Monday, March 5th, 2007
Trail Ride and Potential New Business
I slept in today so I didn't get much new stuff in the way of horse fun.. but I did leave the house at around 2:00 with Heather to go to the barn. We took the horses out (I was on Joey, and she was on a draft cross mare she owns named Magnolia) and we walked up the street (literally, the street) to this womans house where I may be working.
She needed someone to feed her horses while she went away, and she was going to use Corey (the guy I mentioned in the first page of my journal.. the moron) I told Heather I would so do it for free so long as she didnt let him do it, but she said she dropped in a good word for me and would like to meet me to see if I was cool to take care of her horses (if she was going to let Corey do it.. this should be a piece of cake.. LOL) Also found out that Corey had never tied a western saddle's latigo before (he always used the clip) so he just looped it around a bunch of times and got on her old reliable paint horse and slid right off.. dude.. this guy gets money to train peoples horses.. and he can't put a western saddle on? By the way.. this guy is a die hard cowboy.. and knows nothing about english.. so there is NO excuse as to why he can't put that saddle on.
The lady wasn't there, but she will swing by one day to meet me. She sounds kinda like an english prude.. but since I know what I am talking about, and know quite a bit about english, I should be ok.
We went over to Heather's other property before the ride and filled up water barrels to haul to the other property. While I was there, I messed with Fancy, her Leopard Appy mare. According to Jennifer (the "trainer" that boards at Heather's place) Corey set ALL her training back to square one and ruined ALL the work Jen put into her. Jen actually never put any work into her, and just used this as an excuse to say why the mare still was not ridable. Jen (you know.. the TRAINER...) cannot catch Fancy to save her life. Felix, Heather's 10 year old son, can walk into the field and grab her no problem... now.. see how the horses pick out the phonies?
Anyways.. I walked in, grabbed her, and pulled her out of the field and tied her up and brushed her really well, walked her around, and put her back with ease. She seemed very greatful for the attention and very happy. I hope to get her riding in under a month so Jennifer's jaw will hit the ground.. im sure as soon as she sees me in the saddle she will say something to the effect of "Oh, she must have remembered all the training I put into her and that's why you can get on her now" Haha.. bull.
As a trainer, I will only take challenges I know I can face. If the challenge proves too great or too dangerous, I may pass it up.. but this is why that is not what I do for a living. If Jennifer thought that Fancy was too great of a challenge.. then she REALLY needs to not be working with horses. Fancy is no worse than Dreamer.. and Dreamer is not a challenge at all.
Dreamer is healing well from his gelding procedure and is being a sweetheart. Rain is growing up swell, as always, and Admiral is dying to be turned out with the other horses again. He was turned out with Joey and all them yesterday and loved it =)
I guess that's it for now! I was bored so I wanted to post something interesting =)