Thursday, June 23, 2011

My sweet Nikolaas RIP June 3 2011

It is with great saddness that I will post that Nikolaas was euthanized on June 3 2011. He had a bout with gas colic the day before which seemed to resolve but in the morning he didn't seem right so we trailered him to NE horse hospital where they found a tear in his intestine. The surgeon felt that the survival rate with this type of problem was basically zero. We had him euthanized and cremated and will bury him at our farm. He was the best horse and riding partner a person could hope for. He was gentle, willing and a joy to have. He will always have a place in my heart.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nikolaas Dressage at Saratoga 2011

Getting some air time!
Nik's first time at First level, 68% and High Point First Level horse! He pooped out on his second canter lengthening. I'm a proud momma!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nikolaas Training 3 Saratoga

Our first show in over a year. Scored 68% and won Training level test 3. We earned our first qualifying score for the Fall Festival. Tomorrow is our first test at First level. Nik was so well behaved. I'm so proud!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Our first time riding together!

Here we are with our first attempt at riding together for our Pas de deux. They like each other and rode nicely together. Now we have to finish editing music and do choreography!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nikolaas 5/2011

I wasn't able to go to the Mother's Day show because I got a cold. Here I am schooling some leg yields on a circle and lengthenings. It was a cold windy day and Nik had lots of impulsion!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Getting ready for show on Mother's Day

I had a lesson today. It's been a while as we have been getting back into shape from being off for the winter. We worked on lengthening on the circle with lots of bend , going back and forth. Really helped with the hind leg push. (look up) Transitions with more bend to keep his head from popping up. Canter lengthening to collected canter to uber collected for 2 strides back to lengthening. Trot, halt, back, trot. Leg yielding- to the right almost counter bend because he drops his right shoulder.
I also trimmed him up, still a little hairy but he looks even more handsome, if that is possible!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Finally some sunshine!

The weather is finally good riding weather! Nik has really been behind the leg so I have been working on a lot of transitions. Our first recognized show is Memorial Day weekend at Saratoga!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Back in the Saddle after a long winter

I rode Nik today after having over 2 months off. He was super. I even walked him in the partially defrosted outdoor arena too!

Monday, February 7, 2011

I know there is some grass down there!!!

This weather has been ridiculous! Not much riding this winter in fact there is so much snow on the roof I am afraid to bring them into the barn. We need sun!