It's raining. I'm not impressed. It's not just raining, it's RAINING. I knew it was going to be a wet winter so I'd resigned myself to just basically throwing Jade and Simon into their respective paddocks and see them in the spring. Naturally I did some in hand work with each and round pen work as able but it's been slow going. I somehow thought I'd be able to ride by now but that's not happening.
While I was lamenting my sad position in life (and shopping urgently for information on either a new home with covered riding area or how to add a covered to my land), I found myself whining about not having lessons, not having blah blah blah and then it hit me - my trainer has horses! I could just go ride lessons on different horses. She probably even has something above the level of my guys!
I swear I'm not that slow.
I called her up, she naturally said yes, and we made a lesson appointment with her 4th level 23 year old mare, Gentle Rain. The lesson was very eye opening, FUN, and let me focus on just me. Oh man, I've got so much to work out on my body. Overall I wasn't so bad, but it wasn't pretty. All these years of riding young and broken horses hasn't taught me how to ride dressage like too terribly well. At least not at the upper levels.
I asked about weekly lessons on Gentle Rain and was excited to have (something to ride lol) a plan. But then... I started thinking. What IF I had my own upper level horse to ride regularly? Lurena naturally said that yes, that would help me learn faster. I also felt that I'd spent so much time training and retraining my horses so I'd be prepared for anything and was beginning to feel I was wasting time because I was installing ALL THE THINGS just in case I needed them later rather than just what I'd need and I wanted a target.
Sooo, that meant horse researching the "what ifs" followed by horse shopping, Beth style. Here are the top contenders: