Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scout's First Show - Videos!

Whew! I found the videos! I was so scared I had accidentally deleted them when I transferred a bunch of files to an external hard drive, but thankfully they were just in a folder with a name I didn't recognize.

Here is a brief video of us cantering in one of our flat classes:

And here is my treasured video of L jumping Scout. I thought they went around twice, but they only went around once. Either way, they both did fantastic. L is a superb young rider who I hope will ride on a Collegiate Equestrian Team in the future, along with her very talented older sister, E. :) I love these young ladies!

Very proud of both L and Scout (can you tell?) I hope I can take Scout to a few schooling shows this year. We'll see.

Next, I'll post about the Jeremy Beale clinic I took both Scout and Tonto to. That was a fun experience!

Happy Riding!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Finally Settled on a Saddle

Well, I gave in and finally ended up getting another Wintec All Purpose for Scout. I just didn't have the money to invest in anything else and I needed something adjustable. Of all my saddles (Stubben Seigfred, Passier P.S. Baum, Michael Stokes Centaur dressage saddle, Borelli, and smaller Wintec All Purpose), he was happiest in the Wintec with the medium-wide gullet. These first photos are of the 15 3/4 in. Wintec one of my best friends gave to my oldest son several years ago. I have been riding in it and decided I needed something only slightly bigger, so I purchased a 16-inch off ebay.

This is Scout in the new, used Wintec from ebay the day it arrived (yep, I lunged his hiney before I got on him):

Maybe one day we will be able to save for a nice close contact or something. :) For now, we will just be happy in a good fitting saddle that I don't have to clean and oil!!

Scout's First Show

On December 1, 2012, Scout attended his first show - at least the first show he has been to since I have owned him. My sweet friend's daughter, L, asked to borrow him when her pony sustained a knee injury. The funny thing is, she hadn't ridden him in months, so she came over the evening before, rode him at the walk, trot and canter (in the dark), cleaned him up the best she could because it was cold, we locked him in the stall for the night and loaded him up first thing that Saturday morning to take him to the schooling show.

When we unloaded him, L walked him around for a bit, then I lunged him and rode him in the warm up arena. Surprisingly, he was VERY good!! L hopped on him and warmed him up and they seemed good to go!

L with her Mom:

Pretty L on Scout pony!

L was wise and entered Scout in the Beginner Schooling Hunter class. It consisted of one walk/trot flat class and one small course of 4 18-inch fences.

They went around very nicely at the walk and trot in the flat class.

Jumping (which he excelled at!):

I had a video of them jumping their course, but can't find it on my computer! If I can locate it, I will upload it. They jumped around twice and this was Scout's first time jumping a course of jumps since I have owned him. Not sure what he has done in the past since he came from a horse trader, but I don't think he did hunters...maybe he did, though, because he sure acted like he knew what he was doing!

Standing quietly in the line-up (It looks like he is sleeping!):

Like a story-book ending, they ended up 2nd in each class out of 6!

Which earned them Reserve Grand Champions in that division!!

Scout getting some love from his favorite borrowed jockey:

I rode him in 2 flat classes, but didn't do nearly as well as L on him. We ended up 5th in both classes out of 6. :) I haven't taught him walk to canter transitions, so he bucked on the first one, (cause I jabbed the heck out of his side with my spur when I asked him to canter - so my fault on that one...) and in the second class he spooked and bolted when some children jumped off of a log just outside of the ring. All in all, though, for his first show, I thought he did great - and the fact that he stood still in the line up was amazing, because this fellow hates to stand still for any period of time!

Very proud of L and Scout and hopefully this spring I will be able to take him out to another schooling show or two. :)

Happy Riding!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


The very first game of the city soccer season started of mildly enough on September 8 - we had 3 games that day, as all 3 of our kids play. The first 2 games went well, not too eventful...and both kids played great. Then it was time for the big kids to play. It was the first half of the game and it was fairly intense. The 16 - 18 year olds play pretty rough, even though it is co-ed. I happened to look left to speak to another Mom and when I looked back right, I noticed all of the kids had taken a knee while the coaches and a couple of parents gathered around a kid on the ground...

A quick glance around the field and I realized the cleats sticking out of the crowd of people belonged to my kid! Talk about a heart stopping moment....

My husband and I had both been talking to other people, so we didn't see what happened. We both jumped from our seats at the same time and ran out to see if D was ok. The coaches helped him get to the bench and we grabbed some ice.

D's shin was killing him. It didn't swell very fast, but he had a small knot on his shin, about half way down his leg. He was in excruciating pain, as I have never heard him talk to his father the way he did. He told us to get him to the hospital as fast as possible.

My husband took him to PriMed thinking the wait wouldn't be as long there. He didn't think it could be all that bad because there wasn't a lot of bruising or swelling. The x-rays showed a broken tibia (right leg in x-ray below), but the way the x-rays were taken, the true damage didn't show. PriMed only x-rayed it from the front; no side views...
PriMed put him in a temporary cast and sent him home with painkillers and a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. Poor D had to wait until Monday to see the orthopedic surgeon, because the orthopedic we were referred to refused to contact the doctor on call for us, because we weren't existing patients.... Looking back, I should have called another orthopedic....

D in his temporary cast. No shower after the game - he went straight from the field to PriMed, to home, all dirty and sweaty, poor kid!

When he finally saw the orthopedic on the following Monday, there was concern of him having "compartment syndrome." The break was much worse than we realized and it should have been set on Saturday, not the following Monday. Thankfully D did not have compartment syndrome. If he had, we would have owned that doctor's office...I was so angry I couldn't see straight. They set his leg and had to split the cast all the way down so we could loosen it as his leg swelled.

After 2 weeks like this, he went back and they wrapped this existing cast with bright orange fiberglass. That cast went all the way to the top of his hip...for 10 weeks....

Then he went into a short cast for another 4 weeks.

After this cast, he went into a boot for 4 weeks. By December 17, he was released to physical therapy for a couple of weeks, then finally boot free!

It was a long, slow process and he isn't quite ready to play ball again. He will sit the bench for the high school this season, then play varsity next year. We are very thankful he didn't have to have surgery and he seems to be almost good as new now! 

Lexington Trial Saddle

The next saddle was a 16 inch Lexington. I loved the look of this saddle and thought for sure this would be the one.

It fit Scout well, and wasn't too big for his back, either.

Without a saddle pad:

With the saddle pad:

 I rode in this one a couple of times. I liked how it fit Scout, but it was very uncomfortable to sit in - and it was very slippery!

Still no one to take photos of me sitting in it, sorry.

The Collegiate Trial Saddle

The Collegiate was a very nice saddle, just entirely too big. It was supposed to be a 16.5 inch, but seemed much larger than that. I never measured it, since there was no point in keeping it. From the photos, you can see it was too long for Scout's back.

I don't have any photos of me sitting in it, as no one was home to make photos. It was comfy to sit in, but it swallowed me, too. On to the next trial saddle!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Is it Really February 2013??

Good Grief! So much has happened since the last time I August!! Please forgive me, my head is still spinning. From finally finding a saddle (bought another Wintec All Purpose), our oldest breaking his leg on Sept. 8, riding both ponies in the Jeremy Beale Clinic the end of Oct., through Thanksgiving, Scout's very first horse show on Dec. 1, Christmas, New Year's, my husband's work getting wonderfully busy (he has a new office now!!), my job getting crazy busy (thank you LORD!), my parents taking in 2 rescue horses and me making time to keep riding through it all, it has been insane. Thankfully, it has been good.

Scout is trying so hard to please - and that horse show I mentioned - my close friend's daughter rode him in the schooling hunter show and they ended up Reserve Champs in their beginner hunter division - complete with Scout jumping a small course of 4 18-inch fences!! They were an awesome team and I promise to post photos in a future post.

The ponies are doing well and the weather has been mild, so they are being ridden consistently. I am loving every minute of it. :)

Buddy and Jack sharing the one stall:


D on Jack:

Happy Riding and I will try to post some more photos soon!