I’m back! I went through a bit of a tough time; I simply had no mental energy to write anything. I still kept up on reading most of the blogs I follow – just didn’t leave many comments. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me in the comments of my last blog or via e-mail, it meant a lot to me :)
I have a post sitting in my drafts folder that provides a lot more detail about what’s been going on, but it’s a bit personal and I’m not ready to publish it yet. Essentially I’ve been working really hard the last two months to make my life less stressful.
So what’s changed? I’ll break it down by horse, as that’s probably easiest.
Mystic – This mare continues to impress me. We have been doing a lot of trail riding lately and she is a complete #BAMF on the trail. I walk/trot/canter her outside and feel completely safe. We did an Eventing 101 Clinic a few weeks ago and the post about that will be up shortly.
We are in the midst of some saddle fitting woes at the moment. I have a saddle that is an OK fit (like 7/10 I’d say) but even with strategic padding it’s the wrong shape for her. I feel like its ok for trail riding but for arena work/jumping we need to find a better fit. I have a few things in the works so I hope to have something better for her soon.
I haven’t been able to afford lessons since early April for her (or any of my horses) and have decided to move her back to the property where Apollo lives at the end of June. Lessons are on the horizon for her and I -starting in July with Coach D. I hope to take her to the one day event on August 1.
Henry – Henry finished his training with some interesting/surprising notes from the trainer (post to come shortly). I found him a very affordable place to live where we can do lots of trail riding this summer. The woman who owns the property is quickly becoming a really close friend and we have so much fun riding together. She’s very kind and patient with his quirks.
My aunt’s saddle fits him quite nicely and thank goodness because I can’t afford anything else for him at the moment! It's an exsellle AP, not the western saddle in the picture above.
He has become quite a lovely trail horse. It’s quite a big change for me to ride a warmblood. He feels a lot more athletic and springy than my draft crosses (and I feel like he could dump me very easily at any time – but he hasn’t! Good boy Henry!). Riding him has inspired me to start working on my own fitness again in a big way.
At one point Coach D came very close to buying him but that has been placed on the back-burner right now for various reasons – some of which I’ll get into when I share the notes from his trainer, RK.
Apollo – Sadly Apollo has not gotten as much riding and attention as my young horses lately. Soon he and Mystic will be living at the same property so I will get more rides on him. He’s been quite a good boy for me when I have squeezed the odd ride in. He really needs to be ridden at least 4 days a week or he’s an incredibly hot ride. I hope to have my husband riding him by the end of summer- so we have some work to do there! I actually rode him with only a neck rope a few weeks ago, which was one of my big 2016 goals!
Going forward he will be starting lessons soon and the plan is for Coach D to ride him in the one day event in August. The Verhan saddle still fits him beautifully and he doesn’t have to share it with Mystic anymore because it doesn’t fit her now.
I had a fall last Friday when he bolted at the mounting block, so mounting block manners will our number one priority going forward. Followed closely by fitness/regular riding!
I had planned to come back to blogging when the dust had settled a bit. But I’ve learned that creating a less stressful life is ongoing, and the dust will never really settle because life is always changing. I’m a bit sad that I have missed documenting the last two months and in future I think I’ll try to blog through rough patches in life.
I’m excited to properly catch up with blogland and share more details on what's up with me and my herd! :)