After a couple of weeks off, I returned to my lessons last Thursday. Legacy was a busy place while I was gone.
There’s new barn art.
This mysterious item that somebody invented while I was gone.
And lots of new mud.
I really like the new barn art. “Vitality” was a gift to Legacy Stables from artist Brenda Dezeeuw. Someone on Facebook commented that the photo doesn’t really do the piece justice. So true. When you walk into the barn, it just sort of draws you to it.
I actually didn’t notice the new stalls until Paul pointed them out. Whoa! They just all of a sudden appeared. They call me Mr. Observant. In my defense, I was too busy admiring the new art and trying to pet the dog.
I found the mysterious item on the dressage saddle while I was tacking up Vinnie.
I did not know what to do with it. Or why it was there. Or what it was. I suspected alien technology. But it came off pretty easy and I handed it to Kathy. She told me it’s called “a girth extension.”
“What manner of beast requires such an extension?” Discovering unfamiliar items like this is unsettling for me and always leads to more questions.
In this case, the question had an easy answer: the new girth extension was for Habakuk, Karin’s new horse.
Oh, yes. She did.
I think she’s up to 14 or 15 now. I don’t think she even knows for sure.
Habakuk is huge. He’s 17 hands, making him a little shorter than my old buddy Caspian. But he’s as wide as a tank. Like Brenda’s art, you really have to see him up close and personal to truly appreciate him.
Karin made me hold him for a minute or two while she was getting some of the other horses from the pasture. Habakuk and I looked at each other, you know sizing each other up. With larger horses, I usually worry about getting stepped on. But this time, I worried about getting eaten.
I know, I know. Horses don’t eat people. But while we were eye to eye, I couldn’t help but recall Fat Bastard’s line from Austin Powers: “Get into by belly!”
From what Karin tells us, Habakuk is actually a very nice horse. He has a good disposition and she can tell that he’s had a good deal of training. At one time he had been employed as a 4-H horse for a twelve-year-old girl. If you’re a horse looking for a job working with kids, that’s a pretty good thing to have on your resume’.
Karin intends on using Habakuk for vaulting. This is going to require some work, but she has a pretty good feeling about the project.