Photo by Margaret Chant and edited by Jessica Metropulos

Monday, April 26, 2010

Something to Tide You Over...

Hi Folks,

Though there is plenty to blog about, I'm pretty flat out around here, so the probability of me writing much for the next couple of weeks isn't too high.

For now, here's what you need to know:

~I'm in Wisconsin (home) for 3 days this week
~I was at Kristi Smith's in Iowa through this past weekend, assisting in her workshops
~South Dakota is alright--I've learned a lot, and we've had a foal born on the premises who's been my greatest teacher, along with Crest.
~My goals and time-line for the summer have shifted drastically, more details as I work things out myself.

In the mean time, here is a video of Crest and me playing at liberty last weekend. Some of you may have seen this if you follow my life on Facebook, but I thought it would be nice to post here, too. Enjoy, and I'd really love to hear your feedback. My relationship with Crest has becoming extremely important to me at this phase of my life, and I am so proud of how far both of us have come, in seeing this video!

So, that's it for now. I'll be back from SD in a couple of weeks, and my life should resume with relative normality. I hope everyone is well!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Yes, I'm Alive!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm still alive. Insanely busy, perhaps, but alive, none-the-less.

Things are going pretty well here at Heartland. The facility is absolutely gorgeous, and the people and horses are wonderful to be around. I'm playing with between 3-8 horses a day depending on the day, doing some facility maintainence (Fancy phrasing for "grunt work"!) and some work on Heartland's website, as well as taking lessons and developing my own horsemanship.

The current excitment around the barn is that we've got a mare who's due to foal literally any time. My guess is that she'll go tonight, she's starting to act a little "labor-y", getting cranky, defensive of her space, and isn't eating so much. I'm on the "foal watch" crew, which basically means I've been keeping really odd hours the past couple of nights, and have to be ready to spring into action at any moment. I'm well over-due for a nap, to say the least. I'll keep posted here as things progress, and yes, of course I'll have a camera at hand!

Today is technically my day off, and I just returned from a really nice ride out with Farrah, Farrah's husband Michael, and another gal who works here named Dana. It was a beautiful (albeit EXTREMELY windy) afternoon, and we had fun taking our horses out for a trek around the property and through the beautiful fields. Prin was wonderful and we played with some lead changes in the field, and are playing with developing her canter some.

So that's what's up here. I'm off to take a nap for the rest of my afternoon off so that I can stay awake tonight. I'll try to get this up and blogging again more often, but it's been really hard to find time to do more than check email occasionally, so I'll do my best!

Savvy on!