I have this uneasy feeling in my stomach every time I think about this weekend. Friday I leave for Come Again Farm and Saturday is our second schooling event ever and our first of the year. I am having a hard time nailing down where the feeling is stemming from because there are so many reasons it could be.
#1 Steady has seemed to regress the past week or so. Before we seemed to be making progress,slowly but surely and all the sudden something seems to be going on with him. He doesn't seem to be off. I have lunged him and not seen anything and though they are not horsey people I have had a couple different people watch us work and they don't see anything. And I don't have anyone else that is a horse person to take a look but it is definitely not an obvious issue. He is not nearly as forward as he usually is but that can have in part to do with being in regular work as oppossed to having off half the winter. He also seems reluctant to round at random moments. Not too unusual but it seems to be more often and more dramatic as of late. I was going to the standby saddle fitting problem as the cause and then took a couple days riding bareback and he was exactly the same with or without a saddle. So now my mind keeps telling me CHIRO! I will be making an appointment for that asap but it won't help us for Saturday.
#2 It is the first of the year like I said so nerves are definitely a factor right now.
#3 I am going to be gone the entire weekend. I not only am showing Saturday but am staying over for a lesson on Sunday. So I will leave Friday afternoon and not come home until Sunday afternoon. This is not a normal occurance for me to leave home alone overnight, ever.
Then there is trailering, preperation like mane maintence and packing and making sure all the other animals are going to be well cared for and....gah! I wish I could just be excited about it and not so full of axiety over it.....