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My Last Ride on Ezhno

My Last Ride on Ezhno

I cried when I first came to the realization that Ezhno and I were no longer a good fit for each other. Then I cried again when I actually started the process of trying to sell him. I cried when I went into his stall, I cried in the middle of the night when I should have been sleeping, and I cried every time I got into the saddle because I wondered if it would be my last ride on Ezhno. It was sadI was sad.

Pro tip: if a big life decision doesn’t make you as happy as a rolling pony, maybe you should rethink it.

When I got on him for our last ride on Tuesday, I was still sadbut in the small, wistful way that one might feel when a good friend tells you they’re moving abroad for a year; you’ll miss them, but you know it’s going to be a great adventure and that you’ll see them again someday.

The hardest part didn’t come until after the trailer pulled away on Wednesday morning.  The emptiness that he left behind made me feel lonely. I stood next to my car for a long time, just staring at the run that Ezhno used to stand in. I wondered if he thought I had sold him to another familywe tell ourselves not to anthropomorphize our horses, but sometimes it’s hard to resist the urge to place ourselves in their shoes.

There are a lot of small signs that Ezhno is gone. His halter’s missing. His bridle’s gone. His tub of blankets isn’t taking up space next to my tack box. The rack where my western show saddle used to be is empty.

Just a noseband left to hold Ezhno’s place

But I’m glad I didn’t sell him, because even though it makes me sad to see so many blank spots that he used to occupy, I know that someday we’ll come back together againeven if that might be five, ten, fifteen years out. He’s a good horse and I want to make sure that life’s always as good to him as he was to me.

Speaking of him being good, here’s video of Ez being a saint during our last ride. 😇

People keep asking me how I’m doing. I’m doing okay. 🙂

Ezhno’s New Adventure

Ezhno’s New Adventure

Sunday morning I had a unique visitor come out to look at Ezhno! She’d seen his ad on Facebook and sent me a message asking if Ez might be a good fit as a trail horse for her significant other (husband? boyfriend? long-term partner? they have a six month old baby and are a very cute couple!).

Normally I try not to share too many photos of other people on here, but this was too good to resist.

Do you recognize this beautiful gelding?

Yesterday Ezhno officially went home with SellerH, the wonderful young woman that sold me Raglan!

SellerH is a part-time vet tech/part-time horse trainer that buys, breaks, and then resells local project horses. She’s a multi-talented rider, but her heart belongs to the hunter ring. Her favorite project horses are recently off-the-track Thoroughbreds. She scoops them up, puts the first 60+ days of retraining on them, and then passes them onto hopeful amateurs like me for a small profit. She’s one of those scrappy young riders that will get on anything that’s given to her and leave it a better horse when she’s finished.

SellerH is also a year younger than me and I’m uber jealous of how straight up awesome she is. 😁

Forever grateful to her for the great start she gave my giant horse 😘

Since I bought Raglan, I’ve seen SellerH a couple of times. She saw some of the photography I did over the summer (man I miss outdoor shows, is it spring yet?) and has had me out a few times to take sales photos for her. She gets high quality pictures and I get to practice with my camera, it’s a win-win situation!

I was super excited to have her out to see Ezhno! She loved how soft and easy to ride Ez was (plus she seemed excited to work on his sticky canter transitions 😂). I really admire her as a rider, so I felt honored to have her say such nice things about a horse that I’ve poured a lot of time and energy into.

SellerH’s SO, on the other hand, is definitely a beginner. He hasn’t been riding for long, but he’s a physically fit guy with a confident personality. Ezhno definitely tried to take advantage of his lack of horse knowledge (he pinned his leg against the arena wall, tried to get them both stuck in a corner, and just generally weaved around in drunken lines), but SellerH coached him through Ezhno’s nonsense and he was nonplussed by my hard-headed horse’s shenanigans. He won’t be riding without SellerH on hand to help him and I think after they spend some time figuring each other out they’ll make a good pair.

When the trailer pulled in yesterday morning Ezhno immediately came outside to see what was going on. We signed some paperwork, put his tub of blankets in the truck, and loaded up my show saddle (which will be with him for the duration of the lease). Once everything was packed and ready to go, I put a halter on Ezhno and led him right up to the trailer. His ears perked up, then he checked out the shavings with his nose, considered the big step up into the trailer, and hopped right in like a good pony. ❤

Now Ezhno is just down the road from my barn, sharing pasture space with SellerH’s broodmares (what a ladies man!). SellerH said he settled in well and that he seems happy, which is all that I can ask for.

So much space to explore! And other horses to socialize with! This’ll be so good for him. ❤❤❤

Don’t worry, this isn’t the last you’ll hear of EzhnoI’ll post occasional updates on how he’s doing!

Bless this Beautiful Horse

Bless this Beautiful Horse

Guys, I can’t put into words just how much I love this hard-headed horse. 💓

A very lovely mother/daughter came out to look at him yesterday! The mother used to ride when she was a teen and now has eleven year old twins that want their own horses for 4-H. She warned that the daughter that would be riding Ezhno was a little bit timid, but that she’d been taking lessons for a couple of years and that she could ride walk/trot/canterand they were coming with a trainer, which is a huge plus!

Saturday afternoon I gave Ezhno a pep talk, took Raglan for a ride, and then greeted Ezhno’s potential leasers as they pulled into the barn. Twenty minutes later Ezhno was tacked up (hunt seat!) and I was cavorting around the arena, showing off Ezhno’s paces (he was a Very Good Boy!).

And then the girl got on and he was… well, obstinate is a good word for it. It didn’t matter how vigorously she fluttered her tiny little eleven year old legs, he alternated between drifting off to sleep and staring at me from across the arena with an expression that can only be described as “seriously?”. Despite the trainer’s vigorous encouragement and the crop I handed over from where it was buried in my tack trunk, Ezhno treated her kicks and taps like they were just a gentle tickle on his ribs. He flicked his tail in annoyance and ultimately walked a couple of sluggish, non-circular laps for her before they called it quits. 😅

The moment they were gone I lost itlegit cracked up. Something about the combination of the futility of that little girl’s struggles and Ezhnos strange mixture of patience and annoyance had me in hysterics.

Sometimes I forget that one of my favorite things about Ezhno is how stubborn he can be. 😊

Of course, then I got on and put the fear of god into him by making him practice figure 8’s and sloppy (but quick) simple lead changes. I had to apply the Wand of Motivation a couple of times since I was riding without spurs, but once his engine was revved up he did a good job. And then, because he owed me recompense for his silliness, I made him take me over some tiny jumps a few times. 😁

I’ve got another exciting possible lead on a leaser, so hopefully I’ll have an update on Ezhno again soon!