I sound like a broken record, I am always busy, busy, busy. We got a lot done over the weekend and I got a sneak peak at the Horse Trials that I will be volunteering at next weekend. Wow is all I can say. Saturday was going to the Blueberry Festival which was kinda fun, I had my very first taste of blueberry pie. First taste you ask? I am not a big fan of blueberries because they can be tart and I just don't like that. I rode with RB3 and worked with Appy on lengthening and shortening his stride and he did okay. I really need to turn up my arena work to get them both back to where I want them now that I consider them fit again. Both boys aren't as "snappy" as I would prefer and their jumping basics have obviously suffered as a result. But I can do this.
Sunday was really nice despite some pretty heavy rain. We cleared out some out-of-control shrubs that were next to our house and barn and we finished extending the pasture behind our arena, that opens up another third to half an acre for them to access. I am hoping they will eat it all down so I don't have to cut it down myself, we can get a discount on our farm insurance if it is clear by Sept so they have some time and I am expecting nothing but great results. The donkey had better eat the shrub, that's what donkey's are known for lol. I have also confirmed to myself that I really dislike woven wire fencing, it is heavy to move, hard to unroll in narrow paths and is virtually impossible to have "tight" without having a tractor to pull on it. If this fencing doesn't work well enough I am going to get a solar charger and put electric back there. Ugh.
Sunday night was so much fun! I went to a volunteer's dinner to learn how to be a jump judge and be shown the course I will be judging next weekend. I had a lot of fun and got to meet a couple of people. The dinner was okay but the cake that came from Costco was surprisingly really good. We got a tour of the course with some impressively scary jumps, this horse trial is having max height/width on most of their jumps and most are many levels above where I am. I will have to get a picture of this one ramp, it was probably 4 feet tall and is on a slight hill, you come to it and cannot see or imagine where the ground is on the other side. A horse will jump it, there is a drop from the base of the jump to the ground, a slight flat spot then gallop down the hill. Yikes, I am not sure I am ready for that! I am very excited about volunteering next weekend, here's to hoping the rain shown in the forecast doesn't appear.
This week is busy, busy as well, RB3 comes out 2 nights and I am giving lessons 2 nights. Of course a state fair is this week too so I will need to attend it, I am super busy but I am loving life right now.