Driving in BC this year has been pretty lack-luster – the majority of driving competitions and clinics are held precisely where the BC Wildfires are spreading out of control. Our area, which typically gets 2-3 driving clinics a year, has had none.
So while that is unsettling, I can’t really be frustrated or too upset considering a lot of people are losing their homes and livelihood due to the devastation. In speaking with a fellow competitor from last years BVX (she also organizes the Driving in the BVX), she had mentioned getting a lot more clinics going for our area. It sounds like there are quite a few “newbies” who are interested in joining the driving world and a few people who are replacing their previous driving horses who will be looking to re-enter the scenes.
and records aside, I am just tickled with my fat little pony. He continues to
amaze me in ways I never thought possible and is very easily one of my favorite
horse's to work with. He can have that pony-attitude, but he also emulates an
aura of calm and willingness that I firmly believe has transferred over into
Annie. I threw him into the deep end this year, asking him to be a strong and
confident leader for my baby horse and he eagerly and proudly met me half way.
|Being a good role-model.|
I still remember when I got him. He was THICK, awkward, and very potato-esque. He lacked a lot of self-confidence, was terrible to catch, and was afraid of a multitude of things (including, but not limited to: fly spray, the hose, me raking up manure beside him, throwing flakes of hay into the hay box…). He was green as grass, but had the foundation thanks to Trainer C, and even though he went through a brief rearing phase (wherein I threatened selling him, lol), he has come out the other side as this suave and savvy little prancy thing.
|Me: "Don't touch the water bottle."|
Spud: "I'm gonna touch it, lol."
And while it is disappointing things didn't really pan out the way I had anticipated, it also serves as a life lesson in disguise. I am already looking forward to next year's season with my potato and all that it has to offer us.