Despite the lack of free time, Mia is still being ridden 4+ times a week. She is really developing good muscle under that heavy layer of fat (thanks spring grass). The pasture turnout was shaken up again as three horses left the barn (App's friend was put down, one sold, one moved) and Mia's super annoying pasture mate went to his new home. A pretty 4 yr old palamino colt is really nice to look at, but he was super mouthy, super disrespectful of space, super destructive and wanted to play with everything all of the time. I lost Mia's halter for 4 days before we FINALLY found it buried in weeds in the pasture, pretty far away from the gate where it had hung on a hook. I've lost all tail bags as he would grab her tail and yank and play with it, resulting in holes in every bag I have/had. The bites, scratches, and scrapes should significantly decline now that he isn't around. As a result of the shakeup, Mia is now out by herself (for now) in a pretty big, very grassy pasture. Which is great, it is just adding to her bulk lol. I keep reminding myself she is quite slender in comparison to the other horses lol.
|We may have legit chased down a hot air balloon as it landed at the local airport|
In other news, since Plantation was a lost cause and my backup show was moved to July, I was thinking of signing up for a HT in New Jersey but then a hunter jumper show popped up 25 mins from my barn. Twenty five minutes?! I've never been to a show in PA that was that close outside of the ONE time a show was at my own barn! As a result, Mia is going to make her Jumper debut on Sunday. Why not, right? It is a max of 2'6", if she can't get around a 2'6" course without taking rails then we have bigger problems lol. She has been jumping 3' to 3'6" without even trying.
|So many jumps|
Mia was really awesome. There were a couple of times she was fast and required some correction, but for the most part she was amazing and handled everything like a seasoned pro. I am going to jump again tonight, bigger, and then tomorrow is dressage. We have a lesson scheduled again (!!!) for July 13 so I am hopeful we have real progress to show for it. We also are signed up for a Wofford clinic, I am SUPER excited about that! Lots of jump schooling in our future.