Plans Made and Changed

Apparently I have not learned my lesson about getting overexcited. O and I were scheduled to have our first lesson in 6 weeks on wednesday; our trainers were feeling positive. She felt great at the walk, I moved her into the trot…and it was glorious and smooth and…yah…within a half lap around the arena it was falling apart in my hands. Now she is officially in horsey rehab, and while I will be working her a lot, I will be lessoning on another mount for now. Bitter, but probably good for my mental state down the road.

This week was our “Let’s plan for 2014” meetings with our trainer. I love planning, I love riding; hence this is pretty much my favorite meeting ever. However, owning this horse has made me very anxious about how much of a certain path I can really have right now. Trainer and I instead discussed what on earth we are going to do with O this fall/winter, especially if she continues to be so ouchy.

The official (we wrote it down) plan is to give O pony 60 days of constant training, 5 rides a weeks, with conditioning, supplements-increasing her usual, and tons of love. On December 1st (or close to it) we will be making the call about whether or not this work and rehab is working for her. If she continues to be mysteriously lame then she will be leaving to spend the next 6ish months living with my in-laws as a lawn ornament.

These would be two of O's roomies in the country.
These would be two of O’s roomies in the country.

She will eat, play with other ponies, and have time to heal. Essentially she will just be a horse. Husband is totally on board with the idea, as are the in-laws. O will probably love it out there, and they do have an arena I can ride in if I want to check on her. But no “work”. Just rest. She’s only 7, and has such a bright future ahead of her. I refuse to give up on her, without giving her the time she may need.

O pony last winter
O pony last winter

Things I loved that came out of this conversation is that 1. Trainer does not think I made a bad purchase in O, and that she really is a nice horse, she is just struggling right now. 2. Trainers both believe I have done everything within reason to figure out what is wrong with her. 3. Trainers believe that I’m ready to move on in my own riding while we work on making O good again, and are excited to see what kind of riding/showing I can do next year (hopefully with my own horse).

Not what is important, but it'd be wonderful to show again.
Not what is important, but iit’d be wonderful to show again.

So until Dec. 1st, it is my goal to give her every chance I possibly can to come back from this! I’ve contacted two junior riders (who are awesome) and they are totally willing to help when I’m stuck at work. Our little “Olive Rehab” project has begun, and now we just have to see what happens. Suggested by a friend we are going to do weekly or biweekly, I haven’t decided yet, photos of her progress back into work. Also, we can all laugh at how fluffy she will be getting.

Starting photo:

Chubby pony.   Before conditioning.
Chubby pony. Before conditioning.

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