Lauren and I have been sick the entire Thanksgiving holiday. Work; the basic feeding, vet care, stall cleaning all got done.but nothing extra was accomplished. We slept 12-14 hours each night, fitfully, getting up to feed horses and dogs and going back to bed. I only got the nursing home every other day.
It was a short-term solution. Thankfully, we had already decided not to try to make the horse show this weekend with Feather. Thankfully, we had help finishing the stalls and getting things ready so we could have five horses on the property again. We didn’t have much energy to spare.
If you’ve read the details about our little place, we called it Six Meadow Farm, because in the beginning there were six acres and six horses. But we have not had more than four on the property in a long time,
Lauren’s next challenge is to see if she has the stuff of Mimi’s trainer, Sarah, to organize, plan, and execute the training of three young horses while keeping Mickey fit, going to school and managing the household. It is going to be tough. Both Feather and Mimi will require at least four rides a week. Bruno, until his hoof heals more will just get two to three rides. Mickey will need the same if we plan to use him at all this next year. There was a time when I could be counted on to flat (not jump) a couple of horses a week and in fact, I think the horses and I were better off for it. Horses like variety and I would do long trots on the hay roads and other work outside the arena. It kept their minds happy. With all the demands of work, my mom and the just the hours spent commuting, I will not be good for much but an occasional weekend pick-up ride. Ally is coming a couple of days a week and that should help as well but the major burden of the rides and schooling of these young horses will fall to Lauren.
We watched Sarah work Mimi last night. Sarah told us Mimi did not like to work in the dark but when she has horses to work and the days are short, someone will get worked in the dark. Sarah has award-winning horses because she does the work. She does not take days off or short cuts. She was nursing an upper respiratory infection yesterday like Lauren and I.
Lauren is young. She is tough. She is disciplined. I wish we had other friends that could come down more often and ride with her. Facing the ring alone day after day is lonely. Lauren is going to cut back her hours at school next semester to get these horses started. She has a calendar and a plan.
Horses are a business where the best laid plans can fall apart in an instant. But these next few months should show Lauren if the horse business is what she wants from life. While there are lots of songs about cowboys losing everything to follow the rodeo circuit there are not any (that I know of) about an equestrian sacrificing everything to ride the show circuit, but it is the same story. Keep reading along and we will see how it goes. She’s got three nice young horses ready to reach the next steps, they are the best she has ever had. Let’s see what she turns them into.