July 10th, 2012
The weather's been lovely this week, nothing like all the rain and clouds last week.
I have some pictures of our lesson last week. I can't begin to say how grateful I am that Chris has decided to take lessons with me regularly. I feel so great having another beginner there with me to help me feel confident.
Chris doesn't have very much interest in going anywhere when it comes to riding. He just enjoys riding for an hour every weekend and learning the basics of riding and about horses.
I on the other hand am very keen to learn everything I can about riding. I have a list of things I need to work on that I am building up as time goes by:
- Balance: I have no natural balance. DX
- Legs: I have a tendency to put them forward. So I'm really working on getting them back and under me.
- Heels: Down down down! I'm getting better at this but I occasionally lose it in the trot and then get thrown even more off balance than I am naturally.
- Shoulders: I'm normally pretty good about keeping my shoulders back and my spine straight, but I can occasionally lose that when I get off balance in the trot. I throw myself forward and end up in a horrible slouch.
I think there are some other minor things I need to work on as well, but those four are the major things I'm working with myself on. Especially the bottom three as getting those right will greatly improve my balance.
Last week's lesson was okay, but not what I hoped for. Ben is normally very responsive and so I don't have to worry about getting his butt in gear and can focus more so on my position. However this weekend it took everything I had just to get him to move! He was sooo derpy this weekend he even halted quite quickly when I gave the cue and normally it takes him forever to halt because he wants to move, move, move. It was a drastic change from last week when he was so antsy I had to be led to the round pen. Of course then when we went to work in the round pen we had to weave through the flags at a trot and THEN he decided that would be a good time to canter. So instead of weaving we had a few misses as he started into a canter, forcing me to have to bypass the flags. Not to mention when I finally did get him to trot he deliberately veered away from where I was directing him to run straight over all three flags. Ugh, he can be such a butt sometimes, but he's lucky I know that he's just doing it to put me off. He can be a dream at times and a nightmare at others.
Aside from horses life is going well, if a bit rocky. The 1999 Rover SLi620 has failed its warrant and is off the road until further notice. The 1978 Mini 1000 no longer idles and instead just dies. The 1939 Wolseley 12/48 isn't registered or warranted at this time. So that leaves the 1963 Rover P5 as our only reliably functioning car at the moment. Good thing though as the Old Rover is a good old car. However, it has Chris completely put out. He was slapped in the face with a $2500 bill to get the New Rover back on the road again and now this with the Mini? We're also in the middle of saving for a very hefty lawyer's fee to get my residency in December. All this on top of the fact that Chris was moved to a different workshop and it sucks big time.
So Chris is feeling quite down, but I on the other hand am feeling optimistic. One reason why we work so well together is I can see the bright side of everything.
Cyberpets, Animates Papanui, and Animates Tower Junction are all hiring at the moment, so I've sent my CV in to all of those places. Not to mention Proud Paws is moving from Northlands to Cranford Street just around the corner from us! They're moving to a bigger store and will be hiring quite a few part time employees. So fingies crossed I can get a job at one of these pet stores. Ideal as I only really have experience working in pet stores. >>
My parents hooked us up with free wedding bands! That puts a huge relief on us since we don't want to spend any more money than we need to when it comes time for the wedding in October. My ring is my mother's old one and Chris' ring is a solid gold band that belonged to my great-great-great grandmother. I have high hopes that it won't take much resizing as the ring is so big it falls right off my dad's fingers. Hopefully they will be on their way from America soon.
I've been doing a whole lot of studying on schools and how to get in here in New Zealand. I want to do certificates in the order of Animal Care --> Veterinary Nursing --> Rural Technician. I'd like to do part time/distance studying with Otago Polytechnic so I can still work full time. Chris wants to go back to SIT and go for training to be an electrician. I would love for us to be able to get into these courses. It will bring us that much closer to our goal of living on a small acreage near Oamaru.