October was my last month as a 29 year old. On October 29th I turned 30! I spent two weekends celebrating. One with friends and family and one with just me my husband. I’m not really one to make a big fuss on my birthdays but I felt like the big 3-0 warranted a celebration.
I have so many updates; I don’t even know where to start. I have never been so busy/happy in my whole life. I fall into bed at 9:30 every night (or earlier) and I don’t seem to have a lot of brain energy left over to write anything. So although I hope to expand on all these updates in further posts... just in case I don’t I will do a quick summary of the “Good” and “Not-so-Good” updates from October.
Mystic moved to her new barn for training. She was very good about trailering and seems to be settling in nicely.
I was able to make enough money to pay for Mystic’s training (which is a small miracle).
The DK saddle that was custom made for Apollo & I was able to be tweaked to fit Mystic. Mystic wore a bit and bridle for the first time and was a rockstar. (phone died that day, so sadly no pics)
Mystic had a massage from Vitality Equine (thanks to Louisa of With a Western Twist for the recommendation). I wanted to get a baseline for her so that we could monitor any issues that pop up in future. Mystic was kind of fidgety at first but eventually realized that getting a massage is a good thing. Brigitte was wonderful and very patient with the wiggly noodle mare.
One of my friends made Mystic this twinkly bonnet!
Blurry photo does not do justice to the twinkle!
I’ve been enjoying my weekly lessons with eventing coach, D, and dressage coach, B. D and I have been hacking out sometimes before our lessons. We went for a little canter in an open field which was quite fun.
Me on my Mighty mare!
I found a new farrier (recommended by previous farrier) to trim Apollo and Henry on the weekends. Rushing to and from work to catch/hold/put away horses just wasn’t working. My current farrier will continue to trim Mystic as she lives very close to Mystic’s new home.
My two-pointober goal was a success! I started at 3:31 and ended at 11:33 - I'm pretty happy with that. :) (thanks Red Bull)
I ran a 5k Halloween race! It was actually 6.7kms as per the phone measurement... and very cold. I dressed as a blind mouse with my two girlfriends (three blind mice....see how they run...!) I had a great time with my fellow blind mice despite the chilly weather.
My husband and I have been hitting the gym together quite a bit. I’m sure I’ve lost a few pounds but I haven’t remembered to weight myself recently.
I haven’t had very much time for Henry and Apollo. I’ve snuck a few rides in but with extra shifts at work, riding in lessons and the shorter days (it’s pitchblack at 6pm now, thanks daylight savings time) I didn’t get as much done as I wanted.
Henry was a royal turd for the new farrier, so we'll be having further conversations about that.
I also didn’t do as much work with Mystic as I wanted before she went for training. I didn’t sit on her or have an “adult pony ride”. I felt like towards the end of the month I was trying to cram everything in, and that’s not really how I want to approach her training. She’s super quiet and I probably could have sat on her but I decided to leave it up to the trainer.
On one of my pre-lessson hacks with coach D, her horse’s leg fell into a culvert (covered in grass). He was sliced up pretty badly. She quickly used her shirt as a bandage and then organized transport back to the farm (just quietly...this woman is my freakin hero, she was so calm and organized). Luckily her trusty steed is going to be just fine.
Trail ears on my Mighty mare before the accident happened.