Update<3 Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.
Hey friends! Things are, slowly but surely, turning around. On Tuesday I was cleared to walk without my crutches. The process is annoying as hell, but I am pleased to be making progress. By default, this means I am finally able to handle Gator!
As it is the weekend (and I am still unable to drive) I coerced my mom into taking me out to the barn. It was windy as crap, but something I could easily ignore given the lovely indoor stall that Gator currently has. ...Even if he looks like a grumpy old man half the time.
I got him out of his stall (all by myself ;> ) and spent a solid forty five minutes brushing him, doing his mane and tail, and just loving on him. He's a far cry from his 'show self'--what with his unruly, long mane, general lack of muscle, etcetera) but I still love him to pieces.
Look at the cute feet!! Literally the only white he has anywhere ever xD
There was a young girl (I'm terrible with ages, but I'd guess in her early teens) who was out there volunteering. She was hovering about while I was loving on Gator and, despite the selfish mom in me, I asked if she'd like to help me groom him.
I typically have Gator turned out in the indoor, but it was occupied by the residential Therapeutic Riding program, and it was a pretty beautiful day, so I had him turned in the outdoor arena. Though I was able to do it myself, the girl (Katie) was adamant about wanting to lead him. I figured no harm, especially how slow I am... so I let her.
She turned him out with the gate still open o.o So I'm glad I was able to close it before Gator decided it was a good idea to peace out.
Because the weather has been so crappy (and the Jen has been so gimpy) I really haven't had the chance to look at the outdoor arena. It's spacious and the footing isn't bad. It's flanked on two sides by paddocks, with some awfully cute Paints.
Gator enjoying the sun.
Though /I/ wasn't too impressed with the wind.
Gator was feeling a little frisky. I haven't seen him move so fast in a long time xD
It was starting to look as though the weather was getting bad, so I toddled back into the barn and said goodbye to my favorite little animal. <3
I could not get over how funny this crabby horse looked xD Thought I'd share with you all!
I also managed to hit the gym today, and get a nice swimming workout. It's not much, and my stamina is low, but every little bit helps, right?
Hopefully next time I update, I'll be riding and not just taking really lame selfies ;D