This is my life now
It’s been a hot minute since I wrote about Mae and everyone’s been wondering how she’s doing, especially as Bowie has been eating the majority of our time.

Mae has been spending the summer getting fat and sunbleached.  It looks like our mixture of flaxseed, alfalfa hay, grain, and Cool Cals are finally starting to do their work and she is as big, if not bigger than her paddock mate who dwarfed her at the beginning of the year.  In fact, she’s finally filled out enough that we can take her off of Cool Cals (for now).  The rest of the horses in our training program have had some type of ulcer flare up this summer, but Mae’s actually been able to avoid any of that mess - knock on wood.  I still have her on TractGard if anyone is wondering how we keep that under control.

Sadly, I don’t remember the last time I had an actual lesson and I don’t see myself able to squeeze one in in the near future.  My trainer is gives adult lessons on Thursday at 5 pm and my work schedule will not allow for me to duck out that early.  That being said, Mae doesn’t mind.  Her training rides are early in the morning and she still sweats buckets.  I hack out with her two to three times a week in the evenings and she’s quite okay with that schedule.  The training rides have been emphasizing her lateral movement, which has improved dramatically, however she still will try to duck to the inside when she’s tired / lazy.

It’s very nice to have everything calm and quiet on the equine front, although I suspect there are some changes brewing in the forecast.  I continue to (always) look at horse properties and haven’t quite let go of the dream of having all of the animals in one place, however during the 100 degree temps, I’m glad I don’t have to spend my time mucking, feeding, or doing general barn / property maintenance.

Stay cool y’all!