So life is going pretty good at this point. One bad thing but we'll get to that later.
I got pretty much everything I wanted for Christmas. I didn't have a really long list this year, mostly just things to keep me warm for those lang days at the barn. Lots of thigh high socks, long underwear type pants and under shirts. And a team barn jacket (for the adult show team I'm on). It hasn't come yet so I'm still excited for that. Then I got the other two big items on my list: a kindle and a saddle. The kindle is great, though I only have 2 books on it so far. I need to activate my credit card so I can buy books for it, but I've been avoiding activating it so that I can't use it and spend money I don't have lol. The saddle I haven't gotten yet because my grandma just gave me money for one so I can go pick it out myself and make sure it's one that will fit Lucas and everything. My trainer and I are going to a used saddle shop sometime to pick one out. I'm excited for that too. So Christmas was pretty good this year. I also got the sweetest gift from this woman at the barn. She started taking lessons around the time I started working there, always on Wednesday afternoons which during my shift. She is an older woman, coming back to horses after a long time. If she ever needed help getting ready for her lesson I would give her a hand and she would always thank me. On the Wednesday before Christmas I found a gift bag in front of Lucas' stall with a jar of treats and a pair of winter riding gloves. They were from this woman. I thought that was so sweet of her and the next time I saw her I thanked her. The gloves are great because they are a kind that I have and love. My first pair had to be retired this year so I'm on my back up pair and now I have a new back up pair!
I've ridden 4 times in the last 3 days and I feel great about that. I had 2 lessons the other day: my private on Lucas, and team practice. Then I had a make up group lesson the next day, and then yesterday I rode my firend's horse. The private on Lucas went well but not as good as usual. Usually when I go to catch him he runs from me so I chase him til he's decided being caught is the better option. So by the time I get on him he's good and relaxed and doesn't have a boat load of energy. This time, he tried to hide by wedging himself between the fence and another horse. The other horse didn't move so Lucas couldn't go anywhere else and we caught him. So no running all of his energy out before hand. He wasn't bad, just a little more foward than usual. And I was a little more tired than usual on that day, so not a great combination. Still, he did well. Only ran out on one jump. The lessons with him really have been going great. I can see improvements each time in his attitude and ability. It really makes me wish he was 10 years younger. I know he can only go so far this late in life. He's such a good horse, it would be nice if his potential wasn't so limited by his age. I have a video of the lesson that I will post as soon as it finishes uploading (youtube is taking forever). Both group lessons went well. We're working on counting and judging distances, which I am terrible at, so the practice is good. The ride on my friend's horse yesterday was awesome. Ever since I started working at this barn, I have wanted to ride this horse. He is a 4yo pinto National Show Horse/Andalusian named Lucky. I don't know why I've always wanted to ride him, but I figured I would never get the chance because he isn't a lesson horse. Well, his owner (and her husband) are very nice and on the adult team with me so I've gotten to know them and become friends. So recently my other friend and I were house sitting for them and they said we could ride any of their horses while they were away if we wanted. We both had wanted to ride Lucky so we finally got to. He was a lot of fun to ride. He gets confused about were to put his feet sometimes, especially when you ask for the canter, so he'll kick a bit. It's exciting to ride a horse that isn't the perfect lesson horse (even though not all the lesson horses are perfect). Anyway, even though he's a little confused with what you're asking him (and so he kicks and goes in directions you're not telling him to) I really enjoyed riding him. So yesterday while I was at the barn his owner asked if I wanted to ride him. I definitely wanted to ride him again so I did. It was another fun ride. I got to try him over a few jumps, which was a lot of fun. I hope I'll get to ride him again in the future because I really do enjoy him.
Now on to the bad news. Lucas has some sort of tendon injury. My friend was out to ride him on Thursday, so she hopped on him real quick for a half hour in between lessons. I was there for my make up lesson so I didn't get a chance to really talk to her but when my instructor came to start the lesson she said Lucas was hurt. After the lesson I talked to my friend and her mom about it. He's got a little swelling and heat in one spot on his leg. It doesn't look too bad, but I know nothing about tendon/leg injuries. The vet will be out on Monday to take a look at it. I'm trying to get off work so that I can be there to hear what the vet says, but my boss hasn't gotten back to me yet. I'm supposed to be signing a new lease agreement for the next 6 months. I told them I want to wait to see what the vet says before I sign it. I hope it's not anythign serious, but I can't be paying $300 a month for a horse I can't ride. Even if I can ride him, if he can't do a lot anymore it's no longer beneficial to me. I feel terrible saying that because I really like Lucas and it seems a little heartless. But all I'm paying for is getting to ride him which is to help me move along in my abilities. And if I can't do that anymore I can't keep paying.
So that's my update. I'll post again after the vet sees him. Cross your fingers for good news.