Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Unfun Work

The unfun work is the work you have to do to get to the fun work. It seems like it should be fun work because it's technically the same thing as the fun stuff, it just hasn't reached the fun level yet.

In case you're still wondering what the fuck I'm talking about, I coined this phrase this morning on a trail ride (fun!) while my horse was screaming his fool head off and his face was about two inches away from breaking my nose (decidedly unfun!).

To be used in a sentence: "Opie, you mother fucker, this is exceptionally UNFUN!"

spotted: nothing.
A VAST LAND OF HORSELESS NOTHING.

I wanted to clock a couple more hours towards my TIP trail riding goal but I didn't want to go through the hassle of trailering to the park so we marched off into the suburban wilderness instead. Opie's done this trail ride before last December, but it was with two other horses. This time he was alone. And not only was he alone, we left the barn so early that no other horses were outside yet.

So basically it was a post-apocalyptic wasteland where Opie was the only horse left alive (except for the one ancient swaybacked horse hanging out with a donkey that we porpoised by that doesn't count because neither creature so much as glanced at our majesty). He knows this because he spent the whole two hours sending out a distress signal that was never returned.

I do think this horse doesn't mind a trail ride. He's a little stud at the park, but he's been there enough now that it's old news. It's now a fun ride.

Trail riding down the road from your own safe house is, apparently, still new and therefore unfun. And unfortunately the only way to make the transition from one to the other is wear down his soul and spirit keep doing the same thing until it also becomes old news.

Growing up is hard work, yo.

it is pretty out this early though.

Along the same lines of unfun and being alone in a horseless wasteland, Opie's first cross country jumps!

My barn has a bunch scattered around the property for the mini hunter paces they host, but the majority of them are located in the front field where Opie gets turned out. Normally I would count that as a plus since he goes out there every single day and is familiar with the area. But I know this little horse, and I know his little brain would instantly wonder only about where his BFF was.

Fortunately, last Friday I talked a barn mate into coming out with me for the first time on the other horse Opie and his BFF get turned out with. We walked to the top of the field to warm up, she went right, I went left, and she disappeared behind a large bush.

ALSO KNOWN AS THE BLACK HOLE OF DEATH ABANDONING OPIE IN THE HORSELESS FUCKING WASTELAND.

There was a large tantrum. There was a lot of air time. Someone got spanked. And then Momo trundled back into sight, spewed forth from the black hole like horsey magic, and Opie deigned to trot around like a deranged Saddlebred on 'roid rage for awhile until his brain finally settled back in his head.

Unfun.

angry cobra neck because angry

To his credit though, he was super for the three jumps we played over. I've only just started consistently cantering him over things because it's taken him awhile to be trusted to be held responsible for his own feet and staying upright, but he's starting to really get the hang of it. We trotted the first jump, trotted the hanging log the first time, then cantered over the coop and the other two jumps a couple times apiece without any issues.


He's gotten really good about waiting to see if I have any input about where to take off instead of just winging it and going crashy crashies. I'm all about the horse figuring out how to save themselves and see their own distance, but I also need them to be tuned in. Especially when they're young and dumb. He didn't make a bad choice the whole time though (well, in regards to jumping), and we finished up in the ring with some beautiful trot work.


He finds this stuff easy now that all that hard dressage work is settling in. Could he go out and do an Intro HT right now? Probably. Is that even remotely on my radar? No. So please don't suggest what a fun event horse he'd make. Eventing around here makes me angry.

wondering if his bff magically got turned out while he was
standing here. spoiler alter: bff still in the barn where we left him.

I want to keep jumping, and I want to keep trail riding, so I need to keep slogging through the unfun as it comes. Could he be worse? Of course. But he can always be better.

29 comments:

  1. That is probably the best way I have ever heard it put. Fun horses don't become fun without the training and miles.

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    1. Unfortunately! I wish there was just a way to *poof* fun horses into existence from day one.

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  2. Yes to all of the unfun you have to slog through before it becomes fun. Baby horses are so exhausting! Glad Dopes kept his brain in his head for the jumping in the field though, yay!

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    1. I'm glad he managed to jump around sanely because I almost didn't even try it after he was being such a fucktard to warm up.

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  3. I can't lie, I've been avoiding trail riding bc right now it would be unfun... and I'm having too much fun IN the ring rn. Sooooooo avoidance. It's a thing for me.

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    1. Ugh, I feel you. I seriously had to pep talk myself into the trail ride because I knew it was going to involve drama because ALONE.

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  4. I feel you, I just put in a very unfun horse show. Luckily things have mostly been in the fun category for the last year with my guy, but there are still unfun moments too. Soon our gray ponies will be white (boo) but very fun (YAY).

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    1. Hmm, is it worth the white coat for more fun? Still not sure about this!!

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  5. It is the unfun stuff that is so important.

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    1. It really is. Training horses is hard.

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  6. lol at the cobra neck.... he sure can swing that thing around when he feels like it!! gotta love them promising youngsters....

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    1. It's SO annoying. Although maybe less annoying than Bobby's go-to evasive angry moves that included backing up and laying down under saddle. ::facepalm::

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  7. JUMPIESSSSS!!!!! Yay!
    It's true though. So much unfun before the fun.

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    1. I love dressage but I still need my jumpies time!

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  8. ugh one day he won't be an idiot without horses around and you will be bored (not). At least he jumped all the jumps :) Opie...never boring

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    1. One day he won't be an idiot all by himself and instead he'll find something else to be an idiot about. Because horses LOL.

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  9. I like the way you phrased that. Fun is only fun because someone put in the time and effort to work through all the unfun moments.
    Also the cobra neck makes me giggle! But only from afar. Cobra neck is no fun to ride!

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    1. Cobra neck can be a dangerous weapon!

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  10. It's very important to trumpet the song of his people to the world so he can find them. That or the hardest job in the world is being Opie and he can't let anyone forget it lol

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    1. You never know if there might be another lost, lonely soul out there that's looking for a BFF just like you!

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  11. Along the lines of Liz trumpeting maybe he's actually a Herald, he's supposed to trumpet the arrival of someone (aliens probably)

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    1. Some days I wish they would come and put him back on their alien spaceship and take him to Silence Land.

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  12. Ugh, I'm queen of skipping the un-fun work. And it's totally coming back to bite me and now I'm making myself do it. I feel your pain.

    Yay for xc jumps!

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    1. I'm hoping that if I force myself to tackle all the unfun in the first year, it will be done and over with for a fun summer next year. Fingers fucking crossed.

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  13. Omg. We had a really UNFUN day this week riding during feeding and turnout time. Unfortunately my patience was zero that day, too. Ugh. So much UNFUN!

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    1. Oh LORT do I feel your pain there. Opie doesn't even care about the feeding part, it's the horses being led to and fro without him that melts his brain.

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  14. Kinda along the lines of "can't have rainbows without rain".... "can't have a good horse without slogging thru the unfun stuff" ?? haha

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    1. Can't have rainbows without the rainbows shooting out of your horse's stupid head in a rainbow explosion of childishness first. ;)

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  15. Poor Opie! Life is just SO HARD when you are the only horse in existence. LOL! I can't help but chuckle at this!

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