Welcome to Rabbit's world - 2014 edition!

Follow my journey through the twists and turns of 2014 - training my horses, training my dog, attempting new things, attempting to improve on some old things, and attempting to have bucketloads of FUN!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

I hauled Tango to Marion for an OWHA show. I had hauled him to this same place last year - one of the few shows he actually got to last year. It wasn't that great of an experience last year, and this year managed to take a step downward from there. Tango just doesn't seem to like that place. We went into our first HUS class and he was very scattered - not paying attention to me, not wanting to relax, it was a schooling ride, to say the least. Our second HUS class was just as scattered and tense, and then a large horde of motorcycles decided to go past the show ring...25+ of them came within 10 feet of the arena fence just as we were cantering near that end. That was all Tango needed to set him off. He started bucking, and I was sitting OK until my saddle started slipping. Once it went all the way to his side, I had to bail. I never let go of the reins, so he stopped right with me (saved the added embarrassment of having to chase my horse down after getting bucked off!). Damn! Tango managed to do what Corky NEVER did, and what hasn't happened to me at a show in probably 20+ years - he bucked me off! It was an easy fall. yeah, most people say there is no such thing but actually this one was rather mild. I got up, took off the saddle and put it back on his back, got back on, and finished the class.

We had to end on a better note than that, so I entered a walk-trot class later in the day. By this time, it was hot and Tango was exhausted, and he gave me a dull, lethargic ride (my favorite kind LOL!). We have our work cut out for us tomorrow!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I woke up at the show to rain, rain, and more rain. The arena was flooded, and I am not crazy enough to get me or my horse all wet and muddy for a dollar in winnings, so we packed up and headed home. I confess I was pretty eager to get home, because tomorrow Pretzel and I are leaving for Florida with our besties! I'm outta here!

June 9-18, 2014

What a wonderful trip to southern Florida (Goodland). The dogs had a blast on the beach (until Pretzel cut his paw on a seashell, ending his beach time while it healed). Here are some pics that prove we all had FUNNNNN!!!

The obligatory picture by the sign at the Florida border!

Swimming in threes...

The beach is one large agility course!

June 20-21-22, 2014

Crazy me, right after I get home from Florida I scheduled an agility trial. I never actually made it home, went straight to the trial! It was a CPE trial, and it was outdoors. I was excited to do my first outdoor trial. Of course... it POURED rain on Friday. We did one standard run in the rain, the second set of runs was cancelled because it started storming pretty hard. I was pretty happy with my run, and cannot for the life of me figure out why the judge marked 15 faults and an NQ. I watched that video over and over again. We had one single off course...he nailed his weaves and his contacts and didn't knock any jumps. Confusing...

The rest of the weekend went GREAT! The rain eventually stopped, but the field was pure mud. Good thing I had my new cleats on. Pretzel was definitely slower and easier to manage in the heat (it was VERY hot and humid). I found myself actually trying to get him more energetic! He sure hates the heat. The biggest problem we had was focus (as usual) -but this time his focus was on smelling the dirt. He did a lot of his runs with his nose in the dirt and it was tough to get his attention off of what he was smelling. Darn sporting dogs! However, we had excellent start line stays, nailed ALL of our contacts in every run, and overall made huge improvements in my handling skills. The entire weekend had 11 total runs, and we Q'ed in 8 of them. granted, the CPE Q's are a little easier since the rules are a bit more forgiving than AKC. I was still pretty proud of ourselves. Slowly but surely we are moving towards the ultimate goal in CPE agility, which is called a C-atch. Yep, another goal of mine!

June 27-28-29, 2014

Lima Kennel Club AKC Dog Show

What a fun weekend at the dog show. I haven't shown Pretzel in conformation since April. we managed to win Select Dog on two out of the three days...yay!It was fun to do something other than agility - very low pressure and I didn't have to think a whole lot about it. Who knew conformation showing could be so relaxing???

I also had a great opportunity to show a couple different breed dogs for some friends of mine. I showed an Irish Red and White Setter (got Select bitch and Best Opposite both days!), and took a giant Newfoundland in for reserve winners dog. I love the newfie...what a gentle giant (and what a giant amount of slobber!!!). I can see how much fun it would be to be a handler that showed all different types of dogs. It was fun pretending for a weekend!

On to July, 2014...