I'm sorry for the lack of updates. Just when things start to wind down for the year, my computer decided not to cooperate so I wasn't able to access my blog! In any case, life at Fairwind Stables has gotten a little quieter as we approach winter but there is still much to catch everyone up on!
As you can see from the picture, I've put Piccolo back into work after weaning Tess in October. I'm really enjoying having my sweet girl back to ride every day and she seems happy to be back in work - I figure it has to be easier than raising a foal (not that I'm speaking from experience with little ones or anything!:)) Her fitness has improved daily and I've just put her on the market if anyone is looking for a fun horse to compete. It's been a hard decision but I know I can't compete two of my own horses in 2013 so one has to go.
Tess has been doing well and already stands about 14 hands! She gets turned out with Claire's pony, Spirit, and the two get along great. The weaning process was fairly painless and both mare and filly don't even acknowledge each other these days!
Podge is enjoying a vacation which, for him, involves being covered in mud most days! He has perfected the method of pawing a bare patch in the field and rolling in it repeatedly! I have worked him lightly and, while I'm not advertising him heavily, have decided to put him on the market as well. I'd be happy to continue competing him next year but also know I just didn't do him justice this year. I feel like he would do so much better with someone else who can focus more on the work that goes into a preliminary level horse. He's a very forgiving, kind boy and I appreciate him most for his temperament - especially now that I'm a mom! - but I also know my focus is elsewhere these days. He improved leaps and bounds this year; if only his rider had her head on straight! If anyone is looking for a horse to learn the ropes on or to carry on at prelim, contact me.
That's it for now.