Horse Camp Jumps and Margaritas

It was my final night of horse camp at Meadowbrook Stables. Sad... I rode wonderful Dirk for our group lesson, where we did some flat work, worked on getting five strides between two jumps, which Dirk had no problem doing, and then were able to design our own jumping course. Dirk can do flying lead changes, which was fun to feel. It was super hot and the flies were vicious, so after riding, I gave Dirk a bath. Then Dirk indulged in grass and carrots.

The whole camp went to a local Mexican restaurant for our final dinner. I had fajitas and margaritas and we were given cute end of camp treats, including a necklace that looks like we just completed the Olympics, photos of us on our horses for the week (me on King Dirk), a hot back patch for any aches and pains, some funny horses that you can wind up and their legs move, candy, a colorful bandana and Lickity Bits, apple bit wraps. Very cute and very fun.

I'll be going to camp again next year. Wish I could do the July session, but I'll be in Alberta, riding Western into the mountains.

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