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post #321 of 1204 Old 06-12-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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6/13/13

So Sky moves around the 10th of July down to Louisiana I've got a nice chunk so far saved.

Had a mature casual conversation with my parents and they are allowing me to move back to the states as long as I keep up my studies and find a job asap. I am overjoyed because it was months and months of screaming at me, accusing me of being a slacker, etc.

I was also offered an extension to my work contract so that means I don't have to worry about being without a job after July :) I also get a year step increase since I will have been reviewed. Oh did I mention I also got an award for outstanding office management while without a boss for 5 months at the beginning of my *first* desk job?

So happy!!!

I even found my dream college and graduate universary, which are in Missouri, so I'm going to squirrel away money to attend and put off owning my own trailer/truck for now

Sky is doing well also! No stiffness but we found out something crazy about him. I am researching it further and will have a few vets cross-examine him but it's not horrible or anything, just surprising. I'll let you know more later.

He managed to throw a shoe though after bending it for so long. To me that means something has to change.. either the placement of the shoe (it's set back a bit so maybe put it where it would usually go) or go without. We're still working out details.
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post #322 of 1204 Old 06-12-2013, 07:51 PM
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What awesome news!! How amazing that everything is coming along so wonderfully - Very happy for you, and for Sky :)
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post #323 of 1204 Old 06-19-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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So I have been contacting different barns inquiring about lessons and now apparently have 3 lessons this weekend! So I think I'll keep the two new ones and tell the other barn I currently ride at that I'm skipping this week.

My money is tight anyway since Sky is having issues with his shoes. He threw the right one this time! And our usually farrier won't even return our calls to put it back on :/ grrrrrrr

Thankfully we have a highly recommended farrier coming out this weekend to assess the damage. And hopefully, no will DEFINITELY, trim the toe!
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post #324 of 1204 Old 06-21-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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June 21st

I am beyond excited for this weekend, which starts tomorrow. At 1pm I will have a lesson at a new barn, a private evaluation lesson on a horse I've never met and armed with skills I've never had before during previous evaluations: Cantering on my own.

I am so excited but so nervous, but not as nervous about tomorrow as I am about Sunday.

Sunday I will be having a very special lesson with a very influential person here in New Zealand and throughout Europe. She is allowing me to ride her personal horse, who is trained to the nines. She is no school horse... and that makes me so nervous and extremely excited.

This will be the ultimate test of my skills. I am praying that I'm not as bad as I think I am and hope that this horse and I work well together, not to mention that the trainer and I work together well because she has such a wealth of knowledge.

Eeee!

Pray that I don't burst into tears! I'm very emotional about my riding lately (not while riding, but after my lesson.)
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post #325 of 1204 Old 06-23-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Alrighty so update on the lessons. Let me just say that I was very frustrated about my lesson on Saturday. No matter how I used my inside leg, the horse would not stop spiraling into a smaller and smaller circle! But I did receive decent instruction aside from the fact they wanted me to give the ouside rein on circles... umm no.

The second lesson turned out to be two hours, one way, away. I met with this potential instructor and I managed to walk, trot, and canter (though the canter wasn't that great on my end.. my butt got some air time) in her outdoor arena as well as on the beach. I learned so much, especially how much I've been taking the reins but not giving, eventhough my hands were still they still grabbed. And how my arms need to just drape down instead of being held up (as previous instructors drilled into me) and the same goes for my thighs too.

I took some video and found that I'm not a horrible rider but when I'm up there I get very tense and so then the horse gets tense and it gets worse and worse. I hope that I'll one day be able to accept that I'm completely fine, instead of worrying.

So I definitely preferred the second lesson over the first one, aside from the distance. My mom came with and wasn't impressed with the distance.. but it was the most quality lesson I've ever had in my life, so I'm willing to go there to get them!

I've asked the instructor if I'm able to come out every 3 weeks. Hopefully she allows that since it took, no joke, 4/5 of a tank for the entire trip. But it was sooo quality!
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post #326 of 1204 Old 06-23-2013, 04:32 PM
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So awesome!!! I'm reading this, then looking at Sky in your avatar - can't help but think of the wonderful experiences you'll be bringing to him when you get back! :)
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post #327 of 1204 Old 06-27-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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June 28th

Still haven't heard from her.. I'm assuming that means I'm not welcome back since it's been 5 days without any reply.

That is pretty discouraging. I'm back to no riding lessons again, my confidence has taken a knock, and I just am feeling kind of bleh about this all.

I truly envy hearing my friend do so well in her riding; I wish I had the same sort of luck.

Feeling quite sullen today, hopefully that turns around soon.

Hope you're all well.

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post #328 of 1204 Old 06-27-2013, 06:53 PM
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Oh, don't lose heart! Today's worries are tomorrow's chip paper - besides, every tomorrow is one day closer to getting back to Sky :)
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Oh, don't lose heart! Today's worries are tomorrow's chip paper - besides, every tomorrow is one day closer to getting back to Sky :)
You're so right! I was so down because I started assuming things.

But the great news is.. I decided to be brave and call with some support from a friend, who is also a member here. She proded me to call and I did...

And....

I am invited back for another lesson!!! I didn't screw up nearly as much as I had assumed. That being said, I am hoping to bring a tripod for our next lesson because I don't think my mom is willing to come out again due to distance lol.

But I'm so happy!!!!
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post #330 of 1204 Old 07-01-2013, 09:38 PM
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Sounds awesome!! Where is your beautiful boy going to be in Louisiana? We are in south Louisiana ya know!!
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