Well, my entries have now been sent out for the show at the Florida Horse Park on the 13-14! I guess that means we’re really doing this! I have a week left before I leave and so much left to do. The good news is that Gus is doing really well at Sue’s. He’s a bit on the hyper side as usual, but his dressage is really coming along–thanks to his new bit! We have conditioned as much as we can between dressage lessons, and I think Gus is fine. His rider may not quite be there yet! We have gotten a few jump schools in over the last 3 weeks, but a bout with sore feet put us behind a few days. All this wet weather has made his feet a bit soft, and I have had to treat him for that. This week is dedicated to conditioning, and Gus will make the trip back and forth from Trails End to our farm 3 times for his farrier, chiropractor, and vet appointments. Somewhere in there I will have to clip him, pack, and get the farm details finished up. I can’t wait to hit I-75! More from Ocala in a few days!!!!!
Well, January is in full swing now. I trailered Gus over to Sue’s to train for the month so that I could have the use of a bigger indoor arena. I am taking 2-3 dressage lessons a week, and I’m trying to jump and condition on the other days. So far, it has been a high of 20 degrees on most days that we have been there. It has been pretty quiet over there, and needless to say, I have not had to fight for arena time! Gus thinks he’s pretty cool hanging out with all of the fancy warmbloods in the new “show barn”. I told him not to get too used to it.
I am starting to gather up some of my stuff, and making a lot of arrangements for the trip. Ocala has been pretty chilly lately, but they average about 70 degrees in February! Whoo Hoo!!! I’m getting my entry information together so that I can enter a show at the Florida Horse Park on the 13-14. It will be really strange to jump x-c in February. I hope we can get ourselves into shape by then!