I don’t have a whole lot going on right now. It’ s been pretty hot so I can’t get the hubby to drive his hackney, I’ve been wanting to drive the mini, but just haven’t been up to doing it with the heat, and I am not able to ride the horse I’m leasing until next week.
I can’t wait to get him into my hands 100% of the time. I’m in agreement with only using him once a week for the summer to get to know him before I take him to live with me for the next 4 years, but I’d like to actually ride him once a week. I rode him 3 times last week and now can’t ride him this week. I hope to be able to ride him next week, and then the week after, I think I got everyone’s schedules in line to arrange a lesson.
Taking lessons are going to be a challenge for a while.. I’ve got to organize the horse’s availabillity with the availablity of the owner, who wants to come to my lessons, my husband who drives the truck that pulls the trailer, and my trainer’s schedule, too. It’s going to be a pain in the butt, and really I’ll only be able to take maybe 5 -6 lessons on him before I get him in August, so we’ll just have to manage. It will mean a very long day here and there, to make a 7:00 lesson and get home at 10, but it won’t be many times, and it’s only a few weeks.
In the mean time, I did body clip the mini and I will get pictures of her soon. I was going to bring the camera to the barn last night and take pictures, but I had the husband along and he said he didn’t want me taking pictures because he didn’t want to be there long and didn’t want to do anything with the horses. So since I couldn’t take the horses out of the paddock or spend any time with them or take pictures, I’ll have to do that either tonight or tomorrow, because it’s what I want to do.
I’ve given up on caring if he ever drives his pony again or shows him either. I’ve got my lease horse to concentrate on, so making my husband show his pony is no longer high up on my priority list. My only concern is that if the pony ever acts up at all, then the husband doesn’t want to drive him anymore after that, and I don’t want that cart of theirs to get damaged because of my husband’ stupidity. I’ve been after him for 2 weeks now to drive his pony and he won’t. He doesn’t want to be at the barn and doesn’t want to be bothered. So then, the next time he decides to drive, which could be tomorrow or next month, the pony is the one that suffers for it because he’ll get mad if the pony does even the slightest misbehave at all. The cart was also very expensive so I don’t want the “yee haws” causing damage to the cart either. Which means, yet again, I’ll have to keep the pony driving, or just ignore the situation all together. I’ve been keeping the pony going for 2 years now, I think I’m going to go with the latter option for a change. Luke is very well broke and very well trained, but he needs consistency to stay good at his job, and commitment to a consistent thing is not something my hsusband is capable of.
Me? I can’t wait to have a horse to consistently work again. My horse show this past weekend was so bad, it was a real sign of my lack of consistenency, not just with this particular horse, but with riding in general, over the last 4-5 years. I’ve been struggling to keep riding, balance the husband and work and bills and time and ponies, and maintain my own sanity. I just can’t get consistent riding in anymore, not having a horse to ride. It’ll be nice to have this horse to lease and ride consistently and get in to a regular program with. Maybe the next show I get to, which right as of now, I’m planning for in September, will be an improvement. I may possibly join the show circuit so I can show in flat classes throughout the winter at the indoor barns around that offer them. But that’s a long way off.
In other news, I took a riding lesson Sunday after my horse show Saturday (not with my lease horse, just the lesson horse I usually ride), and that went well. It was incredibly hot, so I didn’t do much. Just a little jumping over small fences. I did Ok, but screwed up a few lines a couple times, but again, consistency is key – and the last time I took a lesson was what? 2 or 3 weeks ago? I barely ride at all anymore. I really hate this.
So I am looking forward to getting more riding time starting in the late summer. I truly hope to get back in to the show ring.
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