Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Winter Training

Although the weather indicates otherwise, the lack of shows on the horizon signals the beginning of winter. Since I am currently enjoying how lateral schooling is elevating Brego's canter, I am planning on focusing on dressage through the winter. I would also like to save Brego's legs and only jump as a refresher until about mid-February.

Brego's calendar of activities looks a little thin for the next couple of months, with maybe an odd clinic, dressage lesson, or schooling day here or there. I am taking the boy camping for a week in the Ozark mountains over the holiday break to get back to our rustic roots. So that is something to look forward to, at least.

Then the mid term goal is to go to our first recognized event at Pine Hill on April 5. Hopefully, a schooling show will pop up before then to serve as a pipe cleaner.

In the meantime though, I have put up a poll to see what people are interested in seeing more of on this blog. It's been up for 6 months now, with a little over 50 posts, and I would like to refine the content to stuff people are more interested in. I started this blog as a journal for myself, to keep track of training, and to also chronicle things I get asked about a lot on online forums, like feed. Since there are a couple of regular readers however, I would love to actually provide more information that is useful instead of whatever rambling subject about Brego that comes to mind (and there are many). So feel free to vote in the poll and comment if you have more specific suggestions. Without the excitement of shows and other activities, I can try to fulfill all requests over this winter.

3 comments:

Matthew said...

I'm looking for a realistic down-to-earth blog that's completely off-the-wall and swarming with magic robot horses.

Anonymous said...

So great to see you out having fun with your Percheron. I have a friesian - the archetype driving horse - who also jumps, does dressage and everything else I ask. We also hunt, but no longer foxes unfortunately due to the laws here in the UK. Well done to you and I am very jealous about the weather - here it's raining heavy horses, windy and cold....

Funder said...

Oh, I like almost all of the content! I really enjoy the dressage stuff, even though I don't think I have the patience for it. I love hearing about Brego's hooves, cause I trim my own Perch. I would like to know an overview of his schedule - does he work 2 hours a week, or 5, or 10? Does he break a sweat? How did you get Brego so ripped? Not that Poppy's any slouch in the growing department, and he's too young to work hard, but one day he'll stop stretching and need to muscle up :)