Monday is the crappiest day of the week so it only makes sense that we make things official! Here’s our latest batch of reader-submitted “Oh Crap” photos and videos.
Amanda Baker: “This is my (lovely, kind, patient) Chincoteague Pony, Hershey (aka Southern Storm), taking me, (his inexperienced, inept, incapable owner) cross country schooling for the first time. Hersh took care of me and I think the entire experience is summed up in this picture: me going off a drop for the first time with a look of pure terror on my face and a look of complete unconcern on his. He got lots of treats that day for hauling my ass around. Good pony.”
Jessica Torbet: “This is me in my first jump lesson with my Westphalian gelding, Lombardi.”
Beth Clymer: “I ride a super brave horse who loves a long spot. In this photo we had been attempting to be careful in some tricky footing, but he and I disagreed about the distance to this one. He was probably right.“
Kelly Parsons: “A few years ago at one of my first events with my OTTB, we had a dirty stop which resulted in me almost coming off. Thankfully, he raised his head quickly and tossed me back in the saddle. We finished the round with two refusals and after seeing this picture, my mom made me withdraw before cross country! I’ve now learned to keep my heels down and wear sticky full seat breeches to help keep me in the saddle!”
Miley and Caroline Holtzman: “This is our baby boy, Banker (ZWS Bank On It), who is 16.3 hands tall and will be turning six this May. I believe the correct terminology to call him is Selle Français, but he’s a thoroughbred anglo-arabian cross. He’s a Virginia Tech bred colt, but our trainer/instructor actually owned his dam before she had him, so he doesn’t actually get the VT in his name. He’s out of the Bit of Class Mare Dream A Little and Sired by Baladin d’Oc. We’ve been leasing him for six months now. He’s one of the sweetest horses we know, he just lacks confidence sometimes. These videos are clips of us raising the jumps up a little higher than normal, and as you can see, he’s a little unsure of himself, haha. He’s already started his first show season in the hunter ring this spring and we’re excited to get him out and about. The last picture is how he is when he is confident and trying hard.”
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Go forth and tackle your Monday, Horse Nation. Go Riding!