The weather has changed and the focus at the farm has changed, as well. Everything is focused on winter now. For one thing, no one is following me around with clippers! The horses get to stay out a little longer and the young horses go through a little schooling while folks are home and not at shows.
The Belgian Warmblood inspection went well. Of course, I was on hand to help out in any and every way possible. The two fillies that Bridlebourne had inspected did very well. “Rosie” scored and 82, which I understand is extremely good and “Judy” scored a 79, also a very high score. Miss Paula was very proud!
The next exciting news that I heard was that Zenith Dance, one of our jumpers that was imported from Holland last summer, was Reserve Champion at the Midwest Young Jumper finals in the 6 year old division. Miss Paula and Mr. Jim went up to watch and they said it was very exciting. Yes, even Mr. Jim said it was exciting. He liked the jumpoff the best! Congratulations to Theo Genn and “Zee”.
This week starts “high school” for the two year olds. They get to have a bridle on for the first time and a surcingle and they are long – lined until finally Chad gets on them and teaches them to walk, trot, and canter. Then they will get a break until next spring. “Kalli” and “Jewel” are, so far, being good. I’ll let you know how they do!
The yearlings will all learn to stand in crossties and other various and sundry things so that it will only take one person to work with them from now on. “Desi” and “Lucy” will enjoy the extra attention.
The weanlings continue to be handled, especially with the whole “give to pressure” routine reinforced. “Astro”, “Elroy”, “Judy”, and “Rosie” are the best!