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The Value of Something

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 …..

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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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Reconnecting With My Girl Jo

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Jo got an hour long brush out this morning. She had been on complete rest the past three weeks. That deep tissue injury was still giving her some pain, so she is now in complete pasture condition. Any work we had done to get legged up for this upcoming barrel racing season has withered into her hay belly. *sigh*

But, I am so thankful she is able to recover. It would have broken my heart if she’d had a long term, debilitating injury. But enough of that! We had a great morning.

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We started with thirty minutes of lunging. Walked fifteen minutes and then worked up into a slow trot for the last fifteen minutes.

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After lunging I got aboard and we worked on flexing. We walked, trotted, stopped, side passed left and right for about twenty minutes. I always start back slowly when we have had this much time off. Slow and steady, I was looking for any signs that she was sore or unwilling. None appeared, and I’m pretty in tune with Jo.

After our warm up excersizes I worked on slow work around the barrels. She is still a little stiff in flexing, but towards the end was trotting a pretty pattern. I didn’t want to push it so we stopped right then and got away from the pattern.

We ended up going on a two mile hack down the road. No expectations, just to relax and stretch out!

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Then we went back to the barn and unsaddled. Jo got another thirty minute brush out. Just because she was a good girl, and it really relaxes me!

My husband, Kevin, was out welding in the barn and he looked up and said, “You haven’t stopped smiling! How’d it go?”

I told him what a great ride we had, and all about what we had seen and done. I am so excited to get back at it and finally get down to business.

And you know what? My husband was right, I still haven’t stopped smiling. A good ride with Jo clears my head, and awakens my soul. Ive always said there is no better church than that on the back of a horse, talking to God while you ride.

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Until our next ride!

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Quest for Queen B Status of the HK Bar

Jo was up to her usual ornriness. This morning I found her in the paddock with Flash and Louise…..the gate wide open. .. Jo Standing in the dry barn munching hay looking out at Flash and Louise standing out in the mud and rain…..

As most of you know Jo is a Houdini with a  Queen complex. She had opened her pasture gate, traveled the quarter mile to the barn, opened the gate, and then commenced to kicking Flash and Louise out of the barn.

When I approached the paddock Flash looked at me and saying with her eyes, “Mom who is this crazy bitch?! And when is she leaving my barn!?”

Louise looked confused but stood next to Flash like “I’ll protect you Flash, I’m the only one that gets to throw cheaps kicks at you…..but that big grey mare is kinda big……and scary… And kind of the Queen B#%@& around here…..let’s just let Mom sort this out……”

And then there was Jo….standing in the barn munching her stolen hay and staring at me like, “What!? What!? I just came up here to put the little Princess Flash in her place because that’s all she is…..a princess…..as you know I AM THE QUEEN!”.

And then there was me. *insert pace palm here*

Mares, damn mares. So much personality.

All I could do was stand in the freezing rain and laugh. I’m sure I looked like a crazy person.

I gave Jo a groom in order to bring her Queen complex to a smolder from a blazing inferno from the seventh circle of Hell. She seemed content with that and then I took her back to the pasture. She gave me a dirty look when I padlocked her gate.

I got back to the barn and checked Flash up and down. She seems to be perfectly fine……aside from being soaked from standing out in the freezing rain…..and a little horrified to find out she was in fact, the Princess of the HK and not the Queen…..that title has already been taken……

Mares. Lord help me, my geldings never had this much fight and fire in them!