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Maybe this is the real question?…

Real food

Maybe this is also the real question we should be asking about feeding our horses as well?

I missed this question when I changed my stable to whole, organic grain several years ago. I did it because I felt I needed to find more answers to the issue of irritated gut, not enough “good” energy while working and ultimately…keeping equine athletes happy and fit for long careers.

So I bit the bullet and switched to certified organic grain. (I had already switched to organic hay previously).

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The results have been awesome. I could go on for pages…less gut irritation, more muscle building with the same effort, amazing coats, very good working energy, etc…

And the big surprise…overall about the same grain costs!!! As we did the gradual grain change over, I noticed I did not need to feed the same amount of organic feed as processed feed. Better muscle, better energy, better training, less feed with organic. 🙂 So my feed costs have stayed about the same for my whole stable from processed feed to organic. 🙂 🙂 🙂

We stock Genesis Certified Organic Feed here at Flying Colours. It is also available at County Living in Okotoks and if Edmonton horse owners would like it available…G and E Pharmacy will bring it in to the store, if you request!!!

So drop into G&E and ask for Genesis!!! Or drop by the stable and ask us about Genesis! ❤

Off to find my yoga mat…OMG I’m a vegetarian, yoga doing, organic eating, animal trainer…I guess I am the “Organic Lady”!!! ❤

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Well, that was interesting…

After 18 months of very interesting, sometimes quite challenging but really oh so satisfying, we now have our certificates.

Yoga Certificate

But most importantly for me, it has led me to Somatics, Somatic Yoga. Slow, subtle exercises designed to improve brain/body connection, to relax and lengthen tight areas in the body, to align the spine, to improve posture creating a more functional, balanced body in motion.

Somatic Yoga, Wednesday mornings 10:30 at Refresh Wellness.

And “in motion” is the thing that got me. Now to add Somatics to our Core Mechanics Workshops…this is going to be grand!

Next Core Workshop weekend is July 16/17. Core Mechanic Concepts. Contact me or Lindsey for details.

Horses all turned out, off to find my yoga mat and Somatics…

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Thank you to CAADA for another awesome show!!!

As I read my friends Facebook postings the weekend’s results, I vicariously rejoice in their happiness, pride of accomplishment,(some struggles) and ultimately of a job well done.

To be life long participants in a sport that you love is a gift to be grateful for, for sure. And the organisers of our competitions, especially the ones that run as smoothly and as openly friendly as the CAADA show, we are especially grateful.

So here’s our joyful, pictorial post of our memories of Sunday…CAADA CDI Grand Prix Freestyle, Lancelot and Lindsey Stroh,  1st place, 69% (including a 70% and 71% from the panel!!).

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To all involved; participants, officials, spectators (there were a few!!!) and most especially organizers…thank you…. ❤

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CAADA CDI Grand Prix

Many years ago, it was so amazing for me to watch my first Grand Prix class at a CDI. Grand Prix level is a feat of extraordinary athletics for both equine and human requiring years of training, discipline and luck. And then add the extra pressure of the demands of the judging in the CDI ring… man o man….an amazing feat…

And those who got to watch the Grand Prix class at the Calgary CDI yesterday, watched the gold standard of Grand Prix work expected of competitors. Competitors world wide. That’s what is expected in the CDI ring, world standards.

And once again I was amazed. To be able to watch this level of work at home…priceless.

And for all those watching this world standard; in the warm up ring, in the competition ring, there is a trickle down effect. There are riders that will raise the bar of their work having been exposed to world standards, there are coaches that will up their game to their students having seen that there is road to this standard and there are sponsors (of riders, of horses, of competitions) that are now exposed to the highlights of the best of our sport.

Watching a Grand Prix CDI class at home…world standards are attainable.

Congrats to everyone in the class…it was amazing.

Congrats to Lindsey and Lance. That was the best test ever (in both of your careers!!!) Words can not express the feelings…I’m proud of you as your coach, as your sponsor and most importantly as your friend…both of you!!!! ❤ ❤

Today Lance is not competing (he will do a Freestyle tomorrow am). But William is back in the ring this morning. He needs to find his groove in the competition ring to keep him headed to the goal of Grand Prix very soon.

Off to another amazing day!!

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CAADA CDI at Anderson’s!

The view from my kitchen window this weekend…

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The jog was a bit exciting yesterday as a small squall picked up just as the jog started. Everyone was accepted and everyone stayed safe :).

Lance’s Grand Prix CDI class is this morning, Jayne’s ride is around noon and William’s class is later this afternoon.

It promises to be a beautiful day for a horse show!!

Coaching hat on, off to the horse show…

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Organic Horse Feed in Calgary???

Yes!! Genesis, certified organic horse feed, is in Calgary at Okotoks County Living and Garden Centre. 403.938.4094

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We dropped off another load of Genesis to Okotoks last week….I’m now known as the “Organic Lady” to their staff…and I kinda like that!!!

If you need more info on the feed, (we stock it here at Flying Colours) drop me a note and I’ll fill you in…

The Organic Lady…Ha!!!

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Schooling in the big ring…

This ring is the CDI ring Yesterday with Lindsey and Lance schooling. It’ll be packed to the rafters and loud Saturday night for the Freestyle class. Our last class, our last show in CA and it’s going to be a great time!

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We are in the heavy lifting time slot right now of packing up the house and the horses for the long trip home. We all head back this weekend after the show. All our horses should be in their stalls at home at Flying Colours early next week.

Today is early schooling rides at the show grounds for Lance and William then back to Arroyo to Fred, DiMaggio and Sardonyx. The jog is at 3 this afternoon for Lance.

Tomorrow William’s class (Inter 1) is at 2:02 and Lance’s Grand Prix class starts at 3. (We won’t know Lance’s ride time for the Grand Prix till after the jog today.)

Off to pack something!!!

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This never gets old…

So we are both really missing be part of the competition in San Juan this weekend but we have an amazing diversion here at Arroyo. 5 amazing diversions really, each one as amazing as the last!

Wednesday was “trail” day. Some of them had a short trail ride and some had a longer trail ride. And DiMaggio had his first Californian trail ride.  Good boy baby DiMaggio!!

Yesterday was a “full work” day for them all.

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Thursdays are inhand days for William. Such a great tool for him. He’s learning how not to over use his stallion neck and lift his shoulders for more hind leg activity. His progress this spring has been wonderful.

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The saddle work after the inhand work is amazing! He’s going to be a super little Grand Prix competitor for the future!

Today is another full day of work with everyone. They’ll all get the weekend off and be rested and ready for lessons with Shannon on Monday.

So despite missing the CDI…we’re coping!!! 🙂 :)…yes…coping very well…

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Mr. Fat Cheeks strikes again…

You know what it’s like to bite your cheek? Well our favourite Grand Prix horse did it at the last show. We both knew he had done it and luckily, didn’t interfere with the test…thank goodness.

So we had the equine dental vet out last week. There wasn’t much to do, a light float to take care of minor edges. But he had a large (quarter sized) lesion on the inside of his cheek.

And because it’s slightly swollen, it’s likely to be re-bitten. So we’ve ridden in the snaffle since the last show giving his mouth a lot of room and as much time as possible to heal. His noseband is always super loose and we loosened it more.

When I checked him yesterday, the lesion was much improved (about the size of dime) but decided that it was still too likely he would re-bite it with his double bridle in and the test of the Grand Prix CDI ahead.

So we’re staying home instead of riding at the show in San Juan this weekend. This will give his mouth three more weeks to heal before our last California CDI at the end of April. Very hard decision but the right decision.

Lindsey is very disappointed (as you can imagine!!) but she is a competitor, a very good competitor…

Success in life

comes when you simply refuse to give up,

with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss

only act as motivation. 

So we’ll spend the week riding at Arroyo and cheer on Team Peters from home. Yeah live streaming!!!

Off to fit in an early morning lesson with Shannon… ❤

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Nathan from N2 Saddles at FCS Saturday…

Yeah! Nathan will be here Saturday afternoon. He’ll be fitting new saddles and adjusting and fitting others. Thank you Nathan for providing great service on these wonderful saddles!

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Nathan has a great eye and a wonderful approach to saddle fitting, making the horse and rider efficient, comfortable and happy.

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Our family Easter Egg hunt is on Saturday…maybe the bunny will leave some eggs for Nathan…mmmm chocolate!!

We’re off skiing today…fresh snow at Louise and spring skiing!!! (Insert two very happy faces here!!!!)

Back tonight…

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