Monthly Archives: August 2015

Can a Grand Prix horse compete in smoky air?

Yesterday Calgary’s air index reached it’s worst level since the smoke from Washington’s forest fires had started drifting over the city. The city’s score on the Air Quality Health index was 11. High risk levels start at 7. Everyone was advised to reduce or reschedule outdoor activities especially if there was any throat irritation or coughing.

smoke in Calgary

So with Lance in the trailer, I headed to Calgary hoping that the smoke level would lessen as the day progressed…nope. It didn’t. An hour south of home and I noticed my breathing was affected. So after talking to Ivars and Lindsey about high intensity work in a smoke environment, the forecast of wind direction to dissipate the smoke and the level of smoke at Anderson’s that hour…I made the decision to turn around and take Lance home.

Grand Prix horses should not compete in high risk smoky air.

We are all very sad that we are home. CAADA does such a great job in putting on an amazing show and we would love to be there!!

The smoke is much less here at home so home we are…

V

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CORE Mechanics Workshop this weekend… :)

CORE Mechanics Explorations Workshop this weekend…yeah!!!

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Next CORE weekends are Sept 19/20, Oct 17/18 and N0v 7/8 (Concepts). December’s date TBA.

We’re going to be exploring our cores on the mat and in the saddle. There will be sweat…good things come to those that sweat…and we’re gonna sweat!! 🙂 .

 

Explore your core

Off to find my reformer and my core…

V

 

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Hay glorious hay!!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week…I’ve been locked out of the blog due to a conflict between my new phone, my housekeeping ideas on my laptop (clearing caches), and the 2 step google authenticator…ugh.

But all is well now and the great security idea but waaaaaayyyyy tooooooo complicated application of Google 2 Step Authenticator is now gone. Forever. Not to be used ever again.

We are in the middle of a drought year…no rain here till the last week. My paddocks were getting crunchy to walk on…not good.
My hay supplier called Sunday…he has no hay for us this year, just enough baled for his cows.
So it’s been a terribly stress filled week trying to track down enough pesticide/herbicide free hay for the year.
But I found it! Thank you to Quesseth Farms (Innisfail) for the wonderful hay!
A couple of large stacks of hay in the yard makes for a happy stable owner.  🙂

Hay

 

Off to ride a horse… 🙂

V

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Thunder Bay Tourists!

We’re in Thunder Bay this week and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We started in Lac du Mille Lac at the Ward Fishing Derby…lotsa family, lotsa fun. Yesterday was tourist day. Amethyst Mine tour, Ouimet Canyon hike and suspension bridge with a fun zip line…wheeee.

Today is baby day and all the babies will be visiting. Tomorrow we are attempting to get all twelve siblings at Mom and Dad’s place for lunch…a very big task!!! 🙂 We’ll all be in town for 1 hour or so!!

Fish Derby complete with Slack line...thanks Becca!

Fish Derby complete with Slack line…thanks Becca!

Ouimet Canyon, beautiful, 1km deep

Ouimet Canyon, beautiful, 1km deep

The hike to the top of the Zip line includes two very long suspension bridges. Almost feels like flying!!!

The hike to the top of the Zip line includes two very long suspension bridges. Almost feels like flying!!!

Zip Line...the end is waaaay down there at the end of the last lake...

Zip Line…the end is waaaay down there at the end of the last lake…

It goes really fast. Fun!

It goes really fast. Fun!

 

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