Karen of Bakersfield Dressage came to my neck of the woods for a Dr. Christian Schacht clinic (click here to read my recap from his clinic back in January). She hung out while Hemie and I played over a few jumps, then she bravely got on and Hemie was a good sport and tootled around. Then we enjoyed some delish sushi!
Random weird thing that I’d love some opinions on. So we are at sushi and a waitress notices my half-chaps and boots and strikes up a friendly horsey conversation. Long story short, she just got her equine masseuse certification and is looking to establish her clientele and is willing to give great pricing. I got her name and number. So here’s the question: would you be willing to let a newly certified equine masseuse work on your horse? On the one hand I like the idea of massage therapy, and it being affordable – but on the other hand, could she hurt Hemie on accident since she is inexperienced? Would I be able to tell if he doesn’t like it? Opinions welcome!
Saturday I went with J.D. up to the lovely Shepherd Ranch at Santa Ynez to watch cross-country day of their June horse trails. It was a picture perfect day. Sunny and warm but breezy.
|Upper water complex|
We watched some excellent rounds, and also some nail-biting ones. It was nice to socialize and network and cheer on fellow riders. Laurie had a rider there and she rocked the Novice course like she does this every weekend, when in fact it has been over a year (maybe several years) since she’s done eventing. Its always good when riders your coach trains have safe and fun rounds.
|Training level bench jump|
I walked the Intro level course and felt it would be doable. In fact I also walked the BN level course and thought that looked doable too. Maybe a few of the Novice questions too. =] I seriously am feeling so inspired and excited for our July 13th schooling and to sign up for Shepherd’s August HT. I am just so ready to go from spectator to competitor. I’m feeling impatient in the good kinda way.
|Lower water complex|
|Lovely Santa Ynez backdrop|