Fun in the Snow at Kealani Farm with Sally!

Handsome funky colored two toned buckskin ๐Ÿ™‚

We got a lot of snow on Friday for some reason the weather forecaster said light snow showers. Um. NO. We got enough that I had to go dig my trailer out on Saturday (there wasnt a huge amount but there was enough to be messy) so I could haul on Sunday. And okay we really didn’t ‘RIDE” in the snow but you sure had to drive through some to get there LOL. It turned out a nice day though in the low 40’s so we lucked out. The roads were pretty good except for where the woods were but otherwise it was fine. I kind of dreaded riding since I hadn’t ridden in forever and a day but it turned out to be a fun lesson.

Minions were NOT impressed with snow either ๐Ÿ™‚

To show our seriousness in our lesson aspirations,ย  I brought out the minion socks for the win. What say you, that is not very serious. OOPS You are correct and that is actually me to a tee ๐Ÿ™‚

Remus was very excited to go do something though. He almost trotted into the trailer with his lead rope over his shoulder as I went to move the pitchfork he was already in. I was like alrighty then!

I SWEAR he is growing his coat out again already. LOL (isn’t he funky two toned)?I ended up having to ride earlier than normal (1130 vs afternoon times) SO ended in a private lesson. Which I realize may be lovely in itself but SHIT that is a lot of work with no real break time in between to watch the other person go! I didn’t think how hard Sally has it to match up people’s times, and people who want to ride with each other, and people’s level. So she didn’t have any one who jumps low as shit (My words not hers) and could go that early. So I was on my own! (TANYA CATCH UP SOON! I MISS YOU) ๐Ÿ™‚ Kudos to Sally for figuring all this out and making it work! Thanks Sally!

It was so much fun though.ย I thought Remus would be full of himself and he may have been for one hot minute as we cantered around the arena warming up (on the buckle) but yep he was lazy as shit. Getting him into the canter resembled a Thelwell cartoon. ALL arms and legs of mine moving pushing him into it. However, once we got into it he was lovely and forward and we really had a great ride.ย She started us out over a couple of single jumps.

Anyway he was very good, and really moving forward if I asked him (If i didn’t well that was not the best jumping duh). But we had no rails and he really had some bending lines that we actually nailed for once. One jump had a rainbow in front of it and as we went to it, he literally thought for a second of refusing, I was so shocked if he had stopped I am pretty sure I would have fallen off!ย  He didn’t stop (as Sally said if he had she would have fallen over too he doesn’t refuse usually) but he did a real healthy PEEK at that jump before going over. So funny all the rest didnt bother him at all including a spooky flower box but yeah those rainbows are going to get you sucka! Idiot ๐Ÿ™‚

We did some mini courses and we had a few bobbles but he was really really good and I am very very pleased considering he hadnt been ridden let alone JUMPED at all since the last lesson. Tanya was riding right after me with her new horse Ellie so she nicely got a few videos of me as well so YES MEDIA. WHOOHOO. (I may have laughed heartily this morning working on these videos. OMG we are such a mess)!

This is a fail of how to counter canter up to a jump and jump it shittily. Don’t say I don’t entertain!ย 

This is a bit better of same line.

This is our bending line. You can see evidence of Thelwell pony with his kid flailing on him to get him into canter.ย 

At least no actual cuss words come out of me during these videos. But you can hear Sally, poor Sally. The woman is a SAINT to put up with us. And we were not as forward as we felt. HA! Oh well. It still was a fun lesson!

Sally to herself teaching me and Remus!

The new Lund stirrup leathers are INCREDIBLE. FIRST of all my stirrup leathers FIT ME for once (I ended up buying the 48″ yes I am short). OMG They felt so short but I was like stuck to the saddle and felt SO secure. It was like a relevation. I didn’t even feel as nervous jumping as I usually do! WTF is this madness?? I haven’t darkened them yet but I kind of like them in their natural color as they match the lighter points of my saddle.

Lund stirrup leathers for the win (Remus chilling after the lesson)

The funniest part of the lesson was when Sally set up the wave jump (The jumps were set a lot bigger when I came in) and I looked at it hard and said, Sally how high is that? And she looked at me. And looked at me again. I then said BECAUSE IF YOU SAY IT IS 2.3 you are lying!ย She busted out laughing and said she was actually going to say that (it was not 2.3 LOL) but she didn’t realize I was going to call her on it. It was probably 2.6. We jumped it, that wasn’t the point ๐Ÿ™‚ HA. It just looked bigger to me.ย  I was laughing so hard though at her face. Because i could tell she was going to try to tell me differently. He jumped it fine even though it was a real tight turn to it.

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I think Remus is getting handier a bit (and Sally agrees). He is finally being able to adjust a bit going and landing from the jump. I still need to push him forward more when I land as he collapses like a sack of potatoes. But we are getting there!! It was a great lesson and I wish I hadn’t had to leave so quickly due to taking Mark to the airport that evening. I would have loved to stay and watch more of Tanya’s lesson. Tanya’s lesson was with another green bean (an adorable OTTB with a belly patch SO CUTE) and it is so cute to watch babies/youngsters figure out their feet over poles!!ย 

Sally is back to NJ in January and back to Kealani Farms again too. Also I mentioned that I knew Megan (and Indy) and she said (Megan should we be offended?) she is not sure we should ever be together at the same facility. I DO think she thinks we are both crazy ๐Ÿ™‚ HA! And then I mentioned KC’s purple cart and her eyes lit up and she says you know her too! I told her the blogging world is AMAZING ๐Ÿ™‚ And it really is. I swear I was so excited to have fresh content to write this morning I actually got up early! It was a fabulous lesson at a wonderful farm with great people. The Jack Russell in a coat didn’t hurt either (she photobombs a couple of my videos look for her!).

22 thoughts on “Fun in the Snow at Kealani Farm with Sally!

  1. MINION SOCKS! Those are the best!

    Iโ€™m so glad I wasnโ€™t crazy and that was actually Sally. I knew she looked familiar…I just wish I had known for sure so I couldโ€™ve talked to her about popping down to Aiken sometime.

    That bending line exercise looked tough- but look at Remus and the flying changes! ๐ŸŽ


    1. oh..she knows you are going to be calling her or emailing her soon (You are welcome!) NOW CALL OR EMAIL HER ๐Ÿ™‚ HA! Yeah once in a while we actually get the flying changes. NOT OFTEN ENOUGH LOL


      1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚Thanks! I definitely will. Iโ€™d love to go there sometime in Jan after the holidays and the vacation are finally over. Husband is in the midst of yet ANOTHER career change so my WHOLE LIFE (aka weekends) is up in the air right now.

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  2. wooo sounds like an awesome lesson! i was thinkin about you guys – seemed like a perfect day for a lesson too! my barnmate was out there with her bay ottb mare too and i had kinda wished i was also going! one of these days we’ll make it happen ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. ugh 95 is the freakin worst and i have to drive up and down it every time i go to the barn now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but yes! Sally has come to my barn, she occasionally does xc clinics i think. i think only like 1-2x a year tho maybe. but a lot of my barn mates train with her, they all travel to her. maybe i’ll just tag along one day

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  3. Aw look at Remus go! He’s such a good boy.

    I really like how the Lund leathers match the lighter points of your saddle, too! I think they’ll look great like that or if you darken them. How nice to have options, haha.

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  4. haha look at Remus go! He’s so adorable lol. I think you guys still looked really good! And yeah in my first lesson I was like “damn this is a good, forward canter”. Watched the video…. oooohhhhh we were not actually going that fast LOLOL

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    1. ha i will never ever need to use the slo mo feature right?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I know i love the minon socks too. I should have bought more pairs ๐Ÿ™‚ they make me smile. (And ha on a cat riding a trex in space no less)!


  5. I like how the leathers match the lighter points of your saddle, it looks really cool and different.

    Minion socks are appropriate for Sally, Iโ€™m pretty sure she ran sue around Rolex with minion ductape!!

    I kind of agree with her… at least not around barns with lots of children ๐Ÿ˜€ i curse way too much. I donโ€™t think people realize how small (and fun and close!!!) the blogging world is. We are lucky!!!

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    1. I think that is actually EXACTLY why she said that about us. How I didn’t let out an Fbomb during those videos i dont know. IT WAS A FESTIVUS MIRACLE ๐Ÿ™‚ I too like the leathers like this and they are so soft i keep petting them. Even Sally was petting them ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Youโ€™re making me laugh. Look i only curse when itโ€™s TOTALLY NECESSARY… indy was mad and cleared the standards to so that was necessary. After i dropped it she was like why is everybody cursing this weekend????

        Methinks โ€œeverybodyโ€ was you ๐Ÿ˜›


      2. HA HA HA it probably was ME! They all laugh at me cause i always say DAMN IT REMUS or F or SHIT or whatever… ๐Ÿ™‚ HA she also admits she said the F word one time in competition HA She was mortified it slipped out ๐Ÿ™‚ HA HA


  6. I think you and Remus look GREAT. He is so cute and fuzzy! I also think the stirrups leathers looks good marching the lower portion of your saddle. I didn’t spring for the Voltaire leathers (they were $190!!!) so maybe I will get Lund ones when my new saddle arrives!

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  7. Man, it’s crazy how small the horse world sounds over there. Definitely a little jealous and someday I will totally fly over and stalk all you all and your horses. ๐Ÿ™‚

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