Canter & Candor

Canter and Candor; an honest account of an amateur equestrian and her life with an OTTB


Going According to Plan

Filed here under “Things that never happen”.


This is my right leg, after someone snapped my fibula during a soccer game. What this means is: no riding for 6 weeks, no walking for 5, and no driving for 4.

What this also means is, no Woodside BN, and the end of my competition season.

Needless to say, I’m a little down in the dumps. I can’t work, either, because all my jobs are based at the barn and I can’t teach for liability reasons. So a little under two months of no riding, no income, and I have no idea what I’m going to do (other than become a couch potato and watch copious amount of Netflix).

Cori, however, is going to Trainer Boot Camp. N is doing a great job with him so far, and now, she has a super beautiful custom saddle to sit in while she does it (can you sense the bitterness yet?! I just want to sit in it! Just once! But I don’t think C would appreciate The Walking Boot, aka Medieval Torture Device).

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C, with so much good muscle and weight on him, and LOOK AT THE SADDLE!!

It’s havana buffalo and dark brown calfskin patches and white piping and it is soft and beautiful and fits him perfectly. I am so so excited to see the changes in the way he moves (since there was already a vast improvement with the last saddle change) and jumps, and I only wish I could experience it for myself firsthand. The price tag actually wasn’t bad for a completely custom saddle (I picked the leather type and color and piping, plus the metal type, monoflap vs regular, and on top of all that it got here in under 2 months!) and the saddle came from Adam Ellis in England.

C has been very good about delivering cuddles and making sure I don’t get too down about the whole thing. I’m doing my best to keep positive, and at least I’ll be 120% sure we’re ready for BN by Spring.

With all that said, I may update C&C if/when I go out and watch C’s training sessions, but as I am currently not working at the barn, and temporarily moved back in with my parents while I’m immobile, I’m not sure I’ll have much to blog about for the next while. But I will definitely have time enough to browse through all of your blogs, and ride vicariously through you, so keep me entertained! I’ll see you there.


— M