Glad to see Stan is back, septic tank issues & all. Tracey, I have you teachers in mind alot; don't know how you do what you do, AND horses. Geez..
Got up @ 4a to get out to Janice's little ranch by 7a. Somewhat cooler here today, so got thru alot of pens pretty fast (& all weren't doubled-up, for a change). I did dump myself beside the manure pile; caught my leg on the handle & went down to incur a minor abrasion on my left knee. No biggie, but reason I fell was because hadn't had a cigarette in 24 hrs, & w/what always occurs when I try cold-turkey, I get dizzy/disoriented, & can't make it beyond 2 days. This time it absolutely has to happen. I'm over it/done. I haven't enjoyed the d...d things in months when actually smoke one, just WANT one...Anyway. Gotta get thru this next week w/that, then maybe it'll be easier, just tough out for now.
Janice tucked me in for a quick lesson before her 10a lesson (w/an autistic boy). She was worried the neighbors doing "YAY! It's dove season opening today" would freak him, but he turned out ok w/the noise. He was mostly concerned w/being able to 1st time Janice's Buccaner, but Janice watched Buc, & he seemed ok w/the firing next door.
But that was after my mucking, & after my brief-but-good lesson. I learned to tack up Tommy w/a western saddle, & getting on that was..weird. I've gotten used to to the bareback pad I guess. I got him into a good walk pretty fast 'tho, but felt was leaning to my left. Janice said I wasn't, & when I adjusted myself for "comfort" she said I'd gone to the right. An AH HA moment; told her I'd tossed from the left, that was it, so now biggie, let's get on w/it. So...I did.
Walked a bit, faster walk. Janice set out the barrels for the "real" barrel pattern exercise, so did that @ walk, after a bit of figuring out what was required. But..did it. Then Janice added something to my mix: showed me where/when to put my leg to put Tommy under, to turn. Got that right twice, before it was time to quit.
Walked him back to post. Had a bit of a time getting him still to halter after his bridle was off, as lots of people around (a few ladies had come to have a fun ride on their horses on Labor Day, after helping Janice feed..I just mucked along, feeling...not envious,not jealous...just wistful. Mucked along...)
The cookie-in-hat seems to be working (until he figures it out).
I was, 'tho, a bit frustrated; Tommy is slow, & I wanted him to get on a bit faster when I was trying the barrel thing, so could work it out....but, LOL, @ the start, when urging him into a fast walk, Janice said "You urge him any more, he's going to trot; you want that?"....oooh. Not yet....or, maybe....I do.
No lesson next week; am up to even between muck/lesson exchange. So, will go happily muck.
This week: please send good vibes on this cigarette thing. Absolutely has to go this time.
Hope all had a wonderful holiday weekend!
Onward & Upward, I'm Not Done Yet...