I rode Bobbie today.
She hadn't been ridden in almost six months, so we didn't do anything but walk and trot. She's got a lot of go, but is light and responsive and well within my abilities. My saddle fits her and her owner and I seem to be on the same page about nearly everything.
So why am I not ecstatic?
Well, we ran into an unexpected problem. It seems that owner of the stable doesn't like her boarders to lease their horses. The resident trainer says to ignore the owner and do it anyway. I can live with that, but not if it means that I have to sneak around. I am simply not prepared to get myself involved in that kind of drama. This won't work if I can't come and go as I please...
Oh, why does everything have to be so difficult? I'm not ready to give up on Bobbie. She's my type of horse and I still believe her owner and I can make this work. I'm realistic, though. The stable owner's objections may make this impossible. If that's the case, I guess I'll have to look elsewhere. I'm sure there are other Bobbie's out there. I'll just have to find one!