I've been feeling a little uninspired coming into this show tomorrow. When I sent in my entry for Training, I was thinking this:
- The dressage is solid. He can cruise through Training A.
- It's a small, local CT. The heights were listed at 3' to 3'3" max. The chances of all the jumps being maxed out at 3'3" are slim to none.
- Regardless of the above, he'll make it over 3'3". The height won't be an issue.
- The arena is massive. My show jumping has been disastrous at Bucks because Bucks's arena is tiny as hell.
- I was supposed to move up to Training in the beginning of July. It's about fucking time we got it done.
What I wasn't considering was this:
- If the dressage is so good, why not just do First 1-3 like I was going to do in June before that show was cancelled?
- Do we jump 3'3" on a regular basis? Mm, no.
- Do we jump 3' on a regular basis? Mm, not really. Usually there's a fence or two set up at 3', but not a course.
- Actually, we don't really work on full courses pretty much ever.
- Bucks sucks. There is no untruth in that statement. But really? Do my stadium courses suck just because they're in that arena? Not completely. Mostly though. Bucks still really sucks.
|remember when we had fun doing things? and we had shoes?|
Then Bobby's feet started their new routine of being rid of their shoes. I pulled his LH the day before I left for vacation. The LF was loose as well, but I let it go. NF was here on Thursday and looked skeptical as always about the state of Bobby's feet. He was a little sore in the LF when I rode him in the indoor that same day, so I kept the ride really short.
On Friday, I took him up to the outdoor. He still felt a touch off at the walk in the LF. However, once he picked up the trot, he felt fine. Same at the canter. I popped him over a few 2'6" fences and he didn't take a bad step. I gave him my last gram of bute to ward off any lingering soreness and called it a day.
Today, I planned on doing a few fences at Training height and call it good. I went into the barn and saw a note on the board: "Leave Bobby in TFN." I was all, huh? Just then, BO called down and explained it to me.
NF had called her that morning and told her that Bobby should really not be turned out any longer. He said that if he pulled off another shoe, he was going to destroy the foot so badly that it would take a year to get right again. To be honest, I was speechless.
I guess I'm pretty naive, but I feel like if I'm paying this therapeutic shoer $200 every four weeks (or whenever he can get out), something should be getting better about the state of my horse's feet instead of worse. I understand that it gets hot, and buggy, and dry, and horses stomp their feet, and they lose their shoes. Any horse can do that. But this whole situation is starting to make me feel like my horse's bad feet are my fault.
Only, I didn't breed him. I didn't give him his genetics. I don't shoe him. What the hell am I supposed to be doing to make his feet become magically strong and healthy when they just aren't built that way? I mean, am I supposed to get rid of him because NF doesn't like working on his feet?
For now, he's going to get turned out in the indoor at night with an ancient, tiny pony named Joey. He'll be out of his stall for about twelve hours, but he won't be on grass. However, I'll be able to turn him out on the grass around the round pen whenever I go out. That's something, I guess.
Anyway, I had a cry to Hubby about that whole deal. Then I got on I still felt that teeny, tiny hesitation in the LF at the walk. Still not there at the trot or canter. Jumped a couple of 2'6" fences fine. Took him through a 2'9" to 3' two stride line and he brought the pole on the 3' fence down twice, just not picking up his knees enough. I called it quits there. I called the whole fucking thing quits.
We're not going to the show tomorrow. I'm not taking a lame horse to a show. Does he look lame? No. Does he even feel lame? Only at the walk. But Bobby does not get sloppy with rails like that, and certainly not twice in a row. He's not himself.
Should I have pulled that LF shoe before I left? Yeah, maybe. But for fuck's sake. There were two other horses with missing shoes the week before I left, and they'd all been done the same day as Bobby. Maybe NF could have come out then instead of a week later, and it wouldn't have been a problem. It's really frustrating that I'm missing so many days of riding due to missing shoes, and then scrambling going into a show with a horse that's footsore. And that I'm paying so much money to do it!
|just as fed up with farrier issues.|
Hubby and I came home and had a long, long talk about the whole horse situation, but that's another post that's sure to come soon, since I won't be busy riding my horse or anything.