n Stop beating yourself up. Ooh, look, winter circuit horse show photos! Hey,
this horse is my horse’s age. And here he is winning the hack. And here he is cruising around a scary ring filled with not just flowers, but flowers of many different
colors, with floppy, relaxed ears.
OK. Yeah. I’m a failure.
NO. Consider these thoughts banished. Remember how horse-beast settled
down quickly and got right to work on Thursday? And then on Sunday how
she calmly walked past the Hose of Death? You’re not doing such a bad job.
Good for you!
n Don’t forget to celebrate. Do we have to have a little parade every time I
walk under her neck and she doesn’t mouth me? Yes, in fact, we do.
Our pint-sized victories may be miniature, but by George, they’re special.
Some people won’t understand how exciting it is that your horse is standing in
the cross-ties, or taking the bit like a gentleman, or trotting on the longeline like a
pro, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate it.
Sure, sometimes time seems to be moving backward. And there will be days
when you’ll gaze longingly at the made horses in your barn. But then your mare
will pick up and hold up her hoof politely for the first time, and you’ll be a pride-filled puddle.
Get the ticker tape. Call the marching band. Alert the mayor. This parade’s going
to be quite the spectacle.
We’ve got this. One month down, only 11 months to go.
EMILY BOGENSCHUTZ lives in Texas and is a freelance writer, recent hunter-turned-jumper, and
professional sneaker of saddle pads into the washing machine. Follow her on Twitter: @EJBog.
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