Weekend Full O’ Horses

This might be one of the best full weekends in memory.  Toni and I went to the Horse Capital of Florida (Ocala) and met up with family to watch demonstrations on natural obstacle courses and western dressage.  I loved the natural obstacle course and want to incorporate several items here:

perfect natural place to back through

perfect natural place to back through

A watering hole to swim the horses

A watering hole to swim the horses

Great way to incorporate ground poles

Great way to incorporate ground poles

The western dressage demo was pretty basic, but I’m happy to say, Toni wants to show Sugar now – in…dressage!  I’m so excited.  We obviously need to wait until we have a horse trailer and by then she might be shipping off to Peace Corps – but now she has a similar goal to mine!

After being inspired by the awesome horses we saw (including a Gypsy Vanner), Ashley came to give us a lesson.  It was great, especially since I haven’t had her come out since June (way too hot and buggy to seriously work the horses!)

Kobi and I have the same homework from June: drop my shoulder (slightly) to the inside as well as my hip; work harder on circles to the right (clockwise); and our transitions.

Glad to see some things never change – maybe now since the weather’s cooling down and the bugs go wherever they go in the winter we can master our to-do list!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Weekend Full O’ Horses

  1. Mom says:

    I want to learn more about your Saturday. Too bad Toni could go, or it would have been me!

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