Well not long now before Anton and I start the long trek homewards. I am excited to come home and see you all but it will be hard to leave such an amazing place.  In addition to all the horsey fun (and work) I did get out to see a bird exhibit and I have been doing some painting as well. I have NOT seen any alligators or Burmese pythons, thank goodness! Anton has adjusted to life in the Florida climate and has a special fly mask to help with the bugs.

 

It was nice to run into Albrecht Heidemann. He has been a great help to Susan Thompson and I with Anton over the years, and with Susan’s other students at Crescent Stables.  He is in Florida every winter for the season, and then returns to Montreal. Too bad he is too busy for a west coast visit, I know he is very missed out there!

 

You know how they say walk is one of the most difficult things to do well?  Yep…have been working a lot on walk. I think I can walk a straight line now…it’s like a horse/rider roadside sobriety check…can you keep both legs in the right place? How about those hind legs?  Oops, there goes a shoulder…..and so it goes.  I have also been getting lunged to improve my seat even further.

 

I also attended the Florida Fortnight for Canadian riders. We learned about athlete nutrition (remember the horse is not the only athlete here) and Sports Psychology.  You have to train your mental skills as much as you train your horse. As they say, at the upper levels it is 90% mental skill that determines outcomes.

 

Karen Pavicic has been doing very well, I have included a picture of us with Dono after the GP freestyle, and a picture of Karen doing her victory lap.

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