Saturday, June 2, 2012
Dash and Ride
Grad party coming up for daughter. Trying to get the house in shape for the event. The cat has shredded some of our "ugly" wallpaper. It is hanging in shreds on the wall. I've been saying I was going to take it down for seven years so now that the cat has been "helping" it can no longer be avoided. :)
I took two short vacations and put him at the barn where I used to board and where I still haul in and take lessons. The stalls are huge, designed specifically for warmbloods. The care is excellent.
Bob didn't take well to the stall/pampering environment. He became a very agitated, even more sensitive.
Things got so far out of hand that my Frainer (friend and trainer), who helped me decide to purchase Bob a year ago, has told me that she feels we made a mistake and that I should sell him and find a different horse - one who isn't so spooky/sensitive.
I received her advice and ran it around in my head for a week. Took a lesson the following week where Bob was almost uncontrollable and agreed to sell him.
Balled my head off trying to write the add, but after 24 hours of agony, put it up on the internet.
Twelve hours later I pulled it down.
My Frainer is not pleased.
But I believe that Bob's issues, which have expedited after being the only horse here at home, are partly because he is here by himself. Last year we had four horses and Bob, although still a sensitive horse, didn't behave this way.
I plan to purchase another horse in the fall. Until then, I'm not sure how I will proceed. I only want two horses in the future. I may keep someone's horse here with Bob, not sure.
In addition to the above, I haven't been as active in riding as I was last year. I passed on the summer with my Cowgirl Pals because I was going to spend time at the cabin. But that has fallen through and to date I haven't caught up with my Pals.
I've stepped up to the plate and am hauling Bob up to the barn more often. His sensitivity currently is too high for me to feel comfortable riding here at home alone.
I'm hoping to get through this. My family and I don't take buying and bonding to our horses lightly. We view them as life-long partners. So before I proceed I must know that I've tried all I can.
I believe things are getting better, but gotta run.
Heading out to haul Bob up to the barn for another ride. :)