Things are a little nutty around here this week. I mentioned before that I was waiting to set my course until the ring was re-graded, and that was set to happen this week. Along with that project, I'm having some privacy fence replaced and a few other odds and ends tended to. I'm glad it was scheduled for this week because my dad's boat captain returns this week also (he stays in the apartment here in the summer) and I noticed this when I was grazing horses the other day:
That's the deck to the front door.... I had thought the boards were just warped, but turns out some of them were also rotten. And then it turned out that the stairway was not good anymore either. So almost the cost of my new saddle later... I have to replace the whole thing. It's good timing since the carpenter is already on premises doing the other projects. But geeze. Horse showing gets more distant every week. Perhaps it's time I create myself a business of some sort. I need more income!
On the plus side, the ring looks SO MUCH better:
And I got the course set on Monday!
Looking forward to popping over it this week! Then maybe next week I can start thinking about some lessons.
Things are going much better with the horses too! I was super angsty about riding on Tuesday with all the construction happening right next to the ring. But I need not have worried. They were all perfectly fine. Horses are so weird. The things you expect them to be spooky about they aren't. But heaven forbid there's some wind and the leaves on the trees move....
ANYWAY, rant over... Despite being in need of maintenance still, Eros is being a good dude. I haven't pressed too hard about a lot of collection. It's clearly very difficult for him at the moment and I don't want to make him do something that hurts. So his topline is disappearing, but he's happy about not working especially hard. I have let him pop over a few little things too. He enjoys it, and I haven't tried to do any related distances so that keeps it easy for his him too.
I can feel him using his body better these days, and I think it will just be a matter of being really cognizant of how he's using himself moving forward. He's pretty lazy in general, so if he can do it easier he will. It's my job to not let him. Noted. Riding is hard. Lol!
Things are going better with Shiny pants too! I finally got a little tough with her. I'm not sure still if she's sore somewhere or what, but now that I've been a little more demanding, the canter departs are getting back to decent, and she's just working better in general. I swear sometimes I think she just wants to you to be a little mean. She's like a younger sibling, pushes your buttons till you get mad, and then she's a little angel. Mares. Sheesh. Hopefully she'll get seen on Friday. That hind leg is definitely improving but still has some fill. So we'll see if he wants to re ultra sound, put something in there, or maybe just keep on keeping on. Time will tell. Hopefully she'll be able to start jumping again soon too. She hasn't seen a fence since last fall!
In other news, the pool is open!
I also got my annual bracelet order from my favorite horse show, so I pumped those out on Monday:
And I made myself a wrap bracelet while I was at it:
I have some supplies on the way for some fun crafts too. Things have been busy and I haven't been making much lately, so I'm excited to get back into doing some of that.
And that's about it from here! Did you all have a good week? How accessible is your vet? Do you have to wait weeks for maintenance type appointments or can you more or less do things whenever? I'm trying to gauge where my patience should be...