Let me back up a little bit! I had a great ride on Henry last Tuesday. We rode over obstacles and went for a trail ride by a creek. He's doing great, I'm so proud of him! The trainer, RK, has really done a wonderful job.
I planned to ask RK on Tuesday what Henry's timeline was like for being ready to come home. He beat me to the punch by saying "Well, his 60 days are up soon."
And I was like.... what? 60 days? That would mean he'd come home on April 7....?!?!?!
I honestly had no idea he was only there for 60 days. I thought he was there until he was ready to go home... no matter how long that was. I asked RK if he could possibly stay until May 1st, to develop his canter work. He could also use more work with the bit, he is okay with having it in his mouth but he's more responsive to a halter/hackamore at this point.
The trainer said he would ask his assistant, who does the bookings.
Today I got an e-mail stating that RK was too busy in April to squeeze Henry in. He had some training slots available in June if I was interested.
Henry has no tack of his own yet. And I have the busiest month of my life planned in April (more to come on that tomorrow). The timing couldn't be any worse. Coach D may still take the ride on Henry eventually, but she's had a few health issues lately and due to that I'm not sure how interested she is at this point.
I spent most of today hyperventilating at my desk. Frantically booking a hauler and making sure it was okay that Henry move back to Apollo's barn ("home"). I had to stop myself a few times and make myself listen to "Don't Worry Baby" by the Beach Boys. That song is my chill pill.
Prescription to chill.
My aunt was passing through town last week and left me an older barnsby jump saddle. Hopefully the saddle gods will smile down on me and it will fit him nicely. I do have another saddle that belonged to my other aunt (exselle AP) which might work too. Hopefully we can figure something out.
So Henry comes home on April 2. And then I will have three horses to ride. Part of me is jumping for joy. The other part of me is terrified that I'm not ready for this.
Our selfie skills still need practice too.
More updates to come tomorrow! In the meantime I will be listening to the Beach Boys on repeat :)