The day before Thanksgiving was strange. I pulled into the barn with the temperature clocking in at a balmy (and by balmy I mean grossly humid) 63°. I was walking around in a tank top in the middle of November and all of the rubber mats in the middle of the aisles were wet with condensation—it was beyond weird.
Needless to say, the extreme weather change put the horses in odd moods, too.
When I went to put Ezhno outside one of the other horses got upset and started running laps around his paddock, which put a little extra prance in Ezhno’s step once he was let loose. The other horse ended up sweating so much we had to put his cooler on, plus he threw a hind shoe. Then TrainerA showed up and the chillest horse in the barn ran wild circles around her on the lunge line. The cute little gaming mare we have in residence was a bit of a vixen for her teenage rider, too.
And then there was Raglan, who completely forgot that leg means go forward and every time I asked him to trot he slammed on the brakes and tried to go flying backwards instead. 😓
If the weather could just pick one consistent temperature and stick with it, that’d be great. It’s hard to get anything done when all of the horses are out of their minds and it takes an hour+ for Raglan’s sweat to dry.
I mentioned in a previous post that I picked up a side gig to help boost my income a bit. One of TrainerA’s clients was looking for a part time tutor to help her daughter with some schoolwork and to supervise some of her pony time, and since petting ponies and solving math problems is pretty much my jam, I jumped on the opportunity to earn a little extra cash while doing what I love.
SundaeO got her adorable little pinto pony for Christmas last year! They kept Sundae at home for a little while, then recently moved her down the road to a local self-care place for the winter to cut back on mud and so that they’d have access to an arena where TrainerA can give her lessons once a week.
SundaeO is a good rider! Sometimes she needs a little encouragement to be more confident, but she does a great job bossing her opinionated pony around. We’ve talked about her goals and she’s interested in performance riding (maybe 4-H someday!) and a little bit of gaming. It’s really fun watching her make progress! We just got her cantering her pony, which is super exciting. 😀
SundaeO is on vacation down in Arizona for Thanksgiving, so I’ve been checking in on her pony and tossing her some hay every day. I’m also supposed to take her out and exercise her a few times while SundaeO is gone, so on Tuesday I tacked her up and took her for a ride! Her steering was a little bit wonky at first, but once we got each other figured out we worked a little bit on bending through circles, changing directions in figure 8’s, and dropping her nose down when I put leg on.
I’m having a lot of fun getting to know SundaeO and her pony! There’s something so heartwarming about watching young riders make progress with their horses. 😊
I’m so thankful for everything that this wonderful horse (in conjunction with a pair of wonderful trainers) has taught me over the past year! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my entire being as a rider is built off of Ezhno’s training. All of the strength I have today, I owe to him.
Thankful to still have this beautiful brute in my life! 🙂