Sunday, April 19, 2015

A long ride

This morning I met my adult leaser, H., who rides Rondo on Sundays, at the barn.  We rode together and had a great, long ride.  I got to see how she's doing on Rondo, and had an opportunity to ride Panama for the first time in a few weeks.  Between getting sick (again), working extra to help out on of my families over spring break, and my upset over my trainer's tragedy, I just haven't gotten out to ride in a while.

As I expected, Panama was pretty amped up.  I did turn him out yesterday so he had a chance to release some of his energy then, but he loved riding and tends to get overly excited about it when we haven't ridden in a while.  We had to work through some energy and head-shaking (wanting to buck and run, and being irritated with me for not letting him), as well as some spookiness about his favorite scary corner, the corner of the indoor arena where we keep the jumps.  There's also a horse ball and a folded-up tarp there at the moment.
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rondo earns his keep

Rondo has been earning his keep, at least partially, for some time.  Lately he's really stepping up his game.  One of my fellow boarders asked me to give her daughter little beginner lessons on Rondo -- mostly it's just lunge line stuff, which I've done plenty of with some of the kids I take care of.  I don't think I'm a bad teacher at the beginner levels, so it works out well for both of us.

Then last week one of the trainers who teaches lessons at the barn asked if one of her students, an 11-year-old girl we'll call J., could borrow Rondo for her twice-weekly lessons while her horse recovered from surgery.
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Monday, April 13, 2015


I found out early Thursday morning that my trainer and friend had suffered an unthinkable tragedy: Her son was killed and her husband severely injured in a horrible tractor accident.  I've known Roman since he was born; Panama was the first horse he ever sat on (as an infant, with Leslie holding onto him and me holding Panama).  He rode both my horses at V.'s 12th birthday party a year and a half ago, and I think those might have been his first rides, too.  I can remember Leslie bringing him to my lessons when he was just a baby and putting him in a tire in the shade.  He was such a good baby, and he'd grown into such a good kid.

I was heartbroken to find out about the accident, and there have been many, many tears in the last few days.  I went through all my pictures to find some of him, and was sad to find that there are so few.  I did find this one that I took for Leslie at the Grand Prix a year or two ago:

And on her Facebook page, I snagged this one of Roman on my horses (I took the pictures).  He was so little then!  He had really grown up a lot when I saw him at Grand Prix this January.

Today she posted an update on her Facebook page: Her husband Matt will lose his lower left leg.  He's scheduled for surgery in the morning.  He has a very long recovery ahead of him -- in addition to the extent of the injuries to his leg, his lower back was badly injured as well, and will need extensive skin grafting -- and I'm guessing he won't be able to work for a long time to come. 

One of Leslie's best friends -- and my farrier -- has, with the help of her family, set up a funding campaign for her and her husband.  I wanted to share it on here to get the word out, even though I know none of you know her.  If anyone is blessed enough to be able to help, please consider it, or at the very least consider sharing the link.

Wenstrom Family Fund