WEC Bootcamp

It’s bootcamp time for me and Francis!

With only 5 weeks left until we ship out to Ohio, we are officially ramping up for our 2018 show season. Here’s how we’re preparing:

Francis got a fresh clip. Despite getting a very handsome clip in November (which lasted him all season last year), he immediately got stupid fuzzy again and needed another haircut to be able to work without sweating his butt off. AT did a fantastic job, and once I pull his mane he’s going to look super official legit shmancy show pony.

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OMG Frankie the day before I bought him. I put this here bc I wanted a pic of him clipped, but he looks so different now!

Training rides! AT will hop on once a week for a tune up until we leave. Honestly, we’ll probs just continue this all season since Frankie so clearly benefits from regular skillful rides. We can bump up to 2x later if we want, but I don’t think that’s super necessary at this point.

I’m on 5x a week to give Frankie a total of 6 days on, 1 day off (one lesson with me, one training ride, and four flatwork/relaxing hack sessions with me). That’s what we did for show season last year, and he really thrives in a steady routine like that. He’s had a very quiet couple of months in this off season, so we need to steadily ramp his fitness back up- though I will say, that his energy has been great and he’s been feeling nice and fresh. I think that mental and physical break was great for him.

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Naht fresh. Want naps. Moar food.

For me, lots of no stirrup work. Both on my own and in lessons- Trainer has said that she wants me doing coursework sans stirrups every time I jump. I’m pretty comfortable doing courses up to 1-1.10m-ish without stirrups, but I’ll need to get a little stronger before I’m confident putting the jumps up to full height. I’m hoping to get to the point where I can stay with Frankie more easily when he cracks his back over the big ones.

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I may or may not be allowed to use my hands

Monitoring health- for both of us. I’ve definitely lost some tone over the holidays due to lots of tasty food and drinks and riding less consistently. I’m back on the healthy eating train, strength building train, and consistent riding train- see above. Frankie is currently feeling good, but we’ll be carefully monitoring him (as always) to see if he’ll need any extra support from us as we raise the jumps. Likely we’ll do another SI injection in May, but for now he’s feeling peachy.

Of course, I have to travel all next week for work and will be missing out on bootcamp. Womp womp. I have my favorite barn rat working Frankie for me, AT will do her ride on him, and I’ll be hitting the hotel gym to keep up, so hopefully we can hit the ground running when I return.

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Let’s get back to this! Only bigger! (There’s totally room for another rail there, right?)

So excited to get back out there with the World’s Bestest Pony Ever!!!

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16 thoughts on “WEC Bootcamp

    • hellomylivia 01/12/2018 / 11:40 am

      Eeek yay! Hopefully Frankie and I will both be feeling funky fresh and ready to show off our derpiness for you!

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      • The Exquisite Equine 01/12/2018 / 9:53 pm

        When are you guys meeting up? I am heading back in a few months but I might be too late! So jealous!

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      • hellomylivia 01/15/2018 / 4:15 pm

        I’ll be there from Feb 13ish to the 26th, any chance you’ll be able to come?!

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  1. Centered in the Saddle 01/12/2018 / 11:25 am

    Sounds like a great plan! I’m so jealous you get to start ramping up for your show season already. We have to wait until, like, April, to start doing that. Or sometimes even May. I mean, winter riding has its benefits in that we get to pay attention to fixing a lot of our bad habits blah blah blah I just want it to be show season.

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    • hellomylivia 01/12/2018 / 11:42 am

      We’re definitely having to get creative since we’re stuck in the indoor, but luckily it’s a good size so we can have some fun with it! I basically live for shows so I’m pretty freakin pumped yassss

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  2. Stacie Seidman 01/12/2018 / 11:36 am

    Sounds like an excellent plan! I think I’m just as excited to read about your time at WEC as you are to go.

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    • hellomylivia 01/12/2018 / 11:43 am

      I can’t wait to share!!! That’s half the fun of showing, is getting to talk about it with y’all afterwards haha

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  3. carey 01/12/2018 / 2:53 pm

    I want to be strong like Olivia.

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    • hellomylivia 01/15/2018 / 4:15 pm

      Oh lawd I’m a floppy mess right now, give me a few weeks to tighten back up before you say that hahaha

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  4. CallyJumps 01/13/2018 / 12:02 am

    Have fun at WEC! Trainer and one of our juniors went out the first week and were in love with it. It looks like such a great facility.

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    • hellomylivia 01/15/2018 / 4:16 pm

      I’ve heard such great things, I’m so psyched to go experience it!

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