Thursday, October 15, 2020

Finding a Butt to Put in My Saddle

I'm in need of some suggestions and this is going to be highly annoying because I sorta already know the answer but I can't afford to do what I want to do so I am stuck in my own head in a very adult like mental pout. 

Mature, I know.

I need to find a temporary rider for Eeyore - probably 6 weeks and most likely around Christmas time when people's availability is low. Great timing, but not my choice. Well, sorta my choice but financially it has to happen before the end of the year. You see, I underwent a diagnostic laproscopy on Tuesday and they found a large mass in my uterus which has granted me a hysterectomy. My deductible is huge and this surgery met it, so I have to get the second one in before 2021. Plus, I want this thing out of me and I want to no longer fight the pain I've been in from it. 

Unrelated to break up text


I won't be able to ride for 6 weeks and I plan to stick to doctor's orders on that as I want everything healed and good to go once I'm cleared. I've been hurting for so long now that I don't want to do anything to prolong it at all even a single day. 

But...Eeyore will self destruct with that much time off and I'll be damned if I spent all summer rehabbing him just to have him rip his leg off in boredom and have to spend the spring rehabbing him next year. Not. Going. To. Happen. Do you hear that Universe??????

Which leads me to needing to find a butt to put in my saddle to ride him a few times a week while I recover. This is tricky because a) I am now broke and b) he lives at home so it isn't so easy as finding a barn rat to do it.

Can't be rusted for 6 weeks in the pasture



I'd love to send him to Trainer AB to put training ride son him while I am out, but that is $$$$ and I don't have $$$$ at this time. COVID killed my practice and while I'm functioning it isn't pretty and I don't have my typical cushion. I went back to work the day after the laproscopy so to avoid more time missed but I know I'll need to take 2 weeks off the next. This year has been awful. 

I plan to ask her if she might possibly be interested in having him there for lessons for those 6 weeks and that way his fat butt can work off his stay, but she doesn't really have a lesson program so I am not sure what the outcome of this will be. Fingers crossed this could work. 

If that doesn't work out...then what? I can't afford to pay someone to come out 3x/wk and ride him and I don't even know where to begin to find someone I would trust to ride him who is hungry enough for saddle time to ride him for free. 

So....hive mind...help me out. Any suggestions on what to do here? Currently surgery is scheduled for December 30, 2020 but I am hoping that can get moved up a few weeks. 


16 comments:

  1. Ughhhhh, can't help with the lease rider part, but a friend of mine went through the exact same thing a few years ago and after she healed she was so much happier and no longer in pain. Hugs to you for having to go through that.

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    1. Thank you. While I don't want surgery, I am so so so tired of hurting that I'd do just about anything at this point.

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  2. Ask Trainer AB to recommend someone local? Put Dusty on him? (and then pony Wyatt on Gem- o, what a sight.)
    Any endurance connections nearby? Pony Club groups? 4H? You need to look now so you can audition people and make a good choice.

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    1. I spoke with AB and she is putting feelers out for me. We will see if she can come up with anything.

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  3. Does your trainer have any reasonably good young riders who lesson with her who would jump at the chance for free saddle time?

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    1. I reached out and asked her. The issue is that all her students have their own horse so nobody is looking for a ride. I told her that if someone has a horse laid up I'd even be willing to swap horses and let them rehab in my pasture while they took Eeyore. Will see if anything comes of it

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  4. Ugh, I’m sorry about your troubles but glad that they will soon be taken care of. I like Betsy and Dom’s ideas. Your trainer may have a person in mind. I always find this ironic because I struggle with getting Irish exercised but before I had my own horse I would have jumped at this.

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    1. When I was horseless I would have ridden anything and never expected to get paid to ride a horse but everyone around here seems to charge $35/ride to exercise your horse.

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  5. There are so many adults out there who would jump at the chance, it's just connecting with them! Seriously. I know that I'd have always jumped at the opportunity for saddle time, but no one would have ever thought of me -- extra ride time always went to the kids with $$$ and a horse or multiple horses (that's just how it works). If there are some local trainers or barns you trust, maybe reach out and see if anyone is looking for saddle time. It's not like you're offering lessons, you just want someone who wants extra saddle time to help you out for a few weeks. Someone who doesn't have a horse, who may have an injured horse, who is broke, who is out of work or under worked, or just wants to sit on something may LOVE the opportunity. Even if they don't do as much as you do with him, getting him ridden will be huge.

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    1. My back up plan is to reach out to Trainer MD who I rode with before my health went to crap this summer. She has a more extensive lesson program with people who use her lesson horses so she may have more contacts for something like this.

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  6. It never hurts to ask your Trainer if there is a way you can work out a deal, or even a payment plan. The worst they can say is no, the best they can do is work things out.

    When I was seriously broke in the last recession (to the point I almost started living in my car, but damnit I refused to sell my horse) I talked to everyone in a situation to help me keep him. The BO (I helped her with web, computer, marketing etc), my farrier (he late me be 1 payment behind for shoeing), my vet (he let me have a 'tab' and make as little as $50 payments a month on it without incurring late fees) and my Trainer (I helped her with computer, barn chores etc). I mean all I had at that time was time, and I had no money.

    So maybe you can't ride but you or Dusty can trade services of some kind, maybe she can help you with a defered payment plan, or she can teach 1 lesson on him a week but you need to find someone else for 2, maybe you can find someone who come ride him at your home for free, a college student home for Christmas? I used to come home from college and ride like 5-6 horses a day. Maybe you can still work him on a lunge line at home or help her around at her farm while she puts rides on him.

    It takes some creativity but I don't think it's all a lost hope.

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    1. Those are great suggestions. Between the two of us there is bound to be something we can exchange. I have my post op for this surgery next week and will find more info out on the next one regarding healing time, lifting restrictions and all that which will help me make a better plan. Thanks for the ideas!

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  7. Just catching up, (congrats on Hamilton btw).
    So, I like the idea of sending him off for someone to ride. When I was in college, I had my horse. I didn't want to bring him home for xmas break because I would be gone for much of it. So, I found someone at the barn near my college who didn't have a horse, was paying for a lesson horse, and was willing to ride my horse for those 5 weeks. Now, it gets tricky in that in your situation they would also have to pay board, BUT would you consider lengthening the time he is gone? Like, maybe he could be leased until March, or something like that? While you work with/play with Hamilton? It would just be a care lease for whomever took him. I realize this isn't ideal, BUT maybe you could find the perfect person???

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    1. Yeah I've thought about allowing it to go through the spring season or if it was the perfect situation and he was happy there a longer lease. I worry about leasing out due to a lot of horror stories so it would have to be under either my trainer or Trainer MD (briefly rode with her beginning of summer before my health went to crap) to ease that stress. Its on the table as an option though

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  8. Sounds like the surgery will be worth the pain and hassle to feel better in the long run. I'd start with Trainer AB and see if she has any connections that could help.

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    1. My worst case scenario is to have AB do my regular lesson as a trainer ride. He'd only get ridden once a week that way but it would be a good ride and is the least expensive option.

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