I'm leaving tomorrow for Alberta - one of my favorite places in the world (also where I bought Rogo). I'll visit my very good friend Verna. I stayed with her when I was out there horse shopping three years ago and that's the last time I've been out for a visit - too long. She's been to visit me since then thank heavens.
Her niece Sarah checked Rogo out for me (she's an equine grad) and she got married today!
Anyway, we'll go to Banff and I'll get to sit in the hot springs and stare at the Rockies, which I find almost spiritual. Also, since the weather will be gorgeous out there this week we might go camping in Verna's funky little Bowler trailer - eating, red wine, outdoors - perfect!
My one concern is that Rogo will be off work for over a week. Doug will longe him for me a couple of times, but that's it. Unfortunately poor Cheryl broke a rib, so I can't get her to ride him while I'm gone.
I know I read about people giving their horses training breaks when they're coming off of a tiring show season, etc., but I know nothing about it. My experience with Rogo having breaks has been awful. He was off for a month twice and three months once in his first year under saddle. Every time he was off we pretty much had to start from scratch again. Now I'm scared for him to have down time, even though I know the work is better established now and also a week + isn't a month. It might be good for him? Wishful thinking?
If anyone knows about philosophies on training breaks I'd love to hear about it.
On a different note there are at least 7 or 8 dressage clinics in our area in the next month. This is amazing! We're a small Province where dressage is a developing sport, so it's very exciting to have this breadth of opportunity. I hope lots of people come out and take advantage of the great opportunities. Not sure if Doug and I can fit it in, but we're looking at our schedule and budget. Also, should I wait until Rogo is more established in his contact before taking him to his first clinic? I've haven't ridden in a clinic before.