2. NOVEMBER 2017
oof someones late on their update
--Turns out one of my closest friends, Walt, has moved up near us! Walt started getting serious about riding just this last summer, when he spent the summer at our old facility with us and he had been being able to have some sort of lesson everyday. But once he went back to London with his husband (not everyone is gay, trust me, it just happens that I have a friend thats also gay, shhhh) he couldn't really keep up with it- mainly because they couldn't afford any sort of lessons out there. But, recently they've been having more financial troubles then usual and Winfred (his husband) had to get a job somewhere else, and they had to have their house put on lease for a while so they could make some sort of money. With all of that, they called us up about the situation and everything and since we do have an empty guest house on our property; we invited them to stay for as long as they needed. They are paying a small fee to stay here, but it's nothing too extreme at the moment. Winfreds alread gotten himself a job in the area, there happened to be a school in need of a teacher, and he managed to get the job. He does have to take a train every morning, since its not necessarily near by, but that seems to be the least of their worries. It's not a permanent move, since once they get their house back they do plan on moving back there. But for now, we've just been trying to make them feel at home, since they have been very stressed lately.
--Of course, now that he was back, Walt was very eager to ride his favourite horse once again, a chunky fjord gelding, named Trollet. The two got a long surprisingly well when they first met, and I knew the two had some sort of connection going on. Majority of our horses weren't very keen to being ridden by someone with one hand, but Trollet seemed to not mind and the two seemed to almost communicate telepathically! Trollet is a dressage horse though, and Walts trying to become a hunter rider, but- we've made due. I of course joined him on the ride, riding our mule, Landon, (EYEC Fool You've Landed.) We took a trail ride out to our grass arena taking our dogs with us, at the time it was raining but the rain subsided just at the right time.
--As his name implies, Trollet was being a bit of a troll and making mean faces towards Landon every chance he got. Landon on the other hand, was being all bright and flashy, which of course, was very nice. Most of the ride was pretty relaxed, it was almost like a half lesson, I was let Walt do what he wanted, with giving help on the way. He most did walking, trotting, and a bit of cantering ,since it was a bit difficult for him to pick up since he's really only been riding for a few months. It was kinda funny to be honest, since with Trollet being a dressage horse and all hes got a more flowing movement than a fast working movement. Walt was a bit frustrated, since I knew from the conversation I had the night before with Winfred, that the stables he had been taking lessons at now and then put him on this very automatic and a kinda of speedy horse. Now that he was on Trollet. a much more calm and collected horse, he really had to work on his cues with him, which is always a good thing, honestly. It made Walt work and get back into the swing of things, but once he got used to how the fjord worked once again the two were working together fantastically!
--After getting some good trotting and cantering laps, done with, getting used to steering him and everything, Walt very politely asked if he could go over some of the smaller jumps. I had to think about it for a moment, but I ended up telling him which jumps he was allowed to go over and gave him two warnings. First one was that the last horse he was riding was much bigger than Trollet, and probably cleared jumps a lot easier; and two- that Trollet was a dressage horse and jumping wasn't his specialty. But, I knew that Trollet could clear the jumps, but oldest daughter, Julie, who's 7, could get him to jump little things, so I was certain Walt wouldn't have an issue with Trollet. With that, Walt picked up his canter and began to go over some of the smaller jumps with Trollet.
--Trollet was having some technical difficulties at first, he tried doing this odd bounce canter over the jumps, which I had to tell Walt to try and fix, since it would be soon enough when It'd become a bad habit for Trollet. Therefore, Walt gave a bit more leg towards the jump and counted his stride more. Although a lot of the jumps were still very sloppy, and there was plenty of poles knocked, Walt looks ecstatic with what he was doing, so I couldn't help it but to just let him continue on.
--It was really a great start to the day, Walt seemed super excited to tell Winfred about the ride when he got back from work, and it seems like things are gonna be looking up for the two! Now all we need is to convince Winn to get on a horse....
Walt's german shepherd, Ritter, and one of my foxhounds, Captain!
Ritter doesn't quite understand what these horses are yet.....
here's a confo pic of EYEC Lasting Impression, aka Ian!
can I just mention how in love I am with Ian? I want so many foals from him
and here's a picture of a new arabian mare i got, she's unamed as of right now. But honestly I've had a sudden urge for arabians; but i don't really know what I'll use them for. So I think I'll breed & sell them on Equus || Forum
rip thats all atm this is a very last minute update oh boy