It’s kinda a season of exciting but bittersweet news over in our corner of the world.
Firstly, our beloved Assistant Trainer has decided to move on to new adventures after 6(!) years with our barn. She’ll still be around ad hoc when we need her and she’s certainly not disappearing into the ether, just not as our end-all-be-all barn manager anymore. We’re all thrilled for her new venture and it is a very positive parting, but we’re all also very brokenhearted to lose her. Her attention to detail and her horsemanship are far and away the best I’ve ever encountered. Having her knowledge and eyes on the horses has been reassuring in the extreme. She knows just when to push and ask for more and when to give a break, she takes her time developing new skills with endless patience, and never takes shortcuts when it comes to the horses’ well-being. I’m sure we will find a wonderful new barn manager/trainer, but I’ll honestly be satisfied if they are even half as good as AT has been. With all her talent and attentiveness and tenacity, I can’t wait to see what she’ll accomplish!
The other bittersweet piece of news is that one of the horses in the barn colicked the other day. He ended up needing surgery, but it went well and he’s recovering (thank goodness). Of course, this means he’ll be rehabbing for a good long time and is out for the rest of the season. Major bummer for all parties involved.
However, the silver lining here is that his teenage owner is a fan of the jumper ring, and her mom is trying to figure out a plan that means she still gets to show while her horse is rehabbing, without having to buy or full lease a second horse.
I think you can guess who is coming to the rescue here: Francis.
We’ve set up an excellent partial lease situation that means this kiddo is still getting to train and show on a confidence-boosting horse, and I get (a) reassurance that he’s getting loved on when I can’t be there and (b) help with some of his bills. I wasn’t actively looking for someone to share Frankie with, but I’m happy with how well this works out for all of us.
There’s also a certain sense of circling back around: having a flexible partial lease on Addy opened up a lot of doors for me and helped me grow in ways I never would have been able to otherwise. It feels kinda karmic to now be on the other side, able to share my own horse with someone in need of more saddle time.
So there you have it. We’re bidding a fond farewell-for-now to one of the very biggest influences on my riding, and we’re giving a warm welcome to the newest member of the Official Frankie Fan Club.
Change can be intimidating, but I’m eager to see where it takes us over the next few months!
Sorry to hear about losing AT, I know how it feels to lose an important part of your team, but also to be happy for them making good life progress.
And, that’s AWESOME about the partial lease!! I wasn’t looking for one for Mo last year, but it has turned out to be so so great for all of us. I was also lucky once to get offered a horse to ride when I was in flux in my life, and being able to offer Cosmo to help someone in the same way is soooo rewarding. And I LOVE seeing their progress and relationship. I hope you have as much fun with it as I do.
I certainly hope so too! She’s a good kid and I think Frankie has lots to teach her, so I hope they get to have fun together ❤
Change is so hard! Sorry to hear that AT is moving on, but I’m sure things will be just fine!
And I think it’s so fantastic that you’re able to share Franky with your barn mate in her time of need! I’m sure it means so much to her. What a lucky kid!
She’s a really good kid, I’m excited to see them go compete together!
The partial lease situation sounds absolutely wonderful for everyone!
It’s definitely an unexpected blessing, Francis is always jumping in to save the day!
yay on sharing the Frankie! Win win for you both! Sorry about your trainer though!! I am glad the kid’s horse will be okay how scary!
Can’t wait to hear how Francis wows everyone even more 🙂
I can’t wait for their first show together, I think he’s got so much to teach her!
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