I couldn’t resist.
But for real…
I’m happy to have him back. But a bit nervous also. What if his time there screwed him up? I mean, if he was “so strong” for all those that came out to look at him, is this how he is now? I don’t particularly WANT strong. So we’ll see.
I definitely made the right choice in going to get him, though. When I dropped him off on February 19th, I let her know that he’d be due to have his feet done by the end of February, and if her farrier had any questions then to give my farrier a call. When I got him yesterday, she said to have the farrier out as soon as possible to have his feet done, and I asked how much I needed to reimburse her, to which I was told, “He hasn’t had them done since he’s been here. That’s why I said he needed them done now.”
He needed to be done the week of February 19th. So now he’s almost 6 weeks overdue, AND he’s been jumping? Come on. Do you know how long it took for my farrier to get his typical TB feet halfway decent?
So I’m at a complete crossroads. This whole selling debacle has really put a bad taste in my mouth. I loved training with her, she’s really a fabulous instructor, see this post for how terrible my riding was when I first got back into riding. But I don’t feel like I got what I paid for at all in regards to the last 6 weeks of having him there. He wasn’t advertised, I wasn’t communicated with, and potential buyers weren’t properly vetted. And now I’m finding that some pretty basic needs, such as shoeing, weren’t even met. Surely in the last 6 weeks, at least ONE of the many horses on the property received farrier work. I informed her that he was coming due. What’s so hard about this?
So I don’t know if I can continue to work with her. But I don’t who else TO work with. I have my wonderful dressage coach, but she’s limited in her jumping knowledge, even more so with XC, and doesn’t even have jumps at her property. There’s one local trainer that some friends are friends with that’s a really good hunter trainer. She came and schooled XC with us and had a blast, and I took a tune up lesson with her before a show, and really liked her…so I’m considering that. But as far as true eventing, it’s very limited in my area, which is why I was willing to drive to Aiken for training.
I’m going to email dressage coach to see if I can tag along to some dressage shows if they have any coming up, then there’s a local CT/Jumper show on May 6th that we’ll probably go to. Guess we’ll start there and play it by ear.
Meanwhile, I haven’t ridden a horse in 6 weeks so today is the day!