Whelp. I had to cancel my lesson with Trainer J last Friday and miss out on the jumper show on Saturday because…
Some jackass in a tiny truck was coming the opposite way of me and we were both going over a bridge where the lanes narrow. I drive this route twice a day to the barn and my truck fits in the lines- I’ve gone over it with another large truck passing opposite me many times before. But this guy couldn’t keep his tiny 150 inside his lane.
He pulls over, I turn around and pull up behind him. And he immediately says, “Your truck is bigger, you shouldn’t have tried to go across while I was coming.”
Long story short, while I adore turquoise (thus the reason I ONLY have turquoise duct tape), I don’t love it so much on my mirror and Big Dustina has to get fixed. So there went most of my weekend, dealing with an insurance claim.
It was probably best, though, because P has had exactly one ride since the dressage show last Saturday, thanks to work and kid stuff. So when I went out on Saturday, I wasn’t exactly motivated to do much.
He’s turned into such a cool horse. Not so long ago, if he went even 2 days without a ride, he was awful. I rode him Saturday at the show, then Monday, and he did nothing the rest of the week.
Now, I didn’t just stick my 4 year old in the raft, hop on and pray it worked. Husband brought it into the arena, he got to sniff it, then I dragged it behind me while leading him a few times around.
When it was clear he was unimpressed, I hopped on to see what would happen from the saddle. It was slightly windy, so I told Husband I needed something to keep it on the ground and Noah jumped back in. I kept the lunge line long enough so that if P kicked it wouldn’t reach Noah and prepared myself to drop it at the first hint of trouble.
But P was awesome. Noah only weighs 36 pounds, but it felt like 100. We walked around the arena a few times, I tried trotting and P was willing, but I only made it like 2 circles before my arm felt like it was going to come off.
So…there was that. Sunday we blew off work again in favor of going on a trail ride with a friend. And P was a perfect gentleman while getting pets from some little girls out hiking with their family.
The next couple days look totally blah:
Then we have a dressage lesson with Trainer J on Friday, and Saturday I’m volunteering (for the first time ever!) at Carolina International.
Hope everyone has a great week!