Wow it’s really been a minute & a half. I haven’t written an article since August. I haven’t been active on my once well loved blog, haven’t checked stats, anything. Life has gotten in the way (as it does), but hopefully I’m here to stay, at least for a little. For those of you that are still reading & have been kind enough to wait for my reappearance, here’s an update:
I was extremely blessed to get a job training client horses for the loveliest trainer & her clients. She’s an older woman who has been kind enough to take me under her wing & give me opportunities that I’ve only dreamed about. I have a couple of nice dressage horses in partial work with me right now & one eventer. Of course, I had to go and fall in love with him. Bowie, who’s an old soul to say the least, was a tad hopeless when I started riding him for my trainer. He had amazing basics & was a lovely horse, but got bored easily and has shivers. I loved his movement from day one and eventually convinced my trainer to let me jump him, despite his condition. Here we are, 5 months later, eventing Beginner Novice. He truly has the biggest heart out of any of my boys. I may be risking my job by riding him 6 days a week, but per the situation, it’s worth it. I’m hopelessly in love with his childish antics, work ethic, and sporadic jealousy. He’s made riding what it should be (fun) and has changed me as a person for the better. Nothing can beat his kind heart & perfect pink nose. The horse is truly one in a million and I cannot wait to see what we do as a pair this upcoming season. We’ll be moving up to Novice and trying to qualify for the Area 7 Eventing championships.
The latest to my string is Gen. This month was our first together and he has already come so much farther than another ever thought he would. We started the month tense, skittish, and untrusting due to past trauma. After 3 weeks of work on the ground, I made an attempt get on him. I was only able to get a foot in the stirrup and my body half balanced on him, but it was enough. After that, he realized I truly meant no harm and within another week, I had ridden him twice. Walk, trot, canter in both the round pen and arena. He was said to be a hopeless case, but all it takes is some patience and maybe a sugar cube or two. He’s a really sweet boy with an expressive face & lovely movement. Hopefully I can get him going over fences eventually and maybe turn him into a little pocket rocket eventer.