At least I can say that the time that has been spent not blogging has been filled with various horse activities.
Winter has been and continues to be an epic pain. Hopefully warm weather is on it's way and here to stay.....The horses just started back into serious work about two weeks ago and are slowly building back up into a routine. Ozzy and Toasty are enjoying daily hacks to the polo field and doing lots and lots of walking up hills to regain their fitness. Toasty has finally "detoxed" and all of the track junk is out of his system, he no longer sweats and smells like chemicals :) The downside to this is he looks like a pregnant mare, 17h and all flab....spring grass and lots and lots of trot sets will do this boy some good. Ozzy's soundness for 25 is excellent, he may have a few shows to get out to this season. Toasty will be enjoying another week or so of ponying on trails and then will hit the lunge line, side rein work and then maybe in 3-4 weeks go for his first ride!
Stevie started out hot as a bottle rocket (I think we talked about this before?) but is coming around. We have ventured to the indoor a couple of times and did some jumping around. Overall, I'm super pleased with his progress, rather, where we are starting back, it's not too far behind where we left off, so that means his basics are pretty solid, go us! Jolie is much the same, good and solid. She's probably done the least amount of anyone in the barn as of yet, but it's like we never had off time. I am super excited for a show season with her. She's finally mature and growing up, definitely ready to get out and win.
BamBam is coming along fantastically, schooling little mock xc fences, going on short gallops, and jumping like a pro. Unfortunately he's a little green on the flat compared to how far ahead his jumping is, so that needs to balance out. He is officially for sale and has had a few people scope him out as an upper level event horse. Have some people on the burners to check him out, and ads going live within the next week....he's ready to move on to his permanent home :)
Our boarder Amy's new horse Journey has settled in well and is officially joining our training program for a couple of months before summer. He's proving to be quite an easy project, super safe and reliable which is exactly what we like to see. Also waiting on the back burner a little is our client Valley, he's young, only four and just off the track this past fall, also newly gelded. With my youngsters, consistency is key so I'm waiting until the weather gets a little more stable so I can have the time and consistency to really allow him to flourish. The let down time is also ideal, he didn't have many starts but I'm sure he's had just as much junk added to his system as the rest of them did, so the detox is helpful....
We are keeping busy and starting to put together a show schedule. There is a combined test coming up in April that we are looking to head to, it will depend on who is still around when the time comes as to who will go, but that is probably our first start to the seas