I actually didn't ride at all last week. The weather wasn't cooperative during the week, and I had plans to go away with my family for the weekend. But fear not, I've been back in the saddle this week!
But first, vacation. Our plan for the weekend was to fly to Nantucket Friday afternoon and stay until Sunday. We had to wait for my niece to get home from school before leaving. Originally I was supposed to have a dr's appointment Friday morning, so I took the whole day off. But then my appointment was canceled so I had a free morning! Yay! I was going to ride Eddie and get the boys walked, but it wound up pouring rain so none of that happened. The boys got groomed though so that's something at least.
|Charter plane this time, one of the other partners was using dad's.|
Saturday was our only full day, and we really didn't have much planned. We had a late brunch, and then wandered around town some and did a little shopping. It was the most relaxed day. AND it was sunny and warm. Pretty much perfect really. We had dinner out again, and then lazed around the house and watched a movie together.
My brother and sister-in-law were attending a 1 pm wedding back home on Sunday, so we had to be at the airport by 8:30 am.
What does a good sister do for her brother in that situation? Well first she takes him to breakfast, and then she puts him to work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1uvXrfVhVM)Now he wants his own logging horses. But I think he needs to learn a little more first. He came out with me while I was walking Jamp, but I wouldn't let bro walk that one. Jamp is usually a good boy, but sometimes he's a balloon. Safety first friends! I knew Rio would be fine though.
Speaking of Jamp. I think he was annoyed at me for leaving him behind this weekend. I came back to his left leg looking like this:
Little Bro headed back to VT around 1 and then I went to my mom's to get the pups. The rest of Sunday was spent adulting doing laundry and such. Boring.
Monday was more exciting! We arranged for Unicorn 2.0 to arrive on Tuesday for a few days trial. Work was busy, and then I took care of the boys and bought food for the week. (Ok, maybe Monday was only mildly more exciting.)
After that excitement, I got to go meet Unicorn 2.0. He's very sweet, and I'm hopeful maybe this one will work out.
After riding, I headed back home to groom and wrap the boys. I had planned on walking them but the rain changed my mind about that.
Today was a typical Wednesday at work (my busiest day of the week, always). But after that, I was off to feed my boys, then ride Eddie, THEN ride Unicorn 2.0. Busy day. You can see why I'm first drafting this post at 11 pm.
Eddie's mom had plans, so we just flatted tonight. I don't want to jump a horse that's not mine without witnesses. Eddie probably appreciates that. It was actually nice to just focus on flat work with him. As we all know, it's the flat work that makes the jumping go well. I've jumped Eddie every time I've ridden him. He takes a LOT of leg, so I usually rush through our flatting a bit just to save energy for the jumping. So today, I really enjoyed taking the time to really find the flat work buttons. I still need to be stronger at the canter, but we had some lovely trot work.
I had told myself I'd walk the boys when I got home tonight. But it was 9:30 and I was exhausted so they missed out again. I have much guilt. But they both go out every morning in their respective medical sized paddocks. So it's not as bad as I feel like it is.
I'm riding Unicorn 2.0 in a lesson tomorrow after work, but I will definitely walk the boys afterwards. It's not as late when I just ride the one horse. Friday I'm jumping Eddie after work. I'm so excited to be back riding, but I really need to figure out how to make time for my old boys too. If only I could work part time but get paid for full time! Hahaha! My dad always said it's nice to have dreams...
We have to make a decision about Unicorn 2.0 tomorrow pretty much. If we want to go forward, my vet is available Friday for a PPE. If not, we have to get him back to his people on Friday because someone wants to try him on Saturday. So far, from the flat work, I REALLY like him. My step mom is having her lesson on him tomorrow. She's the biggest deciding factor. If she's not comfortable on him, we'll pass. But if she does like him, it will depend on how my jumping lesson goes. Wish us luck! I would love for this to work out.
We might be taking Eddie to a show on Sunday. Our plan with him is to jump Friday and probably just flat Saturday. And then maybe the show Sunday. Hopefully I'll actually get some media for next week!
And that's what's up this Wednesday. Like I mentioned yesterday, it's a bit hectic, but super fun! What's up with you guys? Getting a lot of saddle time in? Do any showing or lessons? Tell me about your week in the comments!