Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
I do have a therapist but unfortunately cannot see her at the moment because of financial difficulties. I'm okay though... working through it.
I had an amazing lesson. I was nervous to get on... I just had this bad feeling... but thankfully it proved to be unfounded. Striker stood like a rock when I mounted and moved off nicely when I asked him to.
We worked on leg position and trot/halt transitions. It was a "mixed group" meaning it was me and then a bunch of younger, less experienced riders. That was fine by me, though, as my instructor makes it fun and informative for all.
She also had me working on posting trot, trotting in two point, and sitting trot. I told her I felt like I'D been the one doing all the trotting rather than Striker when the lesson was over. It was a good tired, though. :)
She told me I was ready to canter.... I chickened out. I just knew I needed a good lesson... with how I've been feeling... and I was worried that if something negative happened when I tried to canter it would be hard for me to overcome. Part of me wishes I would've tried... but mostly I think I made the right decision.
After the lesson, I did Striker's wound care myself. I've been relying heavily on my trainer to help out, even though this is the sort of thing I do all of the time with the horses at my parents' house. A trainer is awesome to have, but sometimes it's nice to remember that I also have knowledge/skill.
Striker's wound is almost healed. Caring for it involved a nice soak in the creek, then washing it off (he's awesome with a hose... one of the perks of getting an off the track horse!) and applying some powder to prevent proud flesh. His greasy heel is also doing great.
He managed to throw both shoes. I'm going to wait about a week to get shoes put back on. We've had a lot of rain so I think the pasture muck would just suck the shoes off yet again. The ground is soft and we won't be doing any trail riding quite yet, so he should be fine without shoes until then. My trainer keeps the indoor and outdoor arena footing in fantastic shape. It's not a super "fancy" place, but I sure feel spoiled boarding there. By contrast, my parents' setup is definitely "backyard" in nature, but then again not all parents put up with their kids' horse craziness but letting them have as many as five horses at one time.
Really I've been very fortunate in life, something I need to remind myself when I get down in the dumps.
And horses really are the best kind of therapy.