What did you do today?
Well, I do my best! Unfortunately Dusty is a little lame today. It looks like the bottoms of her hooves (especially the right one) are a little tender. I've got a x-country event coming up Saturday so I'm hoping I can get them feeling better before then. We've had so much rain this year our ground is soft and her hooves hasn't formed as big of calluses as usual. Looks like I'll be soaking her feet in hot water and epsom salts for the next few days and riding in hoof boots. She's not very lame so I think a bit of light riding will do her good as long as I use the boots.
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So I haven't been around much lately because I've been super busy with goats (Phil and I just got home from Beulah where we did goat cart rides for the kids at the annual Arts and Crafts festival), and especially horses this summer. I've gotten back into jumping, I'm starting a 3-year-old, and I'm doing team sorting and a lot of trail riding this year. I don't usually talk about my horse adventures on a goat forum, but I think some of you might get a kick out of this. I'm hosting an obstacle competition on August 21st and I decided to go with an Indiana Jones theme. I've got five obstacles inspired by the first movie and five obstacles inspired by the third movie. I'm having a blast building obstacles. In fact, I've got to go work on them some more this afternoon, but I thought I'd share these images first.
   

The "Open Division" course map:
   

The course descriptions are peppered with quotes from the movies, and I'll have Indiana Jones music playing over the loudspeakers. My favorite obstacle is the one with the giant ball. You pick up the golden skull from the barrel and it's attached to a string that pulls a lever and releases a giant ball that rolls down a track. Here's a video my husband took of the first simple prototype I made to see if my lever idea worked.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8w0QopXIEg

I removed the soccer ball cover and am currently in the process of painting the ball grey. Phil turned a big cardboard box into an Ark of the Covenant yesterday and I'll paint it gold and put a smoke machine in it. I've got a pile of rubber snakes and some homemade rattles for my "snake pit". The last obstacle is the funniest. I dressed up this inflatable doll to look like Sean Connery. You have to stop your horse at a table, choose one of a dozen or so goblets, fill it with water, and pour it on the mannequin.

So that's what I've been up to lately. I can't wait to set up this course and see how it rides!
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What. No chilled monkey brains, eyeball soup, and snake suprise?
I don't drink beer, but if I did, I'd prefer Dos Equis.  Stay thirsty my friends!
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So here's the obstacle course as ridden in practice the night before the show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkoGFSVXt-8&t=47m25s

And as ridden the morning of when there were noisy children playing on the hillside above the arena. Pepperjack was not very happy about them and was pretty distracted during the first five obstacles as a result! Still, I'm very proud of him. He's only three years old, has been ridden very inconsistently, and was one of the only horses that whole day who actually walked over those tires in the second half.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkoGFSVXt-8&t=32m40s
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