The chronicles of a Friesian mare who happened upon an owner who lives outside the show ring....

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Myopia Hunter Pace and infrequent blogging.....

Well, we had a wonderful time at the Myopia Spring Pace Sunday, May 20th.  The weather was gorgeous and Daatje was phenominal.  My friends horse had never been on a pace before (OTTB turned dressage horse) so he had a few things to wrap his mind around and she was a model babysitter.  Go Daatje. :)

There are a ton of photos of us coming across the finish line at  VE Photography.  We're actually the cover shot for the album, which I think is kinda cool.  Most of the photos of us are on page 2, if you want to wander over an check them out. 

Daatje led most of the way, was fairly brave jumping without a lead and even logged her first brush jump.

We really don't have anything on the schedule unless I can bring ourselves to compete at the Groton House Summer Classic.  I've been so busy working on the property that I have barely had any time to go for a hack, let alone school for competition.

Which brings my to why I don't blog much these days.  I want the horses to come home by Labor Day and we've got stalls to build and fencing to put up before then!  It seems like every waking moment that I'm not a work, I'm spending working on the property.  A temporary sidetrack to my regular routine, but well worth it in the end.

Here's where we left off yesterday after 8 hours of working in the barn, constructing what will be Daatje and the mini's stalls.....
This used to be a beautiful 4-stall horse barn with full loft, feed and tack rooms.  Badly neglected over the years, the last owners ripped out the custom cedar stalls to use it as a garage.  (Grrrrrr)  We're working hard to correct that.

Here's what the barn looked like the day the contractor started working on it.....
And a few weeks later....

So, that's what's been keeping me from riding much.  But, with any luck we'll have the horses home in a few months and I'll have time to fit in training rides and competing instead of construction. :P


  1. The barn looks incredible. I am always amazed at how contractors can flip crummy-looking buildings and make them into cozy and clean spaces.

    Go to Groton House!!! I'll be there with Lu!

    1. Thanks! The barn was so gross, but it had good bones! :) I'm so tempted to do the summer classic. We'd just do the dressage schooling portion (not enough money or practice to justify the 3 phase) but at least we'd be there!

  2. Looks like the pace made for a beautiful ride.

  3. Wowzers! Keep that hammer going - it is going to be perfect.

  4. Wow! Big improvement! Once you get the horses there, the time will seem to have flown by. :-)

  5. Wow, I love the barn! :-) Can't wait to see you and Daatje later this year...I am still definitely ready to try a few hunts with you!!

    (Also, on a side note, what energy supplement do you have Daatje on? I seem to vaguely remember you writing something about that...)

    1. Looking forward to seeing you too! Hard to believe the year is flying by so quickly. I am so looking forward to hunt season. Daatje is on natural vitamin E, 4000 IU a day. (I buy it from in capsules and break them in her food). She's also on Triple Crown Lo Starch, Triple Crown 30%, Shredded Beet Pulp and Triple Crown Omega Max (stabilized ground golden flax). This combo seems to work really well for her. :)