I’ve started putting Slewy, my loveable, dorky, slightly nutty, rather large, off-the-track-Thoroughbred back to work. Which leads to me contemplating actually getting back on him. Hmmm . . .
So I came up with what I thought was a good idea. I asked the trainer who my daughter rides with (and I’ve ridden with a bit) if she would get on him a couple of times before I did.
Besides being slightly daunted at the thought of climbing back aboard, I thought she could give me some insight about how best to work with him under saddle. (Ok, that’s what I told myself . . . really its because I’m a wee bit concerned about riding my spooky, 17 hand, horse.)
She said, “NO!”
I was like, “What?”
“He’s crazy. No.”
I tried to talk her into it, noting that he has never offered to buck, he just gets a “little” strong, and promising to lunge him for another week or so before she comes out.
I was surprised. And then a little miffed.
First of all, he’s not “that” crazy. He practices his airs above the ground and he’s wiggly in the cross-ties but he’s never once offered to buck. Sometimes he forgets he’s not a race horse any more (which is funny because he sucked at racing) but you can tell he’s trying really, really hard to be good.
Second, isn’t that her job . . . to ride horses?? (I know I might get some flak for this one.) Doesn’t she train horses? Isn’t she the professional who rides all the time and has the skills to deal with young and green horses? She does train green horses besides giving lessons to kids. I completely understand not wanting to get hurt but, back to point number one, Slewy’s not that crazy and I definitely wouldn’t call him dangerous by any stretch of the imagination. Like I said, he tries hard to be good.
But, ok. Sigh. Kind of like Ella and Ghost, I want to prove that Slewy can be good. So, I guess I’ll ride my own darn horse. Look how cute he is!!!