Yay! It was very exciting to be able to get to go out an show. I wasn’t really nervous, I would say, just very rusty. I really have only ridden this new horse I’m leasing 3 times and then took him to a show. I did the best I could and said I’m just glad to be there. It was a good opportunity to compete at a quiet, small show, and get to know the horse I’ll be taking home into my care for the next 4 years.
We didn’t do well in the show at all, just lost the classes – well, we blew a lead in pleasure class, so that cost us. Our equitation class I felt was about as good as everyone else that did it. No one did it exemplary. I got 4th out of 5 in that one, and last in the other one.
The horse was a total gentleman. He never put a toe or whisker out of line and was just an absolute saint. He’s been having a rough few days.. his pasture buddy got sold, so he’s alone. He was a bit stressed and has some diarrhea and apparently broke out of his pasture and ransacked the barn. His owner said he ate some grain, I don’t know how much, but it seemed to be enough to cause him diarrhea but not colic him.
Since he doesn’t come to live with me until August, the terms of the summer lease include that I can ride him once a week at his home and haul him to lessons here and there. Now that he’s all alone at his home, though, he’ll be going to a different town to live with some friends so he can have a buddy. Why he just doesn’t come live at my barn this summer already is beyond me. It’s a little disappointing. My barn is only 10 minutes from her house, which is better than sending the horse to a town 30 minutes away for days at a time. But this girl is very attached to her horse, she was VERY anal about how he looked, how clean he was, and how his braids looked. She pulled his braids out in between my classes and redid them just because they were loose. It was a little silly, but she’s very much “if you’re not doing it my way, you’re not doing it right”.
I sympathize with her, though. She just sold her one horse she’s owned for 3 years and now is facing the prospect of moving 3000 miles away and sending her other horse which she’s owned for 6 years with a total stranger. She’s more comfortable having her horse break out of his paddock and live alone, or switch from home to home in different towns rather than bringing to live at my boarding barn for the next 3 months, which is only 5 miles away. But I guess she doesn’t want to pay to split board to keep him because she needs to save her money when she could keep him for free at her home and friends’ homes…. I don’t want to pay board on him until he’s actually mine. But I’d be happy to split it with her.
Anyway, all that aside, the horse needs to learn me a little, I need to learn him, and his owner needs to learn to relax and let go a little. He didn’t need 4 washes of shampoo and a 40 minute bath and his braid looked fine without being redone. When I was her age, I owned Lady. I went to college locally so leaving her wasn’t an issue. I boarded so close to college I could drive to see her between classes sometimes. When I did move out of state to do my internship, Lady had died a few months before that. In a way, that was good. She was so sick, I don’t think she could have handled a switch to a new barn. But I only moved 2 hours away. This horse’s owner is moving 3,648 miles away for school. That’s a hell of a difference.
I’m glad to get the horse, though, and I think this lease will work out fine for everyone.
If you’re interested in taking a look at some drill team photos I took at the horse show, feel free to visit my Photobucket album ….