I've been riding so much this last week I can hardly keep up with my journal :)
So I test rode a prospect horse on Saturday and I think she might be the one for me. I'm in the process of getting the PPE scheduled and the boarding booked. Fingers Crossed!
I rode Vince on Sunday for the first time in 6 weeks. He's 17'2 and the prospect horse I rode the day before is 14'3 so it was quite intimidating to climb aboard a giant.
When I arrived, the farrier greeted me and told me that Vince was waiting for me in his barn.
Apparently Vince has been acting up the entire month and the farrier had to cancel his lesson because he coudn't be caught. Ironically, he had been bragging to me about how he never has trouble with him at all.
The lesson was not so good. Vince freaked out when he heard a student pull up with a horse trailer (squeeling, stomping, jumping, throwing his head around). I ended up doing an emergency dismount and the RI lunged him for me for a bit. He was a total mess; picking up the wrong lead at the canter and not listenting to downward transitions.
When I finally got back on, we only had 10 minutes left. We only did trot work after that. Most of it was ugly, although I did get him on the bit/in frame for about 15 seconds before another horse trailer pulled up and I lost him again.
We tried to end on a good note by doing spirals on the circle going clockwise. The RI finally said, we're not going to get it today and I have another lesson so let's just call it quits for today.
I was too nervous to cool him down properly at the walk - he was just too spooky so I handwalked him for a bit before taking him back to the barn.
I think it's time for me to quit this place but I want to stay in good graces with the RI as she is TOP DOG when it comes to Dressage. If I compete anywhere in this region, I will run into her plus I might want to trailer my own horse to her some day for lessons.
I sure appreciate everything she's taught me. Many of her students go on to do really well in Dressage. I haven't figured out how to tell her yet. Plus she has no idea that I'm riding at another barn and that the RI and her horse are a better fit for me. Plus I will also miss Vince, the big stinker.
What to do…what to do…decisions, decisions.