Checking in

As I get things in order for school, it seems like everything that can become an issue for me, has all at once. Giving real meaning to the saying when it rains, it pours.


Finding living arrangements near school is an endless headache I never signed up for, and honestly at this point, I’d rather just commute than to fight for control on choosing where I want to live.

While this was all happening, I’ve been having some issues with my farrier. I’ve had to watch over him like a hawk, because he just hasn’t been doing as great of work as he has been in the past. When I came back from my illness, Libbys feet were a mess, and while I understand that she’s not easy to shoe and balance, I wasn’t expecting her to have turned so downhill in such a short amount of time. I’ve now taken to telling him how to shoe her, and with the help of my old farrier from Ocala telling me what to relay to him, her feet have gotten much better, but I’ve lost confidence in him. That’s all it takes of course and now I won’t let him do her without my being there.

And last but not least, my barn has been having “issues” with maintaining the rings. I know I’ve touched on this before, but now it’s almost laughable how many times I’ve had to say something to my BM, and I’m fed up with it. It’s such a shame because I love everything else about this place, the care (our groom is legit the BEST), the turnout (huge and grassy and they have night turnout) and the fact that I can do pretty much whatever I please. But the footing has been an issue and because of that, I’ve started looking at other facilities. Technically only just one so far, but depending on how my conversation goes with my barn manager, I may need to really consider moving.

Arena porn if I’ve ever seen it.  That covered though!

One thing that really got me thinking about it honestly has been reading some of your guys blogs! (I’m looking at you HunkyHanoverian (-:) I really miss being in a training program, and having my trainer on site. I miss group lessons, having a common goal, and being around people who have the same training values as me. I will really miss being at the same location as my dressage trainer, but when it comes down to it, I want to be a hunter, not a dressage queen. I’ll still try to have him out for lessons though, because he is just that awesome.

I was supposed to have a lesson this weekend with my HJ trainer E, but unfortunately it poured, and because our footing has been eh already, the rain didn’t help.  There is a small schooling show at the end of August, and depending on how busy I am with school, and how far along I have Libby going, I’m shooting for it!

Old picture, cause I miss this.

5 thoughts on “Checking in

  1. UGH finding housing can be the absolute worst!! Good luck!

    Footing is really high up on my priority list when it comes to barns- I 100% feel your frustration. That would also give me motivation to look around. Sorry for saying so- but it seems like it may be time to ditch that farrier. I would be furious! I also wouldn’t want to have to tell them to how to shoe my horse, their professional wisdom is part of what I pay them for after all!

    I would also be bummed to be at a barn without a resident h/j program- it really makes all the difference. My parents have property and a 3 stall barn. I could easily move Rio there and save SO MUCH MONEY. But, I’d have to trailer out for every lesson, and I’d be alone 95% of the time. It’s hard for me to stay motivated that way, I really need the structure of a program.

    I hope you get to go to the schooling show, good luck!!!


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