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Jump school on Mitch last week

Rain, rain go away… Or maybe don’t.  This past week has been the definition of “pick your poison”.  It felt as though Lexington was the center of a three-day long huricane—with torrential rain falls and flooding that has us eight times over our average rainfall for July.

Reasons why we don’t like the rain—rain rot, fungus, rapidly growing bluegrass and the obvious…no one likes riding in the pouring rain.  If you’re the one person reading this and thinking, “I don’t mind a little rain,” stop yourself.  After the third day of drenching your tack in oil and sticking your boots in front of a fan in hopes of having dry-ish boots for the next day, you will change your mind.

Reasons why we LOVE the rain—great grass, cool temperatures during the rainy days and AMAZING footing.  I think the last reason is my personal favorite.  It’s hard to dislike footing that acts like a sponge, especially when you’re looking to keep a happy and sound horse.

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D2; Ashley catching rain in her mouth while waiting her turn.

In my last blog, I said that I would be updating you guys on the schooling show that we were supposed to attend on Sunday.  Sadly, it was cancelled in hopes of saving the show grounds from rigs being stuck in the mud.  This meant that our plans were going to change a bit.  Since my last post, I taught at the Wilderness Trace Pony Club D-Camp, where the girls and token boy, braved the rain to get in an educational and fun few days.  As for my horses—Mitch has had two gallops, a jump, a few dressage schools and a cross-country schooling.  Now it’s time to back off and let him “coast” into Young Riders.  Sadly, we were unable to practice our dressage test, but we might try to sneak into a local farm to borrow their large court before next week.

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During our last gallop at Dapple Stud Farm in Paris, KY

In the mean time—I am preparing for my young horse’s fifth prelim at Champagne Run at the park this coming weekend.  Mitch may come along to Lexington so he can go for a swim on Saturday, but other than that we will have a dressage school and a jump school before leaving to move in to the horse park with the rest of Area Five.

It is finally setting in that Young Riders is rapidly approaching, but I couldn’t be happier.  I can’t wait to welcome in the Area V tack trailer that will be arriving with my favorite Cajun lady and groom, Lindsay Westerfield.  Shortly after her arrival, the rest of the Area V crew and horses will arrive.  To everyone else heading this way… safe travels and get excited, there is some fabulous footing awaiting your arrival at the Horse Park!