The past few weeks back in the saddle have felt great! I’m getting my sea legs back, and looking forward to the future. But as I alluded to earlier, O has not exactly thrived in our training program. The past 11 weeks have have proved that she is a lovely riding horse…and that she hates jumping.
She will go around like a perfectly broke, happy, well-adjusted mount. But if you happen to point her at a jump she looses her marbles. To put it simply, O has officially flunked out of the program.
We tried two trainers, several riders, the vet and of course myself being back in the saddle. She is sound as can be, happy under saddle on the flat, but none of that matters if she hates her job. With the combined advice of my trainer, my in-laws, husband and friends I made the heart-wrenching decision to find O a new home. Everyone agreed, she is a great horse. But we are no longer the right match.
This is the end of a chapter with O. I know that it’s my job as an owner and rider is to find her a place where she can be happy with her job, and I’m ready to tackle that next step. I’m also excited in some ways to see where this leads me as a rider. I’ll write more after I have some time to really think things through and decide how I feel. Thanks for everyone for your kind words and ideas; I honestly appreciate it.