[RC] Newbie's first pull......... - FASTGraphic
With the experience of three whole rides and a whopping 150 successful
miles, I was feeling like Solitaire and I were on easy street and coasting
toward my goal of 250 miles in our first year with no pulls.
Alas, we were pulled however, at the 3rd vet check of the Davenport Dare
ride this past weekend.
I would love to fault the terrain, but the truth is that it was not at
all to blame. I would love to blame the vets - but they were of the highest
caliber and utmost professionalism. I could try to lay the blame off on my
mare, Solitaire - but she gave all I asked for. Truth be told, there was no
one to blame but me because I simply asked her for too much.
I had a plan. I stuck to it. Oh boy, was that a mistake. I did not
alter or adapt when the weather turned suddenly warmer. I did not read my
horse well at all. I was at fault. The blame was entirely mine. I made
some rather stupid mistakes and let down my crew and my "girlfriend"
Solitaire and I feel like $h!+!!! LOL
Solitaire is fine today, and when I went into her stall to bring her out
for some grooming, she nudged her nose into the halter like always with a
"let's go!" attitude. She is truly amazing. I intend to listen to her more
closely from now on, now that we have firmly established that she is the
brains of our little team. :o)
Congratulations to all who did finish. Solitaire and I will be back
soon - with the wisdom only defeat can put under one's saddle.
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