Me and Clementine... a novice team
So, I just noticed this Member Journal thing, and decided to start one. I think ti will be good for me to track my progress with Clementine, because it seems SO slow.
A bit of background. I am a new rider as of last summer. My boyfriend leased us two horses in the month before school, because I love horses - they are Clementine, a 17HH Percheron QH cross, and Levi, her slightly shorter brother. From day 1, I have ridden Clementine - she is sassy, and she knows what she wants. Levi is a stubborn mule.
Anyways. at the end of the month... He bought both horses, which I was ecstatic about, because I couldn't really think about leaving them. They used to be trail horses for larger people, then they were left in the pasture. So I went to school, and Clementine came with me. It was a tough year. Now, it's summer, and she is stabled in Woodbury, close to Saint Paul where I live.
It's been a tough road - I don't know anyone who is into horses, so it's just me by myself, as much as I would love a companion. (we don't have a trailer, or I'd go ride with Jack, my boyfriend). I want to start showing, but again - I would need someone willing to haul me to shows with them. I can't pay for a trainer, and as I'm sure you can imagine, it's hard learning from the basics just from the internet. I feel like a bad trainer, and I wish I had help.
So, she is situated in her new stable. Of course, she doesn't like her pasture mates and she loves the people. She is afraid of the waterer. And it's been a month and a half since we rode, since her bridle broke and I had to commission a new one. So, tomorrow I'm going to try and ride. We'll see how that goes.