It's foaling season at Sweetwater Ranch. One of my clients bought a lovely dressage mare by Olympic Ferro already bred to Grannius II - and I covered two of my own mares with Louie. So, this year I will get to see what he produces, and we already have one foal on the ground. He has been named Sweetwater's Alliance - barn name Lance - and he is lovely with good straight legs, up on his pasterns and nice feet all around. And BIG. In fact, Dr Marteney said he is the biggest foal he has…Continue
Added by Monica Whitmer on April 8, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
Yesterday, I gave Bella Benedict another riding lesson on Gunny. This wouldn't be so significant, after all I teach horseback riding lessons for a living. But Belle is just 6 yrs old and she has to clean corrals to EARN her own lessons. Her family is Very tight financially, so I offered Belle a chance to join the 'work to ride' program. She works Hard to earn enough credits to get to ride.
So, this was her 3rd lesson, and we worked on developing a SMOOTH whoa - a nice easy slow pull…
Well, I feel I left a story untold. So, I will quickly tell you all that Belle and I happily completed our first endurance ride last May- we actually placed 13th in a field of 30 - so I was pretty happy. And maybe a bit over confident as we sent in entries to go all the way up to Mendocino to a ride in the redwoods. SEEMED like a wonderful idea - camping, company, and a ride. But the haul up was a basic nightmare - instead of an easy 9 hours, we were in the truck for 12, I was so tired…Continue