Today was hard. While moving Theo only an hour away isn't that big of a deal, what it represented was a very big deal. I've handed Theo over to Trainer D to manage. Until further notice, she's completely in charge of his schedule. She'll be riding him and using him in lessons.
I'm very proud of myself that I didn't cry while dropping him off or setting up his new locker.
His western tack is with him since her son is trained to ride western and in love with Theo. I can see him happily jogging around with a nine year old that thinks he's amazing. It's a reining barn so I won't be surprised if his western dressage training gets some use. He's an incredibly cool horse to ride in western tack and I hope someone else can enjoy that. I think Trainer D is looking to branch out a bit and she couldn't find a better partner than mi papi. If she wants to dip her toe in the ranch horse or western dressage ring, Theo is perfect.
I caught part of one of his lessons today and he helped a young lady finally achieve her goal of cantering. Perfect walk to canter, keeping the beat like a vaulting horse while she grinned. He's getting to help so many people reach their goals now. I have to take a break, but he's still at work. A job that he now seems to love. Trainer D is there every step of the way to protect him and that makes all the difference. He's a beloved partner, not the Thigh Master that people dread being stuck with. He goes for trail rides and jumps the jumps and gets all the cookies. If someone needs to learn to jump or canter, he's the boy. Carefully, with big releases. Trainer D is very protective of his mouth since she intends to show him herself once the pandemic is over.
Five years ago I took him to our first two-phase and was proud he stayed in the dressage ring. Today I handed him off so he can do his thing while I figure out how to get my health back in order. I finally have a pretty good idea of what happened and while it's still degenerative, it's long term. I can't hang with him right now because I start to think that one ride wouldn't hurt. I could just swing on, I wouldn't do much, surely it would be safe . . .
Nope. The more time I spend with him, the more I want to do the dumb thing and ride. This is for the best.
I didn't take any pictures today. I didn't have it in me. He was happy to get in the trailer and very happy to find a new stall full of hay. I don't expect this to be a big change in his world. Same trainer, many of the same students, just a different stall and turn out. And arena. He might be squirrely for a bit as he gets used to the new outdoor rings but Trainer D knows what she's in for and she's ready to take it on. I left all of his lunging gear, just in case.
Hopefully, next spring, I'll be able to put my foot in the stirrup again. In the meantime, I've got a half marathon to train for and a garden to manage and a whole string of bikes to exercise. I might even put Peyton back in obedience classes to fulfill my competitive tendencies.
I miss him already.