1) My work schedule this semester has proven to be a nuisance in the way of allowing barn time during the week.
2) My back issue, which I'll update you on later, wasn't making the little barn time I had very uninteresting.
3) I've been sick for a week. Started with stomach flu, then turned into a head cold/allergy/sinusy thing.
But now I think on our way to getting back to "normal." And I'm SO ready to start getting both of us back into some form of condition. I'm in a teensy break between theatre productions, the 3 hours/week I have been spending in prospective student interviews will lessen, and we go on spring break in one week. This should help extend barn time.
My back is getting better. FINALLY. January was pretty damn miserable and February didn't start well, but finally it has improved. I can clean hooves without pain! Woot! I've only ridden twice and only walking and trotting in 2-point since sitting the jog isn't comfortable yet, but I've RIDDEN and I can't tell you how good that felt!
And whatever sickness I had seems to be on the mend. I had to cancel a whole week of classes and missed some important rehearsals, but shit happens. I'm on the up and up now, better every day. Still weak because I'm still getting my tummy back to eating something more substantial than saltines and gatorade, but I'm improving.
|Who you callin' a homeless goat?!?!|
|And that's after I swept it into a ball!|
I took him to the arena and lunged him, more for manners practice and to make sure he didn't injure himself with this morning escapade. I was pretty proud of him because another horse being lunged next to us was being an idiot and bucking and dashing around, but my boy trotted along calmly... at least he's learned to be quiet! Then I did a little showmanship but I got fatigued REALLY fast so he got to back to his stall in time to do his carrot stretches before his afternoon grain was delivered.
He seemed happy to see me and nearly enjoyed the grooming, but his manners have sure declined. He does not keep those lessons nearly as well as he keeps others. Back to Bitey McBiterton I guess. Sigh. And he's even got his turnout buddy, Bruin back! Last weekend I caught them playing face tag as I was leaving the barn, so he just needs to be reminded that's appropriate behavior for Bruin, but not for Boss! And by Boss I mean ME.
|Bruin and Junebug: Besties.|