Update from Maggie:
Rowan, my Mustang filly, has been doing super well for the past couple of weeks, and has come a long way in her training! We have been working on showmanship, jumping, picking up all four feet, lunging, join up, and respect. She has definitely come a long way from when I first got her and continues to show me how willing and talented she is!
Update from Emma:
Recently, as I have been round penning Drifter more often, I’ve gotten a few requests from people at my barn to share some tips on using a round pen. Along with teaching lessons, I was happy to show a few friends what works for Drifter and me. Keep in mind that every horse is different, and when working with horses it is important to explore their individual behavior and what works and doesn’t work for them. This helps advance your relationship with your horse and better your understanding of his/her manners on the ground and in the saddle.
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Lately we have found ourselves at the Fairgrounds more than usual. A couple of weeks ago we helped out our riding instructor at the annual 4H Tack Sale. We quite enjoyed the sale, met more youth in our community, and were able to find some great deals on tack!
We are also excited about our first show of the season this Sunday, April 24th with the St. Vrain Roundup Club (SVRC). The SVRC is a non-profit, “for fun” organization of horse lovers and families. The club provides an opportunity for people of all skill levels to participate in low-stress, low-cost horse shows and gymkhnas as well as social events including: monthly pot-lucks and club meetings (some featuring equine-related guest speakers), clinics and ride-outs such as and trail rides, a Thanksgiving pot-luck and a holiday party combined with a year-end awards banquet.
SVRC has regular shows at the Fairgrounds in Longmont during the months of April through September, and the Wrangler Roundup a large open gymkhna of speed events, during the Boulder County Fair.
Boulder County Horse Association Youth Group (BCHAY)
We would like to announce the creation of the Boulder County Horse Association Youth, a newly formed youth group for ages 8-18, that hopes to unify all riding disciplines in Boulder County. BCHAY is for kids and teens who may have anywhere from one day to 10 years or more of horse experience. It is our goal to bring together Boulder County horse lovers through tons of fun activities. Both Maggie and I are on the BCHAY Board of Directors. Look for more on the Boulder County Horse Association’s new website set to launch soon!
Save-The-Date: Extreme Mustang Makeover
Don’t forget to mark your calendars and come out in support of Maggie’s Mustang Makover Challenge in Fort Collins in May! Looking for a new horse? Maybe consider adopting one at the conclusion of the event.