I know some of you may be wondering why I haven't really been riding Chrome much after I was so excited that he'd finally turned three. There's a lot of reasons actually. Some of them are health related like his abscess, sweet itch and he had a cut on his back from playing for a while and I haven't been feeling well either because of a lot of stress at work. Another reason is because I want to let him grow some more because he feels too small for me. My plan is to wait until he's four before I start riding him a lot. At the rate this year has gone by I'll probably blink and he'll be four tomorrow lol, so that excuse won't be around much longer.
The big reason is fear. As much as it kills me to say that. I trust Chrome, I really do, but I also realize horses are big, unpredictable animals and anything can happen at any time with them. I'm afraid of going out to ride alone and something happening and having no one to help me. Part of this fear of riding alone is because I've never really ridden alone!!!
For those who don't know I'm a twin. My twin sister and I always rode together. I ALWAYS had someone to ride with. If she didn't want to ride we didn't ride. If I didn't ride we didn't ride. We always rode together.
After I moved away from home I didn't have a horse to ride. Then when I found a friend who had horses we always rode together. Now my friend is working out of state for six months so I have no one to ride with once again. My husband is always working or at school and we don't have a horse for him to ride so I'm stuck doing short ride around the house when he is home and doesn't have a ton of homework to do.
I almost went out to ride Chrome last weekend while my husband was inside sleeping because I figured I could call him and wake him up with my cell phone. When I got out there the bot flies were horrible and Chrome was agitated and doing these huge kicks, so I chickened out and didn't ride.
So, I guess my question is... am I being paranoid or letting my fear dictate how often I ride? Would you ride a three year old horse who has only had eleven rides in his entire life when you're home alone? I don't have anyone I can call if something happens because all of my close friends have moved away. I can't call my husband because he can't answer his phone in class. So the only option I'd have is to drive myself to the doctor or call 911, if I'm even conscious to do either of those things. Maybe I'm being a big chicken and thinking worst case scenario because a friend of mine was just thrown from her three year old horse and although nothing is broken she's in a lot of pain (she doesn't live near me). So, what are you thoughts on this subject?