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Make a Little Birdhouse In Your Soul

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"Penny is very, very smart, but is willful and tests you."

Ah yes. She's like a mustang in that respect (who knows, maybe she is a mustang.) Flani and Grover were the same way. Quite likely one of the many reasons I like her so much.

For her, I think the testing and the willfulness is more asking "why?" than trying to see if she can be disobedient. For example, she self-loads on the trailer these days. But she always stops, like she's asking, "Why do I have to get on this trailer?" The answer is a light swat on the butt with a crop saying, "Because I say so." Then she walks right on.

Down at Pony Boot Camp JM's been working on getting her to use her back properly, as it is the base for everything else. At first she was horrible about it, because she didn't understand and wanted to do it the way she knows. But, now, four rides/lunges later she gets it. JM can't believe her progress. I'm not surprised, I know how smart that pony is. It's sometimes a curse because she learns things I don't want her to just as fast.

I watched her get lunged today and she was going lovely. Not amazing movement, but she had a soft expression and sideways thinking ears. She's being a sponge. I love having a pony that likes to learn things.


My pony is a hussy!
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Penny went off to Pony Boot Camp today, or as it's now known: Pony Fun Camp. She sat in a pen between two upper level dressage horses, both hunks, and squealed and flirted with them all day. It was like a singles only resort in the Caribbean, "Where's my margarita?"

I think I now get how parents feel when their kids go off to camp. I had to tell JM everything I could think of about Penny that she could possibly need to know and might not. When I went to say "bye" to her she was too busy with her new friends to talk to me. I can't blame her. I think Rialdi is a hunk too.

I haven't posted here in forever because I kept hoping I'd have a definitive answer as to what was going on with Penny. We found out she has cushings, not IR. She was also anemic. I ended up consulting a horse nutritionist for her because trying to figure out her diet myself was making my head hurt. I've sent off hair for a PSSM test, because she's had hind end weirdness. She wasn't picking up her feet, so much that she tripped and I came off and broke my finger. X-rays of hocks and stifles didn't really show anything. But, since we were pretty darn sure it was her right hock it got injected. A week later she's moving pretty again so we'll be doing that long term.

Pony Fun Camp is down with our dressage trainer. I've been laboring over the summer to work off her training rides for the next two months since I can't ride. I should be getting back a pony that knows how to carry herself properly and have her canter transitions reinstalled. I have plans for next year (oh the plans!) and better dressage scores are essential.

And I wonder why it's hard to compete
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pambennett
I spent time playing on google maps today. So, a map with events color coded by how far away they are.

More Coconino
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I really like this picture of Penny and I. I hope we'll have better after Pony Boot Camp this fall.



This was the first time I've been able to braid her. I'm pretty proud of my first attempt at button braids.

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Pictures of the jumps
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Coconino is in the pine forest of Flagstaff, AZ. The other events I've been to, Watermelon and St. Johns, are in the sagebrush and sand of the true desert. It was really awesome to be in trees. Also awesome was the overcast and raining (and I'm not being sarcastic.)

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Coconino pro shots
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The Pro Shots

(and there's a lot, since I told them I knew I was going to buy some.)

Coconino
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We seem to have a thing for yellow and white ribbons.

(And yes, this is the first pic I've been able to take of her wearing her ribbon. We've been working on it.)

Clean pony
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For whatever reason, it only just occurred to me recently that Penny might be better behaved for baths if she was eating. Indeed she is. Hay net in front of her nose keeps her nicely occupied.

Today we had a lovely pre-event bath (off to Coconino tomorrow) and she was only a PITA when I was scrubbing her neck.

On the negative side, I significantly shortened her mane, hoping she'll let me braid. After her bath it's standing straight up. Found a sleezy/slinky/whatever those things are called, to help keep it down, but argh!

We're the only ones going to Flagstaff. My partner in crime JN is taking us, even though her horse can't come. We're going pre-comp again because I just don't want to worry about things. I want to have fun and I'm just not ready to do that at taller fence heights.

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Healing tail
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Go me!
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It's a good thing I'm somewhat handy, or else I wouldn't have anything to jump.

Today I built a bank, which is a step, which one can jump up or down. It's positioned at the edge of the arena. It's 20" tall and 6' wide, which is really narrow, but it's the size that would fit in the car. I can practice my steering. Next I'm going to build a coop.


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