TOABH: Metamorphosis

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?

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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!

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7 thoughts on “TOABH: Metamorphosis

  1. Doing longer rides on harder terrain, specifically trotting on hard ground, will help lay bone on his cannon bones. I was talking several years ago with a top endurance rider and that was her suggestion, which I can testify, really works. We always do some trotting on packed dirt or concrete during our rides, because the concussion helps with their legs and hooves.

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  2. I know what you mean about the brain thing. Sometimes I think I’d like to trade in Pig for a horse that isn’t so difficult, but then I remember how much I’ve learned from his difficulties, how easy other horses seem, and how big my training toolbox is now. Worth it.

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  3. Ugh. You know, I didn’t even think about how much I hate Archie’s front feet. Quality, not shape or size. We’ll lose a few shoes this summer, no doubt.

    And who would ever change a thing about a pibble?! 🙂

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