Biasini is not going to the Olympics. He is a very talented upper level Dressage horse but he is not going to any big Championships in Europe and winning classes in the Grand Prix. So why am I saying he is worth a million dollars? Let me tell you.
Today we went out to the forest for a walk about. I carry my phone in a pouch purse that I wear around my waist. I do this for safety in case something happens to us or to someone we meet up with on the trails. And, of course, I can take photos.
We took a turn to the left just before going up the hill to return to the barn. I wanted to see if the trail to the Goat Trail was clear or if there was still a tree blocking the trial that had come down in a storm about a month ago. We turned the corner and started down a steep hill. Suddenly I felt something fall out from my pouch purse. I looked down at the ground. It was my phone! Oh no!
Now for most of you riders it would be no big deal to dismount and pick up the phone and then remount. But for me it is a Very Big Deal! Anyone who knows me and has seen me clamber up onto my horse will know that my replaced right hip is not so mobile and I cannot just swing my right leg up and over the horse . I have to bend the right leg at the knee and then, with it still bent, lower it onto the right side of the saddle . And also ….there is no mounting block in the middle of the forest! What was I going to do? I decided that since we were on a steepish hill I would stand uphill of Biasini and that would help. I dismounted and picked up my phone and zipped it securely into my pouch. Then I positioned Biasini across the trail and myself uphill of him. I wrestled my left foot up into the left stirrup and then grabbed the saddle and hauled myself up. Biasini was standing with his face into a small tree. He did not move. Not one inch. Not a shake of his head…nothing. He stood absolutely still. I managed to get into the saddle and sat down.. I gave Biasini a big pat and told him he was the best horse in the world. Then we set off back up the hill to home.
Later he got extra treats and carrots. And a big hug round his neck from me. What a horse! For me he is easily worth a Million Dollars!
He knew I needed him to stand as still as a statue so I could get back on him and that was exactly what he did. Horses know. They just know. Let us never forget that.