December 12th: Since we weren’t going to the show anymore, I decided to come back up Wednesday to ride. Got here mid Wednesday and wouldn’t you know, it was disgusting out. Mid 50’s, raining, and overall awful weather. Me and C, who I met at the barn, decided to go hit some tack shops in the hopes that the weather would pass. Our trainer said she was going home because of the weather, so she loaded up her horse on a TRAILER, yes a trailer, and brought him home. Now this wasn’t her trailer, but you have to think if she has a trailer to bring her horse to and from her property, why couldn’t we go to the show? Doesn’t make much sense to me…
Anyways, went around Ocala trying to find C a new helmet, which was a fail. Unfortunately for her, most tack stores only carry sizes under 7 3/8, so everything was way too small. For those of you with really ovally heads what helmets have you found work best for you? She currently has an old as dirt GPA that fits nice, but she doesn’t want another one and the Charles Owens just give her mushroom-itis.
After shopping around, we got back to the barn late, and decided that we should just ride the next day.
December 13th: Got picked up by C around 9, and as we were dropping her dog off at her parents house, got a text from trainer telling us to hold off a couple of hours, as the weather again looked awful. This trip was turning out to be a total fail. Waited till 11, sent a text to see how the weather was, and was again told to wait. So we went out for lunch, and then headed over to the barn, in the hopes that it would clear up a bit.
Got out there and it was okay. Dark and gloomy and cold, but we could ride. No one was there though, but thankfully me and C were together. We got tacked up, and I headed out to lunge Libby, knowing she hadn’t been ridden since I’d last ridden her on Monday, which I was NOT happy about. This was also going to be her first ride after being clipped for the first time, so I knew I was in for a wild ride. Got her out to the ring and she started getting cold backed, so I lunged her for a quick ten minutes, and went to get on. Got up in the saddle and she again was EXTREMELY cold backed. This was also the first time I was riding in my new half pad, so I started thinking maybe it was because of the pad, but there were probably many other contributing factors. Put her back on the lunge for another five minutes and then got on. She was sensitive, and very hyper, so I basically trotted her in figure eights for about 30 minutes straight. Didn’t get much canter work in, but I did end on a good note with her, of which I was happy. C told me she was very proud of both me and Libby, because even though we both came out pretty nervous, I’d done a good job of relaxing her and getting her to focus on me. Always nice to hear things like that 🙂 I still was upset though because its times like these that I really want my trainer there with me to help me when she’s being like that.
Got off and the BO came down so was talking with her for a bit. Learned that not only was Libby not really ridden but she also got little to no turnout since the BO was away and the weather was awful…. Started braiding Libbers mane to train it to lie on the correct side, but didn’t get finished as I was asked to help take conformation pictures for some sales horses.
December 14th: Got out to the barn with a massive headache/borderline migraine. Trainer was there and asked if I wanted her to ride for me today, so I agreed. I lunged Libberz while she rode another sale horse, and she got right on. Libby was almost 90% better for her today, with no girth weirdness. She was even pokey, which makes me believe that my ride the day before did benefit her in getting out some much needed energy. She decided to take her over some jumps, and Libby looked awesome. Jumped everything a ten, and looked like a top show pony. We decided the plan tomorrow would be that I hack her and trainer rides her over fences to get her ready for the show in three weeks, since I won’t be here. It was discussed that I would have to hack her in the show ring, since my trainer would have a couple other horses in the same class. We’ll see how that goes, hopefully this group of show goers won’t cut me off in the ring…
Finished braiding her mane, and C’s prospect got in! A cute TALL chestnut gelding. Can’t wait to see him go tomorrow.
Now maybe its just the migraine talking but I am really upset about the things that have gone on at the barn in the past week since I’ve been gone. How Libby didn’t get ridden, much less turned out, how her hock boots were clearly not put on while I was gone, the whole we can’t show because we don’t have a ride thing, and other small things. Am I being totally ridiculous?! Not like it matters much, since I can’t seem to find another place with quality training in the area that I can afford. But still! I hate being told I’m over reacting, when I really don’t think I am.
I really need to get some riding photos/videos soon. I’m sure I’m boring you guys with these videos of her munching hay and standing on the cross ties!!