- A terrible ride on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Me, in tears, finishing the above Wednesday lesson feeling like I just can't even. Can't ride. Can't deal with the lack of forward, can't figure out how to fix this. Can't even think about the finances needed to potentially purchase a custom saddle or two. Can't remember the last time this was truly fun.
- What if there is something physically wrong with B? What if she simply doesn't like her job?
- EC, understanding, but also frustrated, I think. There's no quitting in this barn! Give new saddle and another vet check a chance, but also, suck it up, this is B and you bought her because she's so laid back about life. There will be no magical cure for work ethic beyond consistency and hard work.
- Discover Bridget's cough has returned Thursday, after over a year of health and us almost being convinced original vet was wrong about COPD. Cut ride short, feel terrible for being so frustrated with her laziness on Wednesday. Good thing the vet is already booked. Poor B. Poor bank account.
-Many sleepless nights worrying about all the above.
|Bridget, waiting for dinner the other night. Also, the boys have been moved, so her blankets are surviving the night intact again!|
- Bloggers rule! A few of you have sent me links or contacts for potential saddles for B. I have a couple of really good leads, and the saddle fitter is currently confirming specs from serial numbers. THANK YOU.
- EC rules. Gave a very kind offer for me to ride her very fancy (and forward) warmblood mare 'A' 1x a week to keep me sane/give me a better idea of what it is I am looking for with B. She's the same age as B, slightly further along training wise, and just super talented. But, apparently a very similar ride to B as far as how bendy/supple they are.
- Again, EC to the rescue. Currently building B a separate 'condo' so she can have soaked hay and zero dust while we wait for vet visit.
- And, again EC. Loaning me a gorgeous saddle to tide me over until I find the perfect one to purchase.
|Not the actual saddle, but a look alike County Sensation. It's not to my taste to ride in/budget to afford, but oh my is it gorgeous and Bridget seems to like it. The one pictured is from the Pelham Saddlery site if you're shopping.|
-Our lesson I was so down about? I was riding Q mare last night and thinking the jumps looked a little on the large side. They were. And I wasn't afraid at all.
-Q mare. She was fabulous last night. Love her, feel very lucky to have the ride 1x a week.
-Ginger. She looked amazing in our lesson the other night. The goal is to take her young rider to Prelim eventually, and I believe they'll do it. I'm guesstimating their version of our course was set at about 3'6" and it looked really easy for them.
|Big mare is so happy in her new job, which makes me very happy.|
-My barn mates. Always so supportive and encouraging.