ok... well.... today wasn't great
We went to the arena... I guess he just decided, hey let's go to the arena!
But, I had to go into town anyway, so it didn't bother me. I had to go to the courthouse and do a bunch of things. Then he realized that the plates on his horse trailer were two months over due :roll: so I had to do that for him... so while I was doing that he was going to unload the horses. My mom went with me, and I told her "I bet you a million bucks that when we get there he'll be on duke"
What do you know, he was, and he already had the poor guy lathering with foam. It was like noon, why he wanted to go into the arena in the middle of the day when it's 100 out is beyond me!
I rode Duke this morning at like 9 and then he pretty much told me we were going to the arena, before I could do anything so Duke was ridden almost nonstop from 9-1.... He didn't eat breakfast before I rode ( I didn't think I would be riding him) and I have no idea the last time he drank. I tried to get him to drink before we trailered him, but he was being stubborn.
Anyway, when I was going to get on Duke, I noticed that the Throatlatch was like 5 holes tighter than it shoulda been!!! And the trainer was right there watching me like a hawk... So I said, I think his thoatlatch is too tight. He says "Why's that?" and I showed him how he couldn't flex his head w/o choking himself. Oh, I DID NOT like his attitude about that!
It's like he hated how I corrected him when he was obviously wrong! And then I asked where he put my crop (it was on my saddle, that he insisted that Duke wear while being hauled) And he got it for me, but bad mouthed how I used it, when "the reins work much better, but whatever"
Then he was teaching me how to navigate traffic. :roll: This consisted of him purposely running into me and cutting me off. Here are some of his catch phrases from today "You just screwed yourself!" <--- heard that one A LOT "Just GAUGE/Gowge (sp) him! He has to do what you want him to do!"
Also, He told me not to canter more than a lap, but then he made me canter like 5 laps straight more than once! And we went one direction for like 20 minutes and I asked to change directions because Duke needs more work going the other way since it's harder for him and he replied "I was JUST about to do that. I'm in charge here and YOU listen to ME!"
Yeah, I just about had it. So I gave Duke a bath after that. Mr. Trainer wasn't probably happy because he had to wait, but I didn't really care at this point. I felt so bad for Duke, and he's used to getting bathes everytime he is ridden by his mommy, so I figured he deserves to be taken care of like she would take care of him. The poor guy was literally raining sweat anyway....
Yup, that's my rant for today. Sorry if anyone thinks I'm being unfair, cruel or rude to my trainer. I've respected him for soo long, but he hasn't been himself and I'm sick of it..
Oh, and the other day he told me "Just whack him as hard as you can in the face with your jockey stick!" he was talking about the mule who I had to ride by... that made me sooo mad! I would never do that! The most I did was kinda flick at him, but I didn't even touch him
Ok, NOW my rant is over....