Saturday, February 6, 2016

I Just Don't Even Know

What was my last post even about? Man, I suck at this.

I'm working on it. No, really! I'm totally working on writing semi-intelligent, marginally entertaining, sort-of on topic blog posts!

Oh, who am I kidding? I'm not doing any of those things. 

The winter has made me officially nuts

So, here's a photo dump of stuff I've been doing instead:

I cut Spider's tail off. 

Every DQ reading this is crying right now.

This is an improvement, though.... He looked even worse before. Seriously, it was a mullet. 

Business in the front, party in the back.

He let Jack chew on it when Jack was younger, and he chewed a big chunk out of the top. It was in a weird growing out phase and I just couldn't take it anymore. So, now he looks like a cart horse. Who knows, maybe it will be the next Big Trend and everyone in Wellington will be sporting the Spider Bob next year.

Speaking of Jack,

This face.....

Jack is still Jack. Bless his heart. He's really going to be a great horse, once he stops being so.... Well, you know what? He's going to be a great horse because he's Jack. We're just going to work with that. 

He continues to grow, but is finally starting to grow out instead of up. He's also getting a little more graceful, so I'm no longer completely despairing of ever making him a dressage horse. Did I tell you guys about how he broke two of my trot poles by stepping on them instead of over them? I'll have to remember to tell you about that. It was a very "Jack" day.

I'm 5'3", not sure about Jack. I stopped measuring him when he hit 17h. The look on what you can see of my face is, "Crap, how do I take a selfie picture on this stupid thing? Oh, shit... that was it....."

Spots the pony is great. He cracks me up. The little bastard continues to give me a hard time, but is an angel for my children. Typical pony, and I love every minute of it. He is definitely making his Dressage Debut this year, because a local farm is offering a "Pony Challenge" in their regular show series this year. The highest scoring adult and junior rider on a pony get a super-cool prize! I figure I've got a shot, because not a lot of adults ride ponies. 

Oh, did you think I was letting the kids show him? Ha! Not when there's a sweet prize to be had!

We're a little behind on preparation, since the kids ride him most of the time, but I think we'll be able to make a pretty solid First Level debut. Spots is preparing in his own way:

Mud masks are very important for maintaining a pony's complexion.

In other news, I'm still doing a ton of stuff with my local USDF GMO. I'm the VP, Show Manager/Secretary and Clinic Organizer. We've got a ton of awesome stuff lined up for this year, including another Arthur Kottas clinic and possibly a clinic with another Super Big Name that I'll keep secret for now (but it rhymes with Ronrad Rumacher). 

I also changed the name of the Blog's Facebook Page so that it matches the name of the Blog, it's now "A Work In Progress - Spider". I left the "Spider" in there so as not to confuse people when it suddenly appeared in their feed with a new name, but I'll probably eventually drop it since Spider isn't the only horse I'm writing about (even though he really thinks he should be). Give us a follow if you're on FB, I'm definitely better about posting stuff there than I am about the Blog, mostly because the FB app is vastly better than the Blogger app and I'm usually on my phone. I may even post daily training updates there, if I remember to do that. 

And that's that. I'd love to post some super optimistic crap about how I'm totally going to post more and stuff, but we all know how that goes.....


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