Blog Hop: Change

We have a blog hop from Oh Gingersnap!

Have you at some point moved on to a different horse, trainer, stable, etc with the purpose of advancing your progress? What made you realize the time was right for a change? Or did you opt to adjust your goals in order to stay with what you know is working? How did either choice work out in the long run?

I haven’t done a blog hop in a long time, but I can definitely relate to this!

I had been half-leasing Addy for over a year, and she taught me SO SO much. She was my introduction to the jumper ring, moved me up to the 3′, and challenged me without scaring me. For a long time, she was exactly what I needed. I knew that eventually I wanted to move up beyond what she could do, but there wasn’t any urgency.

Doing the 3′ local jumpers together

As you all remember, I then went to Ocala and got a taste of the show life and decided that I really wanted to pursue that path more intensely.

And Addy was not the horse for that path.

Could she have been? Maybe. Pretty Girl could physically jump a 1m track without issue. She was generally well behaved at shows, and likely would’ve gotten even better with more miles and a stronger ride.

But then it came down to two things: 1. she wasn’t particularly happy in the job of being a show horse and 2. her abilities and limitations were already known, and would’ve kicked into play fairly quickly at that point.

The first part: she didn’t really want to be a show horse. Don’t get me wrong, we went to plenty of shows together and she was a very very good girl. But those were all one-day affairs. Based on what I know about her (which is quite a lot), I think she would’ve been miserable staying in a stall for the week with limited turnout. She loved being a lesson horse, loved going off property for trail rides, and loved fooling around XC. That was her wheelhouse and she was darn good at it. Asking her to fit into a training program for a rated show campaign might have worked, but it wasn’t the job she really liked.

The second part: she jumped a 10 every time, but I wouldn’t really want to take her around a full competition course over about 1m. I had jumped bigger singles with her, but she started getting a little anxious when the jumps went up much more than that. She was the queen of 3′ and we were already doing that together- moving up with her wasn’t really likely to happen.

So with all the love in the world and with full appreciation for the DragonMare, we knew she wasn’t the right fit for me to pursue my goals. I was lucky enough to have a fairly informal/flexible lease with her owner and she was wonderfully willing to work with me.

And that’s when we started looking for Frankie! We wanted a horse that was safe and sane enough for me to ride at my current skill level, had the ability to move up a few levels so I wouldn’t outgrow him immediately, and could mentally and physically handle the rigors of a show career.

Way more relaxed than Addy would be in a busy warmup ring (PC: A Frye)

And it’s definitely the best decision I ever made- for all of us. Addy didn’t have to deal with the stress of my expectations for her and got to enjoy her job of being an absolute rockstar lesson/local show pony, and I got to start chasing my goals with a horse who is better suited to the task.

Short version: yes, I changed horses so that I could advance my progress in a different direction. And yes, it worked out wonderfully. Change can be scary, but it can be a great thing too!

11 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Change

  1. Hillary H. 08/14/2017 / 4:08 pm

    Definitely going to have to partake in this hop! Love reading about frank and can’t wait to read about your continued progress!


    • hellomylivia 08/15/2017 / 8:13 am

      I’m definitely curious to read everyone else’s stories! Glad you’re on Team Frankfurter πŸ™‚ ❀


  2. Karley 08/14/2017 / 5:04 pm

    Love that she got you to where you needed to be for Frankie! Best of both worlds!!


    • hellomylivia 08/15/2017 / 8:14 am

      I owe so much to that mare! Wouldn’t be where I am today without her ❀


  3. Rocking E Cowgirl 08/14/2017 / 11:05 pm

    I guess you could say I changed locations to continue and promote my progress in the equine industry. Honestly, I probably wasn’t ready! But I had to take the chance when it was available.


    • hellomylivia 08/15/2017 / 8:14 am

      I think it’s awesome that you took the chance and made it work- if we waited until we were ready for everything, then we’d never get anything done!


  4. SprinklerBandits 08/15/2017 / 9:24 am

    Addy sounds like such a cool horse. πŸ™‚ Glad you were able to enjoy her and prep for a horse like Frankie.


  5. T 08/15/2017 / 2:15 pm

    Thank you, what a great story!


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