*Little bit of housekeeping first: I'm going to title all my blog posts in November after Leonard Cohen songs/lyrics :) He passed away November 10, 2016. I loved his music, fiction and poetry, I was fortunate to see him at his last performance in my hometown.*
Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my post - My Greatest Fear. It felt uncomfortable to write and I so appreciate the support. I am still friendly with Coach D and maybe one day we will lesson together again. Over our almost three year on-off student-teacher relationship she has never been anything but positive and supportive (save that one comment) so although I'm not immediately seeking her help with Henry, I'm not upset about the comment at this time.
Also thank you everyone for the bday wishes! I had a great bday weekend (it included some pony photos, cupcakes, a cheese plate, a trail ride and a Stranger Things 2 marathon).
I want to give a few updates on some other things that were left hanging and post my goals for what remains of 2017.
Horse Sharing (I had thought of letting a friend ride Mystic, which is weird for me because I am greedy) - this hasn't happened yet but I am still open to the idea. There's been a bit of a cold snap recently I don't think my friend is keen to ride when it's -20.
Henry Custom Saddle - I am hoping to get it ordered this week.
Mystic's Western Saddle - I sold it on the weekend. I think I rushed into buying it because I just wanted a saddle so badly. I didn't love riding it (it was too big for me) and I hurt my back trying to move it in and out of the truck (I have a horrible back and it was heavy as shit, like 40lbs+). So no fancy diamond wool pad will be purchased to help it fit her better.
Horse Move to Cheaper Pasture - I spent a lot of time in the first half of October barn shopping. Nothing really thrilled me. I was trying to save money but I'm also very particular. I think most likely everyone will stay put. I would eventually like to bring Mystic to where the boys live, if my BO will give me a discount. This means unfortunately that I won't have a ton of "fun money" for trailers and other big ticket items I was hoping to buy, but I can keep chipping away on those things. I will still keep my eyes posted for the perfect spot.
Henry's Cough - I didn't blog about this but Henry started to get quite a bad cough again and I gave him some time off (about a week and half). Now he's 100%. I think the weather changes kind of messed him up.
Groundwork - I am proud to say that I have been doing really well on adding more groundwork into all my horses routines. Henry especially seems to enjoy it.
Excessive Sleeping - I am still sleeping a lot. But I'm starting to feel like a human being again. I'm going to be adding a spin class to my routine and I hope it will jumpstart my energy levels a bit.
We only have 56 days left of 2017, where did the time go?! 2017 has not been my favorite year so far but I have a few goals to work on to finish up the year strong.
In the next 56 days I would like to:
1) Finish two books
2) Take 30 spin classes
3) Get back into the groove with ST lessons
My husband and I have booked a tropical holiday for late in December which I am SO looking forward to. The last bit of 2017 is going to be the best bit :)