Obviously I’ve still been riding since Maestro left, but aside from going to try 3 horses, I hadn’t been jumping at all. The cute appendix I’ve been riding for a friend really needed some flatwork assistance (which I love doing) so we focused on that.
I tried three horses in October (looked at four but didn’t bother getting on one of those) and that was about the extent of horses we found to meet my criteria and budget and they were as follows:
- Nice size, definitely needed some work on the flat, had a roar, freaked out after hitting a rail and rocketed off with me across the ring.
- Nice size, grumpy about going forward, super chill to the jumps and didn’t care when I missed, and I could not see a distance on him to save my life.
- Small, cute, responsive, fun to ride.
So basically I came out of it discouraged, especially as time went on and there were not any good contenders to try. For a moment I fantasized about getting a baby horse who looked like P and had P’s sire as his grand sire, but that obviously didn’t solve the immediate problem. I’m also not positive he would get big enough, and there is a lot involved in getting a baby horse to adulthood. Not sure I’m up for that at this point!
The weekend before Thanksgiving my trainer texts me saying I could lease horse 3 that I had tried but decided wasn’t quite big enough for me. She felt that even though I thought the size wasn’t perfect he would be a good confidence builder for me. The more I thought on it, this seemed like a good idea. Most likely I will end up with a young, green horse unless I happen upon a nice big TB with some training, and my confidence just isn’t there over fences for a green horse right now. I assume it would be for the right horse but why risk it?
So we went back and tried horse 3 again last week (who seemed a bit bigger after riding a smaller horse for a while now!) and he came for a seven day trial a week ago today. He was great for the trial and so I signed on the dotted line yesterday to lease him through show season.
So welcome to Earnest, aka Ernie, a 10 year old chestnut TB. I’m looking forward to learning from and getting to know this handsome guy better and having a lot of fun together. Viewing life from between chestnut ears just always feels like home.