I’ve been writing on virtually anything but my horse lately, and I know you’re all dying to know the intense details of Sir Simon’s life right now.
Let me tell you, it’s super riveting.
He rounded out a busy May of showing and training with a nice fat vacation while it rained and I was out of town. Usually I’ll schedule some training rides for the princess when I can’t get out, but I figured he worked hard and could use the time off…. which ended up being nine days with no work.
The first day I got back, I figured I’d have a very forward feeling, well rested horse. Instead I had Mister “I’m hoooooot. I don’t wanna work.” He just felt awful.
In true ammy fashion, I sent an SOS text to my trainer asking for a training ride. His report card from that ride was no good… and something like, “He was awful. No more vacations for him.” Fair enough!
Now about a week later with less consistent than I’d like riding, he’s feeling a lot better. He also managed to lose his fly mask after only wearing it about two nights. That’s $10 a night… what a bargain!
The same night I found out he lost his fly mask, I also found out he lost a shoe. It’s not like him to lose shoes, especially hind ones… and from the looks of how his hind hoof is right now I’ll be curious if we need to go back to barefoot for a while. His white sock hind hoof just looks fugly, but I’ll see what the farrier says.
Since he was shoeless Joe Jackson that night and was taking a few ouchy steps when trotting, I decided to just play bareback pony in the sand ring. He felt a lot better in the softer arena, and we actually ended up doing some bareback trotting.
I figured, hey my horse had the day off yesterday and I’m riding in a halter with a lead rope… what’s the worst that could happen?
At first I thought I was going to die, but about 3 strides later I realized, “Oh this is just Simon trotting” so we just trotted around like no big deal. Bonus points for being able to stop taking birth control, because after those withers I’m surely infertile!
Next time I ride bareback and have some filming audience, I’ll try cantering. He’s such a good boy. It’s fun that he can jump from show horse to pet pretty easily 🙂
So that’s what we’ve been up to. A whole lot of nothin’!