Many of you know that I have had to part with my lovely Dubai.
After having horses for the past eight years, it was a big shock to go from having two, to none in a matter of days. Dubai has a permanent home with my previous trainer, and my dad's mare is retired to a field in Holland.
We have now moved, and I instantly got the itch to ride.
I have ALWAYS had pride in the way I care for my horses, and the fact they get the best of everything. But there is nothing more upsetting to be 'taught' by someone the same age as you how to suck eggs.
Everyone has their own way of doing things, but honestly.. how many different ways can you groom a tail, or poo pick.
Well, I have been spoilt. I started with an 11yo mare. Unfortunately, she has a previous injury thing. Her hind left is always a bit puffy, but it doesn't effect her- or so I was told. There are two younger (mid teens) girls riding this mare, one was stopping and I was supposed to fit in. Now other girl is keeping up, so I am fighting a losing battle trying to get this mare out of bad habits. I have been told by numerous people on the yard that the mare is allowed to do as she pleases. This is, of course, when the horse is allowed to be ridden for longer than 15 minutes after initial warm up. I think I have only been able to 'ride' for longer than 20 minutes on two out of a dozen occassions. Do I pay to plod around?
I have a work friend, his wife is partially disabled, and they have a western pony that they do 'reining' on. I am not a western rider, and have offered to find a trainer. Nope, they said they will film me and send it to their old trainers (they moved from the same place) and let them view it and critique. The yard is too far for me to bike, and they are currently taking me down. They, however, wish for it to be a case of I muck out/sort hay and feed etc and ride on my own so they get time off- I completely understand this. But my father is not willing to get me to the yard, wait for 2hours whilst I sort things out etc- and I can understand that too! And the wife has some.. unusual ideas.
I am just frustrated. Maybe I should go and get my own pony again :(
Sorry for the rant, but right now I am ready to pack it in with both of them and put away the riding boots. Neither fit what I need, and I am finding it hard to adjust to the needs of the horse/owner.
I hope I was never this much of a PITA when I loaned!
Cookies and brownies to whoever read all of that