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SMDA Recognized Show - July 14, 2019

Ellie and I tried her first recognized show in July.  It was quite an interesting experience; I don't know why this has been such a weird year, but sadly it has!

I signed up to ride Training 2 and 3, paying the little extra to have T3 count as a qualifying score.  It didn't really matter since we cannot do enough rated shows this year to qualify for a USDF award, as I want to do horse trials and other things on weekends when the rated shows are scheduled.  But I wanted it to "count" just in case because you never know lol!

I didn't get any media as I went by myself.  Training 2 went great!  Ellie warmed up well and we had a really solid test.  She was calm and rideable, and I honestly thought we had done quite well!  The judge didn't agree and we scored a 62.241%, for third in a class of five.  Not a terrible score, but it seemed lower than the performance.  I figured it was just a difference between normally doing schooling shows and this was rated, so the sco…

Just a Horse


From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse" or"that's a lot of money to spend for just a horse". They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse". Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse".


Many hours have passed and my only companion was "just a horse", but never once did I feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse", and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's "just a horse", then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise" and "just a promise".


"Just a horse" beings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.


"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse", but the very thing that gives me humanity and keep me from being "just a woman."


So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse", just smile....because they "just" don't understand.



(author unknown, but thank you)


PS - Above pic is of my mare Sparky, escaping the heat and bugs in the "parlor" of the barn on a hot summer day.

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  1. haha...good thing you went private b/c I already have the poem typed up from my ESDCTA newsletter waiting to be posted some day. I loved that poem too! People don't get why I saved my horses life...I did it because he is so much more then just a horse.

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