Mystic is home! It's so nice to have everyone together again. I was really bummed to leave my sweet trails and riding buddy, C, but this was a really smart decision. Also my husband and I are currently sharing a vehicle (I never ended up purchasing another vehicle after my accident in the summer) so having the herd so close helps me be less of a truck hog.
Mystic is learning to be an arena horse again and continues to be the most wonderful creature ever. <3
She had a month off and I took her out in the hayfield bareback - and she was rock solid. She truly has the best brain and heart of any horse I've known. It's been really beneficial to my confidence to have more rides on her.
I got my saddle for Henry on January 15th! AND I FREAKING LOVE IT.
It arrived right before my trip to Las Vegas so I haven't been able to deck it out yet because I can't afford it haha. So I am currently rocking ancient stirrup leathers and a used $8 fuzzy girth. But who cares. I have stirrups! Yahoo!
I haven't had as many rides as I'd like due to hurting my ankle and the horrible weather. But I have been really happy on rides I have squeezed in! I have never felt so comfortable (and somehow very secure) in any saddle before. Totally worth how broke I am.
I would really like an ecogold secure pad (the jumper or xc version, don't care which) as the saddle is just very slightly wide on Henry. I'm currently just using one of my thicker pads but it's ugly and I want a fancy new one.
Apollo (who is usually quite aloof) has been overly friendly and really keen about going to work lately. He usually goes through some stiffness when the temperature drops and isn't super keen about being a working horse in the winter - this year is a complete 180. I hadn't really planned to do much with him this winter but he seriously waits at the gate for me when he knows I have another horse inside, so homeboy has been keeping busy too.
Sometimes when you come inside you get a massage from your BFF at Vitality Equine
I'm just feeling really grateful about where things are at right now. I mean... yeah I only have one saddle and things aren't perfect, but they are so very good. I was even kind of happy about hurting my ankle because I caught I death flu at the same time so I could take care of both things at once rather than being off for a longer period of time (it was also like -30 so staying indoors was fine by me). ST has also been away so I couldn't have done lessons with her over that time anyhow.
I have lots to catch up on and big plans in February! Our condo renovations have started and the condo should be listed again March 1. I also am in the works of booking some lessons with a cowboy challenge guy, a long-lining specialist and of course the wonderful ST.
2018 - I like you.
Apollo hair heart <3