Last weekend we managed a party lesson on Saturday but my plot for a trail ride on Sunday was foiled by the record book interviews the girls had in the afternoon. The work week was intense but no party lesson because the 4-H State Horse Communication Contest was held in Stillwater. Ivy and Alaina competed in Quiz Bowl, Illustrated Presentation and Team problem solving. Their QB team made the semi-finals, Ivy and Lyndsey placed 2nd in their speech and Alaina, Maddie, Lyndsey, and Lara placed third in Team Problem Solving. They enjoyed the day while I lamented missing my ride on such a beautiful day.
On Sunday, Ivy and I rode our ponies before lunch. Both have started to shed a bit which is not surprising with the lengthening days and warm temperatures (in the 70’s this weekend). We started with a mini-trail ride to warm up and Ivy finished with jumping.
You may know about Lucky the Paint yearling donated to the horse club as a fundraising raffle. Lucky has not been handled and Ron C volunteered to train him to halter lead and trailer. Ron uses the Clinton Anderson method and the club got the opportunity to watch Ron start the process on Sunday afternoon. We were able to stay for a couple of hours and they made a lot of progress. Then, we visited Sister on our way home.
Sister is looking a little bit pregnant but still remembers some of her showmanship moves. Ivy loves seeing her back and pivot off-lead even after all this time. Sister’s palomino paint pasture mate is Alaina’s favorite and really likes the attention when we visit.
If spring is really here, we need to get a trail ride going. Perhaps next Sunday? Ahh, just what I need. More riding in my future.