What's Going On?
This year Sweet Grass Jake, the 2017 OXC Green Horse champion, has done a few races under Jimmy Anderson, Pete Fraser, and Michele Grasley. We're making progress with the basics and I'm pleased that our relationship continues to grow. We're at the entry level of the Intermediate division this year. By the time you read this we will have raced at the Norwood Provincial Championships under Annie Chance. Stay tuned...
Our Sweet Scotch Man - 'Spike' - had a challenging year with lameness issues but he's doing okay now. Not great, but good. He has taught me to enjoy every day. Every...single...day. I'm pleased to report that Spike completed 2 1/2 hours on the trail for the 2018 Rockwood Trail Trials, placing 11th of 36 riders. That was a big goal for us! The photo above is Spike tucked in behind Tatti for his first brave river crossing. He loves Tatti. He'd follow her anywhere.
Then there's Sweet Grass Nemo. At 3 he's just full of himself and his place in his world. He's doing some ground driving and might end up under saddle a bit this year, but mostly just doing stuff. You know, interesting stuff. He did well with trailering and showing last year, just some local stuff. I was pleased with his sensibility. Stuff.
I went back to school again in the fall of 2017, this time taking an Animal Physiology course at the University of Guelph. I enjoy being around the bright minds and energy of the students and have returned to take an Applied Animal Behaviour course in September 2018.
Around the farm, haying season went well. We sold out right away and got two cuts in despite tractor challenges. It wasn't Mother Nature this year, it was John Deere.
And while I continue to write articles under my freelance business 'Words For Hire', I have also started up 'Horse Basics' again - training for horses and their handlers. I put it on the back burner six years ago to re-gain my amateur status to show Spike. I got my amateur card with APHA but I wasn't eligible to get one with Pinto since they have some strange rule that you can't be an amateur if you write for horse publications? I don't know where they pulled that from but in the end, it just wasn't worth it. I like to teach so that's what I'm going to do. I'm back. My Horse Basics Facebook page will be a place for polite conversation and a place to exchange ideas. Drop by for a visit.
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