Sticking to My Guns

Before I go into the clinic and all it’s fun.  I have a bit of a PSA.

I am guilty of lately letting this blog fall to the frustrations and complications that I’m currently dealing with, and while I appreciate so many of you commenting on the havoc that reigned during our last horse show, I feel that I should make the following statements.

1. It was only one show.  Shit happens, horses act badly sometimes, a lot of times I ride like an ass.

2. O’s been checked all over by the vet since her less-than-quality stopping behavior started this winter.  No one thinks it’s pain related.

3. I own a mare.

3.b. It’s spring, and I own a mare.

4. She is the coolest horse to ride, guys.  Really.

5. She’s going from 6 rides a week to 4.

6. Her and I have had some fabulous lessons this winter and spring.


I refuse to believe that because she’s acted out that she’s not worth the attention and training to figure out a plan forward.


Maybe it’s because I try not to brag too much, but guys…this horse…she’s so special.  I’ve never ridden one like it, and it’s the best feeling in the world to be in her tack.  And while we’ve had a few struggles on and off this late winter/spring, I also am really proud that before this show, we hadn’t had a stop during lessons in weeks, we were actually talking about moving up again. Riding her is the best high in the world.  She’s that cool.

My heart.

My heart.

So I’m sticking to my guns.

I’m willing to work with her, because she deserves the chance to prove herself.

I want O to be my old lady horse in 20 years, sitting out at the ranch being cranky and adorable in retirement.  One bad show, and the fact she can stop does nothing to change that.

Plus now I have a plan. I love plans.

22 thoughts on “Sticking to My Guns

  1. That’s exactly how I feel about my horse! People have told me to sell him and start over, but I refuse to give up because I know how talented he is. I really think that some horses take longer than others to come around! Good for you, sticking to your guns!!

  2. Way to think positive! And just know that we all go through the down times and it definitely feels good to get them off your chest. No harm in that ;). She is such a lovely girl and absolutely worth it so you’ll get through it! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. It is definitely worth trying if you love her – but never rule out pain entirely. There is so much more to explore than a regular vet work up, that’s all. For example, xrays, thermo imaging, etc.

    Wish you the best of luck1

  4. Good for you doing what you think is right for you and your pony! 🙂 It’s true what was said above, we ALL go through down times, and if you’re willing and able to work through it then you should! I had a period of time where I’m pretty sure my horse hated me. He gave me the stank-eye constantly and wouldn’t steer – we had some fights about the steering and came out the other side!

  5. Kudos to you for the conviction! All horses are worth the work that they give back. You and O are gonna continue to be a great team. 🙂

  6. So glad to read this! I think it’s way too easy for readers to draw their own conclusions on the situation when they’re only getting a glimpse into your daily riding life.

  7. I totally feel you on this one, which is why I’m trying a few more things before giving up on wiz. He, too, is the coolest horse when he’s behaving-albeit terrible when he acts out. I hope we both find an answer and get to keep working with the horses we love.

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