We’re nearly a whole week into 2012 and I’m feeling like it’s going to be a good one. With the days lengthening my mood is considerably brighter. I’m making a list for each day and so far accomplishing most of the “do’s”.
I’ve been working on a photo book for the trip last summer – kudos to http://www.mixbook.com – and I realize that it really was the trip of a lifetime. Except I want to do it again! Lol. This summer I’m going to kidnap my husband and go somewhere for at least a few weeks. Perhaps Virginia to ride the luscious Shenandoah Valley trails. We can stop and visit family on the way to and from.
I had a riding lesson this morning. My horse Fame is great. I don’t know why he likes me, considering all I did to him last summer (especially the saddle fitting issues). But he seems to really enjoy the time we spend together. I got a new saddle for Christmas, a Bob Marshall Sportssaddle. I had one some years ago, loved it, so decided to go back to it. I rode in it the first time on Tuesday. Fame was funny. He was cranky for girthing, a habit that indicates poor saddle fit in my experience. I lunged him briefly, just to make sure everything was securely attached. Then I got on. As soon as I sat, his head came up and I think his eyes were squinted. But then he took a step, sighed, and walked out like he had someplace to go. 😀 I’ve ridden two more times since – he’s not girthy, and he’s so relaxed through his back. I had a dressage lesson today – he was super!
I’m glad I’ve figured out the saddle problem. I feel bad that I caused him pain. It has made me appreciate him even more. What a trooper to continue doing what I asked, even when he was hurting. I certainly don’t have that quality. As soon as the least little thing is uncomfortable I start protesting like it’s the end of the world. It’s something I’m going to ponder, and perhaps work on in 2012. 🙂