What a Mane Event!! Thank Goodness for Tricia, our friend and farrier, who stayed with us this weekend; we wouldn’t have managed without her. Counting the display in the barn, we had three booths, were in the clinic, had Caspian Horse and Anivac demos, and were sponsoring a fund raiser horse wash in the barn with the students from Olds College. I apologize if anyone came by the Marsh Haven booth an found it empty, as that was where the short shift fell.
In trying to economize, we stayed in the trailer, setting up a bedroom type arrangement for Tricia in the box stall of the trailer, with us in the goose. Great plan, but at -11 and catalytic heater not working; it was one cold weekend. Wasn’t bad once you were in bed and had you clothes for tomorrow in with you; but going to bed and getting up was hard.
On Friday, we had a time conflict with the Caspian demo and the clinic, so we brought 2 horses. The Caspian demo followed the Anivac demo. This is where we came off the rails big time. We took Tamara along with us to solve the time conflict. But Tamara and Texas live together, by the time they trailered down and shared a box stall, they were bound at the hip.
Then it dawned on us, that while Tricia has been driving for me, she had never harnessed the pony to the vehicle. I thought I had enough time to get to the barn, harness the pony and take a short drive to familiarize her with her surroundings. By the time we did that, we realized it was a toss up whether we should unhook and then get her ready again, or just keep her out.
We made the wrong decision; she threw a temper tantrum about being separated from Tamara. Tricia, having been in a rush to get to Red Deer and then nerved up about clinic, didn’t feel confident enough to settle Texas. So I got to drive the pony for 40 minutes. Oh, what a brat; she settled enough for Tricia to take over. But the clinician Hardy Zantke commented she needed to go back to long lines to learn to stand. Absolutely, a driving horse must stand, but at that point we were thrilled to have her on 3 legs, instead of two.
But Glen got his demo done, I got Tamara to the demo area for Brent Seufert to do the presentation and all went well. But by 3 o’clock I was seriously thinking it was Miller time rather than 6 more hours in the trade booths.
We did have a great show. Thank you to all the people who visited us at either booth. Yesterday was a bit of a recovery, as we didn’t get home until after midnight. Today, we need to get ready to go to the Maritimes for Greg’s graduation. He is graduating 2nd in class from his last Officer Training Course. He has consistently been within the top 4 candidates throughout his 1 1/2 years of training. He has been posted to the First Battalion of the PPCLI in Edmonton, his first choice. The only shadow on the horizon is the First Battalion is being deployed to Afghanistan in September, but he doesn’t think he’ll be assigned; I’ll feel better when that’s a for sure. But it would likely be an inside the wire posting; not like last time when he was on the convoys.
While we will proudly watch the ceremonies, he has been given the honor of escorting his new commanding officer for the weekend, as there is another official parade being held concurrently. Then a weekend in Halifax and home to catch up and get ready for the Double Dollar Barrel Race Finals in Grande Prairie.
We’re likley going to have a foal next week, so we promise to be better at taking pictures for the “Baby Pics” page.