Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2018 vs. 2019

The beginning of 2018 brought so much uncertainty for Scout and what our future might be together. And after the scare of him getting cast and the subsequent cellulitis that formed as a result, I owed it to him to pump the brakes and take a long hard look about what I wanted from him. What I ultimately decided was to take things slow... maybe even painfully slow to outsiders. He was after all, a very big, very immature youngster who needed time to heal and fill out physically.

Fall 2017 -- Fall 2018

So that's exactly what we did... and we had some mixed results. In addition, I reached out to trusted professionals to help develop my athletic youngster and help shape him into a suitable mount for me. I dealt with WAY too many truck problems and FINALLY got my rig back on the road. My lessons stopped due to said truck problems which was beyond disappointing but I stuck to my regime of working with Scout both on the ground and under saddle and he really began to blossom. Ultimately, these setbacks led to me not wanting to blog at all -- but if you follow me on any other social media platforms, you know what we've been up to!

He's been LOVING life at the new barn, and absolutely thriving. In fact, he's perhaps feeling a bit TOO good. I think he's finally in his big boy body and he's really ready for the next step in his education.

The best he's ever looked in winter
I was so thankful to have the indoor to retreat to this fall/winter when we got nothing but rain for months and months because he really needed a job to do. He was definitely starting to tell me he was getting bored, even with the indoor riding routine.

ANOTHER growth spurt this fall

Longing for days like this again
I tried to mix things up for Scout a little by having a friend come ride him here and there (which he was very opinionated about) -- and then he got a few weeks off after my 40th birthday -- which coincided with the holidays. After Christmas my BO asked if I would be interested in coming to Wellington to nanny for a week or two (like I was gonna say no) and so I started to make a plan for what Scout would do while I was away.

But what if I want EXTENDED vacation?
There would be a resident trainer at my barn while I was out of town but I thought since my rig was back up and running I'd like to reach out an event trainer, specifically someone close to the Davidsons (since I work for them in summer/fall). So after a little research I decided to send Scout to Nora Battig-Leamer for 10 days! I have a few friends who have either ridden with her or had her work with their thoroughbreds and I really like her riding style!

As it turns out, she thinks Scout is quite special (his step and jump being quite impressive) and after some logistical conversations, we decided he should go to Ocala with her until the end of March to continue his education! He's going to have an amazing opportunity to go and do and see ALL THE THINGS and come back a more mature, more well-educated horse! It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and for him and I am so excited to see how he progresses. I have a few trips planned to go see him while he's there and of course, I plan to take lessons on my some of my BO's horses while he's away so I don't lose my sea legs!

Who is this grown-up creature?
So, I'm over here trying to adjust to not having my horse around -- which is SUPER weird... and I thought I'd jump back into blogging (I have a ton of fun things on deck to talk about). 2019 is off to a MUCH better start than 2018! Here's to keeping all them positive vibes running through the blogosphere.




18 comments:

  1. I have an OTTB who hit a growth spurt after we got her off the track and is continuing to grow so I know exactly what you mean. I'm excited for his adventures - he looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you! He’s really been filling out this year and turning into a hunk!

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  2. So many incredible opportunities! Can't wait to hear how his training goes. =)

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    1. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so excited to see how he progresses and what the rest of the year holds for us!

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  3. I hope 2019 is a stellar horse year for you!

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  4. Yay for an exciting 2019 for you and Scout! Gosh he's matured SO MUCH 😍

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    1. Hasn’t he? All of a sudden I was like WHOA! He’s not such a baby anymore!

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  5. Well this all sounds very familiar, LOL (the before part, not the after part, heh). Scout looks amazing! I see he is a year older than Echo, so this gives me something to look forward to. Mine will turn 5 end of March (yeah, I ignore that whole Jan 1 thing, makes no sense to me) and I know his body still has a lot to do. If you feel so inclined to email, I would love to hear more (if there is any) info about how your farrier worked on getting his heels back under him, if there was any particular method he liked beyond keeping toes short & waiting (I. HATE. WAITING.) -- he did a great job. Scout's feet in your last post remind me a lot of Echo's heel-wise, I've got him barefoot right now since the ground is soft, to spread those heels out, but he'll need front shoes back on when flies come out & I really want to focus on saying goodbye to underrun. My farrier does a pretty good job, he is very careful about shaping shoes & will hot shoe if he feels like it will help & he is patiently open to exploring my crazy suggestions, ha.

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    1. I’ll definitely email you! Thank you for your thoughtful response!

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  6. I can't wait to see what he looks like when he fills out that big frame!

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    1. Me too! He just seems to be getting bigger and more uphill by the day !!!!

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  7. You already know how excited I am about watching him progress. I think that this is such a great opportunity for scout and he is going to mature so much!

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    1. Thank you! I am SO excited for him and ME!

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  8. Gosh, he is looking so handsome and grown up! I can't wait to hear about his adventures while training.

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    1. Aw thanks! Yea he suddenly looks grown up!

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  9. What a cool plan! I would be sad to miss so much riding time but it sounds like a great opportunity for Scout!

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    1. I already miss him, but it’s a good thing the weather here finally turned to winter because it softens the blow a little. I’ve gotten some updates and he’s doing super well! My BO gets back next week so I’ll be throwing myself into as many lessons as I can get while he’s down south!

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