Thursday, July 19, 2012

what i've learned so far

What I have learned in a year of Haflinger horse ownership is really that I have learned nothing at all and a ton at the same time! Crazy, right? Anything I think will happen, won't; any way that I think Shy will act, she won't, and visa versa.
Today, Shy's offness was really concerning me, so I skipped my swimnastics class and made it to the barn for margaritas, the vet, and the chiropractor. More on that later.
Treatment plan: give Shy a few days off, then very light riding for a few days. Chiropractor will come back Monday for a recheck.  
Prognosis: Good. 

So to start with what I learned today: Shy loves tequila and she really is a good horse. Even though she was in pain when Beth was riding her, she worked through it and did not act out. That makes me happy!
Other things I have learned:
  • I have learned that all my strengths will be tested: physical, mental, emotional.
  • I have learned that a Haflinger is always hungry. No matter what.
  • I have learned that the ground really hurts.
  • I have learned that hard work really pays off.
  • I have learned how good it feels to see your horse "get" something.
  • I have learned how disappointing it is when your horse refuses to do something you know she knows.
  • I have learned that draft horse people are awesome!
  • I have learned that bloggers are amazing and supportive people.
  • I have learned horse shows are fun!
  • I have learned so much about Shy: her likes, dislikes, her personality. . .
  • I have learned that dressage can be useful (sorry dressage people, I was not a fan!)
  • I have learned where my weaknesses lie.
There is a whole lot more, I'm sure! But most of all I have learned that I love this horse like crazy! Even if her ways of showing that she even tolerates me are less than noticeable. . . but she is getting better at showing it!


  1. Great post, I can really relate when your horse doesn't do something that she knows how to do, happens to me all the time!

  2. I think it should be... Any equine is always hungry! LOL LOL LOL. Sounds all like fun!!!

  3. Horses really are the best teachers aren't they :) Love your post very uplifting. What was causing Shy pain?

    1. Withers and hips, most likely from the tire incident. Made me feel real good about my vet and chiro that they both came to the same conclusion separately, then worked together to fix it.

  4. Great result. She'll be right as rain in no time.
    And wow, you are really good at self-assessment!

  5. I LOVE this post!!! :D And I'm glad you're seeing the usefulness in dressage. We will totally convert you eventually hehehehehe!

    I love her mane when it's been in braids. So cute. I'm so happy her prognosis is good on her lameness. :D


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