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post #1 of 3 Old 08-28-2011, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Update on the Lollipop/X affair

For those who were following my other thread:

I... I don't know what I want anymore. :/

(Sorry it took so long, I was out of town for almost a week)

When I got to my barn on Saturday for my lesson, I rode X because V thought I was going to ride Lollipop after. I thought maybe my trainer had changed her mind or V had talked to her but it wasn't the case. ANyhow I went and had a lesson on X but it was pretty mediocre because I wasn't all there. My concentration was poor, I was having trouble with x, just simple trouble I would usually be able to fix but I was sort of a mess. I guess because my trainer had just told me of something that would kill my horse budget and I was worrying about money. Tried to forget about it and leave it for later but the feeling just stuck to me.

Anyhow I asked my trainer if I could ride Lollipop after lessons, because V had said I could and my trainer didn't really seem to like that idea. She just told me V wasn't the one who makes those decisions and if I wanted I could ride her next lesson.

(sigh) So I decided to just take that. I decided I was goign to forget about showing until I actually made more money (hence more than a poor summer job could ever give me) and was actually good enough to compete high enough and place decently.

For now I am just going to concentrate on Lollipop. When she explodes I get a bit nervous but her canter is so smooth I don't get scared going fast with her, and I think that's what I need to not be scared of X's canter. His is really comfortable but he likes to go fast and because he's big, it's like I am in a big awkward rocking chair and I don't feel secure (bad seat I suppose).

Anywho so that's it. I'll tell you how things go with Lolli and how my confidence increases.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-28-2011, 09:31 AM
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Its good that you get to ride, and you like the horses you get to ride, but remember when the horse isn't yours nothing is certain. I won't lease horses because I know that even once I get a bond with them, they can be taken away any moment, and also because I am putting time and money into something that I don't really get the equal amount back from. If you are serious about competing and having a bond with a horse you should consider getting your own.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-28-2011, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Well getting my own horse isn't an option. I live in the city, board is ridiculous, and I can hardly afford lessons, never mind a horse. The horses at my barn won't go though. The owner doesn't like selling his horses, even the ones that aren't used so often by students. And X is his absolute favorite and from what I've heard he loves him too much to ever sell him. As an example, one of the school horses got injured (was being ridden by V) and she's now letting her rest, and wants to retrain her to be a dressage horse because her injury will never permit her to jump again without making things worse. The horse is a rather nice one, and V offered I think 15 or 20 thousand ( too much but anywho) and the BO said no. I don't know why, it's not like any student ever uses (or used) that horse, but I suppose he's got good reasons.

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