4 Days at the Midwest Horse Fair

After spending four days at the Midwest Horse Fair, my body is exhausted and my head is full of thoughts!  I’ve been looking at photos that were posted by people on Facebook and Twitter from the fair.  I can’t believe I missed so much!  All those days there, how did I not see everything that was going on?  I guess because I couldn’t be in 4 different exhibition arenas all at the same time!

There was a ton of shopping there.  I didn’t buy too much but we did make one big purchase.  We found a saddle for our horse, Flash, that we’ve been looking for a long time!  It’s a black and red Big Horn saddle that goes beautifully with his black and white coat.  We saw one a long time ago but it wasn’t the right size so we’ve been searching ever since!

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Flash finally has a black and red Big Horn saddle

The only reason that we were able to buy the saddle was because of the awesome consignment sale that they have there.  It costs $5.00 for every 23 things you sell, plus they take a 15% commission.  I think it was only 10% last year but that’s okay because it’s to raise money for 4-H.  Anyways, we got 23 things together for the sale.  We took 4 big shopping bags full plus 2 saddles and a pony blanket.  We left with only the things in these 2 bags.  We made a couple hundred bucks and were able to buy the saddle that we’ve been wanting for so long!

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This is all that was left after the sale

While we were there, I decided on the breed of horse that I would like to get next.  I would like to have a Haflinger.  They are big stocky ponies.  Most are fairly small but others, like this one, are much bigger.  It will be awhile before I even consider getting another horse but it’s fun to think about what the new one will be like or what kind I’m looking for.

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This is the kind of horse that I want to get next – a Haflinger

On A Different Horse Note

My daughter and I made a point to ask a few trainers some questions this year.  We usually don’t do that so we picked out two questions and went and asked them.  I totally bombed the first one.  My question made absolutely no sense at all and the trainer was so confused she told me to send her a video in an email or text.  The second one went much better but I think I still wasn’t asking the right things.  It’s okay.  At least we did it.  I always feel funny asking them questions because I have absolutely no intention of buying their training videos, mostly from a lack of money not because I don’t want too.  But, they make a living by talking to people so I’m sure they’re used to people asking questions but not buying their stuff.  

We wanted to ask Stacy Westfall a question about trailering but every time we went by her booth, she wasn’t there.  Oh well, I got to watch her for a little bit in the coliseum but I kept coughing in there so we couldn’t stay for the whole thing.

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Stacy Westfall in the Coliseum

 

No Worry Weekend

no worryThis weekend, I won’t worry about anything.  I’ve been so stressed out lately and my health is suffering from it.  I need to relax.  It’s hard to have any progress on my house when I can’t think clearly or I’m so stressed that I don’t want to move off the couch.

I will be setting some goals and making sure that I meet them so that my house can start coming together a little better.  It will never be done or perfect but there’s still a few things that need to be finished.

The first stop on my way to the horse fair today was the Concord Zoo.  It’s this cute little zoo behind a gas station.  Sounds strange, doesn’t it?  It is but the zoo animals are mostly farm animals like goats, mini horses, and donkeys. There’s also a pig that bites and 2 alpacas.  They have a cute little area with some playhouses and a teepee.

Concord ZooI found this place a few years ago when my son went away to college and ever since then, I try to stop every time I pass it on the freeway.  They close it in the winter when it’s really cold and dark outside but today was a beautiful day so it was open for viewing.  There’s little machines, like candy machines, where you put the money in, turn the handle and get a handful of grain but they were all empty today.  Too bad.  I would have liked to have fed some of them.  The donkeys are my favorite ones to feed but the goats get pretty excited and do goofy things for food.

We went to the horse fair to drop off a bunch of horse tack for their giant sale.  So many people come to this sale that it’s easy to sell just about any horse related thing.  We got there at a good time and didn’t have to wait at all.  It took us about a half hour to tag all of the stuff that we brought.  Whatever doesn’t sell at the sale you take home or you can donate it to them.  They take everything that has been donated and they have a sale with their 4-H club.  It’s all to make money so I don’t have a problem donating some things, especially right now when I’m so determined to get the clutter out of my house.  Hopefully, most of it will sell but if it doesn’t, that’s okay.  At least it’s out of my house!  It’s also a lot of fun to stop in at the sale and look for some of our stuff and then watch to see if it’s gone by Sunday!

After we got everything checked in at the tack sale, we walked around and watched the people practicing on their horses.  It’s always fun watching them bring their horses into the coliseum for the first time because a lot of them freak out and don’t know what to do.  Most are okay, it’s just the young ones that get spooky.  After that, we went and visited with a few friends of ours for a bit and then watched one more rehearsal.  This one was Guy McLean.  He’s an awesome Australian horseman and bush poet.  Here’s a poem that he wrote about the Texas Thunder.

I can’t wait to get back there tomorrow for some more horse time!  It’s one of the biggest horse fairs there is.  It’s my favorite place in the world to be!  I wish it went on for at least a week but it only runs a few days.