I have been awol. Well giving carriage rides mostly every weekend and having things to do as always on the weekend I never got around to doing my Sunday stills photos and nothing in my archives made me jump right up to do the letter T. After all we already ate our turkey (so much for T's cause T-posts are boring) in the beginning of October, being in Canada and all.
Sunday morning really early I woke up with a mild case of food poisoning. Yacked my guts out but had to get up and feed the horses anyway. It must have taken me three times as long as I normally would to feed the horses that morning. They were incredibly patient. I went back to sleep until 10 and then felt alright to go out for breakfast.
The thing was I was so hungry. I wanted to eat and did but I felt like crap afterwards. I went back home and took a nap from 12:30 to quarter to 5 pm.
I never take naps. I woke up all confused and more sick. Fed the horses dinner and went back to bed. Woke up this morning feeling queasy and tried to find someone to go in and do my barns for me. No one answered the phones. Downside of being your own boss.
I went and got them all done and felt good enough to go to class that night. I feel great now. I never, ever, ever want food poisoning again. I believe it was from a ham sandwich I made at 2 am Sunday morning.
Oh yeah, the bitting case study: When I went to the one barn today the lady left me a 3 page paper asking me to sell her my bridle. Hahah!
See we have a slogan about the nurtural bridle: "Bring us a horse, any horse. Whatever he does in his regular bit or bridle he will do better in ours."
We haven't had a failure yet.
The lady rode all weekend with her young horse and old horse alike. She said, quote from the letter "I have progressed with kit(the young horse) more on this weekend than I have in the year of lessons with him. He is super responsive and there is no tail swishing or choppy transitions"
It makes me feel so good to know I can help horses and riders. Once people try it bitless is kind of self explanatory. First she rode in her bit going through the usual routine then she switched to bitless going through the same routine to see the difference. Her trainer was there to give her a pair of eyes on the ground and she was very impressed. I wish I could have been there.
Shes going to have my spare bridle for another week but she really wants one for her schooling.
There ya have it folks. Diehard traditionalist. Don't knock bitless until you try it, just like this case study. Hopefully a follow up later on how she is doing with the young horse bitless.