Wednesday, December 30, 2020

What's Up Wednesday (spoiler alert... NOT ME!)


What. A. Week. Let's back up a little, shall we? Last week I had my usual Tuesday flat lesson. It was a real ass kicker... most of it was without stirrups. Ouch. But it went fine. Eros was a good boy as per usual. However. After the lesson, we were standing in the ring talking about nothing important for a few minutes when something apparently startled Eros, and he ran smack dab into me. Fortunately, I kind of just bounced off the leg that hit me and managed to stay upright. No biggie. Just a little dead leg. Sheesh.

Perhaps it's dressing him in stupid hats that brought
all of this on me...

Then, on Wednesday, I was on Eros just for a regular flat ride on my own. There was a big lesson of kids about to get started as I was trotting around. So, you know, lots of eyes in the ring and also parents watching from the lounge. Anyway, I'm trotting by the lounge windows minding my own business, and the next thing I know, I'm on the ground! Not sure what Eros thought he saw or heard (I have yet to figure it out) but he spun right out from under me. Like when the road runner runs off the cliff. Fortunately, I landed on my fattest area so no real damage other than an enormous, very colorful bruise. I'd share a photo, but it's not really safe for work. The bruise was pretty annoying though, it burned like the fire of a thousand suns whenever I cantered for a few days. Thankfully, while still very colorful, it's not bothering me anymore.

But that's not all! Oh no. Why would it be? Fortunately, the next piece of drama did not come from Eros. Nope. This one was all this girl...

"Sorry, not sorry." -Shiny
Let me set the scene. I had just lead Shiny into the ring and had finished tightening the ride side of her girth. A fellow boarder was on her young mare, and she walked behind Shiny, but not super close. At least it didn't appear that way to me. Fellow Boarder was asking some visitors to come into the ring as they were hovering in a very spooky area in the doorway. So I look up at the doorway and thus I did not see that Fellow Boarder's horse has drifted toward Shiny's bum. Well. I should have been paying closer attention. Because Shiny certainly did notice, turned her ass, and just starts double barrel kicking at the other horse. Other horse is doing her best to get away, and I'm trying to pull Shiny forward to get her to stop. In the process, Fellow Boarder comes off. Fortunately by then I had gotten Shiny away. But OMG. You guys. I feel HORRIBLE! Shiny is in SO MUCH TROUBLE. Fellow boarder and her mare are perfectly fine. Thankfully. The mare definitely had a Shiny shaped hoof print right on her flank. Fellow Boarder has a good sense of humor at least. Her mare, while very friendly to other horses has actually twice kicked a human. (She's a chestnut mare, it's not her fault really.) So we've concluded that it was penance. None-the-less, Shiny ordered some gourmet treats for Fellow Boarder and had to write an apology letter. Kids need to learn to be responsible for their mistakes.

You know who's been the star child through all that drama? This guy:

"I'm the best kid this week!"-Pammon

I was actually going to have a little lesson on him today, but we were going to piggyback it with half of a training ride. I thought he did more than enough work with the trainer though, so I didn't get to lesson. It was really nice to see him go. I do think he looks a lot sounder than the last time I watched him, though he's still a little weird behind. Might just be how goes though? Hard to say. I'm looking forward to my ride tomorrow to see if he's more forward after his training session. I have a very bad habit of letting the horses get behind my leg. So every now and then it doesn't hurt to have someone re-install my go button. I've been a little too angsty to do it myself lately. 

In other news, Christmas happened! Or so I hear. I was a day late with bringing the loot for the horses. They mostly just got treats this year. So many treats.
I also got them granola Likits. Which are basically like mini Uncle Jimmy's. The boarding barn (and also my barn) don't have any center rafters to hang these things from, so I just tied them to their salt block holders. They don't last very long that way, but the horses enjoyed them. Especially Pammon!

The pups got way too many toys. Way. Too. Many.

And I got enough Chinese food to last from Festivus until Christmas... 
Yeah. That's a takeout onesy. And I look real scary 
straight out of the shower evidently...

I'm off from work this week, so I've been riding lots without being in a rush and working on cleaning out and reorganizing my laundry room. Exciting times! My Tuesday lesson this week was uneventful and we even got to keep our stirrups! So that was nice. Pammon got adjusted last night by the chiro/body worker and she thought he was on the right track. His back was still tight, but the other adjustments he needed were all much easier than the last time. She had a very long list, so didn't get to Eros nor Shiny yet, but she'll be back Saturday for them.

I guess that's about all I have to report today. I think that's enough really.
How was your week? Santa treat you and the ponies well?


  1. Oh my. Eros and Shiny are on the naughty list for sure!

    1. Eros has redeemed himself at least! Shiny... well. She's a mare. Ha!

  2. Oh Shiny! What a naughty pony! Sounds like you had a bit of a week with the ponies - but I'm glad to hear Pammon is doing better all the time.

    Those treats all look tasty! I got the horses candy canes for Christmas and the humans had Chinese takeout Christmas eve and it was delicious!

    1. It was a week!
      Chinese takeout really soothes the soul, doesn't it?