|"Grass is greener" syndrome and finding "the one"|
I had said for a long time that what I wanted in a horse was my old Ace, only bigger and younger, so when I saw a daughter if hers advertised I had to go see. It was kind of a magic moment, the seller was Ace's old owner, she had kept Emmy as her last foal born on the place, but she no longer suited her needs. Because I owned Ace, and probably because I was all teary eyed at how much like her mum she was, she made me a smoking deal on her, so Emmy came into my life.
When she came home I found another reason for her being a bargain, she was very very reactive and spooky, she had been in training for showing from an early age and I think they had pushed her to far. In the year that I have owned her we have done lots of playing, lots of ground work, I've wondered about using her as a brood mare, but because of my concerns about her flightiness and my weight, I haven't done that much with her, just enjoyed her beauty.
I did ride her twice last year, with an English saddle, but both her and I felt very uncomfortable with it.
Fast forward to this spring, I started ground work with her again, and she seems to have grown a new maturity, and I had a sudden notion to start her under a western saddle, she looked good in it
So I plucked up courage and took her over to the arena and took a test ride, not only did she feel good, everyone, trainers and onlookers alike said that she and I were fine as a pair,
So we are starting a career together as a western pair. Yesterday we hauled over to the arena, and after lunging and long lining, I got on and rode, and had a blast, we only walked, well I walked, she had her mind on going quicker, so when we both got to an agreed speed, she was walking around nice and low and level, striding out on a loose rein, I quit and jumped off.
She has that spark that her Momma has, so full of energy, and spirit, but strangely doesn't worry a nervous rider like me. I had so much fun, seems after looking at her for a year thinking about it, she may just be exactly what I wanted.
Now the question is, I think with Big Ben as my English horse, and Emmy as my little western horse, as much as I love Willow, I wonder if I should let her go. I wont be able to enjoy riding her until I lose a bunch of weight, and if Ben and Emmy fill my needs what do I do with Wills? I already have a decorative lawn mower in Ace, I don't really need another, Grrrrr, I do love her but I just don't know.
Anyway, my grass is greener right in my paddock, under all that snow!