Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Plan B: Naughty Pony Camp

Have you ever owned a horse that you no longer enjoyed riding?  For the first time in my 30+ years of riding, I am at that point. 

Ketel has been on his ulcer meds for 2 weeks now so I thought that on Monday I would put him on the lunge and see how he was.  He was wild.  But at least he was moving forward and not rearing.  Good start.  Tuesday, more time on the lunge and he was fantastic.  Today I lunged him in his tack and thought if all goes well again I will get on.  It did and when I started to lead him to the mounting block it hit me.  Dread.  I absolutely did not want to get on him.  I have lost all trust and faith in this horse.  Plain and simple it is not fun to ride a horse that is bucking and rearing and you get no where with.  Plus I ride at home and most of the time I am alone.

I got on anyway and initially he was fine walking around and then it started.  He did not want to move past the gate and pitched a tantrum every time.  So then it's the confirmation of "see this is exactly why I didn't want to ride him."

This is disappointing for so many reasons.  He was the reason I started blogging.  I wanted to document our journey of bringing along an OTTB.  It's disappointing because I wanted to take him to the big shows with me and prove to my counterparts that OTTBs are awesome and you don't need a big fancy expensive warmblood.  But most of all it is disappointing because I feel like he is becoming the stereotypical crazy OTTB and proving the naysayers right.

I texted my trainer who immediately replied to bring him to her.  So Ketel is going to "Naughty Pony Camp."  Poppy went to camp once too.  Sometimes no matter how long you've been riding and training horses you need some help.  This is also one of challenges of riding at home and not being at a training facility.  Hubby fixed the brakes on my truck this evening so now I just need to figure out when I can make time to get Ketel to camp.

On a positive note we have had a few dry days so the ground dried up enough for me to jump Poppy around.  I don't remember the last time I jumped her due to the awful weather we have been having.  She was a bit full of herself but rightfully so given she hasn't been on our regular program.  Now that one... I love to ride.

6 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that Ketel continues to act up :( BUT on the positive side, you're lucky to have another one to sit on, especially one you enjoy so much. Glad you got to jump Poppy!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I am very thankful to have 2 others to ride. Just wish I could figure this guy out :/

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  2. Hopefully haughty pony camp will help Ketel!

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  3. I mean, three year olds can be tricky, and as you know, training isn't about linear progress. I hope he does well at pony camp and that these days will be long forgotten in a year. :)

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    1. I can deal with alot. But we have decided that me riding alone and having a consistent rearer is not safe. With my work schedule and other horses I can't spend the time riding him at my trainer's barn where I have people around so I am VERY thankful that she offered to work with him. A couple years ago I hit a road block with Poppy and sent her there for a week. It's nice to have someone else's input as well as have my horses get used to having someone else on them.

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