So this has not been the best horse week of my life. I didn’t write about it because I had the show posts running, but the straw that broke this camels back arrived…so I am taking a break from show posts to bitch. This week the baby horse was a total butt head. I tried to go out on the trails on Monday and Tuesday knowing that those would be the only days I could ride this week since I am going away. I thought it would be a nice relaxing way to enjoy Phoenix and take a break from training since the show season is over. I will put it lightly by saying that Phoenix was not making good decisions. He was a bad, bad pony and did things that I just thought he would never do, especially on a trail ride, because he tends to be such a level headed guy. I don’t know what happened to my Phoenix but he has been Missing In Action for almost 3 weeks now. My new Phoenix, who makes poor decisions, is a total butt head and very lucky that I am as laid back as I am. At one point he took off with me. In a heavy wooded area. So Phoenix and I are cantering around dogging trees while my trail companions start shouting out asking if I am okay. I am laughing so hard that I cannot answer them. Who would have thought my baby horse would even TRY to do something like that?!?! Try as I might I couldn’t stop him. Even a seesaw rein was meaningless to the baby horse. I was able to stop him, but only with the one rein emergency stop and a fence. Not good. And that was just part of the trail ride. I was happy to give Phoenix a 5 day break after a second day of riding a bad pony.
Add to that the fact that Gen was making me nervous with health concerns (which have all turned out to be okay), and lets just say I was REALLY looking forward to getting away to New England this weekend. I have been looking forward to the Equine Affaire for 2 months now. One of the things I was really looking forward to was watching Steffen Peters teach. Especially since I assumed he would be pulling in some big name trainers who wanted to ride with him. He is not great about coming to the east coast so I have a feeling that I was going to see some amazing things! I was so excited!
Why the past tense. I got it from a VERY reliable source that Steffen Peters had to pull out of the Equine Affaire in Massachusetts this year. I am so not a happy camper about this. I think the blow would have been softened if they had at least been able to get another dressage giant. They had Courtney King-Dye last year. One of the organizers knows George Williams well. You would think that at such a huge event they would really want to have some dressage star power. Not so much. I guess because of how late it was in the game when Steffen knew he couldn’t come they just got a Grand Prix rider who is already a popular New England Clinician. I am not happy about that. I really wanted to see Steffen Peters. I am sure once I am there I will be fine. Driving up to my friends house tonight is going to just that little bit harder though knowing that there is no Steffen in my future :(.
It is back to the show posts tomorrow. I will give you a full update on the Equine Affaire when I get back!