We're here! Goodland, Florida - my home away from home (one of many LOL!). We had three glorious days on the beach when we arrived. The first thing we did was go scope out the spot we had chosen back in February for our wedding. Just as expected, .*poof!* it was gone. There was still a beach, but the really neat peninsula of sand was gone, probably washed away by a storm
We spent the week visiting our other favorite islands, and when we stood on shell island, we both agreed that this was the place! It was one of the first places Mark took me the first time I came here 5+ years ago. It had meaning to us, and you just can't deny it's beauty! So there it is, our spot!
We decided kind of at the last minute to have a friend with a bigger boat chauffeur us, the dogs, the officiant, and the photographer out to the island. Since we had more room, Mark's dad was able to go. At the last second I called my good friend Cindy, and she hopped on a plane and headed to our little corner of the world (from Texas) to be a part of our special day. Now all we had to do was pray for perfect weather! I want blue skies and sunshine, and anything less would be such a disappointment.
Redirect! That might end up being my theme for 2018. Don't give up - Redirect instead! I am a goal-oriented person. Yeah, that's putting it mildly. A more accurate description would be that I am obsessive about setting goals and working towards them. Sometimes, though, ya gotta face reality and re-purpose your drive into a new or different venture. Easier said than done? Well, just watch me!
I couldn't have designed this day more perfectly. God listened to my hopes and created the most beautiful, glorious day for us to get married. 86 degrees, sunny with barely a cloud to be seen. We traveled by boat to the island and became a family under the greatest church that God ever created - the blue sky.
I hired a photographer, but won't get the pictures until next week so you will have to wait to see them. Here are a few pictures of our day, and a video. The sound is hard to hear because of the waves and the wind, so I added subtitles to the video because the words mean a LOT to us, and we chose them specifically because this is how we feel.
After two arduous days of driving, we made it home last night and it was back to work today. the first thing I did was head on over to the barn to see Corky and Cadence. Cadence looked like she grew a ton since I saw her last. She has a lot of body to her. I measured her, she is 13'3" at the withers and 14'2" at the hip - typical growthy baby. She is 6 1/2 months old. Our plan is to wean her next Friday. I am excited, and dread it all at the same time. I always hate the sadness when you separate a mare and foal. However, I am totally excited to get to work in training her once she is weaned. Today I tied her up in the stall and she actually stood like an angel for me to pick out all 4 feet. Sometimes her hind feet can be dicey, but she was awesome today, which is incredible since I have been gone for 2 weeks. She also stood patiently, although she has a bad habit of chewing the lead rope. Time to invest in some chew stop, I think!
It was ugly and raining outside so I wasn't able to get them out. I am not sure how Corky is moving - it is really hard to tell in her stall. On a good note, I didn't see anything glaringly obvious, so that is a good sign. I am just hoping this abscess is not going to become one of those chronic things that we treat forever.
I was able to get Corky and Cadence out to the indoor arena and let them run around a bit. Corky is definitely lame - it seems mostly on her right front foot. I couldn't find any obvious signs of an abscess. I have no idea what to think, but I am getting very discouraged.
We are weaning Cadence tomorrow! I am kind of excited. I hope it goes smoothly...I never really know what to expect when I wean. Every pair responds differently.
It all went pretty smoothly. I walked Cadence out of the stall (while Corky was eating) and walked her across the driveway to the other barn and put her in her new stall in the indoor arena. I like this stall - she will be in the midst of all the activity and ge to see people riding. I always harbor a little hope that having an arena stall means that my foal will absorb some training just by watching good riders and good horses. Yeah, probably meaningless but it makes me feel better!
I then went back and walked Corky over an aisle to her new stall where she had a neighbor right next to her. Poor guy, she was one mighty upset horse all morning...whinnying and kicking the walls (made me cringe, but I had to just let her deal with the separation as she sees fit). Just as predicted, Cadence took it MUCH better than Corky did.
I stuck around for a few hours to make sure everyone was handling it OK. All was well, so I headed home for a while.
Funny thing - the canine Chronicle statistics came out today for 2018 conformation through October. I have only shown Pretzel a handful of times, and yet there he is, sitting #25 in All-Breed standings for the year (in Weimaraners). Crazy!
Today was Noodle's first day back to her "focused agility" class after having 2 weeks off to run around Florida. I figured she would be an out-of-control wild woman...I was pleasantly surprised...she was awesome! She was super fast and drive-y, but she was very very obedient and focused! Another dog even left his handler twice and came over and was all up in her butt, and she just continued to calmly take treats from my hand and ignore him. I hesitate to say it, but I think we might be making progress. Say what???
After class I headed back to the barn. Oh the blessed silence! Corky was quiet (she did her usual greeting nicker to me...back to normal!). Cadence was perfectly calm, so I let her out in the indoor arena to stretch her legs. She was moving so beautifully, I had to shoot a little video. It just makes my heart so happy to see this. I totally got my horse mojo back, I think! I am excited for the future, making plans and dreams, and it feels GOOD.
I headed out to the barn today, and it was blessedly quiet - no whinnying! Corky and Cadence have both settled down and seemed to accept their new reality. Man, can't believe it was that easy!
Cadence was really full of herself today, she didn't want her feet picked up no how no way. I didn't push the issue since it was barely 24 hours since weaning. We will give it a few days before making an issue of that. I turned her out in the indoor for a while, and her movement took my breath away...I just had to get some more video!
I did my usual Tuesday late night training session with Noodle at the agility building. My friend came along to train with us. We both worked our dogs simultaneously on either sides of the ring. Noodle kept glancing over at them as she was running, but she stayed focused and made the ,red>right decision every time! Only once towards the end of the hour did she give in to temptation and run over to visit. Huge progress!
Overall, I've had a couple of really awesome days, despite having a head cold that is knocking me for a loop. I like this positive feeling...