Most life altering: the management and direction at my job has changed. It stinks, morale is low. I've been approached regarding a job with a different organization, with management I know and like, a raise, and a flexible work schedule. The catch? It's on Vancouver Island. There are great barns and good coaches there, and the area is gorgeous. But EC is irreplacable. Its also slightly further away from home, and the ferry I'd need to take crosses open water and is therefore subject to cancellation any time the weather us iffy.
Saddle saga: The xw stubben we're trying seems to be built on a completely different tree than the wide I'm replacing. It puts me in a weird place and rocks a bit on Bridget. Do not like. So far, nowhere in existence can I find a used jumping saddle wide enough for B and at a scale that even remotely fits a 5'2 rider, for under $1500. I've been looking since January. I'm considering cancelling our upcoming clinic and maybe the following event in order to add to my budget. $2500-3k starts to get into the realm of potentially being able to order something midgrade and custom, or higher end and used with some of the specs we need and a budget for further alterations/adjustments.
I'd like a new vehicle. My truck is awesome but the commute to work and barn costs me over $300 a month in gas. I'm not a cute car girl, and hate borrowing money but...for $300/mo maybe I'll sell my soul ;) This is something to worry about after I decide if I'm moving...the logistics would likely be different if I did.
|Venturing out on a windy and grey day.|
So, with all this spinning in my head, I ventured out into the awful storm yesterday and Bridget and I went for a nice hack. When she offered up a gallop at our favorite spot, I accepted, and with every step I could feel my worries being left behind. I'm forever grateful B is such a fantastic trail horse. It's fun to go out as a group and go for a gallop, it's another thing entirely to be able to venture out alone and tuned into only each other no matter the crazy weather, nor where or how fast we're going. Definitely a privilege :)