Monday, March 12, 2018

Blog friends are the best friends


I've been doing this whole blog thing for a long time now. And meeting my blog friends in real life and forming long lasting relationships is a wonderful side effect of blogging. I've been able to share my highs and lows, laugh and cry and reach out for comfort during the darkest of times with people who I've done the same for. The solidarity is strong.

So before I moved Scout back to PA, I took advantage of Megan K being close by so she could take Scout for a spin! After all, she's read about him plenty, and I knew she was eager to see what he was all about and I LOVE watching other people ride my horse (especially when they are as talented as Megan)!

Plus I really wanted to get an idea of how sound he was following his NYE shenanigans. So win-win for me:)

I think she liked him a little <3
And there's nothing like having a great rider tell you what a nice job you've done with your horse... I think her words were something along the lines of, "you've under sold him." Since he had been out of regular work and was still getting used to the low port Myler, he was a bit fussier in the contact than I would have liked, but she rode him really well and her strong right side helped keep him straight (he likes taking advantage of my weak side).


But damn did he look sound and fancy! My favorite part was the huge ear to ear smile on Megan's face as she circled around me.

He's got his thinking cap on:)

Maybe he wants to be a hunter?

I was concerned he'd give her a little bit of grief cantering as he's been a bit sassy about his canter transitions lately, but I needn't have worried because she spent a great amount of time getting him tuned into her at the trot. She was quick to reward him when he complied but also held him accountable for what she knows he can do. I was quite proud watching him and I could see glimmers of the kind of horse he's going to be.

Even his sticky right lead was no issue


My favorite part was when Megan picked up the canter for the first time and says, "omg, this canter xc!!!!" Talk about giving me all the warm and fuzzies. 

I wish she'd been able to jump him a little but the weather was not our side that day. And even though we moved back to PA, I'm hoping she'll come ride him more regularly in the future. I know it's always a risk when you let someone else pilot your horse... what if they don't get along, or what if they ride your precious horse poorly, and what if they fall off!? 

But I think there's great value in allowing your horse to be ridden by someone else, whether it's a trainer or a trusted friend. I believe that they (the horse) need some variety, and to understand different cues and pressure. And man, the view from the ground watching your lovely horse go around with someone else in the tack is something really special.

These two!!!!


18 comments:

  1. 😍😍😍 it's so cool that you guys got to do this and you got such great photos! I love watching other people ride my horses, it just rarely happens (I wonder why no one offers to ride cinna 😂)

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    1. HAHAHA! Yes, I'm hoping she'll get to do more riding of Scout in the future!

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  2. Lookin' so good! I do love the on the ground perspective - it gives you greater appreciation for what actually happens in the saddle and if it's a big deal or nah.

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    1. 100% agree! And nothing better for a soundness check that to be on the groud and actually SEE!

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  3. Ahh I want to meet Megan, and I want both of you to come visit me in California and ride my pone! I agree with you, horses need to get used to a variety of riders!

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    1. You will love her and YES, we need to come to CA for sure! Actually the bf is traveling to Pasadena next month and I tried to hitch a ride over there with him!

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  4. Blog friends are so much fun!!!

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    1. The best! I've been so lucky to meet so many in person!

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  5. I love to watch other people ride my horse! Although I'm also very picky about who rides, so I don't get to see from the ground as much as I would like. It's great to have awesome blog friends who can ride your horse!!

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    1. OMG, yes on the picky. The people that I offer my horse to are people I greatly respect as riders and horsemen.

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  6. I love that you two hung out and the media that resulted from the meetup made my day :) Also love blog friends who become real friends! Two of the six guests at our wedding were bloggers!

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    1. Right? Like she's been riding him forever!

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  8. They look GREAT! Blogger friends are the very best.

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    1. I know! I was totally jealous of their love affair!

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