Thursday, September 19, 2013

Let us evaluate...

We've had some struggles since the beginning.

Many people chalk them all up to "She's an Arabian."
Others may say, "It's just because she is still green and inexperienced."
Then there is the camp that insists, "She just isn't strong enough, yet."

I don't disagree with any of these statements, but sometime your gut says, "There's more to it!"

I agreed with MT that Fancy Pont needed more muscle and further development of her topline.
This photo is from the very week she had her massage (around August 15, 2013):
notice the knotted muscle on the left side...
We have focused on relaxation and coming through and swinging in her back.  We've been massaging and tail-pulling and scratching our way to getting her lifting her back...
A month later, she looks like this:
Holy cow!  We really have put some muscle mass on her!
Comments and evaluations still say she is undermuscled in her topline.  Everyone has suggestions for putting that muscle on, but why are we so behind the curve in the first place?

We are ruling out ulcers this week.
We suspect an electrolyte imbalance is bringing on muscle cramps that aren't helping the muscle tension in her hips and back.
We are starting a muscle-building supplement.
Progress will be slow, but we're hoping to see realistic differences and an increase in strength over the next few months.

What do you all do to strengthen your horse and build topline muscle mass?

Friday, September 13, 2013

As Promised...

Oh, yeah!
As promised, we are showing off our brand new leather halter that we won in Lauren's blog contest:

Do we look professional now, or what?
I think it's hard for people to get beyond her color, sometimes... ;)

I am SO PROUD of this HORSE!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Champion Breed Award - Arabian at the National Dressage Pony Cup and so much more!

What a long and exciting weekend!
The venue was amazing, the people were outstanding, the ponies were to die for, and we all want to go back!

Scores and placings have been posted to the RSA Talk ofthe Street page.  I'm sure we will explore the details further, but here is the overview and highlights:
Fancy Pony is a ROCK STAR!
National Dressage Pony Cup Reserve Champion Intro Level Pony (AA)
Breed Award - Champion Arabian Pony
We now have a QUALIFYING SCORE for Arabian Sport Horse Regional Championships!

Fancy Pony is braided and ready for some excitement!
She didn't care that we drove 10 hours to get to the show...  She was just the same as always!

she tried to eat the sponge?
She loved watching the horses at the Kentucky Horse park!  Who wouldn't want to live there?

official, card-carrying pony!
We have a Permanent Pony card, now!

we really did it!
She really takes me breath away!

Fancy Pony trots fancy!
More photos and stories to come!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On The Road Again...

We head out in the morning.  Destination: Kentucky Horse Park!!

National Dressage Pony Cup, here we come!  I am so excited, I can't contain myself!  I've never travelled this far for a show before.  Do you think Fancy Pony will notice how far away we are going?  or will she just treat it like another ho-hum outing?  Will we WOW the world?  Maybe not, but I expect we'll put in a good showing, nonetheless!

Wish us luck!
I'll give a full report when we return!

Go Pony Power!
 PS - We won a new leather halter!  Thanks so much, Lauren!


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