I just came back from a 4 day weekend at home. I spent mostly all weekend with an ex boyfriend trying to fix my truck. It had a weird vibration coming up from the floor when ever i pressed on the accelerator. Turned out to be idler was going bad, luckily Mike (the ex) and my dad fixed it. Pappajoe (my dad) also worked on the brakes and fixed the squeaking
Since we recently sold the trailer my mom and I were discussing getting a new truck for my dad. So on saturday before the lady came to get the trailer we took him down to the local truck dealer. He has been inlove with this late 99 F350 dually powerstroke with 73k miles on it ever since i bought my truck in May. I had Mike test drive it the day before and look it over, he said other then the rust it was a nice truck.
Once we got to the dealer Pappajoe just about started to cry he was so happy. Mom and I told him that he deserves a new truck and this is our way of thanking him for everything he has done for us. He took it for a test drive an the whole time he kept saying "this is so cool" with a big smile on his face. But unfortunately he decided against getting it to save money and pay off credit cards. He was still very appreciative of the thought. It really sucked selling the trailer and watching it drive away. It was the piece of "horse" left on our property. Our pasture is gone, stalls are gone, and now the trailer is gone. It was just like reality punched me in the face that it was going to be a very long time before i own a horse ever again. Iv had horses since i was 10, for the most part the same horses.
But my mom being diagnosed with terminal cancer kinda put a damper on things. Speaking of my mom she just finished her second round of radiation treatment. Only this time they used a special type of radiation where they use 2 lasers to pin point the radiation in one area. Kind of like how they create images in a glass cube. The doctors told her it might be a cure but they wont know anything till 3 months from now when the spot where her tumor is has cooled down. They had to take 24 lymphnodes out of her arm, which has caused major swelling around that area. But with message therapy her swelling has gone down dramatically. She seems to be doing much better she has alot more engery, doesnt sleep near as much as she used to. Hopefully when it comes time to check for cancer itll all be gone.
I rode Leroy today! He was very fresh at first, since it was pretty cold out today. He was a champ. All i had was a lead rope and a rope halter on him, i was working on keeping him going forward in circles around the pen. Julie was in the round pen next to me, which is by the farrier shed. The farrier showed up and started moving stuff around which spooked her colt. The vanner started crow hopping with his head down, Julie couldnt pull his head back up. The vanner went one way and Julie went the other. First sophmore to fall off! She was covered in mud, it wasnt a bad fall by any means it just stinks that she fell. During the whole thing Mary Sheffler was telling me to stop Leroy so he doesnt freak out. But Leroy didnt do anything at all, he wasnt even paying attention. Marry said she was impressed by him, she told me tomorrow to ride him in a side pull.
Leroy is usually really good about staying calm when other horses are freaking out. I have had TBs freaking out backing up into him and Leroy just stands there with a
expression on his face. Today was the first day he actually spooked at something other than me or other people. I was in the big arena working on showmanship and a horse walking around the outside of it started freaking out. The sound of the horses metal shoes against the concrete scared him and he jumped sideways. For being just a nervous nelly one would assume he would spook more then that. But really he is just flighty around other people, if you wave your arms he will try to get away from you like your some big scary monster. Which is a good thing, i want him to respect the fact that i am boss and when i move towards you, you move away.
He has been having alot of trouble with trotting next to me. He can do a 360 pivot pretty dang good. He sets up, he backs up, but when it comes to trotting next to me he is like
um no. So tonight im going to start working him with a chain under his chin. I need to start doing that anyways. He needs a b-a-t-h, another thing that is going to be done tonight. Tomorrow are the riding team try outs! They no longer have a JV team just a varsity. I really really hope i make it! We have to jump on a horse, be lead into the arena, walk, trot, canter, one way. Then get off, get on a different horse, walk, trot, canter, the other way. I am super nervous, i will be one of the few people there without show clothes. Oh the joys of being poor.... Wish me luck!