The plan is laid for Nibbles to go to Elise for training (we hoped to be able to do 90 days – we’re going on 8 months now!)
Nibbles had the zoomies but still came back for snuggles
We snuggle in the cold Kentucky rain
We worked on separation anxiety and tying in preparation for big girl life
I apparently fell off the face of the planet in February and March because I didn’t blog at all those months. Whoops!
APRIL – https://backinthetack.wordpress.com/2015/04/
I swooned over the 18 things I love about Nibbles
I bemoaned my (now sold) trailer
I reminisced about my old rescue, Tiki
At the very end of April, Nibbles left Kentucky for Michigan and training with Elise!
The end of April were Elise’s first rides on Nibbles where there was a lot of ground work and mostly walking under saddle.
Nibbles is spicy for Elise and learns about side reins and rein pressure
I get brutally honest about my time out of the saddle in Planning vs Doing – https://backinthetack.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/planning-vs-doing-with-horses/
Elise guest writes and gives an update on Nibbles’ early progress: short, positive sessions
My mom, sister and I visit Nibbles in Michigan for the first time! I see her canter under saddle for the first time.
Nibbles turned 7!
I got married and honeymooned in Germany, Austria and Hungary!
Elise switches Nibbles to her magical fulmer and solves a lot of contact problems
Nibbles hits 30 days under saddle with Elise
Husband and I move for his MBA
Nibbles attends her first clinic
I ride Nibbles for the first time since she’s been with Elise (W/T)
We plan for Nibbles’ first schooling show at the end of September as Nibbles continues to get more consistent
I talked about the things I learned when I wasn’t riding
I do a short Quo Vadis series about where we have been, where we are, and where we are going
I share photos from the Spanish Riding School
I take a lesson on a Hanoverian tank with a local trainer
Husband and I adopt Tucker!
SEPTEMBER – https://backinthetack.wordpress.com/2015/09/
Nibbles goes to her first show and all involved survive!
I fall off the blogging train again besides that.
Nibbles moves from Grosse Pointe to Three Fillies with Elise
I talk about The Itch to Ride because I had not ridden since my lesson in August – https://backinthetack.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/the-itch/
I turned 26
At the end of the month, Joker moves to be my lease
NOVEMBER – https://backinthetack.wordpress.com/2015/11/
Nibbles hacks like a pro and gallops in the XC field
Joker’s naughty behavior becomes a pattern and Elise even comes down to help out
Joker gets his racing stripe and Nibbles starts to learn to stretch
DECEMBER – https://backinthetack.wordpress.com/2015/12/
Joker and I go on several trail rides, some better than others
Nibbles starts to really get cantering into the contact
I ride my mare and fall in so much love all over again, canter her for the first time
I get pretty much the best horsey Christmas ever with all the gifts and my step daughter takes her first solo ride on Joker
In hindsight, 2015 was a fairly hectic year for me personally. I left one job, started another. I moved to a new state. I sold a horse. I sold my trailer. I sent another out for training which is something I’ve never done in almost 20 years of owning horses. I got married. I honeymooned in Europe. I became a stepmom.
I am not complaining. 2015 was a wonderful year. 2015 was also a very busy year. Looking forward into 2016, I almost don’t know where to start. In the words of a dear friend, 2015 was a year of change…”It swept is off our feet and now we’re sitting here asking what even happened.”
Thanks for sharing the ride with me and Nibbles! Here’s to a new year!