Friday, November 9, 2012

Oh, mares!

Miss Lim has been acting mare-ish this week, including at today's farrier appointment (photo taken post-appointment).

I'm not sure why, given the time of the year, but if I had to guess, I suspect an ovary is bothering her. Either way, until her hormones settle, I won't pressure her to do anything under-saddle. I did ride her Wednesday, but it was a brief, relaxed ride.

Oh and of course, she will receive massages!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Breeder's Cup 2012

Limerick and her neon pink plaid sheet

Breeder's Cup 2012 has come and gone, and most races were not shockers...except possibly the Classic? The Classic was wide-open to start with, however, so I suppose any result was possible.

I was expecting (hoping) for Royal Delta to win the Distaff/Ladies Classic, and win she did. Uncharacteristically, she went straight to the lead and opened up the first quarter in a blazing :22-change. I'll admit I said some words that aren't fit for this blog then! I didn't feel better after seeing the half-mile time, and winced at the 3/4 mile time of 1:09-change. But then something happened, and I knew Royal Delta would win. At the top of the homestretch, her ears flicked up. After watching her run so much, I knew what that meant--she had gas in the tank, and she was going to win. She handily defied a challenge from undefeated champion My Miss Aurelia and won cleanly. What a race! What a mare!!

That race was the icing on the cake for me--the rest of the Breeder's Cup was simply a fun bonus. Groupie Doll's deserving win and Wise Dan's dominating performance were the best parts of the Saturday card. Another wonderful Breeder's Cup has come to an end, and yes--I'm a little sad we weren't there in person this year. Perhaps in 2014!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dressage queens for Halloween

I had a lesson scheduled for Halloween, so I thought why not dress Lim and I up? The catch was the costume had to be easy to ride in and quick to put on, since I am not able to get to the barn until 6pm at the earliest on work nights, and the lesson was at 7pm. Since I have an entire dressage show wardrobe in my closet, I decided I would wear that for the lesson. But what about Limerick?

She can be a dressage queen, too! I already ride her in a dressage saddle and bridle, so all I had to do was get her show-clean and prettied up. With a tiara.

Thanks to Rita for the photos!