This post is brought to you upon inspiration from my new old ugly horse trailer. Yes, I’m serious.
My husband came home with my new trailer about a week ago. He has always known I’d like to have a three Horse with a small tack area, and a nose cone I could put an air mattress in and sleep. And here it is! I have to laugh because he kept telling me how old and ugly it was before he brought it home. He said he wanted to prepare me for what I was actually getting and not some built up image in my mind.
Which brings me to my point. The value of something is individual to ones perception. For example my husband thought I may be a little disappointed with my new trailer. When in fact, I am so completely happy. It is exactly what I hoped for. Sure it needs a door latch instead of the bungee cord that is in place now, and the back doors need put back on, and two boards need replaced. BUT I HAVE A HORSE TRAILER I ALWAYS WANTED!!!!!
I had a friend once tell me that I’m “always just so dang thankful!” And I’m happy that I have this outlook, because as Cliche as it may seem, I am thankful….for everything in my life. So don’t let someone make you feel bad for seeing the value of something in your own life that may not shine to others.
A mutt dog isn’t worth less than a pedigree pooch.
A state university education isn’t any more valuable than a hard knocks university education.
A suit and tie doesn’t mean more power than jeans and boots.
And an old paint peeled three Horse with a bungee cord door latch isn’t any worse than a brand new aluminum.
You yourself can only determine the value of something …..
I picked Jo up from Double J Performance Horses four days ago. She was there just shy of sixty days to be trained on the barrel pattern. I tell you what Jana Dreasher has done wonders with her! It was a bit of a rude awakening when I rode her at the Double J; I realized how far Jo had come, and how strong she is now; and I realized how much core strength and coordination I myself have lost after three kids and ten years out of the arena!
So much for me to work on. But I have happily been putting myself as well as Jo through the paces daily. I struggle physically to get through a one hour workout with Jo right now. But I am determined to get there. I am working on pushing Jo one stride past the barrel before I ask her to turn. I find myself continually cutting her a stride to early. We will get there. First and second barrels may not be perfect yet, but we have had a couple really nice thirds!
Jo is up in the barn stall for thirty days at least. Just in case any bugs rode home with us. Which is really doubtful, but just to be safe. Jo continues with her antics. Her personality shining through as always. She has made it no secret she is a bit annoyed with my clumsiness. I can’t say I blame her. I wouldn’t like an uncoordinated low muscle toned monkey flopping around in my saddle either. But she is forgiving.
I am very motivated to continue our daily workouts. Even if it means I can barely walk for the next several days! 😂
Queen Jo is six weeks in to her training on the barrel pattern at Double J Performance Horses in Eskridge, Kansas. She is coming along very nicely under the very capable direction of Jana Dreasher. Her attached video is courtesy of Double J Performance Horses.
I have to say the more progress I see from Jo, the more I am validated in having made the decision to send her for training. I was doing her no service by letting her get out of shape and not pushing both of us harder. Seeing her thrive at the Double J has been a wake up call no doubt for me. That this sport is physically and mentally demanding. Neither of which was I adequately supporting in Queen Jo. It’s difficult to for me to admit to myself that I have short changed Jo, as well as myself, as much as I have. It’s never easy to see your own failings and shortcomings in the daylight. But I am so glad that I have! It means I can now see the distance of where we can be with time and hard work. I now have a training plan in place for when The Queen returns to the HK Bar. There will be no excuses not to have excersized, not to have poured in the blood, the sweat, and the tears. It’s go time!
I have to give credit where credit is due. Dreashers from the Double J have been outstanding to work with. They are helping the Queen to be a well balanced, healthy horse, as well as giving me insight and tools to carve out a bright future for us both as a team.
Or rather I got word from Jana at Double J Performance Horses regarding the Queen. She is trotting a lovely barrel pattern, and is said to really be hunting the barrels. Word also says that she is relearning some patience while standing tied. It was rumored around court that Queen Jo would pin her ears and squeal a bit when Jana was riding another horse. Silly Queen! Even royalty needs to be put in thier place.
Jana also reports Jo is moving a bit stiffly, mostly from the right and also working off of her front. So Jana is teaching her to drive from the rear as well as trying to get that right side straightened out. The Queen will see an equine chiropractor in hopes this helps resolve the issue. Please pray for the Queen for health and soundness.
Her Royal highness also seems to have fallen in love with a male habitant at the Double J. He is however, taken, but the Queen shamelessly licks him like a dog. Her would be love interest is none other than JD Dreasher, husband of Jana. Maybe this explains the squealing at Jana? A lovers quarrel perhaps?
It has also been decided that Jo will be staying an additional thirty days, totaling 60 days training.
Until next time!
Also a video of her Highness. Courtesy of Double J Performance Horses
Romeo and I
My Tipperary helmet arrived finally! I ordered the Sport off of Dover Saddlery for $59.99. If you are in the market for a new helmet you should definitely consider this one.
The top is well ventilated, and on my first ride out in this helmet it felt like nothing more than wearing a ball cap. I have worn other helmets that felt heavy and cumbersome, not this one!
Side view of my new Tipperary Helmet. Note the flat back style.
As you can see from the picture it has a unique design. This design was by a doctor. With the flat back it is proven to help avoid extensive brain trauma. This being that on impact the flattened back discourages the head to roll in a side to side motion, thus better preventing head trauma from an accident. I have described the thought behind this design in a very basic fashion. As a nurse, I have researched with and agree with the thoughts and designs of this particular helmet.
Front view of the Tipperary Sport Helmet.
Do you wear glasses? I do, and many helmets I have found it often difficult and uncomfortable to wear my glasses with them. I’ve encountered the arms of my glasses digging in to the sides of my head, the top of my glasses being squashed from the top of my helmet, amongst many other complaints. With this helmet, I found my glasses had plenty of room to sit unencumbered on my face. There was no complaint whatsoever from the glasses wearing equine enthusiast!
The Tipperary Sport Helmet is stylish enough to show in in local shows. It is attractive and comes in a various selection of colors; grey, pink, black, blue, and pink. The one I purchased was the grey and it compliments all the tack I ride in.
Another small but very nice thing about this helmet was that the extra strapping on the chin strap is secured nicely in a Velcro wrap. I love that it doesn’t just flop around. It is neat and tidy and made for a more comfortable fit.
I rode in this helmet for two hours in 80° F Kansas weather. My head did not sweat AT ALL! The well vented, light weight helmet was a pleasure to ride in. Check out The Tipperary Line of helmets! You won’t be disappointed!
So this happened yesterday. The girls and I took Queen Jo to Double J Performance Horses to get finished up on the barrel pattern. I came to the realization she would never get patterned on my schedule. Three kids and thier activities, running a household, and working part time plus running Little Horse Company, among a million other responsibilities, it just wasn’t going to get done as fast as of like it to.
Dreashers are wonderful people and I am excited to see what Jana can do with the dirty grey Queen Jo.
All hail the Queen! For its her 11th birthday today! Her Highness received three red apples with her morning meal to celebrate her special day!
To celebrate her eleventh year she will be going to Double J Performance Horses to be finished up on the barrel pattern. Lots of hauling and learning in our future!