Dressage Horse Training:  The first day at the barn

Hello Everyone,

Fox Lea Farms is a great facility and the people are very nice.  The biggest task the first day was body clipping.  Overall one of my shortcomings as a dressage person is my grooming—my guys look like dirt balls most of the time.  Their coats were so thick for the Colorado winter that Donzer and Ava were sweating when I got up in the morning.  Sweat and dirt slow the clippers down a lot—and I’m still working on the legs a few days later.  Washing with soap helps a lot.  I also have to figure out how much hay my horses eat.  At home they have free choice from a round bale.  Here the hay is $22 a bale so I’m not so keen to see wasted and peed on hay.

Figuring out how the daily routine is going to emerge is taking some time as well.  In a big group it’s not possible to have hard and fast schedules.  I like to get turn-out time and I have to admit that coffee time in the morning is something I really treasure.  I’m also taking time each day to continue clipping, I need to pull manes and such.  I also want to watch every ride and work on my book each day.  So many things to do so little time—life is good!

Good Riding,

Tara, Author, Out of the Saddle: 9 Steps to Improve Your Horseback Riding

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