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    05-17-2014, 07:43 PM
The horse I wanted to lease (Tess) is still lame. The vet and farrier have looked at her. She was having some other issue with that hoof (I'm not really sure what) so she had a special shoe on. Everyone thinks it's an abscess but the farrier is going to try her in a different she and see how that goes. In the mean time I paid for 2 rides a week for the rest of the month. My instructor told me I can ride either of the 2 other horses I've ridden in previous lessons until Tess is better. I guess we'll see how this goes. My goal at this point is really just to ride more so I can get in better shape.

I missed my lesson on Wednesday due to being stuck at work. I also wasn't feeling too great so I guess it was for the best. I was able to reschedule for yesterday. It was an ok lesson. I got to jump again. The horse I was riding didn't have nearly as much "go" as Tess. I really had to ride him right to the fence, which was really difficult with my legs swinging around as much as they were. Being out of shape is the worst. Anyway, the horse (Cloud) ran out a bunch of times. I know it was my fault. Not being in shape enough to really use my legs correctly, being nervous that I would fall off due to being out of shape, and being nervous because they were 2' verticals and it was only the second time I've jumped since I started riding again, all made for a not-so-great time. I really like Cloud though. I rode him for my first lesson at my barn and my first impression was that he was a pokey old thing (because that's what they put you on when you're new to a barn). But he really made me work for it yesterday, and even though it was really tough it was definitely a learning lesson. He's one of the horses I'll ride til Tess is better. I hope I can jump him again at next weeks lesson.

In other news, I saw Lucas' owner at the barn yesterday. If anyone is new to reading this (or really if anyone is reading it in general) I leased a horse named Lucas a few years ago. His owner and I had worked together and been friends, but while I was leasing him he ended up lame and things went south. We haven't spoken since that whole thing went down so seeing her yesterday was a bit awkward. Apparently she boarded Lucas at the barn I ride at now after she moved him out of my old barn. She told me he colicked in 2012 and they had to put him down. We kind of awkwardly apologized to each other for everything that went down. I guess I'll see her occasionally when she visits the barn.

Guess that's it for now!
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    05-17-2014, 07:51 PM
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Sorry to hear about Lucas!
    05-19-2014, 03:34 PM
Thanks Emily :)

I actually did some facebook stalking a while back and had seen her post something about his death, so I've known for a while. I never knew any of the details or anything, but I knew he was gone and mourned his passing at that point.

It's kind of crazy though. I tried at least 5 different barns after I left my old one. I finally settled in this one, and it just so happens to be the place Lucas ended up for his last year of life. And, I usually ride on Wednesdays but I couldn't this past week. My instructor had offered me the option of two different times to make it up. One was Thursday at 5, which I wanted to go with but couldn't because we had a guy coming to the house for something. So I went with Friday at 7, which ends up being when Lucas' owner is dropping by for a visit. How does that even happen?!
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    05-23-2014, 08:09 PM
So I fell off again on Wednesday. I was riding a new-to-me horse and we were doing some jumping. He refused one and I wasn't expecting it so off I went. Luckily I landed on my feet so no real injuries. I was still pretty sore the next day and I seem to have done something to my right shoulder. I don't know if it's related to the fall or not but it HURTS. I don't know what's up with my riding lately. I haven't fallen off this much since I was a kid. Maybe I'm just so out of shape that I don't have a good enough seat to stay on like I used to. I'm hoping to fix that soon though. I rode again today but on my own. No lesson. We'll see if riding twice a week helps any.

Tess is still lame. When I was done riding I saw my instructor talking to the farrier about her. She had been looking a lot better so they had someone hop on her yesterday and now she's worse again. They are going to have the vet out again to look at her. I'm thinking I might not get to lease her after all. I'm not super attached to her or anything. She's my first favorite horse at this barn but I'm starting to like some of the other ones. I really like the one I rode on Wednesday (Stormy). I rode him again today. Apparently I tend to go for the horses that dump me, hahaha. Stormy is privately owned but I think my instructor said he's available for lease so maybe I can see about switching to a private lease if it's not too much. We'll see how things go I guess.

My boss dropped a bit of a bomb on me today. I might lose my job in the office. I case I've never explained what my job is on here, I'll give a brief background. I worl for a dog walking company. I started out as a dog walker about 1 1/2 years ago. August of last year my boss sent out an email saying she was looking for a second office person. There's already one woman who works in the office creating our schedules, contacting clients for various things, just kind of overall running the back-end of things but we've grown so much that another person was needed. I ended up getting the position and started in November. It's been a bit rocky because my boss has had some trouble finding someone to replace me as a dog walker so I've been half in the office and half doing walks. I get paid more to be in the office and use less gas so it's been a good change at a good time in my life for it to happen. Now today I was told that my boss may no longer be able to afford to have me in the office. She said she can put me back into walks full-time if this definitely does happen, but that would really be a step backwards for me and I just can't do that at this point. Really, I probably would've been looking for a new job if I hadn't been put in the office. There's not really any room for growth in being a dog walker and at this point I need that. I really don't want to have to leave my job because my boss is great and it's a good company, but it's not going to be enough if I'm not in the office anymore. The good news is my cousin has been looking to hire someone at his company and he said he could give me some work even if I just wanted to use it as a transitional job while I look for something more permanent. That is such a relief to me because I have SUCH a hard time finding jobs. So it's good to know I have that option.
    06-04-2014, 10:24 AM
I'm giving my boss my 2 weeks notice today. She told me on Friday that she couldn't keep me in the office anymore. I told her I would be leaving as the money I make from just doing walks is not enough, but since I did not have another job lined up yet I didn't quit at that point. I was having dinner at my parent's house last night and they offered me a job helping them out around the house. They have a lot of stuff that needs to be done so there's enough work there to keep me busy for a while, and they will pay me well. My husband said he was on board with it as long as it was what I wanted to do, and I would be happy doing it. Honestly, this is such a relief. I get stressed easily and even though I think I handle it well, it still sucks to feel it all of the time. But with this I won't be stressed. Added bonus: My grandmother lives with my parents now because she can't live alone anymore. She probably doesn't have too terribly long left, which sucks. I've been having dinner there at least once a week to spend time with her, but I know that no matter how much time I spend with her, it won't have felt like enough once she's gone. I'll get to see her every day now, so even if it still doesn't feel like enough it'll be as close as I could've gotten.

I'm stressing about giving my notice though. I feel bad. So many people have quit lately and I know it is hard for my boss to find good employees. I'm one of the good ones and I know my leaving will make things harder for her. Even thought I know that I can't stay, I hate that it's going to negatively impact her. I'm bad with this sort of thing to begin with so the fact that I like my boss makes it harder. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is going to be so much better for me. I'm sorry it's going to be tough for her, but my life comes first for me.

I'm also hoping I can maybe start working at the barn a little bit. I'll be making my own hours at my parents so I might be able to work the barn in. I wan't to do something because I've been riding a privately owned horse who is available for lease. I would get to ride pretty much every day and I love this horse. But it's $300 a month and I'd have to pay for lessons on top of that, which we can't afford so if I could work a few days a week at the barn to pay off my lessons I might be able to... I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. I should probably see how the next few weeks go first.
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    06-16-2014, 07:53 PM
Wednesday is my last day of work, which is a relief. It kind of feels like I'm waiting for school to be out for the summer. I'll miss all of my dogs and I'm sad that I'll probably never see them again, but I know it's time to go.

We picked up my stepson on Friday. He'll be going back to his mom for a couple of days in July because she wanted to take him on a birthday trip, but then he'll be back with us for the rest of the summer. We've been trying to find some summer activities for him but he's not very agreeable to trying things. We want him to take swimming lessons but when we brought it up to him he said no because he's scared. He's got a weird thing about water getting in his face. Totally freaks out. I think he should learn to swim regardless, but even more so to maybe help him get past his fear of water in his face. So I at least want to go through with that one, even if he doesn't want to do it. We also suggested gymnastics to him, which resulted in him running out of the room screaming that only girls do that. I, of course, would like him to try riding lessons, but he said he's afraid to get on a horse. He want's to watch me ride though. There is a little girl who has her lesson after mine so I'm kind of hoping that if he someone around his age riding he might want to try it. I asked him about doing basketball or soccer to which he said they were too hard. He said the only sport he likes is football. I'm not really sure there's any football for 5 year olds around here. So the search continues.

Not much new on the riding front. I think my instructor worked something out with Stormy's owner so that I can lease him under the lesson horse lease agreement. His owner emailed me recently asking if there was a specific day of the week I wanted to do my practice ride, so that's why I am guessing they've spoken about it. Nothing really new though. I've been having trouble getting out there since I've been back walking, even though I've had some days off. I don;t really know why that's been the case, but I'm hoping that will end once I'm working at my parents' house.

I'm going to hold off on seeing if I can work at the barn for now. I'm way less tolerant of the heat than I used to be so the idea of working outside all summer is pretty unappealing at this point. I've spent the last 5 years working outside and I really don't enjoy that aspect of it. I'll give myself a break from it for a few months and see how I feel later. Plus, I have something else I want to get involved in that I'm thinking I may have to work for. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a ballet dancer. I took classes when I was very little but stopped before very long. I don't even remember taking classes, but I very vividly remember my desire to be a ballerina. That desire never really went away, it just kind of got buried and a little but forgotten. It comes to the surface occasionally and I get the urge to do something about it. I did try taking a class at some point last year, and I really enjoyed it. But my being out of shape and the fact that I'm not at all flexible got me discouraged, as did the fact that I was in the middle of wedding planning and really didn't have time to add something new into my life. Now that things are pretty much settled down and I'm back to riding regularly I'd like to give it another shot. I found a place near my parents house that will allow me to work off classes, which would be great because I'd like to not spend more money on things at this point. I'm going to go check it out soon, I think.

A kind of neat thing that happened recently: I found out our next door neighbor is a horse person! I was outside in my half chaps and boots and all one day and she was driving past our house and stopped to ask if I ride. We got to talking and it turns out she used to be a trainer when she and her husband lived in England, which is pretty awesome in my book. Anyway, she hasn't been riding recently but is looking to get back into it so she was asking about my barn. She's going to come watch one of my lessons sometime soon to see if she'd like to start riding there too. Pretty cool happenings.
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    06-19-2014, 09:24 PM
My husband and I just overcame a huge obstacle with my stepson. I mentioned in my last post that he has issues with getting water on his face. Specifically, he is afraid the water will get in his eyes and that it will hurt. This has produced a lot of drama at bath time in the past. Recently his mother had him start taking showers (instead of baths) and bought him a pair of goggles to wear so the water won't get in his eyes. Honestly, I think that was the worst idea ever. Instead of continuing to work with him on getting water in his face without freaking out, she basically just slapped a band-aide on the problem and I guess is crossing her fingers that he'll get over it by the time he starts needing to wash his face. Anyway, he got these goggles and I don't agree at all with this plan and my husband doesn't really either but we hadn't discussed doing anything about it yet. So stepson is taking his shower with his goggles and whatnot and my husband decides to try and work on the water-in-the-face thing. He's making some progress but stepson is still freaking out a bit. I went into the bathroom and asked if he'd like to watch while I sprayed water on my face so he could see that nothing bad would happen. He agreed, so my husband sprayed water on my face. And it worked! He was still a little nervous, but he stood still and let us spray water on his face without screaming or crying or panicking! It was such a break through for him and I am so happy we were able to do this :) I'm kicking myself for not thinking of the having him watch someone else get sprayed in the face thing sooner. It's such a simple and seemingly obvious idea. Oh well, it worked and hopefully it will stick for next time. And hopefully he'll be a little less scared for learning to swim now.

I got to ride yesterday and today, and I still have my practice ride left for this week. Yay so much riding! Although my lesson today kind of sucked. My asthma was giving me trouble so I had to keep stopping to catch my breath. I ended up stopping a bit early since my instructor was concerned, which was probably the best call. My stepson really wants to see me ride so I'm thinking we'll do that this weekend.
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    06-30-2014, 12:19 AM
I can't sleep. I don't know why. I think might be having some anxiety issues. I decided to contact the woman who owns the horse I had as a teenager. I've thought about doing this so many times in the past but I worried that she might think I was one of those crazy pushy people who think they have rights to a horse just because they used to own it. Plus I'm socially awkward to begin with so I just always pushed the urge to contact her aside. We've got sown mutual facebook friends so I would occasionally see things from her profile that my friends had likes or whatnot. This happened again yesterday and I finally just decided to say something. She replied and said she has been wanting to talk to me for years because she's curious about her jorse's background. That made me feel so much better because she is clearly not worried I'm a crazy person haha. Anyway, I wrote her a fairly long message about when Lola was mine. She had also said to let her know if is like to come visit Lola. I told her I would love that so we shall see if something actually gets set up. I'm afraid I might cry at seeing her again though. Is totally look like a nut then. It's been about ten years since I sold her. I'm not sure why this feels so important. I've known for a while that she's been in a good home so it's not like I've been worries about where she ended up. Maybe I just never got closure. Selling her was so hard that I don't think I ever said goodbye to her. I know I wasn't there when she was picked up from the barn. I remember going to the barn once after I knew for sure I was selling her but I don't think I really said goodbye. I guess maybe I've just always been hoping to get another chance to say it.
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    06-30-2014, 12:21 AM
Holy typos, batman! Gotta love posting from the phone lol
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    07-01-2014, 01:14 AM
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I'm stoked that her owner is nice!!

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