|Maples in full color at Prodigue Farm, Rochester NH|
The warm weather has made hunting my horse these past few weeks a wicked drag. For both of us. I don't blame her. I never blame her, she can't help being a Friesian, but the last hunt we came home from had me thinking again "why the heck do I do this with this horse", which is never a good place for me to be.
It's been warm and humid. Warm and humid means the heavy coated, thick skined, deep veined Friesian horse can't cool down. Which means after the first few runs we must back off the galloping (from first to second and even joining the hilltoppers on occasion!) and slow down.
Yay. I work my ass off, get up early on the weekends, spend gobs of money on gas getting to the hunts and time out of my busy schedule so I can what, gallop for a few minutes and spend the rest of the time watching everyone else galloping and jumping and having a blast? Yeah, not cool. It's started another case of the OTTB's.
They're everywhere. CANTER, Finger Lakes Finest.....and in the hunt field. They're fast, capable, did I mention fast? The finish a hunt as fresh as they start, barely breaking a sweat. It's a dangerous place for me to go, in my head, when I start wishing I had one of those instead of a Friesian. I don't like it there. I love Daatje, dearly, but sometimes it is painfully evident that what I try to do with her is only half as enjoyable as it would be on a more suitable horse.
The past few hunts have been those sometimes.
I don't like "dumbing down" my expecations. I don't like feeling held back by my mount. Sigh. I always will, for as long as she lives, feel held back by her breed and the limitations that come with it.
Daatje loves to hunt, but I feel her frustration level rise too, when her body is done but her mind wants to keep going. I even sense her anticipation of the discomfort she experiences on the more humid hunting days.
Sorry for the dump of Debbie-downer-ness, but I had to get that off my chest.
Tribulations of riding a Friesian aside, we have had some really nice photos taken of us lately, thanks to the kindness of Eric Schneider. :)
|A beautiful photo from last Saturday's hunt at Prodigue Farm, Rochester, NH|
I promise to make every effort to stave off the case of the OTTB's, keep the expectations down to Daatje's comfort level and just try to have a good time out with my horse. Jealousy be damned, if I keep this up I'll go mad, or try to sell her again, which will also make me go mad.
Where'd I put my flask again? I could use a swig or ten......