Friday, February 6, 2009
Unless your horse looks like this--------------->
You can be in big freaking trouble! Now granted it only has one pose, but WOW what pose it is!!! HA! Seriously now, tomorrow I am taking S&D to her first show and as horse people we understand that horses have good days and bad days, just like people. Now matter HOW LONG you train and prepare for something, NOTHING gets you ready for a horse that gets up on the wrong side of the bed.
Ahhhh our faithful companions... we been riding you for weeks and months on end preparing for this day, only to have you pitch a bitch fit and buck halfway through the class. You what's funny to me? I once dating a guy who was really into "Ultimate Fighting." He said that was the hardest thing EVER! Harder than any other sport and especially horses because all I need to do is just "sit up there and let the horse do the work." WTF?!?!? LMAO!!! Little did he know!
See when playing a sport like soccer or even "Ultimate Fighting", Karate, etc... you are only dependant on yourself! If YOU have a bad day or screw up then it's on you. I have to try and work with something that has it's own brain, feelings and wants. And sometimes it does NOT WANT to show. Ha! So now who has it harder? Not only must I maintain composure, but I have to please (and bribe with speak of cookies) another living thing in order for ME to be successful and get that damn blue ribbon...YIKES!
No one is perfect, your horse is not perfect. We all have good, great and fantastic days as well as bad, horrible and please let this be over days. All in all it's about making the MOST out of every situation you can with your horse. Set attainable goals for you and your horse. Example: If your horse has NEVER been in around or anywhere near a busy chaotic show and you expect to go and clean up and he'll be a "perfect angel", well than I would like to know what you're smoking!!! Now if you go and think "Hey, my horse has never been exposed to this so as long we as do our classes and we are safe and have fun that's all that matter."
<---- Reminder, NOT your horse!
My OWN show horse who I've been showing for years, can still get a bug up his ass some days and we are just screwed from the get go! BUT, I still go and have fun and make the most of it.
Horses are and should always be about learning, having fun and establishing a great strong partnership with each other. That way IF one of you is having a bad show say, the other can try and coax you out of it!!! Good OR BAD I'm glad my horse is not made of plastic. I'll take him as he is any day of the week!!!