This week has been a busy one – I took my five year old TB/Westphalen mare to her first cross country clinic. Gracie’s maternity leave has meant that AutoCorrect aka “Biscuit” has had to step up!!

I took her to a Leslie Law clinic at Alhambra Stables in Red Deer, Alberta. I have ridden with Leslie several times before on Gracie, but this was the first time on a young horse. Biscuit had only been out on cross country once before and still very green to jumping, but she had done a fair bit of mountain riding, so is quite willing to try new things!

Biscuit - Mt Lipsett Trail, Kananaskis Country, Alberta (photo by me!)

Biscuit – Mt Lipsett Trail, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

She was great over ditches, banks and through the water, but she likes to take a little too much air time over jumps. Leslie said could be fixed by riding her faster to the jumps so that she jumps across them better – that is a bit of a leap of faith the second time out on XC.. haha. I am so used to riding a steady confident Gracie, that it will take some adjustment! Leslie Law is a great confidence builder, and it is always great to come home from a clinic with some things to work on – and in one piece. 😉

Leslie Law Clinic at Alhambra Stables - photo by Kathleen Ziegler

Leslie Law Clinic at Alhambra Stables – photo by Kathleen Ziegler

Thursday was Gracie’s 40 day ultrasound, my vet had said that the first 40 days are the most critical, so I was definitely anxious hauling her to the clinic. Gracie walked confidently into the reproduction clinic at Moore Veterinary. She was a good girl through the ultrasound and the vet showed me on the screen that, yes she was still in foal, and even showed me the flutter of the heartbeat of the fetus!! Wow – so amazing! I think I drove the vet staff crazy by how excited I was – I’m sure for them it was routine, but for me it was incredible!

Wellington Wren (aka Gracie) 40 day ultrasound - yes it is a foal!

Wellington Wren (aka Gracie) 40 day ultrasound – yes it is a foal!

Is it too soon to start preparing the ‘foal’s room’? I do know we need to do some fencing and barn upgrades, and I have informed my husband that this needs to be done before winter – you can never be ready too soon!!

Meanwhile Biscuit is competing in a Pace and Chase (fun cross country competition) this weekend, and her first Horse Trials the weekend after!

Gracie is enjoying life in the field with some easy hacking while growing a very special A Fine Romance foal. She doesn’t quite understand why she isn’t going places, and jumps in the trailer when it gets home, but I do hope to get her on some gentle mountain rides now that she is past her first 40 days – keeping her relatively fit and happy is important to me.

Now it is a waiting game, the foal should arrive the beginning of June, 2015.

Laurie