As my title – and my cover photo – indicates, I don’t take things too seriously. And neither does my horse. We’re a former hunter pair trying out eventing as a new discipline and for several reasons:
1.) I am a weenie who needs to get the @&%O! over myself.
2.) Ollie likes to make up insubordination games when he is bored, and I do believe he’s bored of “inside-outside-inside-outside” jumping lines. If we even got that far on most days of schooling (ahem, see above).
3.) Well why the hell not?
4.) Eventers seem to have less horse-ism than hunter people overall (“Oh, you have a draft cross? That’s….nice.”)
5.) Eventers seem to have less stuff-ism (“Oh you don’t have breeches custom-made to fit your ass? Please step away from my horse before he catches your insufficiency, please.”)
Seriously, though, I have nothing against hunters – I was in the discipline myself – but at this point in my training and my horse’s, I have to resign myself to the fact that I need to push myself to be less of a weenie, and I need to just get out and try something new. I hope it sticks, as the eventing world seems like great fun, filled with great people.