You know how they say when it rains it pours? The last three weeks have been bad weather city here in New England, so it’s been pretty low key on the horse part of my life.
With mixes of snow, rain, sleet, slight flooding and ridiculous amounts of wind, I’m surprised I’ve kept a semi-steady riding schedule. Monday, the wind was so bad, we decided it would be easier and safer to cancel lessons and throw in the towel about riding. By Tuesday we all thought the wind wouldn’t be as bad, but we were wrong. I took my lesson on a different horse to switch it up on Tuesday, and the horse was so freaked out by the coverall barely moving, she spooked dumped me hard on my ass. So Bently got three days off.
In other news, I signed the lease for Bently! I’m more excited about that because its a really good deal for what I’m getting. 6 rides a week as well as no farrier or vet payments. Which I got saddled with on my other lease with fewer rides then this one. Either way, I’m very excited for that to start.
If anyone was curious, Bently is doing a lot better! After two lessons in a row, we got our butts kicked and he is traveling a lot better. He’s starting to understand the idea of not sticking his head up in the sky and being a saddle seat horse, but he still has some moments. We even get some tracking up and a very relaxed walk towards the end. He’s been going so well, and I’ve sat two big spooks already this past week, because of snow sliding. The first one I thought I was gonna fall but managed to save it last second. The second, I didn’t have my feet in the stirrups like an idiot but still managed to save it and not fall off. To be fair, almost all the snow had fallen before that point and none had fallen all day.
Also, I invested in pair of new stirrup irons and polo wraps! Or at least new to me in the case of the stirrup irons. Trainer C keeps Herm Sprengers on all her saddles, and I had honestly fallen in love with them. My knees don’t ache in them and I just love the feel of them. My only issue was they cost $250 brand new, around $230 at their current sale price. So off on the internet, I went scouring to find a used pair at a reasonable price. I ended finding a pair on eBay for around $88 USD, that was in really good condition, aside from a decent amount of scratching here and there. So for 16$ shipping, my own set of Herm Sprengers arrived Monday from Poland. Only took two weeks but they are here. Despite their long trip here, they are so worth it.
I also finally bit the bullet and bought a four-set of Back on Track polos. I had been toying with the idea and had been a little nervous with the reviews I had seen online with how long they were and how thick they could be, as well as the fact that they run for about $65. Trainer C did point out that any kind of Back on Track product would help with circulation and be benefical to Bently, so I said “what the heck why not?”. They shipped rather fast, and I will definitely agree with the reviews, they are a little bulky and thick. It’s from one side being fleece, and the other a more stretchy soft fabric with the ceramic fibers woven in. They are a little hard to wrap because you have to go a little tighter then I would like to wrap to make sure they don’t slip. If I went any looser they would fall right off, but I can still get a finger or two between the wraps and his leg.
April is creeping up on me very quickly. I am still kinda behind on my massage classes but I finally decided to skip the one giving me trouble and just move on to the next one. Maybe I’ll go faster now, but I still have some time in March to work on it all. Show season is coming faster as well, so I’ve decided March is the time to get all my show clothes together so I don’t have to worry about it in April.
April will be a shit storm of events. We’re running a schooling show on April 7th, which I think I’m doing a few classes instead of helping run it, I spend the week after in Missouri to visit my sister, one weekend in Worcester, and that’s pretty much all of April. And then May 10th is my first show so I need all my clothes and possible tack by March.
I’ve already kinda planned not to get my hopes up on winning much just with Bently’s current progress and we really only have a month and a half. Any kind of experience will be amazing in my opinion, but again, I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, we’re pretty much starting back at square one with him and trying to retrain everything. I’m still incredibly excited to get out and do more rated shows.
In other news, I’ve decided to give this blog a different name. After some accidental Instagram stalking, I discovered someone else had the same name as Saddles and Studies. Reining it Back means a little more to me then Saddles and Studies, partially because a rein back is a dressage movement, and I’m trying to slow my life down and manage multiple things at once, like college, becoming a certified massage therapist, anxieties, and work on my dressage skills.