Unintentional Hiatus

It’s been a quiet month around here, folks. Coming off of Zone Finals, I figured we would scale back to have a week or two of light work before ramping up for our new season.

Best laid plans, and all that.

First, I went to Florida with the gang. Which was awesome.

Aw Manfriend real cute

Then I went home to Rhody for 9 days with Manfriend. Which was also awesome.

I baptized my sweet niece which means I get complete dibs on her as my minion for shenanigans at all future family gatherings.

Then I had my friend’s wedding up in Jersey. Which was gorgeous and awesome.

College roomies UNITE 

Then Manfriend and I decided to head into NYC to visit friends while we were in the area. Which continued to be awesome.

100% sure he was singing along to the guy playing the accordion by listing different types of pasta

Then the cold I had been battling for a few days turned into a full-on illness that laid me out for a while longer. Way less awesome. (No pictures of this because I am a marsh creature at the moment)

So for one reason or another, Frankie has jumped approximately 2 times in the last month, and I’ve only ridden him myself a handful of times. He is currently super duper fuzzy- WE LEGIT JUST CLIPPED YOU DUDE- and he’s got a definite Dad-bod going at the moment. My favorite barn rat has been keeping him working and happy and clean (tho he still smells like pee, not her fault, he’s just disgusting) while I’ve  been traveling, but it’s been one of the lightest workloads he’s had since I brought him home.

While definitely not intentional, I think this may be a blessing in disguise. While we will certainly have to work a little harder to get in shape before our show season kicks off in January, a little physical and mental break for both of us is something we rarely do. I’m hoping it’ll help us attack our training program with renewed freshness and energy.

There’s at least one more disruption in our schedule for Christmas, but I’m excited to get back into a program with the Smelly Beast and get ready for 2018!

20 thoughts on “Unintentional Hiatus

  1. the_everything_pony 12/06/2017 / 10:19 am

    Ugh, The Sick is horrible. I feel you. Although I think instead of me getting The Sick this year Amber might be getting The Sick. Wonderful mucus-ey nose and all that. I’m really hoping though that neither one of us get full sick (although I’ve probably just jinxed myself lol). Feel better soon!


  2. Abby F 12/06/2017 / 12:37 pm

    I bet Francis enjoyed the break! After Raleigh, I actually purposely gave Charlie 2 weeks off, which is the longest break I’ve ever given him. My trainer thought it would be good for him before going to FL. Hopefully, Charlie and Francis will be raring to go by the start of the winter season!


    • hellomylivia 12/06/2017 / 1:59 pm

      Cheers to rested and happy horses! Can’t wait to see how you guys do in Florida!


  3. Amanda C 12/06/2017 / 1:49 pm

    Henry is also fuzzy and smells like pee, but that’s his general default whether I’m there every day or not.


    • hellomylivia 12/06/2017 / 1:59 pm

      Frankie recently won the dubious award of “smelliest horse in the barn” and he seems entirely too proud of that


  4. Alex 12/06/2017 / 2:04 pm

    Yay for downtime though. It will be good for both of you mentally since you demolished the competition this whole year.


      • Alex 12/06/2017 / 2:32 pm

        You totally will! Not pressure, just a belief in how awesome you guys are. XD

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  5. rachelum33 12/07/2017 / 8:53 am

    Is it bad that I instinctively read “mare-ish” and had to do a double take to realize you put “marsh”? Lol. I guess that is another “you know that you are an equestrian” when moments. Hope you feel better.


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 9:07 am

      HAHAHA I’m definitely also feeling a bit mare-ish 😉 Feeling lots better, thank you!!

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  6. Karley 12/07/2017 / 9:27 am

    Looks like some super fun outings and I’m sure Frankie didn’t mind … but I hope you feel better soon!!


  7. Stacie Seidman 12/07/2017 / 12:47 pm

    Rio has always had a kind of foul odor and it’s a lot worse in the winter. Don’t tell him I told you though. Since, you know, he’s perfect in every way. Also, ugh that cold or whatever it is lingers for weeks! Hope you’re feeling better soon.
    Probably the time off is a great thing for both of you. Let the body rest a little before show prep begins again.


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 2:26 pm

      Francis just likes to nap in his pee. One of Manfriend’s fun new nicknames is “PeePeeBoy.” So cute.


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