So Eros felt... not great when I rode him last Thursday. His feet get kind of brittle this time of year, so my farrier lets his toe get a little long to give him someplace to nail. But when his toe gets long that ankle of his gets sore and it's kind of a vicious cycle. He's on the list to see the vet anyway though, as I think he needs some maintenance. Body worker is coming soon too, yay! Hopefully we'll get him all patched up and ready to roll in the next few weeks.
Friday turned out to be one of those days where nothing goes how you thought it would. I was supposed to have a 6:15 lesson after work, but trainer forgot. So I wasted a lot of time waiting for her, before I finally sent a text. It wasn't a big deal, but the day got late by the time I finally got on. I wound up just riding Pammon and giving Shiny and Rio quick grooms and extra cookies.
Saturday some friends and I had tickets to see the Yankees play an afternoon game. I had figured we'd leave around 10 am giving plenty of time to flat Eros before we left. I wanted to see how he felt so I could decide about my lesson on Sunday. But you all know how best laid plans go, yes?
My friends wanted to be on the 7:20 AM train to the stadium. It was a giveaway day, but only to the first 20,000 people. Last time we missed out. So they wanted to arrive early. UGH. I couldn't not ride in the morning though. Firstly because I wanted to see if he was sound. But also, if he WAS sound, he needed to get ridden the day before he jumps, and stepmom was out of town for the weekend. So I asked if it would be okay if I came out stupid early to ride. That is one of the super nice things about the boarding barn. They seem to be pretty flexible about stuff like that. I got the okay, so Saturday morning I was up at 3:30 am to go ride.
Know how early that is?
Anyway, he felt better for this ride, so I decided to keep the lesson. I had tried to video some with my phone so I could see what he looked like, but I turned it the wrong way and you really couldn't see much. Oops. It was a good thought anyway.
The sun finally started coming up when I was leaving, and it was a really beautiful sunrise. There are benefits to early mornings!
Sunday morning I was somewhat refreshed since I had gone to bed early. I was at the barn by 9 for my 9:30 lesson. Unfortunately, as we were warming up, I could tell Eros was feeling sore again, so I wound up just spectating. I was disappointed to miss out on jumping after last weeks lesson had gone so well. But that's horses! It was still fun to watch my friends jump around.
|Eros was happy to vacuum the aisle|
|I forgot to take any photos when he was out of his stall... but here he begging for cookies!|
He still got to have some snacks in the yard. He was never truly bad (he's not a bad guy, ever) but he just was angsty and unfocused. We all have those days.
|Pretty focused here though...|
|I love his chewing face <3|
Fortunately, they will be open a few more weeks so I still have some more lobster rolls to consume.
Monday was another early morning since my helper had the day off. I had to be done with chores by 12:30 ish because my lesson was rescheduled for around that time. The kids all enjoyed their turnouts and took turns between the walkouts and the ring.
|Pammon playing with the treat ball (he LOVES it!)|
Shiny's ride was delayed a few minutes as we waited for a rain shower to pass, but once we got out there she was pretty good. Not as grumpy as she has been, but still just a bit. Once she warmed up though, she was more willing to do some work. Maybe the weather changes are hard on her. I dunno. Ponies...
I got done with everyone just in time to feed dinner and then hunt some down for myself (grocery store subs for the win!). I honestly don't know where the hours go. The barn vortex is a real thing you guys!
Next thing I knew, I was back in the office. Sheesh. Work has settled down for now as they decided to postpone some of these awful changes that are coming. So it will get awful again come the first of the year, but for now life is more or less back to normal. I'm not sure if delaying the inevitable is really better, but I'll take it for the time being.
The horses have been good so far this week. It's supposed to storm pretty hard this evening, so I'll probably go sit on Eros and see how he feels. My luck he'll be perfectly fine by Friday for the vet... Lol. Hopefully not. I mean, I want him sound, but I want to fix what's wrong too!
That's about it from here... The only other thing I did last week was fix the broken fence post with Gorilla Glue and duct tape. So far it's holding!