It appears that I am better. At least I feel better today. Good enough that I could go to work, so you know what that means - I'm going to the barn. I probably won't ride all four horses, but I'll try to at least ride two.
Yes, I now have four horses to ride. And I have no idea how I'm going to fit them all in. Here is what happened.
There was a gal who had her young arab gelding with my trainer. She had him in training for one month and my trainer took him to a show and got as high as a 67% at Training Level. Then he went back home for a year, then back to my trainer's for two months, then back home again. Now he's for sale, and his owner wants to try and get him qualified to go to Sport Horse Nationals. Rather, she wants me to do it. And there is a show coming up in 6 weeks that I was planning on going to.
Now, I know my trainer had this horse for a month and did fantastic with him at a show, but I'm not my trainer! I told the owner this, and she said she understands and really doesn't expect anything. Which is good because I can't make any promises beyond riding her horse for her. In this case she just might get what she pays for, because I'm not charging her for riding him. The rules say that I can't accept money if I want to stay an amateur, and since I don't' want to become professional this won't be a money making deal for me.
In return for riding and showing him, since I can't accept payment, the owner is going to let Susan and I use her trailer to get our horses to shows! That solves a big problem that we had. Now I just need to find time for him. Since I've agreed to do this, the new horse, Skyy, will have to take priority over Fire.
Fire's owner has no plans to show or sell him, and I was just riding him because he's really cool. I'm going to still try and ride him if I have time, but so far Fire's owner hasn't been able to come out and help groom. Skyy's owner has committed to coming out at least once, probably twice a week to help me out. Since I've been sick I haven't been able to ride him yet, so today will be the first day. Right after she moved him to our barn I got sick, so she's been lunging him. He's really out of shape, so today should be interesting.
I still have to figure out where I'm going to get the energy to show three horses at one show. Showing two horses at the last show nearly did me in. I'd better eat my Wheaties!
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