Kerry's Final Report

Tempyst final

I never thought five weeks could fly by so quickly. The Trainer Challenge was simply a fun and amazing experience. And Tempyst...I still can't get over just how relaxed and quiet he was in that packed arena. When I first sat on him at the MD Expo, I must admit, I basically held on to my breast plate the entire time. All I kept thinking was, "Please oh please don't buck me off in front of all of these people!" It took three people to tack him up, two people to get me on, and a chain shank to get him to and from the tiny ring. He was definitely ready for his next race.

What a difference five weeks makes. The Pa Expo had more people, more horses, and more atmosphere than I ever expected. On Friday morning Tiffany and I had a chance to warm up our boys in the big arena. This is when Tempyst and I got our first look at the Fresians. Now I appreciate the breed as much as anyone else, but when a giant Fresian is standing on its hind legs while his handler keeps cracking a whip, let's face it that is scary stuff. At one point I felt like this guy was following me. Every time I took Tempyst out of his stall the same whip cracking guy was right behind me. I think I was more unnerved than Tempyst. Lucky for me Cyndi Hill was always waiting for us back at the stables. She did some amazing work keeping this guy loose and relaxed. Such a pampered pony!

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Kerry's Side Trip to Ocala

February 20, 2012

Tonight's blog update might get a little off track. Forgive me if I stray, but stick with me.

On Friday Tempyst had some chiropractic work done. Dr. Carlson did an amazing job locating the areas I was feeling tension undersaddle. Between his massage and chiropractic appointments this pony is really living the life. Per Dr. Carlson's recomendations, we spent the next few rides hacking out, really getting him forward and free. He feels great!

On Sunday morning I got to the barn early and took him a hack by himself for the first time. Actually, I was halfway through my ride when it dawned on me that he hadn't been out alone yet. I think he was enjoying the quiet morning as much as I was.

caseyNow this is the part that might get off track a bit. After my ride I jumped in my truck to head south to Ocala, Florida to help a friend haul some horses back up north. Trust me, she would do it for me, but I have to admit I had an ulterior motive. My little OTTB "Casey" has been in Florida with Buck since October. Casey has not only been my main competition horse for the past five years, he was also the horse that renewed my love of this sport and gave me my confidence back. Needless to say, he is a very special horse. This past week he was sold and will be moving to his new home in California. This was my chance to go say goodbye.

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Really Lady, It's Just a Little Wind

 What a fun week it has been.  On Sunday I had my interview with Steuart.  Thank you to Melinda Cohen of Dream Catcher farm for letting us use her indoor.  It was so cold on Sunday, I was trying really hard to keep my teeth from chattering during the interview.  At my farm we only have an outdoor, so other than the expo  I had yet to ridein an indoor arena.  It was so windy there were a few times that even I tensed up at the sounds of the rattling doors.  Tempyst, however, made it clear that I should stop being such a wimp and get on with it. I could almost hear him saying : "really lady, its just a little wind."

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Tempyst - Week 4

Already in week four of the challenge, I can't believe it. These five weeks are flying by. Though I am happy that spring is right around the corner, I'll be sad to see Tempyst go. I am having so much fun riding him!

We continue to work on those canter transitions. Everyday he gets a little better. As he continues to get stronger, the canter gets more and more steady. We've even started to hop over a few small jumps. No surprise, he's brave and trusting over fences. The small course work that we've been doing is helping me keep him forward as well as keeping his brain entertained. His canter is so naturally balanced it is making my job easy.

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