Transportation Woes

Alternate title: At Least One Thing That Carries My Butt Around Is Functional

The functional one being Frankie, of course. The not-so-functional one is my car.

Long story short, I no longer have working anti-lock brakes in my Jeep. Options are to either shell out more money than the car is worth to fix it, scrap my show season to afford a new car, or ignore the problem until show season is over.

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I think you can guess which one I’m going with. Luckily this didn’t happen in winter when the roads get slick, and the mechanic said the car was totally fine to drive as long as I was careful. So if you see a red Jeep with horse plates in VA, give me a little space to brake, k? I’m frantically doing research on what I’ll do in the fall and calling in all favors from friends and friends-of-friends, so at some point I should be able to introduce a new (or more realistically, used-and-slightly-crappy) vehicle.

But back to the functioning beast. Our private lessons are, as expected, absolutely transforming us. Even with just 3 under our belt, I can already feel such a difference in my ability to ask Frankie to work harder as well as his own ability to work harder. At first he threw a few tantrums about settling into work, but he very very quickly learned that this is the new normal and now steps right into it. He still has his evasions that he tries and a big part of our lessons is teaching me how to anticipate and preemptively correct those evasions, but it really does feel like getting to the next level of our feel and communication.

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“Communicate THIS” PC: Liz

A few examples: transitions. THEY’RE HARD YO. We’ve been doing tons of them and insisting that Francis step under into them (both upwards and downwards) without popping up and inverting. When I get it right, it’s magical. Slowly starting to get it right more often.

Connection. It used to take me a solid 45 minutes and a virgin sacrifice to get Frankie up into the bridle. And to be totally honest, even then it wasn’t great. I simply did not give enough leg, hold a steady enough contact, or insist on this enough. This is still very much a work in progress, but I’m actually able to get him pushing from behind up into the contact much more consistently. It’s not 100% of the time by any stretch, but it’s vastly improved!

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THE BEEFIEST. THE SHINIEST. PC: Liz

 

Adjustability. Turns out that when I stop using a driving seat and have my horse balanced underneath me, I can totally pick whatever stride length I want. Which means I can then pick whichever spot I want. It also turns out that my eye is a lot better than I thought it was- I just haven’t had the tools to accurately ride to the spot I see. Now that I’m communicating with Frankie more clearly and he’s built the knowledge and strength, I feel so much more confident in our ability to get to a really solid take-off.

Overall brokeness. Holy. Crap. Guys. My horse is so frickin’ broke now, it’s not even funny. He will always be a little dull and he would not make a professional happy (pretty sure you’d see a pic of him in the dictionary under “Ammy Friendly”) but he has become the fanciest horse I have ever sat on. Ever. Including my German import I had in high school. He has so many dang buttons and he’s gotten so strong, it’s like I can think something and he does it. Part of that is the training we’ve been doing super intensely lately, part of it is me learning how to ride more better, and part of that is continuously building our communication and partnership. I’ve been absolutely blown away by him in our last few lessons.

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Let me love you forever PC: Liz

It feels like we’re in a totally different place from even a few weeks ago. I need to get some video so you can see the Frankfurter strut his stuff- hopefully we get some good ones at the show this week! Trainer confirmed that she’ll be taking him in his first 1.20m and I’m spazzing out excited. Keep your fingers crossed and send high-flying thoughts in our direction!

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21 thoughts on “Transportation Woes

  1. KateRose 05/14/2018 / 11:27 am

    I’m having some transportation woes myself (trying to find a temporary cheap car) so I feel you! Sounds like the private lessons are going wonderfully! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. the_everything_pony 05/14/2018 / 12:13 pm

    Yay! So glad for you two! Yes you’ll have to get vid of trainer showing him this week!

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  3. Bette 05/14/2018 / 12:38 pm

    So when are you getting married? Bc you should totally put โ€œBuy a piece of a New Carโ€ on your wedding registry!!!! That way people can buy you 1 tire, or maybe theyโ€™re feeling very generous and will buy you a transmission! Either way itโ€™s better than getting stuff you donโ€™t want or need ๐Ÿ˜

    Also yay for Frankie lessons and 1.20 debut! Canโ€™t wait to hear how the show goes- fly high little Frankie!!!

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    • hellomylivia 05/14/2018 / 3:41 pm

      See I was trying to convince people that I should have a Bridle Shower (for show bills and tack) instead of a Bridal Shower, but no one was going for it ๐Ÿ˜›

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  4. carey 05/14/2018 / 2:32 pm

    Ugh, sorry about your car. Grown up life expenses always get in the way at the worst time!

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  5. Avery 05/14/2018 / 2:55 pm

    โค you should just ride F around. Who cares about cars when you have a pon like that! Car trouble is the worst. I bought a new car not that long ago

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    • hellomylivia 05/14/2018 / 3:42 pm

      Commuting on Frankie sounds like a great idea! Conditioning for him, more fun for me, it’s a win-win ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. CallyJumps 05/14/2018 / 3:31 pm

    Cars are the worst. FWIW, I love my new Forester, even though it’s been a bit of a show budget factor. Don’t get a Focus, I hated mine.

    Have fun and good luck at Blue Rock! Can’t wait to see pics/vid of Frankie in the 1.20s!

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    • hellomylivia 05/14/2018 / 3:43 pm

      I want a Subaru SO badly, but it’s looking like that might be a thing for future Olivia to pay for haha. Someday I’ll have that dream car!

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      • CallyJumps 05/14/2018 / 4:07 pm

        I feel you! I wanted the Forester when I bought the Focus years ago, and was so tickled to finally get one. Especially after years of a car I did not love.

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  7. Stacie Seidman 05/14/2018 / 4:07 pm

    Cars are stupid. It’s annoying that we need them.
    But you know what’s NOT stupid?! Francis. He’s awesomesauce. I’m so excited for you two and can’t wait to see this video you’re promising us ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • hellomylivia 05/15/2018 / 7:43 am

      Hopefully the weather cooperates so I can get a good video!

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  8. martidoll123 05/15/2018 / 5:53 am

    sorry for your car woes (everyone should just give you room to brake…..maybe a bumper sticker saying I can’t brake for shit?? LOLLOL) but i am envious of your horse. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cant wait to see video. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We do a fundraiser for special need bikes that everyone buys a piece of a bike for a kid. (I think we bought two pedals for 50 bucks at one fundraiser)! HA I think you should totally do that for a new car ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck and stay safe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • hellomylivia 05/15/2018 / 7:44 am

      Can I please crowd source a new car?! My latest tactic is trying to convince my dad to “donate” his to me, which mostly just makes him laugh. Worth a shot though!

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  9. Liz 05/15/2018 / 1:20 pm

    First train to Neverland (with Ponies!), I’ll make sure we both get one-way tickets. Screw this adulting BS.

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