On the day before I left for the championship show, I needed to turn Sydney out and let Speedy burn off some energy on the lunge line (no turn out for him; see the above fear of lameness). Sydney is not the easiest horse to turn out, and no matter how long I work with him, there are days where he jerks away from me as I slide the halter off. My method of control deserves a post in itself.
On this particular day, he whirled and jerked the rope before I even had my hand on the halter. And then he pulled a very dirty trick; he cow kicked me right in the belly and then pulled back. I won't go into detail, but I went home that night with a swollen and bashed up left hand, a rope burned right hand, and a purpling horse shoe print over my belly button. The next morning, it hurt to tie my shoes and button my jeans. I ended up being pretty sore for the first half of the show weekend.
Oh, but that's not all. To lunge Speedy, I used my super long, cotton rope lunge line. While Speedy was grazing, I dropped the line to pick something up that had fallen. As he tried to sneak away, I stepped on the line. When he felt the tension on the line, he whirled and wrapped the rope around a hind leg leaving a nice little rope burn. Crap.
How does all of that not reinforce my day before a show phobia? Fortunately, I toughed out the bruising and swelling and Speedy's leg never did much other than fill a little. But sheesh … what a day!
And Another One
I think I just blew my record ...
No You Didn't!!!
The Micklem bridle is really ugly on Speedy. The dropped nose band does absolutely nothing to flatter his face, but I like the functionality of the bridle in spite of how it looks. Finding a blingy browband that fits has been like trying to find the Holy Grail.
When I saw this browband by Red Barn, I was intrigued by the curve. My thought was that maybe it would close the gap a little created by the dropped noseband of the Micklem. I actually brought my bridle up to the vendor's trailer so we could compare the length of the browband to what I was already using. The size was almost a perfect match, so I bought it. And truthfully, at around $65, it wasn't a huge risk.
I tried to get a decent photo, but Speedy was not cooperating in the least, not surprising as that dude does whatever he wants.