The dam is still up. Our conditioning rides are still trucking along, and we're still not hugely enthusiastic. Not much to say on that front!
Bale bag/slow feeder: we seem to have reached our happy point! Confetti is now going through a bale a week, or approx 130-150# of hay. It took about two months. I'm still using the bag for 2-3 days of hay rather than putting in the entire bale; right now that's an entirely satisfactory solution. In the future we may revisit the idea of bagging the entire bale in one swoop. One perk to filling a third of a bale at a time: it's possible to mix in a few grass/alfalfa flakes with the straight grass. I may up that to 50/50 grass/alf and straight grass.
Convention: was most excellent. I'd never been before, and it was a lot of fun. Lots of vendors, chatted with the Renegade folks, got some neat Renegade swag (photos hopefully forthcoming), chatted with American Trail Gear, sold some stuff, bought a little bit of stuff. I also got to meet Aarene - pestered her with various questions and bought a paper copy of her book. One can never have enough good books. One of my questions for Aarene: how to speed up a slow horse? Her answer - which I think she's given on the blog, too! - is to sing.
Other convention notes included reassurance that some alfalfa is good for helping with ulcers (no, I do not want to switch to only straight grass), slowfeeding is also good prevention, turnout is ideal. There were way, way more topics covered and things I took notes on, but migraines have left my memory a little bit lacking.
It was really lovely to get to see/talk to/socialize with all sorts of people, drop in on interesting seminars, and generally feel like I got something out of it. Very worthwhile.
|"Tied to a tree. Whatever."|
This year I judged an obstacle rather than drag riding. Way better for Fetti's sanity even if she was full of herself on the way back to base. She stood, well-behaved, tied to a tree for a bunch of hours. Except when she rolled with the saddle; then I was not quite so happy with her. Overall, though? Pretty good.