Thursday, August 28, 2008
Yesterday afternoon I went over to my friend's barn to finally see my horse. Of coarse my "trainer" wasn't there. He said he got caught in some traffic or something. He was about 45 minutes behind me. While I waited I talked to my friend. Finally the "trainer" arrived. He came over where we were sitting and sat and listened to us chit chat about this and that. Then he got up and went out to the horse trailer. He was out there for a while. So, I decided to get up and see what was going on. You see that stock trailer? That there trailer is the trailer that my "trainer" argued with me about. This is the trailer I asked him why he couldn't bring my horse on Monday with. And all of a sudden here my horse was inside this stock trailer. My friend had told me that he didn't use it the days before because he had put cows in it and they had pooped all over the trailer and the "trainer" didn't clean it out. So, I guess he finally found a hose and cleaned it out. Ozzie was so excited to see me. He looked good. He had gotten fatter. So, at least I know he was feeding him. But a horse will get fatter when you feed him and don't ride him. It then took about an hour to get Ozzie's feed unloaded and to get Ozzie out of the trailer. My "trainer" was arguing with someone on the phone, so, it took him a while to get things done. Ozzie then stood here tied for a while. Ozzie was a bit nervous about his new surroundings. It's good for him to be in a barn situation like this. I even got a picture taken next to him to show Mr. Cowboy how much taller Ozzie has gotten. Ozzie waited patently tied to the wall. Then my "trainer" came over to him and started to tie him around. I wonder if he does this before every ride? I forgot to ask him. I will have to ask him again today. I sat in the corner and took a few pictures. I watched and watched. I do have to admit that my "trainer" has no sense of fashion when it comes to cowboy boots. Yikes. We are not trail riding in Texas with all sorts of prickers, we are in an indoor arena. Do you really have to tuck your jeans into your incredibly too high boots? He finally got on Ozzie. It seemed like forever. This is where he saw me with my camera and tried to "threaten" me again. He asked, "What have I told you about taking pictures of me?" I then replied back, "You told me that in two weeks I could video you and it's been three and a half weeks, so I think I am safe. Plus if you don't like it then I will take my horse home." He shut his mouth and kept riding. Then some guy called him on the phone. They talked for about 20 minutes. My "trainer" kinda turned Ozzie in some circles and walked him around and around. It was terribly boring. That is what I did while I was waiting for him to get off the phone. I have not worn spurs in such a long time. I forgot how fun it was to walk and let them chink around. But anyway. I finally got bored and took a mounting block and set it in the middle of the arena and looked annoyed. He got the picture and got off the phone. I think Ozzie looks a little miffed right here? Look at his nose. Ozzie is really an easy going horse. He just kinda goes with the flow. He never really picks his head up higher than that and he is really slow with his gates. He worked on moving his shoulder. You can see in that picture how Ozzie is stepping out with his right front. He did a little head setting. Which I think he made a bit harder than I had it. I used to just pick up with my hands and Ozzie would drop his neck and bring in his nose. I asked him about that and he had some lengthy description of why he does it differently. For the most part Ozzie looked good, at the walk. The man never asked him to jog or anything. I brought that up too. He went on and on about how he has not ridden Ozzie in about two and a half weeks. He blamed it on the weather. He then said,"How about we start over. We start today with a new month and start over." I am not too sure about that, being that he was a big fat liar from the previous month. I thought about it. I figured that the horse was going to be fed along with the other boarders and I would now be able to go out and ride when ever I wanted. So, I told him okay. But if he messes up just once, then I am taking him home. I also told him I wanted that horse loping by next week. Considering I had him loping when i dropped him off. After that conversation I got on Ozzie. He has all sorts of different buttons and I have to learn a different way to ride. I just let Ozzie walk around. We relaxed and I didn't ask him for much. I personally don't see much a difference between the "trainer" and me. We both were just sitting there. Hee hee hee. I am going to see how the rest of this week pans out. Then we will have to see what the hurricane does. If it hits us we might not be riding for a while. So, I now have my horse in a safe place and where people can tell me if he rode my horse or not. I also found someone to pull my horse's mane. I hate pulling manes. I am going back out there today. I want to jog Ozzie today. There is no sense in Ozzie not jogging.