Since I’m sitting at work with nothing to do while they set me up with a new computer I’m going to take advantage of the down time and write a quick little blog (or maybe a big blog. We’ll see how it goes).
I was down in San Diego last weekend, I try to alternate weekends, but because of all the rain the ground was too wet and my riding plans were nixed. It also looks like this current weekend will get washed out as well. I can hear east coasters laughing at not riding because of wet ground.
Saturday I spend pretty much the whole day at my cousin’s kid’s birthday party which featured pony rides, bounce houses and slides, piñatas, an Easter egg hunt, an ice cream truck, a mobile wood fire pizza setup…probably a few other things I missed, I’m sure. This kid is Spoiled. With the capital S. I did manage to bounce before clean up, I helped with setup, and scored an 8ft beach ball to torture my horses with and the largest Pusheen plushie I have ever seen.
Before you think I left early to avoid clean up–even if you are partially right–I also had to get to my parent’s place with enough daylight to doctor Catalina. She had come up 3 legged lame a few days before and needed a new wrap for her heel abscess. She seemed 100% sound on Saturday, so the abscess must have blown before I saw her. Or she’s dramatic. I mean…it could go either way.
Because I’m not around so much, she is not getting handled much. She took 2 full doses of sedative to calm down when the vet came to see her! Yeah, delicate flower she is not. This made wrapping her foot fairly difficult but she did eventually settle enough for me to get my job done. It probably would have gotten done sooner but at one point when I was packing her back foot she sat on me and that turned into a whole issue. Haha. It’s not really funny. My back still hurts 5 days later.
But thems the breaks with a baby who isn’t getting handled much, is now 15 hands (the legs on this girl, longer than Ben who is 15.2-15.3), and way smarter than she gets credit for by everyone but me. Even simple things like grooming and leading, which we had solid in October, are now difficult. I think Catalina needs a couple sessions with R to remind her of her place in this world. Followed up by more handling when I’m in town.
When she stopped being a wiggle worm I groomed her. She loved it and with my Sleek-EZ shed a whole other horse. She looks patchy and mangy now which I find hilarious. However, I can see how thin she is, which makes me sad but her joints are so stressed from her crazy growth that keeping her ‘light’ is preferred until they calm down.
I hit Saturday night, St Patrick’s Day, pretty hard to help assuage some of my guilt about being an absentee owner for my clever girls. Memo to me: avoid this tactic in the future.
Drunk Karen has way more fun that Sober Karen. She also throws caution to the wind and screws up all of Sober Karen’s plans. For example, Sober Karen is saving for a dressage saddle so I can show Aria. Drunk Karen took this money and purchased what I now refer to as the YOLO Treat Yo Self saddle.
Drunk Karen got a hell of a deal, so I’m not even that mad. I mean, I’m a little mad that Sober Karen can’t find good deals and that I have to refer to myself as two different people because this is not the first time Drunk Karen has made crazy purchases.
Looks like Aria and I will be focusing on Working Equitation full time for now. Not a bad thing because I like WE a lot and the last time I rode we executed opening and closing a gate, with one hand, so beautifully that I lost my mind after and praised Aria for like…15 minutes.
I don’t actually know when she was born but I do know it was around this time, so I made her birthday the first day of spring. She’s been just a fresh breath of air for my horse ‘career’ that I feel the date is appropriate. I’m so happy to have found her. We’ll pretend the saddle is her birthday gift! Happy 6th Birthday, Aria!
Happy Birthday to Valeria as well! Her birthday was on March 10. March is so crazy for me. My parents’ anniversary, March 2. Mom’s birthday, March 3. Dad’s birthday, March 5. Valeria’s birthday, March 10. Catalina’s birthday, March 11. Aria’s birthday, March 21. Keep piling them on, March. I can take it!
Go big or go home seems to be the trend in this particular post. March is also a big month because I start PT on my previously broken/crushed finger. The bones are healed, I just need to address the pain and gain fully mobility again. Fingers crossed the numbness fades because it’s the ring finger and kind of important for feeling your horse through the reins.
And that’s my rough recap. Except that I started this post at 10am and should have been back in action by 11:30am but here I am at 2:25pm still waiting for my computer to finish doing it’s thing. LOL.