I`m getting a loan horse!
(long story ahead, if you don`t feel like reading it just skip the bigass paragraphs . XD .. )
It all started about 2 months ago, when my trainer`s attitude towards me and my friend became, to put it bluntly, awful. Suddenly we were the last thing she`d care about, our smallest mistakes were worth jelling about, while the same mistake at someone else would not even be mentioned .... we were especially bothered by the difference in her attitude towards us / bunch of girls with richer parents. She got them 2 push-button, experienced mares for jumping, while we still had to work our asses off on Monster and Allegro (friend`s ex horse, rode him twice, don`t really wish to do so again). I trained for 2 years before I finally got my license, and I could have gotten it sooner but she just didn`t get around to it .. while those other girls have been jumping for half a year or something and went for the license, with their riding FAR below under the level I was at at the time of my license. The friend, (let`s cal her A at this point), said the judges weren`t pleased, but let them through, because they are my trainer`s trainer, and friend. So yeah. What happened next was that I had to beg my teacher for any show to go to, and even so missed last two show weekends because she thought the ambience would be too hard for Monster. While on the other hand, she drove those girls there, and everywhere, and in 4 show days, they had two falls, and three eliminations, with push-button horses (I rode them so yes, believe me, they are damn easy to ride). Anyway, now, it`s gotten even worse. my trainer gave Monster for a lesson with one of those incompetent girls, and the mare drove her around the fences more times than over them, and what did my teacher say? "It`s okay...". I would have gotten a freaking jelling lesson if that same thing happened to me! Oh, and I was expected to go to a show with Monster a weekend after that, surely, it would go great now that the mare has driven that b*tch all around the jumps. *sarcasm*. Anyhow, the show was cancelled due to bad weather. What happened next was that my trainer sold A`s ex horse, so instead of belonging to the stable, he now belongs to a freaking spoiled 9year old brat, who hates us. When we finally convinced our teacher to go to a show with him, the girl found out and the brat she is went telling her dad how that`s not cool, that we don`t treat the horse right at all, that we don`t know how to ride .. (in reality, she is the one who can`t ride. If A rides the horse after her, he is freaking stubborn on the mouth and won`t do anything). So yeah, her dad went to my trainer and told her the horse isn`t allowed to go to shows .. which left A "horseless" for the season.
Moving forward, A (the friend) and me decided we have enough of this sh*t, of the f*cking stable. There are only rich, spoiled brats there, who can`t do a thing on horseback, while riding push-button horses, but praise themselves well over people who are much more competent, and talk sh*t behind people`s backs all day. We had enough. So we decided to move to the stable where she used to ride before. The people there are mostly younger than me, but they aren`t spoiled hypocrates, actually know how to ride and don`t blame their horses for their mistakes. Also, they ride much more difficult horses to begin with, and instead of seeing them as objects for winning ribbons they actually care about the animals. Really, we both think it`s a better option. The trainer there doesn`t discriminate people based on how much money their parents leave in the stables. On the other hand, he has a habit of yelling a lot, but damn, at least he is yelling for the right reasons.
Anyway, this Wednesday we went to check the stables out. We asked around and the trainer there said to my friend (who used to ride there) that he has a mare she could ride, and to me, he offered a horse for loan. And what a horse. A`s friend used to ride him before. He is a 1.76m tall, big, heavy warmblood gelding, damn capable of going clear on 0.8m, 1m and 1.10m courses. He won a 1.20m course once, but the trainer said he gets clumsy on those heights, so he isn`t competing with him. So yeah, I was totally interested, I explained everything and asked my family, as well as my extended family and they all agreed to provide some financial support, sadly the loan won`t be that cheap. Well, it is VERY cheap compared to what I`d have to pay to have a horse of this quality at the previous stable (like 200e cheaper), but it`s still a lot if you have parents who don`t have astronomical salaries XD
So yeah, I went to try out the horse today. And he was a dream. The only few problems we had were because of me, but they weren`t at all that bad, actually, it went pretty good. We jumped a 1.25m straight in a jumping gymnastics line. The highest I ever jumped was 1.20m. Needless to say I sort of feel in love with the grey beast, but not only for the high jump (which, regarding my part was awful haha, in my defense, I am really not used to such heights and he has a bumpier technique than Monster) but for everything else as well.
He`s really big, dapple grey, beautiful, and has power written all over him. The beast is really really soft on the mouth, a joy to work with, really, and such a straight-forward horse. I`d nearly call him a push-button as well, but nah, he still leaves a few things to do for his rider, like striding and such .. Pretty comfortable to sit in, surprisingly easy to turn, judging by his size, and yeah, show him a jump and he will go. The only trouble I had was getting him to actually move from the leg, like really get into an active canter, but the trainer said it was okay, he always rides him with spurs, and I didn`t, so judging that I only had my leg and weight to work with, and a horse that weights about 3 times as much as Monster .. I think I did good. And obviously everybody thinks so, as we have a deal. My loan starts on the 1st of June, and is on for an unlimited amount of time, until we decide to cancel.
All that remains is explaining to my previous trainer that I`m leaving, and sorting out the official papers with the Equestrian Federation of Slovenia (they need to officially move me from one stable to the other), and that`s gonna be interesting, but I believe it`s worth it.
With Monster, I was stuck at one level. I had my license, but she was no show-horse, and although I do love her, I decided that this was the best for me right now, to develop further and progress. I would never get such a chance in my previous stable.
Wish me luck guys, my first official training is next Saturday
Oh, a video of the tryout; [link]
(Please, in my defense, it was my first time, the horse is COMPLETELY different, they have nothing in common with Monster, and I had only about as half the apparel his owner usually does while riding him)
Oh yeah, one last thing. I decided to help my family financially by opening commissions. My dad will sort the pay-pal out in the following few days, and I will be opening commissions for money. I`ll try to draw as much as possible, so I can do all I can to help with the finances.
Anyway, freak out with me people, I`m getting a loan horse!
Oh, and for the cherry on top ... when we drove to a show with my trainer and the spoiled brats, they were talking about how they`d like to loan a better horse or buy one (like that automatic isn`t good enough, seriously, another girl was able to get her over a 1.10m course, with only one rail down) .. and this guy was one of the options, they actually seemed really interested in him. In your face, b*tched!