Final Ocala Prep

We’re in the final stretches of prepping for Ocala!!!!

To get Frankie super ready to go, we’ve been amping up the duration and intensity of both my rides and his training rides. I continue to be the world’s biggest fan of training rides – they remind him how to be shmancy and he is just a delight to ride when he’s all tuned up like that. We spent so long encouraging and teaching him how to use those muscles and I’m still giddy about how much more educated he is now. I never want to hop off these days.

We haven’t trained either of us how to take nice pictures but that’s ok we’re good at other things

We also went ahead got a bulk order of Ulcergard for the ponies. My friend found a great price and we all jumped on it. Frankie will get a heavier dose for his travel days and then smaller amounts every day that he’s there. I hate how expensive this stuff is but you know what’s even more expensive? Treating ulcers. I’ll happily spend a little on the front end to keep his tummy feeling good.

Our chiro/acupuncture guy came out this week, so Francis got himself an adjustment. I opted not to do the acupuncture this time since I didn’t really see noticeable results the last few times, but he does seem to really enjoy his chiro. Anything to help him feel his best down there! My husband was recently musing that he never expected to be in a serious conversation about the pros vs cons of equine acupuncture, but here he is. It also turns out that our favorite braider will be down south, and she’s also the person that does Frankie’s massages. So he’ll get a nice refresh between weeks 1 and 2!


I was originally hoping to stock up on some show clothes before heading down (despite my obsession with pretty things, I really don’t end up actually purchasing clothes all that often) but ended up deciding to save my pennies. Of course as soon as I said that, a good friend ended up selling me a bunch of breeches for a ridiculously fantastic price, including 2 pairs that are show ready. Between those and the laundry facilities at the hotel I should be able to clean up as often as needed. I already mentioned that I’m hoping for a buffer in my budget to allow at least a little shopping while there.

There’s something else exciting potentially in the works for while I’m down there, but I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. I promise to share once things are finalized! (And before you ask, no I will not be buying/leasing another horse, I really like spending my money on my own darling spoiled boy).

I’m also actually getting excited for the drive down! My mom decided to fly in to the closest airport and we’re splitting the drive into a couple days before she flies back home from Jacksonville. So I’ll get to Ocala Wednesday afternoon, not completely hating my life and having had a super awesome roadtrip with my momma.

She is so small, and yet, so powerful

I have a pretty solid packing list and a final few things to do before heading down. I’ve got my cooler for his ice boots, my wifi hotspot device, a few other random things I’m trying to remember. My spring term for school starts the Monday that I hit the road so it’s going to be a balancing act fitting work, school, and ponies into my days. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

10 thoughts on “Final Ocala Prep

  1. Nadia 02/06/2020 / 10:23 am

    SO FUN! Glad your mom came out to travel with you!


    • hellomylivia 02/06/2020 / 11:19 am

      I’m so excited, it’s going to be SO much more fun!!!


  2. Stacie Seidman 02/06/2020 / 12:04 pm

    So exciting! And I’m so glad your mom is going to drive with you. Adventure time!!!!


  3. Nicole C 02/06/2020 / 4:08 pm

    Sounds like so much fun! I am dreaming of the day when I can work from a laptop and make winter horse trips to Florida.


    • hellomylivia 02/06/2020 / 4:15 pm

      I feel very very fortunate! I’m not quite sure yet how I’ll manage my time, but I’ll figure it out one way or another haha.


  4. Hillary H. 02/06/2020 / 10:18 pm

    I have been the actual worst about keeping up with blogs… but! I am also going to be in Ocala for a couple weeks. If it works out I would love to meet up. One of the AA in our group will be showing at HITS on Thursdays while we’re here I believe so I am hoping I can get over there to watch. We’ll be in Reddick most of the time though. 🙂


    • hellomylivia 02/07/2020 / 11:01 am

      OMG I would love to meet up!!! Let me know if you’re going to be on the showgrounds at all, I’ll def be there on Thursdays!


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