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Getting Stronger; Queen Jo Returns to the HK Bar

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! 😂 

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New From The Queen; Jo’s Training Journey 6 weeks at Double J Performance Horses

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.

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Word From The Queen; Jo’s Training Journey

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

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Tipperary Helmet, A Review

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Far and Away; Queen Jo Goes to Double J

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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.

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Making Strides!

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Sweet girl Flash and I had a great work session today. I should actually call it a play session, because that is exactly what it was. Flash and I went for a walk in the back pasture. She was easy to catch and came right to me. She has got the gate mastered! She stands quietly and lets me move her around appropriately to get through the gate. We walked to the barrel pattern I have set up and I kicked on the barrels and rolled them around while she walked behind me. She was interested in them, but no real fear. Then we walked down the lane…. Until we got to the puddles…. Then she got a step away from them and stopped. She didn’t like the idea of going through them. And that’s OK with me. We stood a step away from them and I gave her love scratches for a few minutes. Then I stomped my boot in the puddle so she could see a little more about this piddle business. She was curious and watched me intently.  …..but there was no wanting to go in them. Yet! I’ll give her time and be patient. There is so much she hasn’t seen or done yet, I can’t expect it all at once. I was pleased with how she was through the gate and on the lead. We also tried something new…..she trotted with me while I jogged a ways! I was so proud of her. She wants to please so badly, and is bright at my shoulder. We finished with love scratches and a handful of oats.

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Jo also got her grooming and work out this afternoon. We did twenty minutes of lunging and about an hour’s worth of grooming. This girl needs a bath! I am looking forward to warmer weather when I can scrub the winter off of her. I assure you it will take more than one bath to get her clean. Aside from the dirt, she had a great lunge workout. She even got a little feisty today and gave a few bucks. Then when I asked her to canter she decided to have an all out run. She was feeling good, and I could tell she was happy to be stretching her legs. We even got a little sweaty today!

So wahoo for great workouts and lessons. Today was perfect. Could not have asked for better!