even though he’s a complete jerk, I’m going to miss him. My coach said she couldn’t ride him anymore because he hurt her back.. and she only had 2 students that could actually ride him… one being me, and the other just bought a house so she was stopping riding.
So she got a 4 year old, 98% TB mare, who’s unbroke and been in a stall for maybe a week.
On one hand, Im kinda upset because I can’t get on Wessle every thursday and prove everyone wrong. I can’t get on Wes anymore and get him over all the cross country jumps on the first try when the other girls can’t get the schoolies over them at all. I bonded with him in a way I never though I would allow myself, and yet, here I am again.. left horseless at this damn barn again.
First Caradoc, who I now watch refuse the most pathetic things I’ve ever seen… and know that if I was the one on him, we’d be getting over everything on the first try. everytime.
and now Wessle.. as frustrating as he was, that last stadium lesson was actually unbelieveable and I dont think I could ever forget him, even if i so desperately wanted to.
So on Thursday, I rode Travis the schoolie. He’s a 17hh Clyd/ Hackney cross. He’s a bit of a jerk but he didnt go through a lot of formal training in his transition from menonite driving horse to riding eventing horse.. He still doesn’t quite understand the point of putting his head down, let alone framing. And he isn’t really all that scopey. he jumps UP, not across..
I rode him basically when he first came to my barn.. helped him learn and enjoy cross country, tried to help him understand that bending was a good idea.. and the impossible task of leg yielding. He was also A LOT more of a saint back then.
In my lesson, I got him on the bit with no problem, we jumped a 3’3 gymnastic line with ease and then a whole 2’9-3’ course……
I just can’t win anymore.. I need a challenge, something to build with.. not something I can figure out in 5 minutes and then never ride ever again. The only time that being an amazing catch rider is a downfall is when you’re looking for something to change for the better.
-Discipline: all around.. we haven’t shown at all but I’ve taught him basic dressage and how to jump.. more on the jumper end of the spectrum.
-Bad Habits: He has a tendency to be an asshole. Being the herd leader boosts his ego hardcore. He also has a tiny bird brain, spooks at almost everything and tries to make his own decisions even though he’s awful at making them.
-Markings: 4 white hairs on his forehead that act as a pathetic excuse for a star… and 2 hind socks.
-Breed: registered Dutch Warmblood
-History: bred and bought in the US, trailered up here to Canada
-Rear?: not so much a full out rear, then crow hopping…
-Jump?: Of course!
-Load Easily? I doubt it.. once he got to the barn here in Canada, he’s never been off property.
-Greenie or Push Button? depends on the question.. he’s quite content to walk/trot on the flat with his nose in the air. He’s quite a one- person kind of horse so with me he isn’t green at all.. but with a less capable rider, he’d more then likely get away with being a chicken and getting away with not really working ;)
-Ever Seriously Injured/Sick? Yes indeed. in March 2011 he caught strangles from a horse who went off property to a show and brought it back to the farm. He caught it the worst and almost died.
-Like Human Food?: never really given him human food.. he likes apples and carrots of course. he also quite likes Nature Valley granola bars
-Pad Color: Red :) with gold trim
-Halter Color: at the moment, its a nylon blue halter.
-Lead Color?: just a leather one
-Lunge Well?: yep, I’d say so
-Have Good Manners?: most of the time ;)
-Bite?: never :)
-Good With Children?: yes! his owner’s 4-5 yr old niece gets on him on the lunge and can walk/trot him
- School horse?: oh god never.
-Good With Strangers?: if you have food and anyone who will give him attention
-Get Pampered?: every so often.. every time I clean him, he just goes outside and rolls in the mud and dust so when he REALLY needs a bath, he gets cleaned up ;p
-Love What He Does?: he really does love to jump.. you can tell in how hard he tries and his over- all expression when we’re jumping. that’s what makes it that much more fun with him :)
Have You Ever…?
-Jumped?: yes of course
-Fallen Off?: not often, but it does happen!
-Picked a Hoof?: obviously..
-Groomed?: of course!
-Cleaned Tack?: yep, I love it <3
-Put a Bridle Back Together?: slowly but surely ;)
-Hacked?: yes indeed, every Thursday after our lesson
-Showed?: yes :) once upon a time ago, but yes.. I miss it.
-Checked for Lameness?: Yes
-Kissed a Nose?: almost every time I see my pony :)
-Slept in His Stall?: No
-Gotten Seriously Injured Because of Horses?: Not seriously injured….
-Fallen Off and Gotten Right Back On?: Every damn time
-Ridden With No Tack?: not fully.. bareback but with bridle.
-Ridden Without Stirrups?: oh god yea
-Ridden Bareback?: Yep
-Cross-country Jumped?: yes omg <3
-Cried Because of Your Horse?: oh god yea
-Spent More Than $2,000 On One Trip To the Tack Store?: nope not yet ;)
-Fed Your Own Horse?: of course
-Mixed Feed?: well yes?
-Ridden Next to a Road?: nope
-Bought Special Hay Just for Your Horse?: no?
-Poulticed?: after every show!
-Taught a Lesson?: I wouldn’t say taught a lesson because Im not a certified coach, nor do I claim to be one. but I have helped a friend out while riding her horse ;p
-Trained a Horse?: constantly for my coach LOL :(
-Used Thrush Buster?: yes
-Given Dewormers?: Yes
-Had a successful “Join-Up?”: Middy does it on his own :) i free lunge him and he runs in a circle around me. then follows me around :)
This Or That.
-Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse: Thoroughbred
-Snaffle or Kimberwick: Snaffle. but it depends on the horse and what we’re doing..
-Spurs or Crop: I’ll always carry a crop before I put on spurs. but again, depends on the horse. I ride Middy with both
-Close Contact or All-Purpose: All purpose
-English or Western: English
-Show or Pleasure: pleasure„ although I love the show scene
-Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
-Arena or Trails: Arena
-Euthanization or Natural Death: Natural…
-Jeans or Jodphurs: JODPHURS
-Chaps or Tall Boots: Tall boots
-Paddock or Corral: Paddock
-Splint Boots or Polo Wraps: depends on what we’re doing but always boots on the front and polos on the back for at home
-Tack or Bareback: Tack
-Ever gone swimming with your horse?: not my own horse but with a friend’s horse
-Ever galloped a racehorse?: not an actual racehorse, but she had the breeding and speed to be a short distance racehorse
-Ever jumped your own height on horseback?: nope ahah
-Ever jumped through a flaming hoop?: uhhhh no….
-Even done vaulting?: nope
-Ever gotten a championship before?: nope
-Ever accidentally gotten your horse sick?: uh no?
-Ever ridden into the sunset, feeling like John Wayne?: bahahah i suppose so
-Do you like helmets?: yes, always!
-Do you prefer greenies or push-button horses?: both :) having a horse who will listen to you 100% of the time and boost your confidence in the saddle feels amazing. but as soon as you lose that horse and get onto a green horse, you kinda get knocked down a few pegs ;) but training that greenie into a “push-button” type of mind frame is the best feeling of them all :)
-What kind of saddle do you own?: I don’t own my own saddle, but Middy has a Bates dressage saddle (not sure of the brand tbh). and for my eventing coach, I ride in whatever her horse has!
-Plan on owning your own farm someday?: yes and no
-Plan on owning your horse you’re talking about during this survey?: technically do… legally don’t ;)
-Ever hold the lead shank, while the vet puts him to sleep?: I definitely don’t think I’ll have to be holding him on a lead.. but I would 100% be there with him <3
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Watching professional soccer players fall down dramatically and complain about how they're hurt as soon as they're touched by another player and thinking, people think this is more of a sport than riding? Even the 12 year olds in schooling shows get up when they fall 6 feet from the air, brush themselves off, and get back in the saddle without a word.
I regularly follow Denny Emerson’s Tamarack Hill facebook page and he just posted a photo starting a debate:
”..ask about spoiled children in the horse world. One group thinks they should work for what they get, another group who feels they are helping the kids achieve their goals by smoothing their paths.”
and all of the posts I agree with, so far, but one really stood out to me.
“My girls do it all. Even at shows, we have the most amazing helpful groom…my girls will help him. I can’t stand watching the young girls hop off their ponies, hand them to their groom and run off with their friends. They completely miss that bonding with the horse, not to mention getting the true experience of the horse world.”
And why, you may ask did this post stand out to me? Because THIS ^^^^, ladies and gents, happens to me EVERY SINGLE TIME I go to these hunter shows with my friend. She seems to think good grooms and good coaches grow on trees and that they’ll just do everything for her and take care of the horse for her and she can sit back and do shit all.
I personally fucking hate going to hunter shows. They bore the fuck out of me, to watch 30 horses running around on the forehand going around a 8 jump course where they aren’t really even made to work… especially when these riders think its “okay” the hump the shit out of their saddles.. sorry, they weren’t made to have sex with for a reason.
OH but when her parents come around with a camera, “here I’ll take him for a bit”. It URKS me so much. Fucking work for the opportunity to show, work for the money to buy yourself new tack… not go on over to daddy and ask “can I have $50?” Actually its more like demand.
And you also might ask, “why don’t you just not go with her?” Well first, I couldn’t let the horse go like that… He wouldn’t get properly taken care of and thats not fair. and second of all… well, its kind of satisfying to watch them crash and burn. The good ol’ “I Told You So” feels good sometimes.
For me, I work damn hard in school and when I ride to get the best out of the experience. I haven’t shown for 2 years, coming on 3 years now. I miss it dearly but I also find my satisfaction in training multiple horses for various coaches and people. I’ve trained Middy completely on my own, with help from M. For my eventing coach, I’ve brought along and am still bringing along 2 youngsters. And lastly for my dressage coach last year, I brought along the toughest horse in the barn who never managed to get me off, unlike his 2 partboarders.
For me, the satisfaction of being a damn good catch rider, and helping train at least 4 different KINDS of horses trumps taking a horse to a show that I haven’t even figured out fully (yet have been riding for 2 years), just to make a fool out of myself.