snapshot memories with you already, but here is another; Lying cocooned in a sleeping bag in the chill of a Canadian evening in Algonquin Park with the call of a loon echoing from the hills across the lake from camp.
2. Gypsy is a blank slate. She doesn't seem to have had any formal training. We are working on the basic commands with her: sit, down, wait and come. Gypsy lives to eat! She is very food oriented and should be very easy to train!
3. I adore tomatoes from my garden. Gardening in Colorado is a challenge, and last year I think we had all of 4 tomatoes. This year, barring any hail, hoards of locusts, bunnies, deer or other tomato-predators, we should have a few dozen. All that work... for so little!
The horses weren't used to treats when I first got them. They learned to like apples and carrots, but never acquired a taste for other things I tried, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, beans (which my dogs adore) and pumpkin.