The first weekend in January I went to a fundraising clinic at Fresno County Horse Park. It was supposed to be a bunch of top trainers giving lessons as a fundraiser for the park.
Insert forecast of horrible storm….. (and a few family emergencies)
Some of the trainers didn’t come so I ended up schooling with mine. (although we didn’t drive up until Saturday so we didn’t get a full weekend)
Storm didn’t arrive until we were pulling out on Sunday so it was super fun to school and their footing was awesome!
My horse was a bit of a rodeo horse. He did better the first day when we started in the arena and then moved to cross country… Which was probably good because I’d invited my sister in law and niece (who loves horses) to come watch that day.
On Sunday, when I got on he leaped in the air, bucked and took off for home. FUN. But eventually it was worked out. And we even got this fancy trot in the water…haha
This is one of our few still moments that my friend (who decided to brave the rain to hang with ponies) got on camera. We look pensive. I wonder if we are pondering the future?
Last weekend my barn went on a three day camping trip to Eventful Acres (Hiskens). It was Dancer’s first trip out into the real world since he got hurt. It was going to be awesome. It was going to be amazing…..Until it wasn’t….
So here’s what went down….
Friday I knew he was going to be a nut job. And he proved me right of course having a minor meltdown just walking out to the course. (screaming, bucking, kicking…all in hand) I had our working student hop on him first because she’s a little more sticky than me. He took off bucking as soon as she was barely on.
Sigh….we’ve both missed cross country I guess.
But he settled down and I was getting ready to get on him and then…..
There’s a creek at Eventful Acres that you go down and come up and then pop over a jump. That was going to be the last jump before I got on….
When he landed the girl pulled him up and asked me to check his right front foot. He felt funny and maybe picked up a rock…. I picked it up and it was clean. But when I let the foot go he wouldn’t put weight on it….. Like literally acting like it was broken.
She hopped off and we messed with his leg….he didn’t like his knee messed with.
Sigh….long walk back to the barn with three legged lame horse.
He got a little better on the way back. My spinning brain didn’t….
All I could think was “I can’t do rehab again, that was F******* miserable!”
So we had a chat (me and the pony) when we got back to his stall and I told him
“No Rehab…. this time I’m just gonna shoot you… ”
I iced him and wrapped him figuring my weekend was over.
We took him out later and he was walking fine…..and totally sound jogging
Guess my pep talk worked!
He was still sound when we trotted him in hand the next morning so I saddled him up to at least walk and trot around….
He felt a little funny when I hopped on him so I had the same girl hop on him again to trot him around and put my nerves to rest..
Guess who became a nut again?
So I had her work him until he was calmer and would realize (or not!) he was hurting….he wasn’t hurting…
He seemed OK but I decided not to push it and called it a day after he’d calmed down
Sunday we trotted him and he was still totally sound….and a bit calmer.
I let the girl hop on him in the first group because I wanted him to have some experience over some bigger stuff..
Then it was my turn finally….
We just did some easy stuff….
And this is the only photo I have of us…trotting a baby log….oh well….
Aside from trying to die on Friday I think it was a good outing. I wish I could have ridden more but I’m happy he got to go somewhere fun and do lots of stuff. I’m happy the girl took him over the bigger stuff that we never would have done… And then I got to do stuff at my comfort level and he was still good….The more experience the better!
On Sunday I took my trainers horse Pluto cross country at Camelot. I’ve been cross country with him before so I’d hoped it would be a good confidence boosting experience since I haven’t jumped since December….Silly broken pony…
It started out a little rocky…..I don’t really have photos of the first baby log we jumped but it wasn’t real pretty watching me try to remember the cross country positions. But Pluto is a good patient guy and we got it eventually.
It eventually started looking good…. And I jumped some things I haven’t jumped before!!! Yay for leaving the comfort zone!
We also worked on down banks… Pluto’s a pro at them and gave me a pretty good ride as long as I remembered to keep my “fruit” under my chin…but some of the girls in my group had less experienced horses and there was some launching off the bank….Everyone was ultimately successful though!
Didn’t do anything like this on Sunday….But I will get back there for sure!
(And with my pony!)
Probably never gonna do anything like this!!!
Can’t wait to take him out again….Fingers crossed we will be jumping again in June! I hope to take him to cross country camp in August!
And just because it’s my favorite photo of the day…Here is Baby O! She’s only 3!