It has been an insanely long time since I found the time to write any meaningful content for “The Modern Blonde.” To be completely honest, in the little spare time that I’m afforded, it seemed that living life was more important than documenting my thoughts on it.
That perspective changed last week when I had a bit of a training predicament with my new young horse. (PS: I bought a horse! More on that later.) I needed to research the issues we were having and found that while there are several young horse books and scores of training websites, I couldn’t find anything remotely similar to what we were experiencing. Until I found the forums, that is. What a treasure trove! I google and read, read and googled. The support that all these wonderful equestrians lend one another is remarkable. They freely offer advice, support, tips, and what I was looking for: stories of personal experience. It was a breath of fresh air.
I decided to post my own question thread, detailing my dilemma. The support and wave of response made me misty. It was like this huge weight of self-doubt had been taken off my shoulders. I don’t remember the last time I felt so relieved. I still don’t have all the answers, but help is out there. Le sigh.
One of the people that so kindly took the time to lend a thought suggested videoing Le Pony and myself as we are now, in our infancy, so that we might have something to compare to when we’ve become fancy. I had thought to tape our sessions simply so that I can show trainer/rider/horse friends and post it on the forums for critique, but I hadn’t thought of the wonderful before and after aspect. It’s like a #fitspo for my #horsepo, then and now style. So, obvi… I’m in!
Slightly embarrassing confession time. I’ve never been able to stick to a meal journal, but I studiously keep a pony log: a daily chronicling of our escapades. So when I wonder how many sessions he’s had in the grass arena, or how long it’s been since the farrier came, I have all the info handy.
And you better strap your helmets on, I’ve decided to take my pony log global.
Let me say this loud and clear: I am by NO MEANS a professional, this will not be a pool of wonderful gems of training wisdom. But I would like to share my experiences with this young and fairly quirky fella with two goals in mind:
- That reflecting on my training will bring better clarity. I’d love for this challenging horse who pushes me far beyond my comfort zone and skill set to make me a better horsewoman. If I’m going to break some bones along the way, I better learn something from it, eh?
- The hope that perhaps someone does find just a smidge of help from following our progress, just as I found my mojo reading other’s experiences in the forums. Even though I won’t be imparting any groundbreaking training tips, I hope that the right person can find encouragement in knowing that someone else is going through it too.
And on that hopeful note, I would like to introduce you to the latest furry man in my life. Meet Fritz, aka pony. I think you’ll love him too.