So the last two days I have been working off my community service at my lesson barn (Woodpecker Farm
; fantastic facilities IMHO), and I've seriously considered asking if I can work under Beth (my instructor/owner of the farm). Right now, all she has me do is..
Bring ponies in for training (Beth rides them),
Sweeping the barn,
Grooming out ponies,
Putting ponies out to pasture,
Setting up courses for lessons,
I also (today) brought in horses for the vet (from stalls and pastures),
Groomed out a foal,
Un-bandaged an injured gelding (and washed the wound),
Rolled polo wraps,
Blanketed ponies.. Etc..
BUT the best thing yet was Monday I rode one of my favorites babies (he's 3, I've saddled & bridled him before..).. Beth let me do some small training on him! She figured she was too large for him (he's tiny!), and I would be good do to my level of riding. We walked around a round pen, halted, worked on vocal cues, trotted, reversed, and of course tacked/groomed him. Almost ZERO problems! He is so quite, bucked once, had issues with picking up his feet for picking.. Otherwise he was phenomenal. And he is such a looker! I can't wait to see him in the show ring.
I also literally scrubbed the other barn (she teaches lessons at Breahead (sp?) Farm, off of the Blue Grey parkway, in Fredericksburg VA), which is an old dairy barn that was not used during the winter. We had to brush off the walls.. Cobwebs.. There was straw EVERYWHERE (They put straw in the hay loft.. Don't ask me why..), cat-pee, and dead insects. We got so much done. I also cleaned sooo many pieces of tack. 30+ girths, 4 bridles, and a martin-gale. Yeah, she keeps me busy :).
Tomorrow the farrier is coming out to my farm, so no work tomorrow :(, I might go Thursday & Friday.. I hope we can work out a deal [Beth & I]
Wish me luck!