TOABH: Metamorphosis


We’ve talked about what your horse doesn’t like to do, and I don’t want to confuse this with that. ¬†I’m not talking about personality quirks or training foibles. ¬†Tell me: ¬†if you could change something (or things) about your horse, what would you?

Nothing, my baby is perfection!! ¬†We are talking about my pibble, aren’t we?



Oh we’re talking about the horse. ¬†Okay. ¬†Number one: feet. ¬†Murray’s RF wants to be upright and his LF wants to be a pancake. ¬†Not a fan. ¬†I have legitimate concerns about his long-term soundness because of this.

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I don’t mind that they aren’t the world’s largest feet, but I would love for his front feet to be a bit more… similar. ¬†His hind feet are, according to his farrier, lovely. ¬†Fortunately, I don’t struggle with hoof quality, just shape. ¬†Le sigh.

Murray is a pretty perfect size for me, but I might give him a touch more height or maybe some slightly sturdier legs. ¬†Last year especially I was a little worried about the kid wandering around on toothpicks. ¬†It’s a little less the case this year.

2011-9-1Twigs I tell you!!

The last thing I’d change is his scope. ¬†I’m not sure where it is, but since I revealed last time that I’d like to do a 1* some day, it would be nice for pony to be able to come along and be competitive at that level. ¬†That would be pretty badass.

And that’s it.

I know, I know, you long-time readers are like “you wouldn’t change his BRAIN? his weirdly sensitive GIRTH AREA?”

IMG_3745I am quite sure this is the Murray equivalent of the bird.

Ok so I might change that girth area thing.  And his likely proclivity for ulcers.

But for real, Murray’s got a good brain buried beneath all the suspicion and generalized distrust. ¬†He’s smart, he’s honest, and he knows how to work when asked reasonably. ¬†He’s quick on his feet — a credit to both his feet and his mind — and knows what his job is. ¬†If he didn’t keep me on my toes I would be lazy and probably wouldn’t try as hard, and we wouldn’t be where we are now. ¬†Plus, it gives me a perverse sense of pleasure to know I’m one of the few people who can/wants to/will tolerate this bullshit for all the good that lies beneath. ¬†I’m a masochist, I know.

Thank goodness he doesn’t have a pig eye!