Last week there was lots of talk and chatter and then on Friday finally there was snow. At least two whole inches of snow.
Because it's a rarity, I adore snow when it shows up locally. I feel like a school kid and every time I wake up at night I peek outside to see if the snow has actually happened, and for some inexplicable reason when it does snow I compulsively check school closures even through I am decidedly not in school, nor is anyone else in my household.
The part of me that spent the better part of 10 years on the East Coast scoffs at Seattle's Snow Freak Outs. It's not that I can't drive in the 2" of snow, it is more that if everyone else is going to freak out and call a snow day, I am making tea, grabbing a book and hopping on that cozy bandwagon.
So I did. Friday was officially a Snow Day, and I canceled my morning lesson. Of course, by 2pm the snow had turned to rain and most everything was washed away, but that was not the point.
SNOW DAY was the point. We had a snow day.
|Praie enjoying her somewhat snowy field|
But that's what we get in our neck of the woods so the griping should be relatively limited.
Aside from looking like a Swamp Creature, Prair's lovely streak continues. Her only major loss of points this weekend came from the fact that she is currently digging-to-china in her paddock and snacking on red dirt and roots. This dirt stains/covers her beak in a lovely red mud which she promptly smears on everything. Me. Tack. Walls. Small children... everything. It's gross.
The only other downside to the weekend was I think I potentially pissed off/was mean to one of our other boarders. She's not in S's program, and is a very green rider with a very green horse who I think is barely broke for groundwork and maybe goes under saddle for a trainer, but maybe not yet, can't be certain.
The conflict arose when S took a small kid on a small pony into the indoor for a lesson at the same time I was walking in to ride Prairie. Said other boarder was in the ring with green horse attempting to lunge. I say attempt because it was not a super safe/consistent lunging effort. The horse didn't want to stay on a circle... and was sometimes rearing/twisting and for the most part was just unpredictable.
At some point she pulled in her line, so I started to use the whole arena (I work around other folks, but if you pull in your line, I'll use that opportunity to get off my 20m circle at one end).
She then asked if she could "have" one end of the ring to keep lunging for another 20 min or so (this is a 20x40m ring folks) and I pointed out that technically, lunging is not allowed in the indoor with other people. If it's empty, you can lunge. If there are lessons or other riders (or in this case both), you have to head outside to the round pen, or the larger outdoor ring (again, deferring to lessons and other riders).
She looked confused and I think is actually green enough to not understand why her lunging was a bad idea with a 3 year old on a pony and another horse in the ring. I get it, it was drizzly, and gross, and there was a reason everyone wanted to be inside, so I understood why she didn't want to go someplace else and I felt like an ass for being the one to not defer to her request - but even taking me out of the equation, trying to lunge a wild thang with a tiny kid (who did slide off the pony at one point) is not (in my mind) smart horsemanship.
Anyway, I got a serious eye roll and exasperated sigh, which made me feel like crap, but oh well.
Usually I abide by a first-come-first-serve theory of working around other folks and their exercises/jumps/lesson/whatever. But in this case I felt moderately justified in pointing to the barn rules and being a brat.
I know most training barns have pretty strict rules about lunging (when, where, how) but most open boarding barns tend to be less rigid. Ours is a strange combo where about half the boarders are in S' program, but the other half are scattered amongst other trainers, or board and ride independently.
What do your barns say about lunging in arenas/priority for use of rings? I'm moderately curious.
This is a funny week for rides with the Holiday and all, but we'll do our best and come Friday, Prair moves to her new digs!