Buckle down. Get ready for a bit of a read. It’s OK, you’ll be alright.
It’s late. Dark out. The dogs are sleeping. Displeased they still haven’t been tucked in with their blankets in our room already. Two dogs. 7 dog beds. One car bed and an outdoor lounger. Not insane at all.
You dream of buying a horse. A young one. Because. Affordable. With plans to back and train on your own. With only half the trouble everyone else seem to have. Find a wonderful perfect place to keep it. Go to shows.
Slowly bring it up the levels. And even somehow, without owning horse transportation of your own, manage to go win little silly ribbons every time. Heading out to clinics. Making wonderful friends along the way. Being lucky to trailer out on gorgeous trail rides. Training in a covered arena on a nice and quiet ranch.
At the shows, you’re thrilled with a 7 for gaits, every time out, knowing the classes always contain a wee bit more magically developed dressage horses with flair. Doing your best at home to create supple and lively gaits out of a horse that originally moved like a nervous Volkswagen. Cherishing her beautiful topline, healthy hooves and generous, stable, temperament.
Wait! All of this already came true!
Now consider this:
You feel down, not affording a horse with a proven bloodline, let alone refined, balanced gaits, with all the buttons installed, and a life time of opportunity ahead. Or at least a promise.
You’re bummed you can’t at least compete in an All Breed Class (Oh, please!). Registration papers are missing. And you have to board miles and miles away, sitting for what feels like hours in the car. Some days let down by all the time spent caring for everything around your horse instead of training constructively. Sometimes only squeezing in 30 minutes of useable training time in your 5 hour barn time quota.
It feels ineffective to train alone. You have to motivate yourself (Duh, come on!). Riding time with friends is rare. To top it off summer is murderous hot (Or lets say rainy, windy, ice-cold, freezing, muddy, whatever pushes your buttons!). Oh, and summer heat lasts much longer than 5 months. Hay gives you life threatening asthma. Your body is getting a bit rickety and you can’t run much any more.
Starting a young horse is a roller coaster.
Which one would you pick!!?
Of course everybody has already figured out they’re both true. It’s your choice!
Go make your own kind of happy.