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Rosie: December 23

I hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas!

This week, we sure had a beautiful week for mid-December. We had several days in the 40s, 50s, & even the 60s. We ended up spending our time with groundwork outside of the arena. We spent time at the jumping logs, jumping over barrels, trekking through the weeds, & improving her handle & lightness in the trees. She does relatively well. However, she has a tendency to look around & forgets to pay attention to where she's putting her feet. I also briefly introduced the sled to Rosie yesterday (Friday). She was pretty look-y as I had her follow it while dragging. It makes quite a bit of noise as it drags across the ground without snow. Eventually, she became more comfortable & I was able to let the rope out longer & longer so that it would drag beside, & later, behind her. My goal with all of this is to expose her to as much as I can so that she learns how to respond, helping her regulate her energy when you might encounter something new with her. I don't think we can always eliminate a less-than-ideal response as they are horses, after all, though we can prepare them & reduce the chances of a negative reaction. I had hoped to get back to the arena today, but the rain came earlier than forecasted & we spent the day prepping for the storm as the snow amounts rose drastically overnight.

Next week will be dependent on what this storm brings. It's a bit up in the air right now, but we're forecasted to get 6-14" of snow with a couple of days of high winds. If possible, we'll be back in the arena. If not, we'll spend some time playing with the sled.

- Lexy Nuesch


Next week's update will be posted on Friday.

I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.

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