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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dreams Really Do Come True!

My mother was born and raised near Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and when I was growing up, we would visit relatives there every summer.  I remember the drives and staring out the window, looking at horse farms along the way and dreaming of riding a horse across those green endless pastures.  Sadly, my relatives did not own horses by the time I came around - just cows, pigs, and chickens.  It seemed so wrong that not a one of them had a horse.

Years later, here I am actually living in the middle of serious horse country.  We have seen so many huge, gorgeous farms in the past few weeks as we drive around, learning our way around our new home state.  And yesterday, one of my dreams can true - I was cantering around a lovely large pasture in KY!



The past few weeks have had there ups and downs, but yesterday was a definite UP day!  We had been asked to haul two horses to an area show in the afternoon by Alexis's new trainer as she has a 3 horse trailer but was taking 5 to this show.  We decided to head to the barn early so I could ride before we hauled others to the show.

The pasture I rode in is Riva's turn out pasture - just her and two other mares.  It has a good size hill with a nice flat area at the back of the pasture.  First time I have ever trotted down a hill and Riva loved it all.



Riva went off her feed for a few days after being totally switched over to her new feed and was a bit lethargic - not her normal Diva self.  After a talk with the vet and feed rep, we switched her to a feed more like what she as on and Indiana.  She perked back up after just one day on the new feed and it back to normal.  We did have to put a grazing muzzle on her due to fence chewing - in Indiana, her pasture was hot wired all around vinyl fencing.

It has also been an adjustment for me as Alexis takes a lesson most everyday on Riva as part of her pay.  There are a few other horses for her to lesson on, but they are laid off due to injuries.  My riding has went from 6 days a week to 2 days a week - other than walking her out around the property.  The training is great for Riva and for that I am grateful.  Hoping the other horses are healthy again soon so my riding days can increase.


12 comments:

Jen said...

How cool, and what a GREAT looking facility!

Karley said...

Omg beautiful!!!! Henry and I want to come ride with you and Riva!!!

TeresaA said...

beautiful spot and looks like a blast to canter around. You and Riva look happy!

avandarre said...

I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. https://avandarre.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/liebster-blog-award/

S. Lauren said...

Where you live it so beautiful! The lessons with your daughter and Riva will pay off I'm sure. I also never knew a change of feed would cause that much of a change in a horse. I knew it could make them sick but never lethargic. I'm glad she is ok now.

Carol said...

I'm jealous - I want to canter around that field! :)

Hillary said...

Glad you are loving KY! :)

Carly said...

Beautiful scenery! Looks like you guys are doing great out there!

jenj said...

So gorgeous!

T Myers said...

So jealous!

Speedy G said...

Oh! What lovely pictures!!!! :0)

achieve1dream said...

Okay I'm totally jealous! Riva looks AMAZING and I'm so happy she feels better. I LOVE the pictures, especially the one cantering up hill. :D I'm so happy for you!!