Last week was a super busy week for me, and my trainer was at the AQHA World Show so Rosie was just getting turnouts during the week. By the time Saturday came I was dying to get in the saddle! Which means of course I woke up feeling shitty, sore throat and all. I pushed through it anyway and headed out to the ranch to ride and I’m glad I did. I only rode for about 30 minutes but Rosie was super enjoyable to ride. She’s still working on building up her endurance, so she was covered in sweat by the time we were done (and I swear we loped MAYBE 10 circles total) but the weather was nice so I hosed her off. It was fun to spend time with friends and get covered in that familiar horsey smell.
Sunday I laid low (read: played the new World of Warcraft expansion) so I didn’t end up making it out there. Today I headed out for lunch and turned her out. She had the time of her life, leaping and bucking and racing around. I’m always worried she’s going to hurt herself, but she loves it so much that I don’t want to take the experience away from her. Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about how life-changing it would be for her to live somewhere other than Southern California, where she could have a huge pasture and other horses to spend time with. There may be a move coming in our future, and I’m definitely looking into the opportunity to give Rosie the kind of horsey life that my ponies always had when I was growing up in Minnesota.
I talked to another woman at the ranch today who is interested in going out on trail, so I’m looking forward to hooking up with her and going for a ride. I’m still meeting people and making friends at the new farm, which is something I’m notoriously un-good at. I’m becoming such an introvert, the older I get! I always get super awkward when it’s time to chat with new people that I’ve never met before. Oh well!
In hoof news, Rosie’s feet are getting better every day. They’re not cracking anymore, and her soles are nice and moist (but not too moist) which is awesome. I think her new pen with shavings is really helping her foot health. Her new farrier is wonderful too – he’s been coming out more often and her hoof shape is looking great. She’s getting furrier and furrier and it might be time to clip her soon! Her trainer comes back from the show on Thursday, so perhaps I’ll chat with her about it then.
This week, I plan to get out there a few times to ride. I believe I’ll be having a lesson on Saturday. Next week is Thanksgiving and the vet will be coming out for her fall shots on Wednesday! I’ll probably give her the next day off since she’ll be getting a lot of shots & having her teeth done. Weeeeee!
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