At this point I’ve decided that my life just feels weird. Horse shopping is certainly a lesson in patience (and more patience) as well as trying not to be too depressed that your fairly sizable budget seems to be nothing compared to what people want for any horse that breathes, is of substantial height, and resembles a hunter. Also note that at any one time there appear to only be one or two horses that meet those 3 criteria within a reasonable distance. Outside of horse shopping my chances to ride have been pretty staggered and minimal. Thank goodness for friends who contact me when they are busy and need their ponies worked! I tend to be averaging one to two rides per week and all my jumping is done on random sale horses I go try. At least I’m testing their forgiveness of rider error? Going from a past of riding every single day and driving out to the boarding barn every single day to sometimes not leaving my house in the evening life is quite strange. I definitely miss my barn friends and just the companionship of riding all the time with others. That said I love having the boys at home.
This change has made me realize just how insane my old schedule was! Life is much more relaxed (not to worry I still don’t’ sit down often, lol) and hopefully I can continue to keep it that way even when this new pony comes into my life (where are you new pony???!). After work and dinner I go out and clean stalls, etc and watch my ponies graze or give them some cookies if they decide to come visit me in the barn. My favorite is when they come snuffle on me while I am scrubbing their water trough. 🙂 I also love catching moments where they are together grazing the same way or grooming on each other. Just makes my heart happy. Usually after that I walk the dogs, go for a bike ride, or get a run in. The boys seems to want to come in around dark right now so around 830-9 pm I bring them in, groom/doctor as needed, then feed them dinner and some carrots.
My husband took up bike riding last summer but I never joined since I was always at the barn. This summer I’ve joined in after borrowing a bike from my parents. It’s not as good as riding horses (nothing is!) but it is fun to get out and cover some ground and hang out with my husband. We keep trying new routes and new parks to keep it interesting. If I manage to keep doing bike rides once I get a new pony I plan to get myself a nice bike.
Phoenix got his shoes pulled last week and is a bit sore currently. I’ve been putting on a lot of Keratex hoof hardener and last night switched it up with some magic cushion (that did not want to stay on his feet even though it’s the stickiest stuff ever). Time will tell if he can make it as a barefoot retired pony. If the boy needs shoes he will get the shoes of course, but he was barefoot for years at one point with me. Stamp got his shoes off the trim before and didn’t seem to mind at all. Funny since he was lame on his left front when I retired him even with pads on. I think Stamp is too busy finding things to cut himself on to worry about his feet! Seriously this horse spends his time rubbing up on my fencing and finding anything that sticks out.
The (amazing) husband and I finally finished putting up the top rail of flex fence in the new section of fencing this past weekend which feels good. The weekend before we did the longest section in order to give the boys access to a new pasture and they were so happy for fresh grass. Those boys are spoiled!
Roxy finally healed up after way too many weeks of limping, meds, and a splint. I would say she is back to operating at 100%. Now she just has to stay out of trouble!
As far as my other non-horse related secret item the result was a good one. I am now back at my previous job (just took a two year break!) and was able to set a schedule with less hours than I worked before. I was missing public accounting and I look forward to reconnecting with old clients and meeting some new ones. Better yet I’m loving being treated like a professional again. Hopefully the good feeling will last!
I’m planning to do a post about how my management of the boys has changed since bringing them home next and of course there is a list of barn projects out there for completion before winter.