It's been a slow week horsey-wise. With the barn being empty and no lessons I've been concentrating on my job this week. I did spend 14 hours at the fair and the barn yesterday. I volunteered for the Jumping show and then the Versatility show. In between I spent a few hours at the barn with Junior. He's gotten crankier the longer the horses have been gone. He actually came to me in the field on Tuesday! He's been out all by himself, without even anyone in the adjoining field, and now it's been raining so he hasn't been out in a few days. I put his new halter on him, it's Average size, but he has a deceivingly small noggin and I had to punch a new hole in either side of the crown. I took him out and lunged him and though he needed to be smacked a few times for getting snippy he seemed to appreciate the attention. I worked on transitions on the line as well working on making his life miserable if he plays his switching game. I lunged him for about a half hour and then we cooled down by walking around the arena starting to mess with showmanship skills. It was very humid in the indoor in the rain and we were both soaked. He hasn't a clue how to pivot or set up and I haven't a clue how to teach him to do it so we just worked on keeping his head down and about the right distance from me (though he'd rather play with the line) and did stop and starts and backs. He can back okay and he usually trots with me if I ask him to. I think the biggest challenge with him will be keeping his mouth off of me and the line...and the judge. He just wants EVERYTHING in his mouth.
I have begun a closet re-organization project in my apartment. I have a spare room that keeps ending up with piles all over it instead of "a place for everything and everything in it's place." I bought two more bins and transfered all the stuff from this on really big bin into those and moved the big on into the OTHER closet where I've been keeping my horse stuff. I fit in both winter blankets, my show duffel with show-only stuff in it, and Junior's old ankle boots and whatever else I could find to throw in it. Then I emptied the two under-bed storage bins (that are only a good use of space if they FIT under your bed) and are giving them to a friend. So now that closet will be able to hold my saddles on their stands! Yay! Now the room can be more easily used as a guest room. There are still plenty of piles to sort through, but I got a great start on it.
This might be too personal, but I found a seller on ebay that sells my favorite bras. They have X's through the labels and I'm not sure exactly what that means, but for FOUR of them I paid what I would pay for one new at any retail store. These are the only bras I've found that hold my girls without a bounce when I'm riding, and at about $8 a piece including shipping it's the best deal ever. I HATE to feel my chest move when I'm riding and I'm sure if I can feel it move it must look super awesome. Yack.