Winter continues to rage in Fly Over Country with lots of snow (6th snowiest in history so far!) and bitter cold temperatures. All this means very limited riding and not much to blog about. With everything that been going on with Miles recently though, I’ve been thinking a lot about him, which always leads me to get opinions from my pit crew.
Anyone who has owned a horse for any length of time knows it takes a team to keep a horse sound and able to work — whether you’re enjoying hitting the trails, showing low level hunters or prepping for the Olympics — there are a whole lot of people involved in the process.
I am blessed to have a wonderful team around me, and today (and tomorrow) I want to take some time to recognize them and thank them for all their hard work.
Whether you take lessons once a year or once a week, your trainer is a big part of your success. I absolutely love my trainer for many, many reasons. She has loads of experience, her top priorities are safety and care of the animal and she is willing to move at whatever pace her client is comfortable with.
She let me ride her personal horses after Visa died, she helped me find Miles and she has filled many of the gaping holes in my riding education. Without her, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today.
Hopefully you see your vet twice a year for vaccines… or less than that if you do those yourself. But the reality is that horses are fragile creatures and many of us see our vet much more often than that. My vet is lovely — she texts(!!) and loves to answer all my questions. She was super helpful throughout the pre-purchase process with Miles, including leveraging her relationship with the local equine hospital to get us an appointment ASAP. Without the good doctor, I might never have purchased Miles… ’nuff said.
As the saying goes, “No hoof, no horse.” A good farrier is worth their weight in gold — and my farrier is great. Sometime we can have scheduling trouble, but he is so talented, I don’t mind that much. He made special shoes himself for Visa to help keep costs down, and he has a 1 week guarantee for all his shoes… which was helpful when Miles ripped his first set of new kicks off the day after they were put on.
The Barn Staff
Many of us board our horses — and for me, it’s an essential part of being able to have a horse. But it also means that I’m trusting the barn staff to care for my horse day in and day out, and to recognize any problems. My barn has phenomenal staff who help me out all the time. They coordinate with my trainer, vet and farrier if needed and are always available.
When you sit down and think about it, even for someone like me who just shows locally (we’re not going to be world beaters!) there are lot of people involved in my success. There are a lot of people helping Miles be the best he can be. And there are a lot of people rooting for us, who take extra time to help us out every damn day.
And I am so, so grateful for it.