Lack luster title. I have been hit or miss here lately. I have been busy substituting. I get called nearly every day and I hate to turn down work when in the back of my mind I think that come June I won't have an income at all. But it is nice to have some money and think about actually being able to spend some. I am making plans with some good friends for spending all 4 days at Rolex doing all sorts of fun and amazing things! One of those things being shopping! I am saving and starting my list now. I am sending in my daughters first Combined Training entry. I am so excited for her! I gave her a lesson a week ago and oh my goodness, her and that pony look fabulous. It is so exciting thinking about her/their future. They will be making their debut in Green as Grass Intro test b and 18" cross rails.
I did finally get to ride Steady last week I trailered to an arena. It was actually quite a nice ride! I was SO happy to finally have been on his back with out some awful explosion. I am planning to trailer in every free day I have. Weather and as I mentioned before working is making it more complicated but it is going to happen one way or another.
I think I sorted out some of my pony club issues and realized it was actually one big issue that was getting me so down. I was doing a friend favors by helping them get into horses and they were not taking my advice on many important things. Two major things is they needed to do in order to ownn a horse. 3 basic things for the horse protection from the elements, hay and water that would not freeze over. They politely refused to make those things a priority and it was stressing me out beyond words. Then they said they had no intention of supervising their beginner daughter when she worked with and rode the horse. I wanted to help, I tried to help but I cannot help facilitate a situation where a child is in danger and a horse is getting neglected. So I finally grew a pair and told them I did not support them owning a horse and they were on their own from this point forward. It was hard to do but once I did it was like this huge weight was lifted. The strangest thing about all of it is when starting out helping them I thought they are very well off and intelegent people that they would be able to afford and make good choices when it came to the whole situation. And by well off I mean they have a lot of money but for some reason think that horses are going to be free to keep if they keep them on their property. That is all on that topic because I could go on and on about how odd it all is but I have washed my hands of it all and now the rest of the Pony Club work does not seem so daunting.
UPDATE oon that situation: It seems my email had an impact and they have purchased a water trough, de-icer, hay and ordered a rain sheet and are putting up a shelter in the spring. They are also having her daughter start lessons. Wow who would have thought that getting ticked enough to fire off and email about how irresponsible they were being would have such a positive impact. hmmmm.
And today was vet day. Both Lily got were vaccinated, coggins pulled, dental done and I always love this time of year because I get to take advantange of Steady being sedated so I can at least get one good pull in on his mane for the year. I spend the rest of the year just upkeeping with cutting. But it really helps to get some of the thickness gone. The vet remarked many times how Steady body condition looks so amazing. Ahhh that feels so good to hear and just never gets old. I guess because it was so much work to get him there. Here is a picture of a sleepy yet less hairy Steady. I wish I would have gotten a before picture because his mane was out of control.